Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, with the giddy demeanor of a kid who is trying out a new toy on Christmas morning, has discovered USTREAM, a site allowing users to stream live video to anyone who’ll watch it.
Basically, it’s like Kramer finding the discarded set of the Merv Griffin Show, but with people actually watching.
For roughly two hours on Wednesday morning, Ochocinco sat at his computer, barechested in a blue robe, and he responded to a whirring list of reader comments by talking directly into his camera.
“I’m the new ESPN,” he declared. “You don’t have to go to ESPN anymore.”
He said that he doesn’t need “sources,” and that he’ll call people up directly and find out what’s going on.
At one point, one of the readers typed, “ESPN sucks anyway,” and Chad agreed.
But here’s something that Chad needs to keep in mind, if he’s going to talk on the phone to people like rapper Lil Wayne and place the call on speaker for the USTREAM crowd to hear.
Depending on the state where Chad is sitting at the time, he could be breaking the local wiretapping laws if the person with whom he’s speaking hasn’t consented to allowing him to broadcast the conversation.
Today, for example, Lil Wayne apparently had no idea his words were being broadcast to the triple-digit crowd that had tuned in.
Of course, Chad likely would say, “Child please” in response to these legal niceties.
Antonio Pierce probably would have said the same thing if someone had told him that picking up Plaxico’s pistol and driving it out of New York City would potentially him in line for a 42-month stay at the Sing Sing Sheraton.