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Ochocinco, Schlereth do battle, Twitter style

Well, we’ve apparently started a trend.

Last week, we engaged in an extended Twitter debate with Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, which Richard Deitsch of SI.com called “the most enjoyable media war of the month.”

This week, Ochocinco and ESPN’s Mark Schlereth are battling it out.

[Editor's note:  All Tweets have been edited to make them more readable.]

It all apparently started several hours ago, when Chad was ranting about the indictment of receiver Plaxico Burress.  Said Chad:  “Twitter family
please pray for my dude Plaxico Burress, indicted on all counts after
injuring himself, huh, grand jury my a$$!!!!

Chad apparently then got some feedback he didn’t appreciate, prompting this threat to block any of his Twitter followers who didn’t follow Chad’s lead on decrying the indictment:  Every person that
sends a negative comment to my phone about his situation will be
blocked!!!  Straight up, he made a f ing mistake!!!!!!!!”

Alas, Chad later realized it was a losing battle:  “Damn too many to
block, never mind, y’all [are] harsh as hell, I thought this was a Twitter
family, damn it.  We all make mistakes, love y’all anyway!”

As best we can tell, Schlereth decided at that point to pounce:  Way to stand firm for your boy, oh wait never mind!”

Said Chad in response:  Mark, where you been, stop killing me on TV or I’ll be going to jail for assault, oh wait never mind, child please!!!!!!

Schlereth:  “Dude that was funny, you have to admit.  Show me the Chad that loves the game more than the fame and I will be effusive in my praise for your skill and effort.”

Chad:  “You ain’t gonna find out behind that desk, you don’t know me, you only know what you see on TV just like everyone else. . . .  Fame?  Fame comes when you winning games, last time I checked we weren’t to damn good, but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You don’t even care about me or my team so why even waste my time or here, I will not fail or lose this year!!!!!  Straight up.

Schlereth:  “Chad, I hope you’re correct. I hope you win.  You are correct I don’t know you and you don’t know me yet you call me a hater.”

At this point, it appears that Schlereth launched into a multi-tweet monologue, which we’ve pieced together below.

“Understand I don’t dislike you, I do however dislike some of your actions,” Schlereth said.  “This game is the ultimate team game, it takes unity to win championships something I do know about.  If you’re willing to humble yourself for your team you will be exalted. 

“In theory it sounds easy, in practice it’s extremely hard.  53 that care more about each other than themselves can’t lose.

“Nothing would be better for me to see you grasp that concept and lead your team to greatness.  I would be the captian of your bandwagon!  I would lead the charge!  The question is are you willing to make that kind of sacrifice? 

“Have you ever loved the game and the men you play with so much that your willing to check yourself out of the hospital the morning after surgery and drive yourself to the stadium and line up with your team?  See, I have and that’s what give me authority to call out anyone who is putting themself above the team!  I wish you health, happiness, and success!”

So, yeah, it’s gonna be a fun year.

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44 Responses to “Ochocinco, Schlereth do battle, Twitter style”
  1. CtownBleedsGreen says: Aug 3, 2009 10:22 PM

    They’re totally gonna do it…

  2. Ashley Schaeffer BMW says: Aug 3, 2009 10:26 PM

    Damn, Schlereth sounds really gay there. And what’s up with all the exclamation points?

  3. ArtieLange says: Aug 3, 2009 10:28 PM

    Hmm…
    I rather hear about Brett Favre than 2 professionals waging a “war” on Twitter.
    This why I have not signed up for Twitter. Seems kinda sophomorish. Grow up.
    You want to war? Do it Brian Kenny/Floyd Mayweather style! If you;ve never seen that interview then youtube it. Any sports fan will appreciate it.

  4. *Legion* says: Aug 3, 2009 10:29 PM

    I’m a computer geek. I admit it.
    I’m not a social malcontent, and I was always more interested in women (real ones) than chain mail, but when you get down to it, I love computers and technology and I’m a big ol’ geek.
    So there’s something… I don’t know if “heartwarming” is the right word… but a strange, funny feeling that comes from seeing athletes and sports personalities now pulling themselves into the world of INTERNET NERD RAGE DRAMA.

  5. hay1111 says: Aug 3, 2009 10:30 PM

    This is gay….1980′s style. Are they going to have a breakdance contest to SETTLE this?!?

  6. Rossum20 says: Aug 3, 2009 10:36 PM

    Or do it Jim Rome/Jim Everett style…another classic!

  7. hay1111 says: Aug 3, 2009 10:39 PM

    This is gay….1980′s style. Are they going to have a breakdance contest to SETTLE this?!?

  8. smiley says: Aug 3, 2009 10:48 PM

    Gotta love Stinky. He would know about championships. Hail!

  9. Kidekk says: Aug 3, 2009 10:48 PM

    Mark Schlereth is one of the worst analysts on TV. He’s just a blowhard that thinks he knows everything about everything and likes to jump on the pile. Wasn’t he the guy who was calling for the Pats blood even after it was determined that Matt Walsh was lying through his teeth, and even his fellow analysts were looking at him thinking, “what is wrong with this guy?” And yes, the guy is a hater (I hate that word) because all he does is go on TV and talk bad about people based on press conferences and TD celebrations. And speaking of playing with an injury, Chad Johnson was playing with a torn labrum last year, wasn’t he? Let Mark Schlereth try catching high passes or getting off a jam with a torn labrum.

  10. Kidekk says: Aug 3, 2009 10:50 PM

    “Have you ever loved the game and the men you play with so much that your willing to check yourself out of the hospital the morning after surgery and drive yourself to the stadium and line up with your team? See, I have and that’s what give me authority to call out anyone who is putting themself above the team!”
    That might be the most arrogant, douchebaggian statement ever uttered by anyone.

  11. MrNatural says: Aug 3, 2009 10:54 PM

    I’m beginning to envision a new football league. You’ll get to see all the under 80 IQ guys as well as the straight-up fools.
    We’ll see Vick, Burress, Ochopunko, Quicy Carter, Pacboy, T.O., Haynesworthless and we’ll even throw in wanna-be’s like Shockey & Tank Johnson and have ESPN do 24-hour coverage with all those fine journalists.

  12. realityonetwo says: Aug 3, 2009 11:26 PM

    If you think I’m gonna waste time on twitter just to partake of this idiotic banter, you’re crazy.

  13. Abe Froeman says: Aug 3, 2009 11:34 PM

    It’s a walk off.

  14. mborz says: Aug 3, 2009 11:42 PM

    I’m not sure how any Bengals fan could take issue with what Schlereth said.
    As a non-Bengals fan, I like Chad, and find him entertaining, and I like watching him. So I could really care less if he ever “gets it” or not.
    But if he were on my team, I’d hate him for the distractions and tantrums. Fighting in the locker room at halftime during a playoff game. Yelling at Palmer on the sidelines. Demanding to be traded. The list goes on.
    I don’t like Schlereth, but he’s right on this one. If Chad started becoming a leader of that team and became a unifying force, there’s no question it would make them better.

  15. Abe Froeman says: Aug 3, 2009 11:59 PM

    100% agreement with Kidekk

  16. boomerterp says: Aug 4, 2009 12:31 AM

    Schlereth has a super bowl ring from the 92 Redskins, and I believe he has one from Denver. He has a clue. But he not as good as Jaws or Clayton.

  17. BuckyBadger says: Aug 4, 2009 12:38 AM

    Tweeting is for teenage girls.

  18. bbq says: Aug 4, 2009 12:40 AM

    Mark Schlereth is a douche, and he just proves it with this crap.

  19. CincyJungle says: Aug 4, 2009 1:39 AM

    Mark Schlereth is making the exact same points that Solomon Wilcots has aimed at Chad as well. The sad truth is Chad has no interest in being a leader. I think Laverneus Coles is filling that role for the wide receivers and is a perfect counter balance to Chad. I am sure the Bengals had that partially in mind in acquiring him and letting TJ go.

  20. sevendollarbologna says: Aug 4, 2009 3:13 AM

    Schlereth is a douch, like everyone else on ESPN.

  21. organizedchaos says: Aug 4, 2009 5:08 AM

    lol people actually being negative towards Schlereth comments. Amazing. He speaks truth here. I don’t know how ANYONE can even argue with what he said.
    And Kidekk, Wah, wah, wah, you just sound like a fan that got your feelings hurt because the TV analyst disagrees with you a few times. And Schlereth has spoken positively about a lot of players, maybe ones you don’t like but it’s people like you who filter that out and hear only the negative. No, he’s not right all the time – no one is. In this case, he was justified.

  22. Ashley Schaeffer BMW says: Aug 4, 2009 5:09 AM

    But we all agree right? Schlereth is a touch gay.

  23. jsavage58 says: Aug 4, 2009 6:27 AM

    Schlereth=doooooooooooooooooosh

  24. PatPatriot says: Aug 4, 2009 8:33 AM

    I stopped TIVO’ing NFL Live mainly due to Schlereth. The show has absolutely no content and is just a collection of corny cliches and highlights. I was less educated about the NFL after viewing this show. I can’t stand Trey Wingo either.

  25. Cleric John Preston says: Aug 4, 2009 8:40 AM

    Man, what a bunch of tools on this forum.
    Schlereth is dead on in talking about Ocho Cinco. Chad Johnson doesn’t LOVE the game of football anymore, he loves the fame and the bells and whistles.
    And btw, he’s dead on about his spygate rage, it doesn’t matter whether Walsh was legit or not.
    Schlereth loves the game, which is more than I can say for a lot of current players or people in the media.
    The state of the game is sad in as much as the players are getting paid more than they’ve ever been paid in history but now turn a nose up at team unity and the players that came before them and made teh game great.
    Football is the best team sport there is, and its about the guts and the glory.
    Fools like Chad Johnson are the ones gay-ing the game up (no offense gay people out there)

  26. GangGreenPhan says: Aug 4, 2009 9:21 AM

    Abe Froeman says:
    August 3, 2009 11:34 PM
    It’s a walk off.
    ————————————————-
    Funniest shit I’ve seen on this site in a while. Kudos.

  27. creelington says: Aug 4, 2009 9:23 AM

    Schlereth is a dirtbag. Every night i turn espn on and there he is, trashing somebody else. I swear i dont think ive ever heard a positive comment come out of his mouth.
    Schlereth needs to get over it, your washed up mark, you cant cut it anymore on the gridiron, he knows it and thats what makes him so bitter.
    Mark schlereth go jump into a trash can becuase you sir are garbage.

  28. RaidersSavior says: Aug 4, 2009 9:25 AM

    @Abe…
    Instead of “100% agreeing” with someone else’s post – how bout you be a man (Boy) and step up to the plate to create your own thoughts/opinions…
    Or did mom tell you that you aren’t allowed to do that yet!

  29. Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Aug 4, 2009 9:53 AM

    “That might be the most arrogant, douchebaggian statement ever uttered by”
    Well then, that just about says it all

  30. texline says: Aug 4, 2009 9:58 AM

    No mensa candidates they, but Mark is in a battle of wits with a guy that has no ammunition. Also, if you are gonna call someone a douche, at least take the time to ensure that it is spelled right. The whole world knows that Chad Johnson is a cancer(rectal cancer I assume, since he is such an a$$). His vanity, coupled with his limited intelligence, has turned him into Mr. Insignificant, a truth that Chad Johnsons greatest fan(Chad Johnson) can’t handle.

  31. FLORIOLEADSWITNESSES says: Aug 4, 2009 10:09 AM

    WHAT IS THIS TWITTER THING YOU SPEAK OF?

  32. The Rural Juror says: Aug 4, 2009 10:30 AM

    Come on Florio, you’re slipping-
    This was the perfect story to link to Jake Jarmel- “I didn’t know that I was required to catch the mood of each caller!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rd7j-aSqFU

  33. patsSB44champs says: Aug 4, 2009 10:31 AM

    Kidekk says:
    August 3, 2009 10:48 PM
    Mark Schlereth is one of the worst analysts on TV. He’s just a blowhard that thinks he knows everything about everything and likes to jump on the pile. Wasn’t he the guy who was calling for the Pats blood even after it was determined that Matt Walsh was lying through his teeth, and even his fellow analysts were looking at him thinking, “what is wrong with this guy?” And yes, the guy is a hater (I hate that word) because all he does is go on TV and talk bad about people based on press conferences and TD celebrations. And speaking of playing with an injury, Chad Johnson was playing with a torn labrum last year, wasn’t he? Let Mark Schlereth try catching high passes or getting off a jam with a torn labrum.
    Yep. I painfully remember this sad episode myself; it was literally Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone’s empty vault all over again.
    But I must agree with Schlereth on Johnson/OchoStinko. When was the last time Hanging Chad did anything on the field anyway? Five years ago?

  34. billsfanaddict says: Aug 4, 2009 10:32 AM

    Whoa, hold on a sec…. kidkk… i’m sure youve been a patsies fan since, um what 2001 is about when that bandwagon got re-wheeled right so then probably.
    Lemme just make sure this is really f’in clear Matt Walsh didnt lie and was never “proven” to have lied. People that had the evidence set it to flame, if anything thats “proof” that he was probably telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
    Only problem with Spygate is that the Patsies weren’t an NCAA Team b/c their tainted foil Rings would be taken and their additional punishments would have been severe enough to deter the crime of constintly cheating your way to victory.

  35. The Rural Juror says: Aug 4, 2009 10:32 AM

    Andd then there’s:
    Lippman: And, anyway I was just reading your final edit, um, there seems to be an inordinate number of exclamation points.
    Elaine: Well, I felt that the writing lacked certain emotion and intensity.
    Lippman: Oh, “It was damp and chilly afternoon, so I decided to put on…my sweatshirt!”
    Elaine: Right, well…
    Lippman: You put an exclamation point after sweatshirt?
    Elaine: That’s that’s correct, I-I felt that the character doesn’t like to be ch-ch-chilly…
    Lippman: I see… “I pulled the lever on the machine, but the Clark bar…didn’t come out!” Exclamation point?
    Elaine: Well, yeah, you know how frustrating that can be when you keep putting quarters and quarters in to machine and then *prrt* nothing comes out…
    Lippman: Get rid of the exclamation points…
    Elaine: Ok, ok ok …
    Lippman: I hate exclamation points…

  36. MileHighTraitor says: Aug 4, 2009 10:33 AM

    Schlereth was on “Guiding Light” 2 years ago.
    That makes him a thespian.
    Thespian = Borderline Homo.

  37. KeepingCincyReal says: Aug 4, 2009 10:55 AM

    For all of you wondering what Cincinnati bengals fans think of the Tweet fight? We love it and we love Chad. Chad is the most popular athlete in Cincinnati. Bengal or Red…..hands down……like Stinky, the only people who dont like Chad are the stereotypical redneck, keep your mouth shut, so what you amke more money than we make in a lifetime, playerhating, sports talk radio loving white guys who hate black men with a mouth especially flaunting their great athletic ability in front of people who really dont like people of color. I guess Mark forgot Chad played all last year with a “jacked up shoulder” from an injury suffered in preseason game number 1. And unless i fogot something, Mark “Stinky” Schlerth wasn’t that good anyway. Comparing Mark Stinky Schlerth to Chad #85 is like comparing damon Bailey, JJ Redick and Adam morrison to Micheal Jordan. YOU CANT……….STFU Mark Schelrth and dont worry Chad #85………you know we have your back in the community even if the racist Cincinnati media (and we know who they are) dont. Keep it real Chad!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is a reason we “dominate the sports world”..it’s because we are better than the Mark Stinky” Schlerth’s of the world.

  38. madM100 says: Aug 4, 2009 11:08 AM

    what a waste of time. I hate jim rome more than fire eating ants in my pants

  39. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 4, 2009 11:38 AM

    schlereth is right. i doubt chad will listen.

  40. footballnut says: Aug 4, 2009 12:23 PM

    So when two turds are yelling back and forth to each other, and no one is around to see, do they still make a fart sound?

  41. Kidekk says: Aug 4, 2009 1:09 PM

    billsfanaddict says:
    August 4, 2009 10:32 AM
    Whoa, hold on a sec…. kidkk… i’m sure youve been a patsies fan since, um what 2001 is about when that bandwagon got re-wheeled right so then probably.
    Lemme just make sure this is really f’in clear Matt Walsh didnt lie and was never “proven” to have lied. People that had the evidence set it to flame, if anything thats “proof” that he was probably telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
    Only problem with Spygate is that the Patsies weren’t an NCAA Team b/c their tainted foil Rings would be taken and their additional punishments would have been severe enough to deter the crime of constintly cheating your way to victory.
    ———————–
    Not a Pats fan, and have never been one, or will I ever.

  42. Marconi says: Aug 4, 2009 1:36 PM

    I’m not a bengals fan, but I like Chad, I think he’s one of top 5 WR in the league.
    He’s fun to watch, I like what he brought to the NFL, he’s funny , never did anything unprofessional out of the field, I mean what the heck do you want from this guy.
    Ochocinco, don’t change man,be yourself .

  43. KeepingCincyReal says: Aug 4, 2009 2:07 PM

    Marconi says:
    August 4, 2009 1:36 PM
    I’m not a bengals fan, but I like Chad, I think he’s one of top 5 WR in the league.
    He’s fun to watch, I like what he brought to the NFL, he’s funny , never did anything unprofessional out of the field, I mean what the heck do you want from this guy.
    Ochocinco, don’t change man,be yourself
    Black men who dont “tow the party line” or “kiss the white media’s ass” are seen as a threat. Plain and simple

  44. LunarTide says: Aug 5, 2009 11:37 PM

    He’s gay, and he’s a douche.
    Really? are we nine?
    10th round pick 12 seasons, twenty-nine surgeries. Nails. 20 surgeries on his f’ing knees. O’linemen can talk any day of the week in my football world, because they ARE football.

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