Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco predicted before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions that he would be fined for his planned post-touchdown celebration.
He was right.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Ochocinco has been fined $30,000 for putting on a poncho and sombrero on the sideline after he scored against the Lions.
Schefter reports that the league wrote a letter to Ochocinco saying, “During the second quarter of the Bengals qame, you were observed gesturing for, and then wearing, a decorative poncho and sombrero in the bench area.”
The letter also explained that the premeditated nature of Ochocinco’s celebration — and the fact that he told Schefter on Twitter that he planned to do it — made it worse than any ordinary post-touchdown celebration.
“Compounding your violation is the fact that your actions were premeditated and deliberate,” the letter to Ochocinco said. “Prior to the game on your publicly accessible Twitter account, you posted the following: ‘@adam_schefter what I’ve planned for today will get me fined when I score but it’s so worth it.’ “
No word from Ochocinco yet on whether he still thinks it’s worth it, now that it cost him $30,000.