Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is confident that he’ll not be shut down by Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday night.
Ochocinco told Bob Costas of Football Night in America that, if Revis succeeds, Chad will change his name back to what it was before it was Ochocinco.
Actually, it wouldn’t be so simple. For the same reason that Chad wasn’t able to immediately plaster “Ochocinco” on the back of his jersey after legally changing his name in 2008, Chad will face friction from the folks at Reebok if he tried to bring back “Johnson.” You see, the folks at Reebok have a sizable inventory of jerseys for sale with “Ochocinco” on the name plate, and if Johnson decides to switch back, he might have to write a check for the value of the unsold shirts.
Of course, it all might be moot. Johnson injured a leg during pregame warmups, and he was hobbling on the field. His availability for the game suddenly is in doubt.
UPDATE: Andrea Kremer of NBC reports that Ochocinco is fine.