Two years ago, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco spent the bulk of Super Bowl week trying to get himself out of Cincinnati.
This time around, Ochocinco has devoted the days leading up to the Super Bowl to bringing Terrell Owens to town.
The effort culminated on Friday night in the two players appearing together at the Chad Ochocinco Mansion Party in South Beach on Friday night. Chris Littmann of SportingNews.com was there, and he captured T.O.’s comments on video.
“I’m changing my name to Ocho Uno,” Owens told the crowd.
Before the camera rolled, Owens asked coach Marvin Lewis over the P.A. system whether any of the talk constitutes tampering.
If Lewis actually engages Owens in any such discussions, it does. Owens remains under contract to the Buffalo Bills, and while he and Ochocinco can talk all they want about playing together, any effort to involve Bengals officials in the discussion will put the Bengals in line for a tampering charge.