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It’s official: Chad will remain Ochocinco

Earlier this year, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco declared that he’ll change his name back to Johnson.  Some thought that he was planning for being cut by the Bengals and joining a team that already has a player who wears number 85.  Others (i.e., us) thought that Chad realized his long-term, off-field interests would better be served by losing a name that originally was intended to be a one-year gimmick, fueled by the league’s decision to fine him for once wearing the words “Ocho Cinco” over his name plate before a game.

Appearing with Buck and Kincade on WCNN in Atlanta (via, Ochocinco said he’s sticking with his adopted name.

“Why would I mess up the brand?” Ochocinco said.  “I can’t mess up the brand.  I have so much going on. . . .  I [said] that to piss off the people at ESPN.”

We’re not sure why that would piss people off at ESPN.  Then again, we’re not sure why he does many of the things he does.

And we say that with full knowledge that it will put us in line for another promised ass whooping.

Oh well.  I’ll blame it on Rosenthal.

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34 Responses to “It’s official: Chad will remain Ochocinco”
  1. bigdan7885 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:04 PM

    Now I can sleep at night. Thank you.

  2. broncostebow15 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:05 PM

    Chad is a joke.

  3. EJ says: Mar 4, 2011 2:06 PM

    Then again, we’re not sure why he does many of the things he does.

    Is anybody sure? What about Chad himself?

    “I can’t mess up the brand. I have so much going on. . . .


  4. stubbyjones says: Mar 4, 2011 2:06 PM

    Thank goodness! With all of the turmoil and uncertainty going on in this world, I relish the good news from the one known as Ocho!

    Gimme a break.

  5. 3octaveFart says: Mar 4, 2011 2:06 PM

    “I [said] that to piss off the people at ESPN.”

    Suuuure he did.
    He just found out the league would make him pay for all the unsold “Ochocinco” merchandise.

  6. george1859 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:08 PM

    Slow news day?
    Who effin cares…

  7. bengalsown says: Mar 4, 2011 2:09 PM

    I bet he’s just waiting until Nike takes over the NFL jerseys, so that he doesn’t have to buy the remaining stock of his Reebok jerseys

  8. house068 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:10 PM

    So glad that I know this now. I couldn’t go another second without knowing what he would have on his back in 2011.

  9. harpoo51 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:10 PM

    This is also official: This guy is an idiot. Film at 11.

  10. vladdrac69 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:11 PM

    Let’s put this in the “Who Cares?” column.

  11. JeffreyAuburnDixon says: Mar 4, 2011 2:11 PM

    If anyone ever needed to donate their concussion-damaged brain to science, it’s this guy.

  12. laxer37 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:13 PM

    It’s official: Chad will remain irrelevant.

  13. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 4, 2011 2:14 PM

    Who cares……………his play on the field has fallen off a cliff the last two years………Gimmicks and talk shows is all he has left…………..

  14. bruisedegos says: Mar 4, 2011 2:15 PM

    Whew! Now that this has been taken care of, I can start to worry about the labor issues.

  15. help me says: Mar 4, 2011 2:16 PM

    I can now die in peace.

  16. jhorton83 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:17 PM

    It would piss off the blowhards at ESPN because they’ll think it’s another example of him being “selfish”. Especially that histrionic airhead Skip Bayless. Of course, Carson Palmer’s demands for a trade and threats of retirement are in no way him being selfish. He just wants to “go somewhere where he can win”.

  17. billinva says: Mar 4, 2011 2:20 PM

    I care, really I do. I guess it proves he doesn’t drop everything.

  18. sj39 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:24 PM

    Well, that’s a relief.

  19. snnyjcbs says: Mar 4, 2011 2:25 PM

    Who cares, this dude and all that comes with him is getting so old. You put up with it “maybe” if the guy could play and mattered. He is all mouth and plays great in his own mind. How much longer before this guy rides off into the sunset?, not long I hope.

  20. neverend1 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:37 PM

    I like his jacket in the picture, where can I get it?


  21. lucky5927 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:39 PM

    A sure sign he will not be back with the Bengals. Plenty of Chad Johnson’s in the world. Only one drama queen named Chad Ochocinco.

  22. teddy0000 says: Mar 4, 2011 2:44 PM

    It’s official: I still don’t care!!!

  23. geniusesq says: Mar 4, 2011 3:00 PM

    Good for Chad. He wont re-adopt his real last name until Evelyn takes the rest of his money.

    Evelyn #Duh Winning.

  24. nflallyear says: Mar 4, 2011 3:21 PM

    Any news about this clown is wasted space. The only reason he’s not slinging burgers at some grease shack is because he can ctach a football.

    Go away. Leave us all alone already.

  25. granadafan says: Mar 4, 2011 3:33 PM

    Certifiably nuts. Anyone who buys any chad merchandise is a tool.

  26. riverhorsey says: Mar 4, 2011 3:37 PM

    who the hell cares when you got Charlie Sheen to entertain you.

  27. jerruhjones says: Mar 4, 2011 3:43 PM

    It’s official. I don’t care.

  28. favrefan says: Mar 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    And you wonder why Palmer wants out? Guess right, Chad O-No Stinkco

  29. smootysmoot says: Mar 4, 2011 4:37 PM

    Why, Why do we even need to know about this? As a player, I would be embarrassed that I’m in the press more for the changing of my name than my good play. Stop talking about this guy and the Bengals as well!

  30. ham1 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:42 PM

    Sinking to new depths of boredom are we?

  31. snargi01 says: Mar 4, 2011 4:49 PM

    It might be that the government turned down his application to change his name. There are a lot of public records that have to be updated when a name is changed.

  32. joshh967 says: Mar 4, 2011 5:12 PM

    I don’t get why everyone is so bent out of shape. I like hearing when nfl players actually show a human side and prove they are not as disconnected from reality as we believe them to be. In the midst of all these negotiations and seriousness of the nfl, I’m glad someone can show a brighter side and show that the NFL is just a sport and most of the time a joke.

  33. Patriot42 says: Mar 4, 2011 5:13 PM

    This is great news! Now we all can cheer.

  34. dukeofthedawgpound says: Mar 4, 2011 5:29 PM

    Aren’t his “15 minutes of fame” up yet ?

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