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NFL says Ochocinco can’t reimburse Foster

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Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco has offered to reimburse Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster if Foster is fined for his hit on Ochocinco in Thursday night’s game.

If Ochocinco follows through on that offer, he could be fined himself.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to PFT that it is not permitted for a player to pay another player’s fine. Anyone who’s fined by the NFL has to pay the fine himself, and no kind of reimbursement, by anyone, is allowed.

So we’ll see next week if the NFL fines Foster for the hit, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. And then if Ochocinco follows through on his promise, we’ll see how much the NFL fines a player for paying the fine of another player.

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85 Responses to “NFL says Ochocinco can’t reimburse Foster”
  1. transam7816 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:35 AM

    Too easy to get around. Hey foster..lets have breakfast. Here’s 20,020.57. Keep the change

  2. nannymcsack says: Aug 20, 2011 10:38 AM

    hogwash

  3. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 20, 2011 10:38 AM

    Just buy the dude’s autograph/jersey for whatever the fine is plus a dollar.

    But still, the NFL has no business regulating Ochocinco’s money.

  4. Adam Tabaka says: Aug 20, 2011 10:39 AM

    Goodell blows.

  5. mostpeopledontknowwhattheyaretalkingabout says: Aug 20, 2011 10:39 AM

    The nfl is running their show like commies ..

    He can give whoever he wants 20 grand

  6. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:39 AM

    Is the NFL arrogant enough to think they can police this? When is enough for these communists?

  7. brs027 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:40 AM

    Well I guess NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello is just going to have to get a big CHILD PLEASE!

  8. richm2256 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:41 AM

    So if an anonymous plain brown envelope with $20K happens to end up in Foster’s mailbox…..

    Nah, be more like 85’s style to just cut TWO checks and laugh about it.

    By the way, he may be on our team now, but I’m STILL not going to go for that “Ochocinco” crap… he’s either Chad, CJ, or plain ol “85”, to me. Can’t imagine Bill Belichick calling him “Ocho” either.

  9. CKL says: Aug 20, 2011 10:41 AM

    Dumb rule.
    Sad thing is as stupid as it is, it’s not even close to the dumbest.
    Chad shouldn’t have announced it because now “they” will be watching to see if he does it or not. What are they, the IRS now????

  10. cardsfann1 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:42 AM

    Losing respect for Goodell more and more every day.

  11. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 20, 2011 10:43 AM

    Yeh, well Ocho can give him $13,000 without the guy owing any taxes on it(one can gift $13,000 per year to anyone they want w/o tax implications). Then he could turn around and give the guy $7,000 Jan 1 2012 and there is NOTHING the NFL could do about that. The only thing they can do is not allow Ocho to pay the fine for the guy in the first place.

  12. giraffesturbation says: Aug 20, 2011 10:43 AM

    What kind of ridiculous organization tells a man what he can and can’t do with his own money?

  13. kspec1982 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:44 AM

    So is the NFL going to send out a secret spy to follow chad everywhere he gose to make sure he dosen’t give foster any money?

    Me thinks the NFL should stay out of it if Chad didn’t have a prob with the hit then the NFL shouldn’t eaither.

  14. bowlhounds says: Aug 20, 2011 10:52 AM

    transam7816 says:
    Aug 20, 2011 10:35 AM
    Too easy to get around. Hey foster..lets have breakfast. Here’s 20,020.57. Keep the change

    I agree with you on this as to the end result, but alas because Ocho plays for BB, the haters and jealous losers will come up with another conspiracy theory that will somehow have BB cheating and trying to rule the world ( isn’t that how it works Bozo(the clown)).

  15. wtfru2 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:52 AM

    So, is the NFL going to monitor their checking accounts now? How else would they know if he gives him the money? Too much control…..

  16. kayotiicdat says: Aug 20, 2011 10:53 AM

    Ocho has always done things to keep it real, i give him props for that.

  17. philyeagles5 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:53 AM

    how can you tell someone what to do with their money?

  18. joeandfresh says: Aug 20, 2011 10:53 AM

    Then, when Foster reimburses Ochocinco for HIS fine, we’ll find out how much the NFL fines players for reimbursing players on fines they earned for reimbursing players for fines.

  19. managod777 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:54 AM

    These idiots, the NFL, have too much time on his hands. Chad, as a vet, offered to relieve the rookie of th financial strain a $20.000 fine can bring, since rooks make so much less. You would think the NFL would promote things like this. Then again, it’s something Goodell wouldn’t control. Slavemaster mentality…

  20. managod777 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:55 AM

    NFL = Roger Goodell

  21. EJ says: Aug 20, 2011 10:55 AM

    The NFL can’t stop Chad from handing Foster a gift for his “birthday.”

  22. ezmoover says: Aug 20, 2011 10:56 AM

    OK. I get it.

    The NFL can tell players what they cannot do with their own money.

    But the NFL also cannot tell a player (like Dez Bryant and all his “jewry”) what they can do with their money.

  23. gt40bear says: Aug 20, 2011 10:58 AM

    Clean but violent hit. No fine should be forthcoming! However I’m sure the No-contact Football League Czar will fine Foster so he can ease his inadequacy issues. Keep going GODell, you’ll have the NFL go the way of NASCRAP! Have you seen their attendance lately?

  24. 3octaveFart says: Aug 20, 2011 10:58 AM

    They should just take turns paying each others fines.
    That would drive Goodell crazy, and make him look like a fool in the process…

  25. frankvzappa says: Aug 20, 2011 11:00 AM

    Another example of an authoritarian organization trying to emulate the US gov by dramatically overstepping its’ bounds without regard to reason and logic.

  26. jesse1834 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:03 AM

    It’s his money NFL!!! He can do what ever the he wants with it. Goodell has to go, this guy is losing his marbles and thinks he’s God.

  27. b1unt3d says: Aug 20, 2011 11:04 AM

    Even scalpers know how to get around stuff like this..

  28. iminyrhead says: Aug 20, 2011 11:05 AM

    Next, Roger changes NFL to NCFL … National Communist Football League ..

  29. 3octaveFart says: Aug 20, 2011 11:05 AM

    At least 85 is keeping himself in the spotlight, which is exactly what Belichick didn’t want…

  30. stevesabato says: Aug 20, 2011 11:06 AM

    It’s a fine within a fine…

  31. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 20, 2011 11:07 AM

    AND Chad just got two more free rounds of advertising for his TV show, or shoes, or whatever the hell else he is selling now.

    With one tweet. Sure beats getting stomped on by a bull.

    Smart dude! Can’t get open against cornerbacks worth a crap anymore, but he is one smart businessman! Patriot fans should be so proud.

  32. bigperm33 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:08 AM

    How can the NFL stop one player from giving another player money? Maybe they can not accept payment from another player, but if Chad, or anyone else, wants to send Foster money, the NFL can’t stop it, and just looks stupid (and petty) in trying to do that. Basically what this is is another wonderful PR move by the NFL – way to make a story out of a non-story and keep it in the media that the league in complete overreaction is fining players for playing football.

  33. idolized1 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:09 AM

    3octaveFart says: Aug 20, 2011 10:58 AM

    They should just take turns paying each others fines.
    That would drive Goodell crazy, and make him look like a fool in the process…
    —————————————–

    Oh I don’t know about that. I don’t think he needs the players help to make him look like a fool when he’s doing a damn good job of it himself in the first place…

  34. saintkobal says: Aug 20, 2011 11:10 AM

    I think Chads going to purchase a $20,000 Mason Foster autograph soon.

  35. prior0knowledge says: Aug 20, 2011 11:11 AM

    Let’s see. The rules are that no one can reimburse another person’s fine.

    Most of the posters here are recommending that since it is impossible to police such a rule, Ocho should do it anyway.

    Nice to know the level of morals/ethics in this group.

  36. pooponurface says: Aug 20, 2011 11:13 AM

    Sounds like there needs to be a 20,000 game of Texas Hold’em, in which a certain Mr. Ochocinco goes all in with 10 high.

  37. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 20, 2011 11:14 AM

    There are ways around it…maybe OchoCinco decides to buy Foster’s lawnmower for a price of $20,000…

  38. jmat40 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:15 AM

    If you want to be stupid and reimburse a guy if he gets fined for hitting you that’s up to you in my opinion.
    However, don’t Tweet about it and don’t talk about it publicly. Give the guy a call to arrange it or see him in person at some point and conduct business. No one else needs to know about it. Especially the NFL Brass.

  39. buryyourduke says: Aug 20, 2011 11:15 AM

    The league wants to regulate every aspect of their players’ lives. Sound familiar? Looking at you Federal government.

  40. jmat40 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:18 AM

    The Steelers tried to warn the rest of the league. This is why, as a team, they voted down the new CBA. They knew it was a bad deal and they certainly knew Roger Goodell is a dictator.

  41. jessieboom says: Aug 20, 2011 11:19 AM

    Now this is bull poop. They’ll still do it anyway, but to say you can’t is poop poop poop.

  42. maddogwhite says: Aug 20, 2011 11:21 AM

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Ochocinco knew the NFL wouldn’t allow him to pay BEFORE he made the offer. Ochocinco is cagy like a fox, a master self-promoter, and one of the most interesting people in the history of the league. A lot of people don’t know that at road games, Chad selects a local eatery, picks up the tab for anyone there and mingles and signs autographs — even with the opposing fans. What’s not to like about the guy?

    Oh and screw, Goodell. It’s amazing they can find a stadium to fit both him and his giant ego at the same time.

  43. sowcrates says: Aug 20, 2011 11:23 AM

    I sympathize with you guys who think it’s dumb to think the NFL can prevent this…keep in mind that the NFL is not dumb. They know that if Chad REALLY wants to give Foster the money, he’s going to do it and there’s nothing the NFL can do about it.

    That being said, all fine money gets donated, it might be a better gesture to make Foster donate, and then for Ocho to match that donation

  44. ocgunslinger says: Aug 20, 2011 11:26 AM

    Roger should go to Martha’s Vineyards for a vacation and return in March 2012

  45. dgforreal says: Aug 20, 2011 11:28 AM

    Wow. I’ve never really been one to speak against the NFL brass simply because I don’t tune in to watch them play on Sundays, but this is ridiculous.

  46. wreckingcrewwarrior says: Aug 20, 2011 11:29 AM

    Hey Chad give me the cash, I’ll make sure he gets it.

  47. dgforreal says: Aug 20, 2011 11:29 AM

    Also, I doubt if this is his first offense that he’d be fined 20 g’s.

  48. buzmeg says: Aug 20, 2011 11:29 AM

    First 85inco should have just kept his mouth shut and sent the guy the $$ without any fanfare. However, as the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat and all the alternatives mentioned above are viable.

  49. flakazoid says: Aug 20, 2011 11:31 AM

    See…
    This guy just can’t shut up and play football. It’s impossible. It’s just going to get more and more outrageous as the season goes on…until he crosses the line. The Patriots are going to regret this. Just sayin’.

  50. aclassyguyfromaclassytown says: Aug 20, 2011 11:32 AM

    Good luck with this one NFL. Try to keep a guy from writing another guy a check, or just giving him stright up cash.

  51. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Aug 20, 2011 11:34 AM

    Still rooting for Chad, hope he gets his ring like Dillon did. But he needs to watch the twitter antics. I know this is a cool thing he said, but I’m not so sure BB will be down with it. Your with a real team now Chad, keep quiet!

  52. FinFan68 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:39 AM

    @CKL:
    I don’t think it is a dumb rule. I think it is there so that a scrub can’t be sent in as a hitman. The rule makes sense but it was never considered that the person who got hit would try to pay the fine. If it was anybody else trying to do it, it would look like a “bounty”.

    That said. How is it even possible to enforce? Once a player is paid, the NFL is done with monitoring the transaction.

    The issue here is that Chad had to get publicity for the gesture. I have no problem with him doing it, but he should have kept it quiet if he really wanted to help the kid.

  53. minkytails says: Aug 20, 2011 11:40 AM

    Dear Ochocinco,

    If the NFL fines you for reimbursing Mr. Foster for what was a perfectly legal and fair hit (which is why they still call it football, yes clearly Mr Fairwell wants to make it flag football), then I will reimburse you for said fine. Let the NFL come after me. Oh wait, they did already for my website. Dogs!

  54. seneca1ss says: Aug 20, 2011 11:40 AM

    Hey fellow NFL fans,

    The Commish’s next genius move: last year he said “I can see the SuperBowl being played oversees someday”

    Why don’t we just give it to the highest bidder like Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates (what a joke)

  55. groundpounder95 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:44 AM

    thereisalwaysnextyear:

    Yeh, well Ocho can give him $13,000 without the guy owing any taxes on it(one can gift $13,000 per year to anyone they want w/o tax implications). Then he could turn around and give the guy $7,000 Jan 1 2012 and there is NOTHING the NFL could do about that. The only thing they can do is not allow Ocho to pay the fine for the guy in the first place.

    thereisalwaysnextyear = NERD

  56. alphaq2 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:51 AM

    Laughable. Godell doesn’t realize that the nfl is not the irs.

  57. guppies66 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:53 AM

    Thank God someone with intelligence is running the NFL!
    None of the idiot posters here are smart enough to understand the salary cap and punitive reasons for not permitting anyone other than the player to pay their own fine.
    Obviously the league cannot do anything about secret and unknown transactions, but when players announce their intended rules violations, the league should deal with them harshly.

    Signed, Someone Smarter Than All Of You

  58. t16rich says: Aug 20, 2011 11:58 AM

    Straight cash homie. Under the table. Ocho can do what he wants.

  59. snccoach says: Aug 20, 2011 12:35 PM

    Somebody call Mike Tice! I guarantee you he has a solution to this!

  60. btintampa says: Aug 20, 2011 12:38 PM

    The NFL is getting fascist and dictatorial. Who the hell are they to tell Chad Ochocinco what he can and cannot do with his own money.

    I think Chad’s very classy move should start a precedent. The NFL makes a call on a play and determines whether there should be a fine, but the players are in a position to “veto” overzealous officials who are going overboard and ruining the game. If there is a fine, such as Suh on Dalton, and Dalton doesn’t step up, then you know the fine is justified.

  61. btintampa says: Aug 20, 2011 12:48 PM

    You have to ask yourself who is behind the NFL. The fact that it is based in Manhattan is not a good sign. This kind of arrogant, dictatorial behavior makes me think the Bas&*(#ds at the Council of Foreign Relations and the rest of the Rockefeller scum are trying to use the NFL to train people into thinking they are just plebs, so be pushed around at the whims of the elite. Chad would show serious cojones to openly defy Goodell and hand Foster a check in front of a camera. He is not only challenging the dictatorship of Goodell, but also, symbolically, the powers above that rotate our red and blue presidents every few terms (Unless, of course, you vote for Ron Paul).

  62. macker1283 says: Aug 20, 2011 12:51 PM

    I’m sure Belichick just loves that Ochocinco is making himself the center of attention once again just a month into his Patriot career.

  63. ickeywoods says: Aug 20, 2011 1:02 PM

    One thing that everyone seems to be missing is that Chad already knew he couldn’t pay another person’s fine. He found out first hand when he wore #15 in the game following Chris Henry’s death. The NFLPA offered to cover his fine but the NFL wouldn’t allow it. This is just Chad being Chad, trying to get attention.

  64. chadmurdigan says: Aug 20, 2011 1:03 PM

    Chad’s going to the woodhouse with Belichick for attracting all this attention!

  65. jagmania65 says: Aug 20, 2011 1:06 PM

    NFL = No Financial Advice League

  66. edukator4 says: Aug 20, 2011 1:09 PM

    sounds like ocho will need to donate 20,000 to the foster fund

  67. realitypolice says: Aug 20, 2011 1:09 PM

    I’m pretty sure Johnson could find a way to get Foster the money without the league finding out about it.

  68. enders9 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:02 PM

    prior0knowledge says: Aug 20, 2011 11:11 AM

    Let’s see. The rules are that no one can reimburse another person’s fine.

    Most of the posters here are recommending that since it is impossible to police such a rule, Ocho should do it anyway.

    Nice to know the level of morals/ethics in this group.

    ——————————————————–

    It’s more so the fact that they (the NFL) have no legal grounds to tell ANYONE what they can or cannot spend their money on.

  69. gfan8611 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:07 PM

    Ochocinco should pay the fine if it’s levied. Then an uninvolved player should pay his, then another pays that guys and so on and so forth. Let’s see if we can get every player in the league involved. And for the grand finale the players can throw Roger a blanket party in an IHOP parking lot.

  70. travispeters1 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:29 PM

    “The League” aka Goodell has TOO MUCH Power

  71. drmichaelstevenlee says: Aug 20, 2011 2:33 PM

    Shipoopi, shipoopi… Ocho needs to do Peter Griffin’s song after a touchdown. He will still be Chad for good or worse…
    Gotta love how everybody thinks he’s such a stand up dude in New England and a trouble-maker when playing for the bengals when he hasn’t changed anything about his personality. It says more about the whimsicality of fandom.
    I’m onboard with Chad’s bandwagon, but I’ve been driving the muth***a for years as a Cinci fan.
    I watched the play. It wasn’t leading with the helmet, he led with a shoulder pad and Chad was still in the motion of catching the ball, cleaner than Ray Lewis’s hit last year when Ray Ray led with his helmet and ended up hitting Chad’s helmet off.
    Use a percentage for fines Goodell or it isn’t fair to low salary players. Chad is still a stand up highly moral guy and still my favorite player.

  72. pigskin28 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:36 PM

    I do not know what world you all live in that you believe you can do whatever. I work for a business where you can’t even accept gifts from your customers over $50 much less a peer.

    And that’s due to Federal law. So once again, either this place is overrun by kids or a buncha fast food employees.

  73. Little Earthquake says: Aug 20, 2011 2:38 PM

    What a load of BS. It’s his money, he can do whatever he wants with it.

  74. Deb says: Aug 20, 2011 2:44 PM

    I’m not an Ocho fan, but if he’s against Goodell’s fining nonsense, then reimbursing Foster privately wouldn’t have made a statement about it. So good for him. If nothing else, he can get with Foster and publicly make a $20,000 to his favorite charity. Penalties should be flagged on the field, not fined after the fact.

  75. bradentonbuc says: Aug 20, 2011 2:59 PM

    The NFL brass are GODS! Just ask them. And if you don’t like it they will take their ball and go home.

  76. senordickhaus says: Aug 20, 2011 3:02 PM

    Ocho has made his fair share of bonehead moves in his career, but for every one bad story I read about him, I read five more illustrating his goodwill. This guy is a good player, and an exceptional person. Kudos for 85 keeping it real in an environment full of self-absorption and arrogance.

  77. enders9 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:04 PM

    pigskin28 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:36 PM

    I do not know what world you all live in that you believe you can do whatever. I work for a business where you can’t even accept gifts from your customers over $50 much less a peer.

    And that’s due to Federal law. So once again, either this place is overrun by kids or a buncha fast food employees.

    ——————————————–

    Is Foster now a customer of Chad?

  78. grogansheroes says: Aug 20, 2011 3:05 PM

    jmat40 says:
    Aug 20, 2011 11:18 AM
    The Steelers tried to warn the rest of the league. This is why, as a team, they voted down the new CBA. They knew it was a bad deal and they certainly knew Roger Goodell is a dictator.

    ——————————————–
    I’ve been saying this since Spygate. A minor violation that GODell had to treat like a double homicide. The punishment, which was unfair, is what makes everyone think the Pats cheated there way to Super Bowl wins. GODell wanted to show his power at the start of his tenure.

  79. FinFan68 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:19 PM

    enders9 says:
    Aug 20, 2011 2:02 PM
    prior0knowledge says: Aug 20, 2011 11:11 AM

    Let’s see. The rules are that no one can reimburse another person’s fine.

    Most of the posters here are recommending that since it is impossible to police such a rule, Ocho should do it anyway.

    Nice to know the level of morals/ethics in this group.

    ——————————————————–

    It’s more so the fact that they (the NFL) have no legal grounds to tell ANYONE what they can or cannot spend their money on.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    While I agree with the premise that players should be allowed to spend their money as they see fit, there is a precedent for what Goodell is attempting to do. Players can’t spend their own money in Vegas betting on NFL games, can they?

    Goodell is just attempting to keep the fine system (and ultimately discipline) from being undermined by the profits the league/players enjoy. In this case it is the “injured” (for lack of a better word) player that is trying to correct an injustice. Goodell is wrong on this one…if it were a teammate rather than an opponent reimbursing the player then Goodell would have a point.

  80. pigskin28 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:23 PM

    nders9 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:04 PM

    pigskin28 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:36 PM

    I do not know what world you all live in that you believe you can do whatever. I work for a business where you can’t even accept gifts from your customers over $50 much less a peer.

    And that’s due to Federal law. So once again, either this place is overrun by kids or a buncha fast Ifood employees.

    ——————————————–

    Is Foster now a customer of Chad?

    Oh lord have mercy

  81. goforthanddie says: Aug 20, 2011 4:16 PM

    Next CBA, the players’ first demand needs to be Goddell’s head on a silver platter.

  82. enders9 says: Aug 20, 2011 7:38 PM

    pigskin28 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:23 PM

    nders9 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:04 PM

    pigskin28 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:36 PM

    I do not know what world you all live in that you believe you can do whatever. I work for a business where you can’t even accept gifts from your customers over $50 much less a peer.

    And that’s due to Federal law. So once again, either this place is overrun by kids or a buncha fast Ifood employees.

    ——————————————–

    Is Foster now a customer of Chad?

    Oh lord have mercy

    ————————————–

    If you don’t understand the differences in your situation and the Chad/Foster situation, then you are an idiot.

  83. mornelithe says: Aug 21, 2011 3:45 AM

    You know, it’d be really funny if Chad and Foster start this cascade effect that continues year-long. Chad pays his fine, Foster pays Chads fine, Chad pays Foster’s fine for the fine that Chad got for Paying Fosters fine, and on and on and on, for really…the entirety of their careers. That’d be hilarious.

  84. bobdawg602 says: Aug 21, 2011 8:37 AM

    Foster is trying to make a roster for petes sake! What has happened to this game anyhow? I sure wish they would let these multi millionaires hit somebody, don’t they realize them hitting each other stops me from doing a cross body block on senior citizens at the grocery store! jeez!

  85. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Aug 22, 2011 10:13 PM

    Seig Heil Goodell.

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