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Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster if he’s fined

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In the first quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game, Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster leveled Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco with a shot to the head. Foster was called for unnecessary roughness and will likely be fined.

But Ochocinco doesn’t think any fine should come. And he feels so strongly about it that he’s offering to pay the fine himself.

In a message on Twitter directed to Foster, Ochocinco wrote, “great hit last night,if u’re fined I’ll reimburse u boss.That’s the way the game should b played.”

Foster replied, “thanks Bruh I appreciate it, good luck to you too.”

I don’t know if Ochocinco’s offer was serious, and I don’t think the NFL would allow such a reimbursement, but it’s a nice gesture from Ochocinco, who doesn’t want the Bucs’ rookie linebacker to lose money on his first paycheck.

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  1. rgwhodey says: Aug 20, 2011 8:23 AM

    Happy the bengals.finally moved on but gonna miss the guy.. great work.ethic.. great receiver… New England is gonna be a great change for him.. he’s got a great attitude… Was just his time to move on.. good luck ocho

  2. xxxviichamps says: Aug 20, 2011 8:32 AM

    What a gesture from Chad. And that hit was SICK!

    But how ridiculous is it that one man cant give another man money because they work together? Is this college football?

  3. everydayimfumbilin says: Aug 20, 2011 8:32 AM

    i guess that head hit really shook him up

  4. lukeb5301 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:33 AM

    “I don’t know if Ochocinco’s offer was serious, and I don’t think the NFL would allow such a reimbursement”

    I didn’t know the NFL can tell it’s players what they spend there money on. If OchoCinco want to write a check for 20g he’ll write a check for 20gs.

  5. seneca1ss says: Aug 20, 2011 8:33 AM

    How would the commish stop a cash transaction? I’m sure he’s planning right now how to do it

    Nice to have a Middle Linebacker in Tampa who can HIT :-)

  6. medialovesthecowboys says: Aug 20, 2011 8:38 AM

    Man, you gotta love Chad.

  7. lwstarr says: Aug 20, 2011 8:38 AM

    Noble gesture, good will, all-around good guy. I’m thinking Belichick isn’t gonna like it too much – sending a message to defenders that it’s ok to hit him cuz he’ll pay their fines.

    But so far, I love me some 85.

  8. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Aug 20, 2011 8:40 AM

    As much as you do or do not like ochocincos off the field antics , it is hard to argue that he is not a great guy the way he treats fans and others around him .

  9. tdprog1 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:44 AM

    Classy move by Ocho.

  10. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 20, 2011 8:46 AM

    Relax Ocho, remember you took a big pay cut to play for the Pats

  11. thetechnocrat says: Aug 20, 2011 8:47 AM

    In other news Bill offered OuchoStinko 10 grand if he refrains from another desperate headline grab attempt for one week.
    Just
    Go
    Away

    And some wonder why NFL guys have no money when their career ends.

  12. rboyett says: Aug 20, 2011 8:47 AM

    The rules have gotten so bad that even Ochocinco can see how stupid they are.

  13. managod777 says: Aug 20, 2011 8:51 AM

    Real FOOTBALL player! They way he plays, players get hit, especially WR’s over the middle. The NFL will ensure that becomes illegal soon. Don’t be surprised if we go back to no helmets.

  14. notrelated says: Aug 20, 2011 8:54 AM

    That’s awesome.

    But..Uh.. if Ocho want’s to give this dude money I’m not really sure how the NFL is going to stop him? What do you mean the NFL wouldn’t allow such a reimbursement?

  15. rayvens says: Aug 20, 2011 8:55 AM

    This goes to show u that the fining situation is screwed up. Ocho can afford 15 fines in one season, the Bucs rookie will struggle to pay one….But I learned at a young age not to feel sorry for pple with more money than me..so oh well.

  16. l6ozbud says: Aug 20, 2011 8:57 AM

    You can say what you want about Chad (and there is a LOT to say), he has never, EVER complained about a big hit or cried about being hit too high or too hard.

  17. CKL says: Aug 20, 2011 8:57 AM

    Why is it any of the NFL’s business if Foster pays a fine and Ocho sends him a check for it?? FOR REAL??? Ye gods.

  18. evomike06 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:05 AM

    This guy may do some off the wall stuff, and be all about attention. But he is a stand up guy. He is always looking to help someone else…Thumbs up Ocho you are a character guy just like to take somethings a little to far!

  19. thesmartest1 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:05 AM

    Cool move.

  20. mjohnson062 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:06 AM

    Wow, what’s not to like about THE CHAD? Distraction? I don’t think so – only to the absolute humorless. We know Ochocinco has a “fine fund” set aside already. The NFL should allow this. At a minimum, it should help encourage our young Buc to continue playing like a warrior (don’t think he’ll ever know how to play any other way anyway). It was ultimately just one of those plays where nobody did anything wrong. Ochocinco gets my respect for making the hard catch in the middle knowing he was going to get smoked for his effort – he’s no pansy (many receivers wouldn’t have bothered).

  21. mrvikingsfan11 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:07 AM

    I’m starting to think Ocho is a better guy than people give him credit for, that was a nice offer to fellow player, great job Ocho and good luck this year to you this year also.

  22. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 20, 2011 9:09 AM

    “but it’s a nice gesture from Ochocinco, who doesn’t want the Bucs’ rookie linebacker to lose money on his first paycheck”

    — Little secret for you – Ochocinco doesn’t give a crap about Foster – he was just trying to get attention. I know that’s got to be a shocking revelation for some folks.

  23. avoidedfiend says: Aug 20, 2011 9:11 AM

    Ocho is the man. Say what you want about him, but that’s classy.

  24. doggz109 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:12 AM

    See….even the players have had enough of this “wimpification” of the NFL.

  25. wutliss07 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:13 AM

    I’ve gained a whole new respect for Ochocinco..

  26. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:14 AM

    Haha classy gesture.

  27. orangeflh says: Aug 20, 2011 9:15 AM

    Screw the NFL. If Ochocinco wants to give ANY body ANY amount of money it’s none of their concern.

  28. cleverbob says: Aug 20, 2011 9:15 AM

    Did he just ‘bruh’ the Ocho? Dude…

  29. phathead7 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:16 AM

    this shows how much the roger goodell is disliked by players.the rook might get fined for being to rough and the guy that got roughed up is willing to pay his fine.i wonder if chad will get fined for trying to pay the fine for the rook.if the players and front office are so apart on what goes on ,on the field i think it is time for a change in the front office starting with goddell.i am not talking barack obama change either .goddel must go in order for us to keep the game we love so much from being turned into something i dont reconize.does anyone even know how many rule changes goddel has made i have got tired of keeping track.seems to me every personel foul now is a fine.there is no more kickoff returns74%of kickoffs so far in preseason are touchbacks.you cant hit the qb high or low.you cant hit a defenseless wr.i know there is more somebody help me out and keep listing all the rule changes godel has made since he became commish

  30. socorocker13 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:20 AM

    Wait, now the NFL thinks they can tell players what they can and can’t do with THEIR money?

  31. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 20, 2011 9:20 AM

    If you don’t post Chad’s whole Twitter post, Mason looks stupid responding “Good luck to you too.”

  32. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:26 AM

    Now that is awesome! It was a good hard hit. If you go over the middle you’re prolly gonna get popped, thats just football. Chad didn’t have to say that but it’s cool that he did. The league needs to take a step back every now and then and just let these guys play the game

  33. mjohnson062 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:30 AM

    Starting to agree on Goodell being a problem. There was a line, somewhere, between “protecting the game” and “over-controlling douche” and he’s definitely crossed it. Seriously, the players, coaches, owners, teams, fans – nobody is in sync with what he’s doing at this point. NOBODY.

  34. cbass59 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:32 AM

    I like anyone who shows up Goodell and his “rules”.

    Never trust a guy who wants to move the SB to London.

  35. bdert says: Aug 20, 2011 9:34 AM

    Coach is gonna tell Ocho to stay off twitter with football tweets during the season…

  36. londonbengal says: Aug 20, 2011 9:37 AM

    I don’t know why so many seem surprised by this…..

    Say what you like about Chad as a player, but Bengal fans will testify that Chad has been one of the most generous sportsmen, doing loads of stuff for good causes, charities, giving of his own time freely, and even picking up the tab at entire restaurants.

    Sure, the guy has bundles of (Mike Brown’s) dollar$$$$$, but the dude doesn’t have to do it, he just has a big heart….(some would say to go with his big mouth)……

    Keep on keepin’ on Chad…….

  37. ubummer says: Aug 20, 2011 9:37 AM

    You can’t polish a turd, and this guy is a turd 100%. This is just another grandstanding gesture from a guy who lives for the limelight.

    He knew when he said it that fines cannot be reimbursed by a team or another player. It’s just for show and the sad part is that he trusted there are naive buffoons who would believe he meant it, and he was right.

    He hasn’t been the same on the field since Palmer hung him out to dry and Brian Russell of the Browns knocked him into next week. After the game he had to ask who won. The whole Foster thing is just another publicity stunt and you’re falling for it. There’s a sucker born every minute.

  38. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:06 AM

    HE’S THE GUY T.O. ALWAYS WANTED TO BE.

  39. flyeaglesfly13 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:09 AM

    What a stand up guy. He took the hit like a man, and doesn’t want a rookie, who has a lot less money than him, to have to pay for making a good hit. Now I just wish he would change his name back to Johnson

  40. TheWizard says: Aug 20, 2011 10:13 AM

    Leading with the helmet is not going to be acceptable in today’s NFL.

    These guys can learn the easy way or the hard way.

  41. enders9 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:25 AM

    ubummer says: Aug 20, 2011 9:37 AM

    You can’t polish a turd, and this guy is a turd 100%. This is just another grandstanding gesture from a guy who lives for the limelight.

    He knew when he said it that fines cannot be reimbursed by a team or another player. It’s just for show and the sad part is that he trusted there are naive buffoons who would believe he meant it, and he was right.

    He hasn’t been the same on the field since Palmer hung him out to dry and Brian Russell of the Browns knocked him into next week. After the game he had to ask who won. The whole Foster thing is just another publicity stunt and you’re falling for it. There’s a sucker born every minute.

    ———————————————

    You haters are idiots.

    The NFL can’t stop Chad from writing Foster a check. The NFL does not own Chad’s money. They can tell Chad not to reimburse Foster all they want, but in the end Chad can do whatever he wants with the money he has earned. And if it were against the rules, Chad and Foster could easily do the transaction without the NFL knowing. The NFL doesn’t have access to their bank accounts.

  42. qdog112 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:28 AM

    thetechnocrat says: Aug 20, 2011 8:47 AM

    In other news Bill offered OuchoStinko 10 grand if he refrains from another desperate headline grab attempt for one week.
    Just
    Go
    Away

    And some wonder why NFL guys have no money when their career ends.
    ——————————————————
    That’s a communist gesture, right T-bagger. Completely un-American to offer to help a guy who’s poor by NFL standards.

  43. jints3bowls says: Aug 20, 2011 10:30 AM

    Ubummer…

    Dude you got some serious trust issues. It’s just as arrogant and hateful to think Chads comment was all about him then for someone to be “naive” enough to think it was a pure good gesture…which I happen to think it was. Everything these guys do gets national media attention now, deal with it and get over those jealousy/trust issues you have built up.

  44. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 20, 2011 10:32 AM

    would of been even better if he held onto the ball….that is why we let him go….sorry guys…gonna let you in on what cinci had to find out…Ocho is good….but he is overrated big time….you will see…Brady is the key…I am still battling if he is the best QB ever…I am not a Pats fan…but I love Brady…pure leadership

  45. stonecld33 says: Aug 20, 2011 11:57 AM

    It’s like you can’t hit a receiver anymore, how else are you supposed to defend that. It’s not a malicious hit, Chad was in the process of catching the ball, should he have just let him catch it and tried to leg tackle him, I mean c’mon this is becoming a crap sissy league no fault of the players as Chad could even see. We may never see a big hit anymore.

  46. bigcity973 says: Aug 20, 2011 1:07 PM

    Damn, Ochostinko got the “cents” knocked out of him.. Literally…

    Go Green!!

  47. godofwine330 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:56 PM

    Great gesture from Ocho. It wasn’t a hard vicious hit, the LB was doing his job. I saw it live. There is no way the NFL could stop Chad from reimbursing Foster (Australian for Beer)

  48. thetechnocrat says: Aug 20, 2011 6:32 PM

    qdogwhatever number, it’s fun to call people gay isn’t it.

    go back to watching whatever political hate news you prefer or whatever point you were trying to make. leave this site for football fans.

    p.s. i don’t like people dropping balls in my mouth, but you sure think about that too much. i’m not leaving my boys around you.

  49. bucwild05 says: Aug 20, 2011 7:02 PM

    I am one to say, Ocho is one that has made the NFL a little fun again. He actually enjoys the game. He likes his celebrations. Everyone knows him for that, and he’s fun to watch. I respect the hell out of him for this statement. If the NFL continues this pace on hitting these defenders with these fines, they are going to be scared to tackle anyone, in fears of getting a fine. I miss the hard-hitting tackles that we used to see.

    All the people that are “all for player safety” My response is, they have all the protection there is, and if they are scared to get hit, play base ball or something. Hell, play golf.

  50. wikidpissah says: Aug 25, 2011 9:49 AM

    It would be a classier move if he sent the money without broadcasting it.

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