Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apparently has opted to indulge the Twitter and USTREAM tendencies of receiver Chad Ochocinco because it’s primarily harmless — and because it’s the best way to Ochocinco mentally involved.
The problem, however, is that Ochocinco will continue to push the envelope.
He recently made clear his intention to take things to the next level after the coming season ends.
Per Albert Breer of Sporting News, Ochocinco said after Thursday night’s preseason game that he plans to take up boxing.
“[W]hen I get in the ring and knock out [welterweight champ Andre] Berto, and people are like, ‘I didn’t know Chad could fight,’ I just told you,” Ochocinco said.
His desire to box comes from the fact that he included it in his training regimen during the 2009 offseason. And he’s not worried about whether his plan to box competitively will violate his contract — even though it clearly will.
What he doesn’t understand (and he’ll surely call me a “hater” for pointing this out) is that it’s not a matter of being fined. The Bengals will be able to prevent him from boxing, via an injunction.
That’s precisely what the Titans did two years ago, when former Tennessee cornerback Pacman Jones wanted to wrestle during his one-year suspension.
Of course, the Bengals could choose to let Chad box. But they’re not required to do it, and the response if they don’t like it will be much stronger than a fine.