Week 9: Ravens at Bengals
While on the sideline during a replay review, the Bengals’ Chad Ochocinco jokingly waived a $1 bill at an official. The league sees this as no laughing matter. Ochocinco was fined $20,000 for the incident. (He was not penalized in the game for those actions.)
As Chris Mortensen of ESPN first reported, an anonymous league contact said the league treated this as if it was serious:
The integrity of the game is critical to us. Making light of bribing and gambling will not be taken lightly. His action in itself merited the fine but he acknowledged by his comments that he knew what he was doing.
Officially, the league executive vice president of football operations, Ray Anderson, stated Ochocinco was fined for the following:
Abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures toward game officials. He was also in violation of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (f) of the Playing Rules which prohibits possession or use of extraneous objects that are not part of the uniform during the game on the field or sideline.
The $20,000 fine is listed by the league’s 2009 Schedule of Fines as “verbal or other non-physical offense against [an] official.” The second offense is $40,000.
Ochocinco seems undeterred, as he hinted at some kind of stunt planned for the Week 10 contest against the Steelers. From the Ocho Cinco News Network, otherwise known as his Twitter page:
Wait till you see what I do in Pittsburgh. Remember, I set aside fine fund before the season started; I’m just starting.
We’ll be watching.
Update 11/16/09: Two receptions for 29 yards. Meh.