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For the last few years, Chad Johnson has set himself apart from the crowd. Sometimes, the Cincinnati receiver drew attention for his great play on the field, but more often he made headlines for his celebratory antics and locker room comments.
“Ocho Cinco” has, without a doubt, become one of the NFL’s most polarizing figures.
One side thinks that he’s a show boat. They don’t like his gold teeth. They think his stunts are a disgrace to the game and to the players that came before him. “Act like you’ve been there before, Chad.”
The other faction, meanwhile, seems to view him as an entertainer. “He doesn’t get in to any trouble off the field (which has been a rarity for the Bengals), so why hassle the guy for a few silly stunts? That’s just who Chad Johnson is.”
I tend to fall somewhere in the middle... A few touchdown dances are fine as long as the team is winning the game and they still have a chance of making the playoffs. Dance all you want, as long as you don’t mind paying the fines.
The talking... Well, most of that I could do without. Nobody likes a whiney millionaire.
That’s why I rolled my eyes when I saw that Chad Johnson had once again demanded a trade. Why do these guys sign deals if they don’t expect to follow through on them? In 2006, Chad signed a $35.5 million deal that will run through 2010, with a team option for 2011.
Wow, Chad. That sounds terrible. How could you possibly keep dragging yourself to work every day?
The problem is that the superstar players have figured out how to hold their teams hostage, and that’s what’s happening here. Chad says he wants to be traded to a Super Bowl contender. He says that nobody lets him have any fun in Cincinnati. And, he says, he won’t show up for anything until he gets shipped out.
Good luck, Chad. Nobody wants a loud mouth, especially an expensive, malcontent loud-mouth. No owner wants all their team’s headlines to be dominated by the antics and comments of one player. Besides, you weren’t even the best receiver on your team last year.
The owners need to make a stand here. I say let him rot if he doesn't want to play. Fine him until he has no choice but to honor the contract that he signed.
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A headless chicken festival. I don't think I need to say much more than that. Thanks colosportsfan!