Adam Schefter wrote on his Twitter.com account this morning that Chad Ochocinco won’t wear #15 for the Bengals today - in what would’ve been a tribute to his fallen teammate Chris Henry.
Yesterday Geoff Hobson reported about the possibility of the tribute on the Bengals’ official website, Bengals.com. The piece, which I linked and can still be seen in Google search results, included Ochocinco saying that he wouldn’t wear the #15 jersey if Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis deemed the move a distration.
Apparently Lewis and the Bengals did indeed convey that message to Ochocinco, in more ways than one. The article by Hobson has been scrubbed from the team’s official site - but not before it was also noted at NFL.com and ESPN.com.
The website deletion of the story of the Bengals is doubly interesting when you consider the NFLPA yesterday announcing that it would “cover” the fine of Ochocinco by the league if he wore Henry’s #15. Read more…
Chad Ochocinco has made it known this week that he might wear Chris Henry’s #15 jersey against the Chargers this Sunday as a tribute to his fallen teammate. If he does, the NFL has given no indication that it won’t fine Ochocinco for a uniform violation.
Earlier today, George Atallah of the NFL Players Association announced on his Twitter account that the “NFLPA will cover any fine levied on @OGOchoCinco imposed by the league and match it with a gift to our Chris Henry memorial fund.”
Seems like a classy gesture, but XPRS-AM reporter Marty Caswell in San Diego reported today on her Twitter account that not all NFL players apparently were in agreement with the NFLPA announcement:
As far as NFLPA saying they’d cover Ocho’s uni fine, that’s news 2 the player reps I talked to who termed it absurd & haven’t voted on it.
Caswell is a seasoned reporter on the Chargers beat, so I have no doubt that what she posted is true.
Was that the kind of reaction from the players most of us were expecting? Of course not. Read more…