Ochocinco Anon-Sourced Reporting? Child Please

Chad Ochocinco has media and fans eating out of his hand in the aftermath of the launch of his $3 iPhone app.

Chad Ochocinco's App #3 Sports Seller On iTunes

(Kuselias keeping ESPN Radio on top)

The app, co-produced by Bengals teammate Jordan Palmer, appears to be selling well on iTunes, though there isn’t exactly a lot of app activity in the sports genre. But to his credit, Ochocinco’s venture is doing a lot better than I thought it would.

Should the NFL allow Ochocinco to report on other team’s secrets?

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And with his announcement today, those app sales figure to only get better.

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reported that Ochocinco is soon going to start reporting his own, proprietary NFL news on Twitter via some sort of Motorola technology.

The Bengals wide receiver touted his ability to tap sources for NFL news before standard media reporters - and then break it on Twitter. Pretty damn exciting concept, but of course, the prospect must have the NFL league office, coaches and front office personnel around the league mortified.

It goes without saying that Ochocinco, in order to report breaking news and juicy info, will have to rely on reporting news via anonymous sources. But what if he breaks something, anon-sourced, about the Bengals opposing team that week. Something that is detrimental to that opponent, like the injury status of a player?

Or he trumpets something that could be unwittingly detrimental to his own team?

And if players know that he’s a Twitter snitch, are they likely to open up to him?

Ochocinco isn’t a professional journalist, and most likely doesn’t understand the unintended ramifications his reportage may have on his teammates or opposing players.

The thought of Ochocinco revealing team secrets from around the league certainly makes us all salivate, but I can’t imagine the NFL will let him do anything of the sort. I’ll be very interesting to hear the reax of the NFL league office to this news come Monday.

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