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Chad Ochocinco Is A Child, Please

One Great Season

Because Chad Ochocinco is an attention-starved 12-year-old girl, he went ahead and sent this out on Twitter after being fined by the NFL Tuesday for using Twitter during a recent NFL preseason game:

"I've been fined by the league a substantial amount of money for tweeting, 1st time twitter hasn't made me money but cost me money."

When @OGochocinco realized that a few minutes had passed and perhaps the spotlight had started to drift in another direction, he then dropped this lame attempt to be clever:

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Q&A: Cincinnati Sports Media React To T.O. Signing

Terrell Owens

One Great Season

The deal that sends 36-year-old problem child Terrell Owens to Cincinnati is a terrible one. The No. 1 question on the minds of many is whether he and attention whore Chad Ochocinco can co-exist in harmony.

There's a reason why great players play for five teams in their careers. They eventually wear out their welcome. Sure Bengals owner Mike Brown smartly signed T.O. to just a one-year contract, but Owens was a problem in San Francisco, Dallas and Philadelphia, football-savvy cities where there wasn't an equally attention-starved teammate, an Ochocinco, in the same, small locker room.

Remember when Cedric Benson scored a touchdown against the Bears last year, and tried to rub it in the faces of his former team? Ochocinco, of all people, was the first to hustle over and advise him not to do that dance.

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Chad Ochocinco Is The Most Insecure Athlete Ever

Chad Ochocinco

One Great Season

I don't think I've ever liked one thing about Chad Ochocinco. His only value is on the football field 16 days out of every calendar year, but even that gets compromised from time to time with his never-ending, off-the-field soap opera disguised as a circus.

His latest episode went public Tuesday on -- where else? -- Twitter.

ESPN's best radio talk-show host, Colin Cowherd, did his job on Tuesday by expressing an opinion about moron athletes. I can't remember if his rant was prompted by the latest Allen Iverson drama or another Ben Roethlisberger sex-abuse allegation.

Regardless, Cowherd went on about how many athletes make bad decisions when presented with boatloads of money. I couldn't agree more.

Now, before we continue, please note there's no disputing that non-athletes make bad choices with their money as well. Some people are bad at sports, others are bad at playing a musical instrument and still others are bad at making decisions. It's just a part of life that some are good at and others struggle with.

But the reason the exploits of athletes are dissected and discussed the way they are is because they are high-profile citizens in our shallow and fame-obsessed culture. Becoming a high-profile person is partly -- maybe largely -- what drives some young people to work hard and pursue a career in pro football, for example. Fame, money, cars and women represent the promised land for many aspiring athletes.

They pursue those material things because to them, jewelry symbolizes a better life from the one that shaped their upbringing. How many times have we heard stories about athletes who made it despite a tough childhood in the ghetto with nine siblings and a single mother who worked three jobs because the alcoholic dad left home?

And despite an absence of proper parental guidance, some athletes remain strong enough to stick to their sport, stay away from the guns and drugs and earn a college scholarship and perform well enough to earn the notice of professional scouts. Years later, they're midway through a solid pro career, their troubles seemingly behind them.

But just because an athlete doesn't have a felony record, however, it doesn't mean those problems are entirely in the past. Psychological or social shortcomings, certainly far less tangible than a DUI or an assault arrest, don't go away with million-dollar salaries.

Perhaps an absence of attention during childhood is what drove Chad Johnson, years later as an adult, to sport gold teeth, to don a Hall of Fame jacket and to change his last name to, in his mind, match his jersey number. Maybe there wasn't an absence of attention and there's some other explanation behind Ochocinco's endless quest for the spotlight.

Perhaps it's why Terrell Owens kept a Sharpie in his sock. Maybe it's why Iverson is, well, Iverson. Could it be why Roethlisberger seems to find himself in trouble frequently?

A few of my Cincinnati friends sent me a video that made one of the local news channels a couple years ago, when Ochocinco went on some video-game shopping spree at a Best Buy or something like that. How come we never hear about athletes and their visits to Barnes & Noble?

But back to today's latest, where Ochocinco used the popular microblogging site to lash out at Cowherd for his criticism of athletes and their squandering of money. Cowherd singled out the Bengals' wideout for dropping $150,000 on an SUV, claiming he'll end up like former NBA player Antoine Walker, who at one point owned nine luxury vehicles, but now can't pay his bills.

And because Ochocinco can't take any criticism because he's a child, please, here were his Twitter reactions to Cowherd's rant -- eight of them, all within a span of about 50 minutes:

+ Colin coward talking shh?

+ Colin Coward with all the negative going on with athletes how do u find a way to lump me n yo show just say I don't like this black guy!!

+ I guess Colin won't be happy till I get a DUI, arrested, well hell maybe I should get accused of rape, maybe that'll make him STFU!!!!

+ @Reddy_Dean why talk about somebody who does nothing wrong? Talk shows are merely for negative material I don't fit that category.

+ @espn__michelle tell your lil fake Ryan Seacrest never made it in life so I am gonna judge everybody who does what I couldn't do to shutup!

+ @espn_colin its not my fault your girl is cheating on you, its your fault, try EXTENZE and stop worryin about me! Lmao-have a show bout that

+ @espn_colin you look like an extra from the movie LORD OF THE RINGS, get your lisp fixed before you do your next show!

+ Anyway back to being great, time is money and I just lost about awww nevermind, I love y'all, headed into practice