Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Chad Johnson was on my list of people not to mention this site for most of the season, but I have to break my rule to post this story from Pro Football Talk. Johnson said on both Monday Night Football, and Sports Center the following day, that he had some things planned.
I ignored both interviews and figured it was just more costumes and/or props for his cheesy TD celebrations. Boy was I wrong. Chad Johnson has taken the first steps to officially change his name to "Ocho Cinco". Seriously....
Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson was fined $5,000 for wearing “Ocho Cinco” on the back of his jersey before a game in 2006.On the surface it seems like yet another cheesy Chad Johnson stunt, but when you think about it, anything to make the "No Fun League" squirm is kind of entertaining. Obviously this is still a rumor, but imagine how many jerseys he would sell. It wouldn't approach Favre territory, but it would be quite a few.
To avoid getting fined, Johnson hasn’t done it since then. But Johnson now has a plan for how he can get away with having “Ocho Cinco” spelled out over the “85″ on his back.
We’ve learned that Johnson has taken the first steps in the state of Florida toward legally changing his last name to Ocho Cinco.
If Johnson follows through on this, his actual, legal name will be Chad Ocho Cinco, and the NFL would then (we assume) allow him to put his new last name on the back of his jersey.
Johnson Wants To Be Ocho Cinco Legally (Pro Football Talk)