Ochocinco fined for 'bribe'
UPDATED (3:04 p.m.)...
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined $20,000 by the league for his $1 "bribe" offer to an official during last Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple reports Friday.
According to the NFL's Web site, league officials determined that Ochocinco's gesture, although lighthearted, violated rules that prohibit the use of abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures toward game officials, and ban extraneous objects that are not part of the uniform during the game on the field or sideline.
ESPN reported that the league also cited Ochocinco's use of the word "bribe" during his postgame comments.
Ochocinco held the dollar bill during an instant replay review of a potential catch by him. The review showed that Ochocinco's foot was out of bounds, nullifying the catch.
Ochocinco confirmed the fine, writing on Twitter: "I knew I was fined when I got the letter 4 days ago." He wrote later that he has "no problem paying the 20k fine" and plans to "match the fine and donate it to a good cause."
Ochocinco also asked President Barack Obama for help, asking on Twitter if the two can meet "to set up a fun rule please. I can't go to mcdonalds for 2 weeks now."
The wide receiver pledged that his antics are not about to be curtailed, writing on Twitter to "wait till you see what I do in Pittsburgh, remember I set aside fine fund before the season started, I'm just starting!!!"
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