Shutdown Corner - NFL

Everyone goes through a stage in their life where they rebel against things for no real reason. They want to test authority figures, they want to see what they can get away with and they want to prove their independence. Eventually, most people outgrow this and then turn into adults who make sensible decisions.

Chad Ochocinco isn’t quite there yet.

Chad already declared that he wanted to Tweet (post to Twitter) during NFL games, and the NFL already gave him a very firm “no.” But he says he plans on doing it anyway. Listen closely to this video, courtesy of SportsFanLive.

In case you didn’t catch that, the money quote, I believe, is this:

"There's a lot of things they don't want me to do. I do it anyway. They know that. I don't know why they even fussing about it. ... When I say I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it, regardless of what they say."

Fight the power, Ocho.

I don’t know what the NFL stands to gain with their anti-Twitter rules, and in a perfect world, we could get honest, relevant and insightful Tweets from athletes and/or coaches during games. That would be fun. I could see some value in that, for both the league and the fan.

But really, what are we talking about here? Have you seen Chad Johnson’s Twitter feed? We’re talking about missing out on “damn damn” and “child please” 892 times a day. Chad Ochocinco being unable to Tweet for three hours on a weekend is, in my opinion, a loss America can live with.

Normally, I support the guys who like to buck the system, but unfortunately, I don’t see a lot of good coming from it in this particular instance. Somehow, I’ve ended up siding against both the NFL and Chad Johnson(notes).

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