Bengals’ Ochocinco takes NFL fine as challenge

Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is taking the NFL’s fine for his

latest touchdown celebration as a challenge to do more.

Ochocinco was fined $30,000 for briefly donning a mock poncho

and a sombrero next to the bench following his touchdown catch

during a 23-13 win over Detroit on Sunday. That’s $10,000 more than

the fine he got for pretending to bribe an official during a game

earlier this season.

The receiver said Wednesday he’s not sure why the amount went up

so much.

“That’s OK,” he said. “They keep jacking them up, I’ll keep

jacking up the celebrations.”

Earlier in his career, Ochocinco regularly got fined for his

celebrations. Some of his most memorable included doing a river

dance, pretending to perform CPR on a football and using the end

zone pylon as a golf club. He also donned a mock Hall of Fame

jacket on the sideline.

With receivers competing to top each other’s celebrations, the

league cracked down, making it illegal to use a prop on the field

or have a rehearsed celebration with teammates.

Ochocinco scaled back on the celebrations earlier this season.

He did a Lambeau Leap – into a section of Bengals fans – during a

win at Green Bay, but toned down his act as the team won games and

moved into first place in the AFC North.

There had been no chance to celebrate a touchdown lately.

Ochocinco went four games without one before finally getting into

the end zone against the Lions. Asked if the brief celebration – he

wore the hat for only a couple of seconds – was worth the hefty

fine, he said, “You’re damn right it was. That was fun.”

The league fined him $20,000 and reprimanded him for taking a

dollar bill onto the field as a pretend bribe during a win over

Baltimore on Nov. 8. He held the dollar in his right hand as he

approached the officials during a review of one of his catches. He

kept the dollar after an official motioned for him to stay


Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president of football

operations, sent Ochocinco a letter over the pretend bribe that

said: “The very appearance of impropriety is not acceptable. Your

conduct was unprofessional and unbecoming an NFL player.”

Ochocinco said Wednesday that he’ll keep doing things that cross

the league’s line.

“I play to have fun,” he said. “I don’t play for the dollar

amount. Maybe that’s why they take so much money, because they

think we play for the money. Maybe they’ll get the point – I play

to have fun, not for the money.”

On a conference call with Minnesota reporters, Ochocinco said

he’ll try to find and blow the Vikings’ horn if he scores a

touchdown in Sunday’s game.

“Man, I’m going to have some purple fun. I’m so excited for

this week,” he said.

Later, Ochocinco was asked if he’s ever been threatened with a

suspension by the league.

“Come on now. What are you going to suspend me for? Having fun?

I’m not that bad,” he said. “’Breaking news: Chad Ochocinco

suspended for too many celebrations.’ How would that sound? I’m not

hurting anybody. I’m very respectful with everybody I play


AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Eden Prairie, Minn.,

contributed to this report.