With Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco doing reality television shows, playing soccer and riding bulls, there are many people who are questioning his focus when it comes to football. The latest? His boss, Bengals’ owner Mike Brown
“Next maybe he’ll be snake wrangler and we can all watch to see if he gets bit or something,” Brown said. “I don’t know. He’s always up to some stunt. They amuse me in a way and yet they concern me because, let’s face it, as we look at it we want a football player. We aren’t looking for a bull rider or a dancer, or a soccer player. We want a football player. It’s simple. That’s where we want the focus. Not on other things.”
He was asked if Ochocinco could still be a player for him, Brown said, “If he chose to be, there’s no question. The issue is does he at this stage of his life have that focus.”
That’s fine, but most assume that he won’t be with the team this year. And maybe that’s for the better. Sounds like a lot of people with the Bengals could use a change of scenery.
“He has a genius for bringing notice to himself and I don’t say that in a disparaging way,” Brown said. “It’s unique. I’ve never known any football player that can bring the spotlight on to himself seemingly all year round. Now is that a good thing or a bad thing? And that gets to be a debate.”
The real question is what happens if he goes to another team and doesn’t wear No. 85? Will he change his name again?