Posted by: The Matzo Ball | November 13, 2009

Chad Ochocinco Fined Another $25,000 for Taco Bell Incident

“He… bribed me to give him a free taco and a Coke” – Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner

Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined another $25,000 for a Taco Bell stunt

When it comes to getting monetarily punished for unsportsmanlike conduct in the NFL, the old saying goes like this: “Get penalized once, shame on them. Get penalized twice, shame on you.” But the pundits may have to come up with new words of wisdom for former Oregon State standout Chad Ochocinco.

The fines for Ochocinco continue to accumulate after his latest escapade with the Taco Bell in Cincinnati, Ohio.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was appalled that just one day after Ochocinco was fined $20,000 for jokingly offering a referee a dollar bill during a replay challenge against the Baltimore Ravens, that “Chad would have the chutzpah to pull another stunt like this.”

As part of the Comish Vanquish World Hunger Act initiated by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in 1994, every week during the season, the current NFL commissioner volunteers his time at a restaurant in one of the cities that holds an NFL franchise.

Goodell chose Cincinnati’s Taco Bell on Montgomery Rd. to be his charitable restaurant for the week. Purely by coincidence, that destination is also Ochocinco’s favorite hot spot for food.

The commissioner took on the role of window server for the day, but that’s when the controversy started.

“He [Ochocinco] came up to the window and bribed me to give him a free taco and a Coke,” a disappointed Goodell said. “He said on the intercom that he would give me three dollars for the items, which put me immediately into shock. I thought a man of his caliber would have enough professionalism to not repeat this bribing act again.

“Going into this, I was not aware that Chad [Ochocinco] visited here frequently. While this did occur off the football field, I had to bring it up with the NFL and it was their decision to follow through with the fining, mainly because it was his second offense.”

Within just one week, Ochocinco has been fined $45,000 for offering four dollars.

“It’s sad that on my day off, when helping for an altruistic cause that these circumstances took place,” Goodell said. “I surely hope this is the last time we hear of any bribes.”

Ochocinco was not available for comment, but his agent said they will fight the ruling and that it was “all a misunderstanding.”

To see some of Chad Ochocinco’s celebrations throughout his career, click on the link below:
Ochocinco Celebrations



  1. I love the guy as long as I’m touchdowns. That’s what I most concern myself with.

    The man should be able to go to Taco Bell without any issues.

  2. Wow, very amazing subject. I’m goin to blog about it also.

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