Chad Ochocinco Writes Bizarre Open Letter in Support of Roger Goodell

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with his head down against the Denver Broncos on December 18, 2011 during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won the game 41-23. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IMay 12, 2012

Whether you think he's hilarious or annoying, smart or idiotic, misunderstood or immature, you can't deny that Chad Ochocinco is one interesting dude.

In his latest headline-grabbing antic, Ochocinco posted an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on his personal website,

The polarizing wide receiver referred to Goodell as "Dad" throughout the letter, and although he said he was pledging his support, it's a little tough to tell if he's sincere or sarcastic at times.

Although the letter leaves some room for interpretation, there's no denying Ochocinco's core message: The NFL's public relations propaganda has to stop. Here's a portion of what he wrote.

Y’all do a darn near perfect job at portraying this game as one played by heroes.
But let’s be real dad. This is a nasty, dirty and violent game with consequences. Sign up or go get a regular job. Watch it or turn off the TV and go fishing with your kids. It is really that simple. I know there are probably legal and financial implications that prevent this blunt depiction, but [I] am not sure if you have a choice. If you don’t say it now, the mounting evidence being revealed publicly will say it for you very soon.

He goes on to tell Goodell that he loves him, and that "if anyone can lead us out of this mess, it will be you." 

After reading the letter in its entirety, a few thoughts came to mind.

First, Ochocinco is absolutely right in saying that the NFL might as well embrace the violent nature of its game, because they aren't fooling anybody. Second, the NFL will never, ever, do that. And third, I love Ochocinco's closing idea that fines during the season should go towards helping suffering ex-players.

He'll just have to find the end zone more than once this season if he wants to help out.

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