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.
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.