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Don't Look Now, but Ochocinco Is Making a Hell of a Lot of Sense

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots looks on at play against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won, 41-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterMay 14, 2012

Let's face it, you either love or hate Chad Ochocinco. I happen to fall on the "love" side of the ledger, but I completely understand if someone happens to land on the opposite side. 

Ochocinco took it upon himself this past weekend to write an open letter to the NFL's commissioner, Roger Goodell, in a show of support for the beleaguered commissioner. 

Goodell and the NFL have been criticized for not only their handling of concussions, despite a recent focus on head injuries, but their punishments of four players who were reportedly involved in a bounty program with the New Orleans Saints. Add to this that many former players have also sued the league and claimed it didn't properly protect its players from concussions, and, well, its been a rough couple of months for Goodell in the public arena. 

Enter Ochocinco:

Since no one is showing any support, I figured I would be the first. You are in one big ass catch 22 and quite frankly, I am not sure there is any solution. One thing I think can help is killing the NFL PR machine.

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 am not sure if you have a choice.

Anyone who read my post about why I'll always watch the NFL from last week knows I agree wholeheartedly with this. 

The lawsuits will play out, players will play or they won't, people will watch or they won't—but in the end, NFL football will continue on. 

My favorite part of the entire letter comes at the end, when Ocho asks if his future fine money can go to helping suffering ex-players. He may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the guy has no filter and I love it. 

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