Love Him or Hate Him: Chad Ochocinco is Doing the Right Thing

Joe GerrityCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2009

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26:  Wide receiver Chad Johnson #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals sets on the line of scrimmage against the Houston Texans on October 26, 2008 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Chad Ochocinco plans to don the number of recently deceased teammate Chris Henry this Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the San Diego Chargers.

Throughout his career, Ochocinco has made a name for himself, literally, by defying inconsequential NFL rules. From bribing referees with a dollar bill to elaborate touchdown celebrations, Ochocinco has always been in the headlines.

Normally his pranks and touchdowns dances are for pure entertainment value, something that the NFL has recently frowned on.

Most recently, Ochocinco was fined $30,000 for briefly donning a mock poncho and a sombrero next to his bench following a touchdown.

His colorful antics and celebrations have made him a polarizing figure in the modern NFL, but given the death of his teammate, Chris Henry, it seems almost appropriate that Ochocinco break the rules to honor his fallen comrade.

Leaning credence to that thought, the NFLPA has announced they will float the bill for any fines that Ochocinco may receive.

George Atallah of the NFL Players Association announced on his Twitter page that the union, "will cover any fine levied on [Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco]...and match it with a gift to our Chris Henry memorial fund."

It's not too often that Chad Ochocinco's intentions are purely selfless, but in this case it seems that he's just trying to do the right thing.

The question remains whether or not the NFL will actually fine him. Asked if he had anything to say on the matter, league spokesmen Greg Aiello stated simply, "No."

The response suggests that the NFL is unsure what to make of the gesture by Ochocinco. The idea seems rather tactful and respectable, especially considering his past antics, but on the other hand, NFL rules clearly state that he should expect a fine.

Let's hope that the NFL allows this one to slide. They can always fine him double next week anyway.