January 5, 2010
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Chad Ochocinco will be changing his last name for the second time in honor of a number, according to one of his recent tweets.
This time, the eccentric Bengals' wide receiver has chosen to adopt the surname "Agent Zero", which was the popular nickname of Washington Wizards' veteran Gilbert Arenas.
The switch was a mutual agreement after the All-Star guard decided to part with his popular nickname amid its negative gun-related connotations to a Christmas Eve incident involving him and fellow Wizard Javaris Crittenton.
The two teammates got into a heated dispute regarding a card game; Crittenton, in anger about losing, threatened to shoot Arenas' left knee, and two days later Arenas placed three unloaded guns near his teammate's chair in the Wizards' locker room.
"It was the responsible thing to do at this point in time, " Arenas said about dropping his nickname. "The whole situation has created a really bad mood around the organization, so I figured parting with 'Agent Zero' was for the best."
Indeed, because of the bad publicity from the incident between Crittendon and Arenas, the Wizards were forced to cancel their inaugural "Washington Bullets" throwback jersey night.
Meanwhile, in a rare case of self-deprecation, Ochocinco felt that adopting the last name "Agent Zero" would be a fitting gesture, as it matched the number of catches and yards he had in his Sunday Night performance against the New York Jets.
"I just figured it was time for something new," he said, "and I really wanted to keep a number as part of my last name. Not enough people knew correct Spanish to appreciate my Ochocinco, so going with English again is a good change of pace."
Ochocinco is expected to inquire with the NFL commissioner about the possible fine and penalty yardage assessed for sporting a tuxedo and driving a convertible during a touchdown celebration.
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