Ochocinco unhappy with Lewis' comments

December, 22, 2010
12/22/10
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Oh, those zany Cincinnati Bengals.

Despite recently ending a 10-game losing skid with a win over the Cleveland Browns, receiver Chad Ochocinco and head coach Marvin Lewis are butting heads once again. But this time Ochocinco doesn't appreciate comments made by his coach when, usually, it's the other way around.

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Lewis described Ochocinco's mood as "mopey" Wednesday on a conference call with the San Diego media. The Bengals will host the Chargers Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

"Well, he's being his mopey self," Lewis said. "Hopefully, he can pull himself out of it and move forward. ... When things don't go Chad's way, that's kinda how it happens."

Lewis didn't stop there.

"I don't deal with it," he said. "We just move on. We'll put a new guy in there. If he's not ready to go Sunday, we'll have somebody in there ready to go and go from there."

Ochocinco, who is dealing with an ankle injury, got word of Lewis' comments and fired back via Twitter.
"Since when the [expletive] am I ever mopey?" Ochocinco tweeted. "I'm injured for the 1st time in 9 years and it's called being mopey, unless I'm dead then I get respect."
Ochocinco also tweeted that he feels like he's being thrown under the bus by Lewis. The Bengals' star receiver and head coach have always had an interesting relationship in their eight seasons together.

But as things continue to unravel during this abysmal 3-11 season, both futures are uncertain and it's very possible we're seeing the last of this pairing together in Cincinnati.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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