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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Ochocinco fined for orange chin strap

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Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined $5,000 for wearing an orange chin strap during a preseason game.

Ochocinco first wrote about the fine on his Twitter account Saturday, saying, "WTF I got a damn fine already, it's the damn preseason, this is some b-------!!!!"

Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3(a) specifies that all players must wear a "Helmet with chin strap (white only) fastened and face mask attached."

On his Twitter account, Ochocinco said he was suing the NFL for discrimination.

"Im sueing [sic] the NFL," he wrote at about 1:45 p.m. ET, "I am color blind so this fine is discriminating because I'm disabled in a way, this is a sad day for me:("

He also posted a photograph of the letter he received from the league.

Ochocinco also posted a reaction to the fine on ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen's Twitter account, writing, "mort this is [expletive] ridiculous, I am typing a letter back to the league office as we speak, I'm fining they a$$ [sic] back!!!! :("

In three preseason games against the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams, Ochocinco has six receptions for 151 yards and no touchdowns.