Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Updated: December 9, 11:40 AM ET
Source: Ochocinco fined $30K
By Adam Schefter
Pass the hat.
The NFL fined Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco $30,000 for wearing a sombrero after he scored a touchdown during Sunday's win over Detroit, according to an NFL source.
In a letter the NFL sent this week to Ochocinco, the league wrote, "During the second quarter of the Bengals qame, you were observed gesturing for, and then wearing, a decorative poncho and sombrero in the bench area. ...
"Compounding your violation is the fact that your actions were premeditated and deliberate. Prior to the game on your publicly accessible Twitter account, you posted the following: '@adam_schefter what I've planned for today will get me fined when I score but it's so worth it.'"
Ochocinco tweeted later Tuesday, "Adam this Sunday when I score I'm taking that loud horn from the Viking mascot and using it<--is that a fine to?"
Ochocinco was fined $20,000 last month for conduct "unbecoming an NFL player" after he flashed a dollar bill at an official during a replay challenge in what he jokingly referred to as a "bribe."
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.