NFL Player Chad Ochocinco Fined $25K For Tweeting During Game

By Randall Stevens  |  08/25/2010

Chad OchocincoThe Cincinnati Bengals' star wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco, has already been hit with his first fine of the new NFL, although its three weeks until the first official game.

According to ESPN, the NFL player was fined $25,000 for two separate on-field violations: possessing an electronic device and posting messages on Twitter (@OGOchocinco).

Apparently, during the Bengals' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 20, before and after the game, which is against the rules.

The NFL prohibits players from posting messages on social media websites 90 minutes before kickoff and until postgame media obligations are fulfilled.

Ochocinco posted two messages -- one at 6:50 p.m. ET and another at 9:53 p.m. ET. The game kicked off at 8:07 p.m. ET.

The second tweet was regarding a hit he absorbed in the game, which has circulated the net and shows OchoCinco visibly dazed and slow at getting up after taking a vicious hit while attempting to catch a pass.

"Man Im sick of getting hit like that, its the damn preseason [expletive]! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease," he wrote.

Since being fined, Ochocinco commented, via Twitter, and apologized to the NFL.

"I've been fined by the league a substantial amount of money for tweeting, 1st time twitter hasn't made me money but cost me money," he wrote on Tuesday (August 24).

In his apology he said he "won't do it again."

"Dear NFL I apologize for tweeting during the game but that was 2 months of my Bugatti payments you just took from me,I won't do it again," he wrote.