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article imageOchocinco fined $25,000 for tweeting during NFL game

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The National Football League on Tuesday fined Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver Chad Ochocinco $25,000 for tweeting during a preseason game last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chad Ochocinco, wide receiver for the National Football League’s (NFL) Cincinnati Bengals, was fined $25,000 for violating two league policies during a pre-season victory last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The two violations - possessing an electronic device and posting messages on social media site Twitter - occurred during an August 20 game.
According to the NFL, messages from Ochocinco appeared on the social media site Twitter during a prohibited period during the pre-season game. The restricted period begins 90 minutes before kickoff and lasts until all “post-game media obligations are fulfilled.”
The NFL amended its policy in 2009 regarding social medial platforms. The Washington Post reported on a written announcement by the NFL in 2009 that states in part: “"The growth of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook has created important new ways for the NFL and clubs to communicate and connect with fans. The NFL has been at the forefront of the use of new media and will continue to emphasize innovative and appropriate use of these new forms of communication."
The amended policy says that "coaches, players and football operations personnel are permitted under league policy and with club permission to use social media on game day during specific time periods before and after games... up to 90 minutes before kickoff and after the game following media interviews,"
While the Friday game kickoff was at 8:07 p.m. ET, Ochocinco’s first message appeared at 6:50 p.m. ET and the second appeared at 9:53 p.m. ET.
The 9:53 Tweet said: “Man Im sick of getting hit like that, its the dam preseason {expletive}! 1day I’m gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease,” he wrote, ESPN reports.
Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, issued the fine.
Ochocinco apologized, via Twitter. "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."
Ochocinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson, was drafted by the Bengals in the 2001 NFL draft. He changed his name to Ochocinco, a reflection of his jersey number, prior to the 2008 regular season.
Ochocinco has not responded to the rumor that he is considering changing his name to Ochotweeto.
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