Maybe receiver Chad Johnson can go by the name that his head coach hates.Johnson, who's never met a camera he didn't love and a verb he couldn't split pulled a similar stunt a few years back.
The Cincinnati Bengals receiver has legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco in Broward County, Fla., a switch that became official this week, according to several media reports. Johnson, who lives in Miami, didn't return a message left on his cell phone Friday night.
"It's something I don't think anyone has ever done before," he told the team's Web site. "Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I'm having fun."
Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker - a reference in Spanish to his No. 85 - and put it on the back of his uniform before a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped it off before the kickoff. After the season, coach Marvin Lewis - who dislikes Johnson's attention-getting stunts - referred to the receiver as "Ocho Psycho."
Never mind the idiocy of changing your name to something that's not even technically grammatically correct. Personally, I just wish the dude would shut up and play the darn game. He more or less ruined my fantasy season last year with this lackluster performance.
Still, how dumb is this?
Question: Is this a prime example of Extreme Niggadom™, or does Chad Javon Ocho Cinco have a marketing bonanza on his hands?
What's in a name? Well . . . Ocho Cinco [AP]