WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Chad Ochocinco proposed an interesting potential solution to the problem of funding the medical bills for ex-NFL players — use the fines imposed by the league on current players.
In an open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, whom the outspoken wide receiver lovingly refers to as ‘Dad,’ Ochocinco gave a vote of confidence to the head of the league before offering his novel idea.
“Oh by the way, I have a deal for you,” he wrote. “Am having a rebound year and plan to do a lot of celebrating in the end zone. Can my fine money go to supporting ex-players suffering?”
Doug Farrar, NFL writer and editor of Shutdown Corner for Yahoo Sports, covered joined 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar and Dukes to discuss the suggestion.
“I think what he was trying to say is Goodell is between a rock and a hard place with the inevitable violence of the sport and people’s perception that violence is wrong,” Farrar said. “Well, you can’t eliminate the violence. We all know that. So, I think he was trying to say and he was trying to say, player fines, as much of a story as they are now, should be going to former players. And I agree with what. It’s just with Chad, you have to go passed the 90 minute cartoon to see the two-minute movie.”
Farrar and LaVar Arrington spent the better part of the next 10 minutes discussing the topic and touched on the NFL’s hypocrisy regarding head injuries and health as a whole.