Chad Ochocino never ceases to amaze me.
With all of the criticism of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in recent months, the one man who has probably talked to Goodell the most when it comes to punishments and fines wrote the Commissioner a “heartfelt” letter about what he thinks he should do about the future of the NFL.
Ochocinco placed the letter to the man whom he claims to have a “father/son relationship” on his website, OCNNReport.com. Before starting the letter Ochocinco explained to the many fans and viewers of his site: “Many of you know I have a father son relationship with Roger Goodell. I love him and just had to reach out to him with all that is going on. We are at a crucial point in the history of football. The foundation of the game is in jeopardy based on all these factors and the future of the game is going to be shaped by him.”
And then he posted the following:
I know it has been a rough week, so I wanted to reach out. Players dying, players suing and on top of that my peers are just going off on you in the media. It does not help that ESPN has all of a sudden become Medical TV with damn near every brain expert on the planet. This has got to be the worst week ever. Since no one is showing any support, I figured I would be the first. You are in one big ass catch 22 and quite frankly, I am not sure there is any solution. One thing I think can help is killing the NFL PR machine.
Y’all do a darn near perfect job at portraying this game as one played by heroes.
But let’s be real dad. This is a nasty, dirty and violent game with consequences. Sign up or go get a regular job. Watch it or turn off the TV and go fishing with your kids. It is really that simple. I know there are probably legal and financial implications that prevent this blunt depiction, but am not sure if you have a choice. If you don’t say it now, the mounting evidence being revealed publicly will say it for you very soon. In all, I love you and if anyone can lead us out of this mess, it will be you. Oh by the way, I have a deal for you. 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?
There has been no comment from Goodell of whether he has received the letter or plans to adhere to the things that Ochocinco mentioned in his letter. It’s surely interesting to see Ochocinco take this type of approach.