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Miami Dolphins WR Chad Ochocinco has paid more money to the NFL to settle fines in the past decade than almost anyone else. After a relatively quiet year with the New England Patriots, Ochocinco has decided to return to his old troublemaking ways.
On Monday, Ochocinco sent a tweet to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whom he either mockingly or affectionately (sometimes it is hard to tell) calls "Dad." His promise: to be a thorn in the NFL's side all season.
"I love u but I will be a problem this year.. all fine money this year can be collected from @MiamiDolphins #management," he tweeted. At least he told Goodell he loves him.
Ochocinco has been fined for all sorts of actions that needle the league office. The NFL fined him $25,000 for tweeting during a preseason game in 2010. He has also been fined small amounts for uniform infractions.
Usually his fineable offenses are connected to touchdown celebrations. One time the NFL fined him $30,000 for incorporating props (a sombrero and serape) after scoring a touchdown. Another time he jokingly "bribed" a referee with a few dollars after a score. That celebration netted the NFL $20,000 in fine money.
Maybe he is just trying to poke at Goodell, but Dolphins fans might be hoping he is serious. After all, to get fined for a touchdown celebration, you must first score a touchdown, something Dolphins wide receivers did not do very often in 2011.