Why Are Ex-Patriots Criticizing Ochocinco About A Complimentary Tweet?

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I truly can’t believe it – this Patriots/Ochocinco tweet nonsense is frankly so overblown I can’t even believe people I’m writing about this. It’s so dumb, such a non-story, so exaggerated, misunderstood, misrepresented… I just can’t believe NFL analysts are taking 140 characters and twisting it around to create a controversy where there is none. Excuse me, a “firestorm” is what we’re supposed to call it. Seriously?


I’m over here reading a very complementary tweet Ochocinco sent out after the Patriots Monday Night win, and I’m listening to former Patriots Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi attack him for sending it. If you have no idea what this is about — here it is. Ocho had 1 catch for 14 yards, has reportedly had a hard time adjusting to the new scheme in New England, and he tweeted this about Brady’s performance:

Just waking up after a late arrival,I’ve never seen a machine operate like that n person,to see video game numbers put up n person was WOW

Ex-Patriot Tedy Bruschi lambasted him for not being a part of the team, being a distraction, being in awe where he should be studying the playbook — and now the NFL Network has brought in our own Justin Tuck to talk about the tweet/reaction/distraction, and then Rodney Harrison piles on and has this to add:

Are you kidding me? Chad Ochocinco sent a COMPLEMENTARY post about HIS QUARTERBACK throwing for over 500 yards… END OF STORY. What’s the complaint? Where is this criticism rooted exactly? A teammate saying he was impressed with Tom Brady and his 500 yards of passing stats that have been played on a loop all week by the mainstream sports media is over the line now? Was it because it was only 140 characters? I don’t get it…

Say what you want about preparation, hard work, whatever. A grown man can wake up after his NFL team won a football game decisively and compare it to a video game and no one should think the lesser. This is ridiculous, Bruschi and Harrison should be embarrassed for themselves after this nonsense.

You’re no longer a Patriot, calm down, the Giants won your Superbowl — get over it.

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