A Day in the Life of Ochocinco

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Chad Ochocinco has been a personality in the NFL for many years. From his seasons with the Bengals to his current job with the Patriots, he’s never shied away from the spotlight.

While his accomplishments on the field diminished greatly in 2011 with career lows in receptions, yards and touchdowns, he still managed to keep up his off-field personality through Twitter.

@Ochocinco has more than three million followers on Twitter, and those followers never know what they’re going to get on any given day. In 2010, Ochocinco bought dinner at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse (a very expensive restaurant) in Indianapolis for 64 of his fans.

Earlier this year, in March, Ochocinco dropped $8,000 on a dinner where he invited the first 200 people to show up to Sylvia’s restaurant in New York.

Not only does Ochocinco give out free dinners, but he also has given his followers tickets to games. A Twitter follower named Victor Gonzalez tweeted Ochocinco and told him that he has tried to get a response from him for two years, but the NFL receiver would not respond back. When he did respond, he invited him to come to his game. He even included airfare and a hotel room.

But instead of going through his Twitter history, let’s just view one day of Ochocinco’s Twitter feed. The day is Monday May 7, 2012.

It begins with a somewhat serious tweet at 6:38 a.m. – a picture of steps with some house rules and the caption, “This.”

11:11 a.m.: That tweet is followed up with a far less serious tweet. It’s a video of him “on the shitter” and “really not giving a fuck.” I don’t really quite know what to make of it.

11:19 a.m.: He sends a tweet to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

@nflcommish Dad… I love u but as I continue to get comfortable I will be coming out of my shell… any questions feel free 2 call me…”

This isn’t the first time that he’s tweeted the commissioner by calling him “dad.” Somehow I don’t think the commish is going to respond back to him.

A few hours later, Chad gets back on Twitter. At 1:26 p.m. he tweets a few things about grandma. He starts with a quote from her, “I remember my grandma said… don’t try and pray when it rains if you didn't pray when the sun was shining,” and follows it up by calling his grandma bipolar.

He then starts to tweet his fiancé, Evelyn Lozada. The first one, at 3:04 p.m. is a “poem” from Chad: “If you love my bark let me bury my bones.” The two exchange a few more tweets, but it’s nothing too entertaining.

Speaking of Lozada, both her and Ochocinco will have a show coming up on VH1 called “Eva and Ocho.” The show, however, is under scrutiny because people are boycotting the show. Lozada starred on a show called Basketball Wives. And apparently there’s a lot of female-on-female violence, which viewers are not happy with.

I bring this up because Chad responds to Hanney Musawa on Twitter, who tweeted that she will be boycotting the show. Chad responds by agreeing with her, which is weird because it would mean the cancellation of his show.

Around 5:00 p.m. he starts responding to a few people on Twitter. He told one follower that he was “the sperm that won” and he provided a picture of him in a Smart car to another.

After a short time away from Twitter, he posted his second video of the day. This time, the video was of Chad complaining that he isn’t getting enough mentions from his followers.

In the video he curses a lot saying that he only got eight mentions in the time that he was off Twitter. This was highly unacceptable for Chad.

Apparently not getting enough mentions ticked off Chad enough to make him not tweet for the rest of the day. So we didn’t get any special dinner invitations on this certain day, but with 36,000 tweets, Ochocinco finds a way to entertain his followers on a daily basis.

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