American footballer fined $25k for tweeting during match

August 26, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An American footballer is feeling like a right twit after he was fined $25,000 – for TWEETING during a match.

Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Ochocinco tweeted twice during a pre-season victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, including one to complain about getting floored by a rival player.

The 32-year-old told his 1.1 million followers: ”Man I’m sick of getting hit like that, it’s the damn preseason (expletive)! 1 day I’m gone jump up and start throwing hay makers (sic).”

He breached two NFL rules – possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social media site.

Regulations prohibit players using social networks up to 90 minutes before a game and until all post-match media obligations have been completed.

Ochocinco was given the $25,000 fine by NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson.

The wide receiver later said sorry, unsurprisingly on Twitter: ”Dear NFL I apologize for tweeting during the game but that was 2 months of my Bugatti payments you just took from me, I won’t do it again.”

However, the fine will be a drop in the ocean to the supercar-driving sportsman, who earns $4.75 million a year.

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