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The Ochocinco Drama
A crazy day on Twitter from Patriots OTA’s.
Storified by · Thu, Jun 07 2012 16:04:18
If you missed it, Chad Ochocinco was not at Patriots OTA practice today.
No Hernandez and Ocho at practice. TE Brad Herman carted off w/ left ankle/foot injury in warmupsMike Rodak
The story was advanced slightly when it was reported that the receiver was at Gillette, but not practicing.
Source: Ocho was at Gillette facility today but not part of OTA session.Christopher Price
This tweet from the Patriots Football Weekly team is admittedly odd. Content from @patriotsdotcom is definitely not the same as tweets from @Patriots. But someone might get the impression that a tweet coming from the website of the Patriots might be hinting at something or know something that other reporters haven’t learned yet. This comes into play later.
Some more information started to leak out:
was told recently that physically Ocho still has it – but still struggling to grasp Pats playbookshalise manza young
Source tells colleague Karen Guregian that Chad Ochocinco arrived at Gillette Stadium today and left 10-15 minutes later.Jeff Howe
FWIW, Ocho’s Twitter bio now has him as WR of the New England Patriots once again.Christopher Price
I saw all this hubbub over @ochocinco taking "Patriots" off his Twitter bio … So I went to his Twitter page, and "Patriots" was back up.Albert Breer
So Ocho is officially still with the team?
However, I don’t think this @ochocinco story is over yet. Stay tuned.Greg A. Bedard
ProFootballTalk feels that this situation is worthy of a post, and in their original ports (since edited) they actually said that “multiple account” said that Ochocinco had been cut.
This led to questioning:
@ProFootballTalk Which accounts reported that he was cut? There weren’t any.Andy Hart
Andy Hart, of course, works for Patriots.com.
@ProFootballTalk Never saw a single account that said Ocho had been cut. Where are those?Christopher Price
@capeleaguer . . . http://Patriots.com
openly speculating about it based on his absence from practice.ProFootballTalk
@AO250 I think Ocho has an uphill battle here. And there might be more to this 1. But the Twitter detectives need to calm down a little.Albert Breer
@ProFootballTalk @capeleaguer No actually we were wondering why he wasn’t at practice. Never said he was cut. Terry Bradshaw still dead?Andy Hart
Hart clarifies what the original Patriots.com tweet meant. However, I think there’s a difference between asking “How come Ochocinco wasn’t at practice?” and “Do you think Ochocinco will still be a member of the Patriots at the end of the day?” Don’t you? Especially when the question is being asked by the official website and newspaper of the Patriots?
Adam Schefter provides another explanation.
Chad Ochocinco left Patriots complex before today’s OTA…to attend an eye doctor appointment. Contrary to speculation, he was not released.Adam Schefter
Hart is still steamed at PFT.
Haven’t heard back from Florio in regard to his irresponsible report. Not surprised. MT @sleyland: @ProFootballTalk Awful reporting on Ocho.Andy Hart
Then Schefter, cleans up and scoops everyone. As usual.
After unsuccessfully trying to trade WR Chad Ochocinco throughout the day Thursday, the Patriots are releasing him, per league source.Adam Schefter
Can confirm that the Patriots are releasing Chad Ochocinco …Albert Breer
… But I stick by what I said about the Twitter Detectives.Albert Breer
So in the end, you have to wonder even more about the original Patriots.com tweet. Did they know that the team was trying to trade Ochocinco? Is that why they asked if he would still be on the team at the end of the day?
And did Bedard know something? This seemed like one of those “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” situations.