NFL football glory-hound Chad Johnson legally changed his last name last month to “Ocho Cinco” in order to (legally) place it on the back of his jersey. When the Cincinnati Bengal player did this last season, without the legal name change, the NFL informed him that he was contractually obligated to have his legal name on his jersey.
Johnson wanted to label himself “Ocho Cinco” because his number is 85.
Today he is being informed that he may have to buy out all of the outstanding Reebok jerseys with his old name if he goes ahead with the name switch on his jersey. Seems there are about 100,000 of them that have been made for purchase this season, and Reebok is protected from taking the loss ( and Ocho Cinco is obligated to cover it) by another contractual obligation with the NFL. See the story here.
I have cinco pensamientos (thoughts) on this, each competing for title “stupidest part of this story.”
1. Chad Johnson wanted to be called “Ocho Cinco” and put “Ocho Cinco” on his jersey.
2. “Ocho Cinco” is Spanish for “Eight Five” while “Ochenta y Cinco” is Spanish for 85.
3. The NFL cared what name he put on the back of his jersey.
4. Chad Johnson has now legally changed his last name to “Ocho Cinco.”
5. Reebok and the NFL have some kind of legal agreement that could force a player to buy up all the outstanding stock of jerseys with an old name on them.
You may vote for the winner if you can possibly distringuish between the absurd levels of stupidity involved in this story.