ESPN Crosses Ochocinco, Finds Itself in OCNN's Crosshairs

Friday night, Brian Kenny teased a SportsCenter piece on Chad Ochocinco's off-season activities -- like Dancing With the Stars and his VH1 reality show -- with the tagline "Recipe for Disaster?" The subject of the story did not take kindly to that.

He then proceeded to turn the tables on the Worldwide Leader. (Note: All of Ochocinco's tweets are obviously sic'd.)

⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥Damn I don't get in no trouble and they still find negative, its time to act like 50 cent, I am digging up all ESPN analyst history! Its on
And briefly, it seemed like Ochocinco was going to torch ESPN. John Clayton was treated to a Mason Verger comparison.
⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥ESPN WHO- John Clayton how dare you, your face is wearing thin on TV, looking like that character from HANINBAL that had those pigs, STFU
Ochocinco then dipped into the Deadspin storeroom of the sordid for a swipe at Erik Kuselias.
⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥ESPN WHO- Erik Kusiallas I heard about your radio show negativity, why don't you worry about your sexual harrassment cases when at work!
And in an act that was probably more terrifying for ESPN than either previous tweet Ochocinco solicited help from his almost 800,000 followers. So far, that hasn't produced anything else from Ochocinco, even though followers pointed him in the right direction. But that's not to say it won't.

With athletes like Ochocinco who are smart enough to circumvent the media with a "news network," ESPN already has to worry about the athletes it covers potentially disagreeing with the network's coverage and shutting them out. But if vindictive athletes are inclined to turn the bright lights on ESPN and reveal inconvenient details about its employees, the network may have to worry about coverage breakdowns of its own.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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