In late December, Chad Ochocinco was dealing with bone spurs in his left foot that limited his work on the practice field and during games. He sat out the final two games of the season and played in roughly half of the offensive snaps against the Cleveland Browns. During the week heading into the game against the San Diego Chargers, Marvin Lewis was asked how Chad was feeling. Marvin said:
"Well, he's being his mopey self. Hopefully, he can pull himself out of it and move forward ... When things don't go Chad's way, that's kinda how it happens."
Chad promptly responded.
Since when the fuck am I ever mopey? I'm injured for the 1st time in 9 years and it's called being mopey, unless I'm dead then I get respect
“I have nothing to say about that. I’m not the owner of the team. My hands are out of that situation. The only thing I can remember, as of right now, about Coach Lewis, is Coach Lewis throwing me under the bus. When it was time to play the Chargers, knowing that I was hurt. That’s the only thing I can remember at this point.”
Chad was asked if he and Marvin could coexist at this point, Chad answered honestly:
“I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. To say some of the things that have been said in the past, for some reason, when I was especially down. When you look for support, it’s always got to come from the one higher up. For the one higher up to say the things he said, it’s really hurt. I don’t see myself really feeling [that].”
Also on Wednesday, Lewis made the surprising declaration on Mike And Mike In The Morning that there is no option on Ochocinco's contract and that he will be with the Bengals in 2011. Chad's always been a bit sensitive when he's not spoken about in the most positive light and it does bother him when someone close to him talks down about him. While it may appear that the two wouldn't be able to coexist anymore, this is nothing that can't be resolved with a little spat that a father has with a child. And it's not like Chad wants to leave Cincinnati; he's already said that he hopes to return.