While in his native state of Florida, Chad Ochocinco was nice enough to take some time out of his busy day at an amusement park to interview with Adena Andrews of ESPN W (what is ESPN W?) about his quarterback, Carson Palmer's, trade demand.
"I haven't spoken to him, but it's no need for me to talk to him," Ochocinco said. "He said his piece. I stand by him in what he said and I hope he gets his wish. I always support my fellow players, teammates or anybody who is in the league for that matter."
Ochocinco and Palmer have worked together for Palmer's entire career and, even though the two have seemed to be on separate pages lately, they still know each other very well. Chad knows that Palmer's serious and that he won't be playing in 2011, partly because of Palmer's character and partly because.... of his beard?
"That's him. There's one thing you have to understand: When someone goes out of character, which this is out of character for him, and a guy that grows a random beard and is really quiet, when they speak, you listen. Seriously. Trust me. He is not playing."
Now that the NFL and NFLPA have decided to extend the CBA negotiation deadline for another week, there is hope that the two sides may come to an agreement soon. If that is the case, the Bengals may wise up and trade Palmer before the draft, even though it's doubtful that they will. Even if the Bengals foolishly hold on to Palmer, they may not do the same with Ochocinco, who has been campaigning to go to different teams, like the Patriots and Jets, throughout the off season.
Whatever happens, hopefully it happens soon because I'm getting tired of talking about it. I have the feeling, though, that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.