The hilarious reaction to Chad Johnson offering to purchase the bulk of Cincinnati's unsold tickets is just that, hilarious. When it became known that the Bengals had approximately 10,000 tickets remaining earlier this week and that the Bengals weren't optimistic that they'll sell out by Thursday's deadline, Johnson said that he'd "get the rest."
But on December 31st, a former Bengals player made a rather large gesture on Twitter that could take care of everything. In response to a tweet from Cincinnati Enquirer writer, Joe Reedy, about the Bengals stating, "Unless the rate of daily sales increases, we will not achieve a sellout," Chad Johnson tweeted, "I'll get the rest."
Originally we decided, editorially, that this was worth posting. We obviously appreciate Johnson's work over the years and believe he should sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a Cincinnati Bengal. But having followed his career, we're well aware of his personality -- usually saying things for a smile and laugh. This is where we tagged his response and why we didn't think twice about it.
Yet, others ridiculously did.
Not for a second did any of us (well, myself at least) buy into Johnson fronting a bill of unpaid tickets that would cost over $900,000. Not from a guy that admits to losing $45,982.76 every money.
In docs filed in April, Johnson claims to only make about $3,000/month ... but that immediately disappears thanks to the $16,525 he already pays in child support.
Then when you get to his own expenses, Johnson forks over $9,063.24 in mortgage payments, $2,500 for food, $2,650 on car expenses, $3,500 on clothing, $250 for grooming, $5,000 on entertainment, $1,000 for pet expenses along with various other expenses that total $31,154.76.
Add it all up ... and Johnson is in the red $45,982.76/month.
Really, this is Chad Johnson. Smile, laugh then move on.