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The NFL should let Ochocinco Tweet

With this Tweet and this Tweet on Friday night, Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco earned a $25,000 fine on Tuesday for violating the NFL's restrictions on posting to social media sites before, during and after games. Ochocinco made his appeal to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday -- well, kind of.

I'm wondering what the big deal is. Ochocinco's me-first personality is the Bengals' problem -- one they have kept pretty much under wraps -- not the NFL's. If anything, Goodell and the No Fun League should embrace Ochocinco. He is one of the most fan-friendly players in the league.

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If Marvin Lewis and the Bengals want to put a restriction on when and what Ochocinco Tweets, then so be it. But I don't see how his ridiculous comments on a social media website are bad for the NFL -- even if they happen before the final whistle. It would be one thing if Ochocinco was Tweeting from the huddle (and he probably would if he could). But what's wrong with Ochocinco sending a quick Tweet to his million-plus followers moments after getting his bell rung against the Eagles in a preseason game?

Why would the NFL want to mute a guy who gives us gems like this, this and this? Let Ochocinco Tweet.

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