Ochocinco ‘twitters’ challenge to Sharper

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Associated Press
Thursday, December 2, 2010
— Chad Ochocinco sparked a lighthearted trash-talking exchange on the social networking site Twitter when he posted Wednesday that he was thinking about starting a fight with Saints safety Darren Sharper before New Orleans’ game at Cincinnati.

“Who Dey vs. Who Dat this sunday, who are you going with in this game?” Ochocinco wrote. “Thinking of fighting Darren Sharper in pre-game just because i can win.”

Ochocinco later posted that he will “use the fine money after our fight n donate it to the United Way Fund” and later, in the same post, “It’s on now.”

Sharper responded by urging Ochocinco not to embarrass himself, then offered some tough talk of his own when reporters asked if he and the Bengals’ flamboyant receiver were just joking around.

“You’ll see when his helmet comes off on the first time I hit him whether it’s fun — see how much smiling there’s going to be happening then. Then you’ll see if it’s fun or if it’s games,” Sharper said. “I don’t play games when it comes to the field. You tell Ochocinco that you got to see me on Sunday. Believe it, Twitter king.”

Finnegan rejects ‘dirty’ label

Cortland Finnegan is polite, rarely forgetting to say “Thank you” and “Yes, ma’am.” He works hard for charity, having pushed a high school cancer patient’s wheelchair five miles during a Thanksgiving road race before heading to practice.

On the field, the Tennessee Titans cornerback now has a slightly different reputation, thanks to his battle royale with Houston receiver Andre Johnson.

Finnegan said Wednesday he’s appalled at how he’s been perceived since Sunday’s brawl that brought each $25,000 fines apiece.

“For me not to take any swings but still play feisty and physical, I’m almost at a loss. I’m still playing football. If he never retaliates, then we’re never having this conversation. It takes someone to retaliate, and it’s the golden boy so now I’m the bad guy,” Finnegan said.

Earlier this year, Finnegan said he wanted to be known as the dirtiest player in the NFL. Following a fight that made all the highlight reels, he claims he was only joking.

Deion Sanders used his incredible speed to shut down NFL receivers. Ronnie Lott did it with hard hits. The undersized Finnegan is a talker who never stops, trying to emulate the play of Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis.

“Man, he plays so passionately and so much love for the game, I’ve always wanted to be Ray Lewis,” Finnegan said.

Teammates love him. Receivers who play against him regularly agree he’s feisty, not dirty.

Last updated: 3:55 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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