Chad Ochocinco's Name Change Documents Claim 'No Ulterior Purpose'
We also learn:
--The request and the final judgment awarding the name change say there is no "ulterior purpose" for this name change, which is obviously absurd: The ulterior purpose is to make money from selling merchandise that says "OCHO CINCO" without having the NFL fine him for wearing it during games.
--The former Chad Johnson has four children. One is named Chad Johnson; another is named Chade Johnson.
--Ochocinco was convicted of misdemeanor battery in 2000, and charged with trespass and obstruction in 1996.
Mike Florio asks some interesting questions about what kind of precedent this sets: If Nike pays a player to change his name to "Nike" or "Swoosh" or "Reebok Sucks," will the NFL allow that player to put those names on the back of his jersey?
At some point, the NFL is going to have to deal with those questions. But right now, they're set to allow Chad to wear his new name on his back.