Top 10 Most Damaging Egos
8: Chad Johnson
Posted On 05.17, 2013
How to know you have a big ego: legally changing your name to Chad Ocho Cinco is overshadowed by countless other attention-grabbing stunts you’ve already done. Despite the fact he owns many of the Bengals’ all-time receiving records, Ocho Cinco is best known for his prima donna ways.
During the 2005 season, he kept a scorecard entitled, “Covered 85 in '05,” a checklist of which defensive backs covered him, and how they fared. His flamboyant attitude and TD-celebrations earned him the title of top Showboat in Professional Sports by Fox Sports in 2006, and that was before a Monday Night Football game when he celebrated by putting on a jacket that looked like the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees' jacket that said, "Future H.o.F 20??"
Then came 2008, by far Johnson’s (Ocho Cinco’s?) most turbulent year yet. It began with an interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike in January, during which he said that it was the media that “…labeled [me] selfish and a cancer, and it hurt... Fingers were pointed at me this year. If the team and the organization wants to further itself (make the playoffs), I think you need to get rid of the problem... It hurt me. To do me that way and not to have my back. Things were said, and nobody came to my defense."
After demanding a trade, saying he needed a “change of scenery,” Johnson further announced that he would skip every Bengals’ team function, even those considered mandatory. His time in Cincinnati was summed up perfectly by teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh the following day when he told ESPN that it was time for Johnson to go. "I think eventually he'll show up, but then you have to worry about how much of a distraction he'll be.”