According to multiple reports, Chad Ochocinco was at Foxboro on Thursday morning before the team's OTA. He didn't stick around for the workout, however. It was the first OTA to which the media has had access that Ochocinco was not present.
What had the Twittersphere abuzz later in the day was that Ochocinco had removed a reference to the Patriots from his Twitter bio. The edit lasted only briefly as his bio was back to normal minutes later: "New England Patriot WR ..."
Earlier this offseason, Ochocinco agreed to cut his base salary for 2012 from 3 million to 1 million. With 11 other receivers currently on the Patriots roster -- including the additions of veteran receivers Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth -- there has been speculation as to how Ochocinco will fit in.
UPDATE: According to ESPN, Ochocinco skipped out on today's OTA because he had an eye doctor appointment.
More to come . . .
Giants kicker Josh Brown released a statement via ESPN on Thursday.
Brown was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last week after more information about his history of abusing women -- a history he admitted to in documents obtained by SNY -- came to light.
"I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."
While Brown apologized to his team, Giants owner John Mara and those who've supported him, he did not apologize to his ex-wife, Molly, or any of the other women who he, in his own words, "objectified," according to an email turned over to police.
While Brown wanted to make clear he did not strike his wife, he did not mention the toll taken on victims of emotional or psychological abuse -- both of which he has admitted to in journal entries.
While he released a statement, there's still plenty left unsaid.