Ocho: 'Belichick would allow me to be myself'

Ocho: 'Belichick would allow me to be myself'

By TomE. Curran

DALLAS - If Chad Ochocinco ever did play for the Patriots - and that's a titanic "if" - he believes Bill Belichick would let him continue to be the same outrageous, entertaining, real-life cartoon he's turned himself into. "(Belichick) knows if have a different style," Ochocinco said Tuesday during the closing moments of Super Bowl Media Day. "He also knows when it's time to play the game, I'm down to business. He knows that. Now my style is completely different than those others and he knows that."Despite Belichick knowing that, did he believe Belichick would attempt to rein him in and make him more Chad than Ocho?"I think he would allow me to be myself because when I'm allowed to be myself I'm at my best," he professed.
So far this offseason, Ocho's tenuous relationship with head coach Marvin Lewis has fractured further. Last week, he also swiped at Bengals owner Mike Brown, insinuating on Twitter that the employees in Cincinnati care more than the business owner about success. Ocho tried to cover his tracks on that front with his answer to my first question about Belichick. "We're very fond of each other," Ocho said of Belichick. "I have respect for him. It's out of my control. I have the utmost respect for Mike Brown and the organization. They are the ones that gave me my chance. They're the ones that gave me the chance to be in the NFL and wear those stripes. "While I'm under contract, I don't want to rub anyone the wrong way but I do have tremendous respect for Bill," Ocho added. "Not just him but everyone I've come into contact with or had the opportunity to speak to on a personal level. That's why we have such a fond respect for each other. Bill and I had a chance to meet in Hawaii. We had conversations that had nothing to do with football which is why our relationship is at the point it is now. People don't even understand."Probably not. ButOcho's constant flirtations - amusing and news foddery as they may be - are eventually going to get somebody's wrist slapped.Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

LONDON — Coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that the New York Giants have not yet decided whether Josh Brown will remain on the team after admitting to abuse of his former wife.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about the kicker following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s a teammate and a guy who we’re hoping makes strides.”

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following this week's publication of King County Sheriff's Office records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in those documents that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he pounded on her hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the investigating detective, King County Sheriff's Det. Robin Ostrum.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information. Finally, he answered: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments earlier this year suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a practicing Christian who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants supported him or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The Giants have signed Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old will practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," the coach said of Gould.



Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Trenni Kusnierek is outraged, and rightfully so, by the actions - or lack thereof - by the NFL regarding domestic violence by Giants kicker Josh Brown.

Tom E. Curran details the NFL's botched investigation here.