NFL Player Fined $25,000 for Tweeting During Game Time

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Cincinnati Bengals' wide-receiver Chad Ochocinco recently upset some folks at the NFL when he tweeted during game time and was slapped with a $25,000 fine as a result. His reaction? To apologize and complain about his car payments...on Twitter.

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Apparently there is a rule which specifies that "NFL players are not permitted to post messages on social media websites starting 90 minutes before kickoff and until postgame media obligations are fulfilled." Ochocinco broke this rule by tweeting "twice—once before the game and once during."

These are the two tweets in question:

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Neither tweet seems harmful in my opinion, but I suppose rules are rules—even when they mean that two tweets cost someone $25,000. [Fast Company]

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How is this even legal? How can the freedom of speech be penalized with a fine? This goes against the law. Seriously, sometimes I feel as if there are 5 year olds running major corporations.