Retired NFL Wideout Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson: NFL Turns Their Players Into ‘Political Robots’

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-2-49-43-pm-1Retired Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson always seemed to be at odds with the commissioner’s office over the course of his 11 year NFL career. Thats because, according to Johnson, he refused to surrender his individuality.

Johnson — who legally changed his last name to Ochocinco in 2008, then changed it back to Johnson in 2012 — said Thursday on Undisputed that the NFL doesn’t want their players to express themselves politically, or in any other manner.

“The NFL is all about control,” Johnson said. “Stifling its players. No personality. Making everybody, basically, political robots.”

Johnson was asked by Skip Bayless if he had any regrets about his NFL career — one in which he was often fined for his exuberant touchdown celebrations.

You know what? When I sit back and think about my NFL career, and what it took for me to get there — the struggles, the obstacles I went through, all the negative things I had to deal with — I don’t regret it at all. And if I had to do it again, I would probably do it the exact same way I did it.

“I just chose not to conform to their ways,” Johnson added.

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