It was an insightful story, told from the perspective of a guy who covered Ochocinco during his one doomed season with the New England Patriots. It was neither particularly flattering nor a complete hatchet job. Just a personal take on one of the NFL's most interesting players.
It did get a reaction out of its subject, however. Ochocinco responded to a follower's tweet with these cryptic words:
When a gunman says he's gonna shoot, u don't question that, u listen... RT @ChrisShane12: Interesting article on u written by ian rapoport.- Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 11, 2012
What Ochocinco is clearly getting at here is ... wait, what the hell is Ochocinco getting at?
Let's start with the principals. Rapoport had no idea what it means. Not a clue. This eliminates the possibility an NFL reporter once pulled a gun on a charismatic wide receiver in Massachusetts. We tweeted at Ochocinco, but we're not holding our breath there.
Inside the NFL.com newsroom, we've tried our best to piece together a workable explanation. Our three favorite theories:
1) New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the gunman who didn't let
Ochocinco talk last season.
2) Rapoport -- henchman that he is -- is our gunman, and Ochocinco isn't going to retort, just listen.
3) Ochocinco mixed some metaphors and subsequently tweeted complete gibberish.
Have a better theory? Please post in the comment section below.