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Ochocinco does the mature thing

It either says something about us or about the celebrity-athlete culture when it's not a celebrity-athlete's bad acts that shock us, but those occasions when he or she actually behaves like a responsible adult.

So it is that I break the news that Chad Ochocinco decided not to wear the No. 15 jersey of Chris Henry today to honor his teammate's tragic and bizarre death this week.

Ochocinco -- get this -- thought it would be a distraction. And therefore not what Henry would have wanted.

I find this to be a profoundly mature reaction, especially given the context (professional sports) in which it manifested itself. I also find myself wishing, more immaturely, that Ochocinco would have done the "me" thing, worn Henry's jersey and told the NFL where it could stick the silly, soulless fine that would no doubt have been forthcoming.

I know, it's childish. But it's also outrageous that the NFL would have even contemplated fining Ochocinco for such a gesture. Outrageous and enormously revealing of its cold, corporate nature.

Ben Smith's blog.

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