Last week on Twitter, Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury tweeted at Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco, saying he should come train with Sporting KC now that the NFL has locked the players out. I'd avoided comment on the topic at the time because I figured it was just going to go away with out anything so I really did not want to get on it. But today things went to the next level and it's impossible not to talk about. Ochocinco announced on Twitter that he would be training with Sporting KC next Tuesday. The team shortly after confirmed that Ochocinco will participate in a four day trial with the club. For the full story on it, check out the Star's article on Ochocinco's trial.
At first glance this would appear to be a publicity stunt by the team, possibly similar to the signing of Sunil Chhetri that also looks a bit like one for the Indian crowd. But the more you read Ochocinco's comments on the potential trial and those of Peter Vermes, this is a serious trial and Ochocinco seems to have hopes of actually making the team. From Vermes' conversations with Ochocinco, the NFL player is wanting to take this seriously and try to play. Knowing Vermes if he's not taking this serious he's not going to stick around long. Ochocinco himself admitted that he's not in game shape now but is certainly wanting to get into game shape.
It has certainly created a buzz around not just the city, but the US as a whole, it was a lead story on Sportscenter and multiple other sports shows. It was one of the main topics of discussion on radio shows around the city and I'd bet the US. From some that I listened to they all saw this as a positive as a chance for Sporting KC to get some good publicity. It'll be interesting to see what happens with this trial. And while I'm still extremely skeptical o this as a whole I'm willing to see what happens and see what he can do on the field.