If you bought a Chad Ochocinco jersey recently, you’re probably not going to like this news one bit. According to a report from TMZ, Ochocinco is planning on changing his last name back to his original one, marking the return of Chad Johnson and the end of the Ochocinco era.
So why is Ochocinco–or Johnson–changing his last name after going through the trouble of having it changed in the first place? Apparently, it has to do with his fiancee. TMZ reports:
Say goodbye to Chad Ochocinco … the Patriots star is telling friends, he plans to change his last name BACK to Johnson in time for his wedding this summer — because he doesn’t want his wife to have a made-up last name.
Ocho’s wedding to his “Basketball Wives” fiancee Evelyn Lozada is set for July in Florida — and sources tell TMZ, the wide receiver plans to legally change his last name back to the one he was born with before he ties the knot.
The former Cincinnati Bengal player had his full name changed to “Chad Javon Ochocinco” in August of 2008. He made the change because his number on the team was to be “85″–”ocho” is 8 and “cinco” is 5, in case your Spanish is rusty.
In case you’re ready to dismiss this as a rumor, Ochocinco confirmed TMZ’s report over on Twitter in response to a tweet. Here’s a screencap:
Check out a video of Chad Ochocinco speaking with NFL Networks’ Deion Sanders following Super Bowl XLVI: