Owens Fined $5,000 For Tweeting

CINCINNATI (AP) - Terrell Owens has been fined $5,000 for

violating the NFL's prohibition on using social media shortly

before games.

The Bengals receiver acknowledged that he broke the rule by

sending out a tweet an hour before Cincinnati's 24-21 loss to Tampa

Bay on Sunday. Players and coaches are prohibited from using social

media 90 minutes before games, during games and shortly afterward.

Teammate Chad Ochocinco got a $25,000 fine for tweeting before

and during a preseason game.

Owens, Ochocinco and Arizona's Darnell Dockett are the only

players who have violated the league's restrictions, which went

into effect before last season. Dockett was fined $5,000 for

sending a tweet 20 minutes before a game.

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