Chad Ochocinco must pay $11K bill

Updated: March 16, 2011, 8:59 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CINCINNATI -- An Ohio judge says Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco dropped the ball when it came to paying clothes bills.

Hamilton County Municipal Judge Bernie Bouchard ordered Ochocinco to pay Exclusive Wear $11,717 for clothing the Cincinnati store says he never paid for.

The store, which is owned by AMM One Inc., says that on shopping trips in late 2008 and early 2009, the player took items including a $575 Al Wissam Bomber coat, $400 Mauri alligator shoes and $350 Laguna Beach jeans but never paid for them.

Attorney Joseph Honerlaw said Wednesday the store reminded Ochocinco repeatedly that he needed to pay up, before filing legal action in December. Bouchard ordered the default judgment Tuesday after Ochocinco didn't appear in court.

A message was left for Ochocinco's agent.

On Tuesday, Ochocinco tweeted about the bill, saying: "I've been informed I've a 2 year outstanding balance of 11k at an urban clothing store in Cincy. I'll pay it when I return from Mars."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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