Montreal Alouettes receiver Chad Johnson has found himself an opponent that he wasn't expecting in his transition to the CFL: the city’s French-only parking signs.
The former NFL veteran and six-time Pro Bowler has amassed 15 parking tickets since arriving in Montreal two weeks ago because he doesn’t read French.
The prolific tweeter has been using his @ochocinco Twitter account to chronicle his ticket tally and his decision to start taking the Metro instead.
Going to use the subway system this morning to get to Parc Olympique stadium for work due to the increase in parking tickets I've received.— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 8, 2014
I'm glad I left home early because I boarded the METRO (subway system) going the wrong way, meetings aren't till 9 so I've time... 😕— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 8, 2014
Yet not everyone finds Johnson’s dilemma amusing: one Quebecer suggested the Miami-born receiver should learn some basic French.
Je suis ici pour l'amour, je t'aime RT @mathieurompre: U can learn a playbook but can't learn 7 words of French? lundi=Monday, mardi=Tuesday— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 8, 2014
Johnson also tweeted Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre to request a meeting about his parking tickets.
@DenisCoderre Denis, I love you but I'm having trouble with parking tickets, most of the parking signs are in french, I've 15 tickets. Help— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 8, 2014
@DenisCoderre Can you follow me back, perhaps we can talk over cigars at Stogies & fix my ticket situation. I love you Mr. Coderre.— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 8, 2014
Coderre, who is also well-known for his Twitter habit, replied and invited Johnson to a meeting. He also offered Johnson lessons in how to read the city’s parking signs.
@ochocinco ok we will meet. Meantime we will give you a crash course to understand our parking signs so you don't catch a ticket... again— DenisCoderre (@DenisCoderre) July 8, 2014
Johnson inked a two-year contract with the Alouettes in April.
He spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 166 career games, Johnson caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.