Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco proved his political mettle again on Thursday night, boldly asking for a bailout from the federal government.

Ochocinco, who changed his name from Johnson last year to mimic his jersey number 85, tweeted at President Barack Obama last month to criticize his tax policies.

The former Pro Bowler said in jest that the president should bailout his fictionalized "Chad State Insurance" company because it went bankrupt:

new insurance company called Chad State Insurance,motto:we got yo ocho and cinco but you're on your own If you wreck yo Johnson!!! just folded, I am bankrupt after being open for only 30 minutes, this damn economy, o well back to football :)

President Obama has jus approved a 69billion dollar bailout of Chadstate insurance All Johnsons will be covered, Pow( batman voice)

Other athletes who have used Twitter thrown their hat into the political fray include Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Shaq tweeted about his attempt to gain entry into the White House unannounced and Owens called Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) "ignorant" after the congressman criticized Michael Jackson's lifestyle shortly after the pop singer died in June.