Ochocinco first wrote about the fine on his Twitter account Saturday, saying, "WTF I got a damn fine already, it's the damn preseason, this is some b-------!!!!"
Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3(a) specifies that all players must wear a "Helmet with chin strap (white only) fastened and face mask attached."
On his Twitter account, Ochocinco said he was suing the NFL for discrimination.
"Im sueing [sic] the NFL," he wrote at about 1:45 p.m. ET, "I am color blind so this fine is discriminating because I'm disabled in a way, this is a sad day for me:("
He also posted a photograph of the letter he received from the league.
Ochocinco also posted a reaction to the fine on ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen's Twitter account, writing, "mort this is [expletive] ridiculous, I am typing a letter back to the league office as we speak, I'm fining they a$$ [sic] back!!!! :("