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Chad Johnson is Flying Spirit Airlines Over Renting A Private Jet

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 22: Chad Javon Johnson, known from 2008–2012 as Chad Ochocinco, is a former American football wide receiver is seen on the sideline before the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on September 22, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

During Shannon Sharpe’s interview with Chad Johnson, Sharpe asks about the price of renting out a private jet. The First Take’s co-host‘s answer surprises the former NFL athlete to the point where they debate about which is better—renting a private plane or flying Spirit Airlines.

Chad Johnson is astonished at the price

The former wide receiver wants to take his family on vacation with a private jet. Thus, he asks Sharpe how much these trips would usually take. The Hall of Famer answers, “It depends on how big and how far.”

The 45-year-old says he needs a big one since he’s bringing his family. Sharpe responds with a very calm answer for a considerable sum of money.

“You want a G5, G6. So you talkin’ about 10, 15, 25 thousand an hour.”

Shannon Sharpe

Johnson couldn’t believe his ears. He asked the host to repeat how much in disbelief. He exclaims, “20 thousand an hour?” The fact surprised him so much that he even cussed during the interview. From how he reacts, they agreed not to do it on the show.

“Woah, rewind. 15 – 20 thousand an hour? Aw no man, sh*t.”

The former receiving yards leader does some quick math in his head. He counts a four-hour trip to Los Angeles and comes up with the grand sum of $50,000. Something that he isn’t willing to spend.

CARMEL, IN - MARCH 22: Chad Ochocinco surprises customers with Reebok ZigTech apparel at Dick's Sporting Goods on March 22, 2011 in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage for Reebok)
Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage for Reebok

Furthermore, he talks about his weekly commute to Jersey on Mondays. This would be a two-hour flight and would cost around 30,000 to 60,000 dollars for a private jet.

Spirit Airlines is the Goat

The former NFL star claims that instead of spending five figures, he’d fly Spirit Airlines, which costs only $80 for a round trip.

Sharpe only gives a disappointed “Mm-mm” with a shake of his head to the notion of flying Spirit Airlines. They go back and forth about the pros and cons of each.

Renting a private jet gives you room and space with breakfast in bed. Johnson counters by saying he can rent the plane’s row out for less and order takeout before he boards the flight.

Both seem just to agree to disagree on the fact.

However, fans praise Johnson for his wise spending habits, claiming, “This is how he stays rich.”

Do you think the former NFL star’s being wise or too frugal?