Why Terrell Owens is Right, But Still Doesn't Get It

Published: Feb 21, 2014 11:29am EST
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 21, 2014 @ 12:43pm EST


"You look at some of the stuff guys are doing now, domestic violence, players killing players, just everything," Owens said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. "You have so many guys with off-the-field problems, drug issues, alcohol problems and they're still given second chances and third chances. They're putting them in rehab and keeping them on the team. I never had those issues. It's disappointing."

You know something TO, you have a point. Compared to what players like Josh Brent, Fred Davis, Justin Blackmon, Kellen Winslow, Von Miller, Donte Stallworth, Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick, Ndamukong Suh, and Pacman Jones have done… the antics you pull looks like child play. The difference is that those players, even if only on a small scale, acknowledged what they did was wrong. Even though it might be obvious they are just saying the right things to get their job back, they at least recognize that their actions had a negative effect on their team and the game. Terrell Owens seems to think that he is just misunderstood and the media is making up all the drama. He could not be more wrong.

To put things in perspective, let’s look at some of Ownes’ antics both on and off the field.

Owens celebrated scoring a touchdown by running to midfield of Texas Stadium and posing on the star logo of the Cowboys.

On Monday Night Football in Seattle, Owens pulled a 'Sharpie' marker out of his sock after catching a TD pass and autographed the ball.

After scoring a touchdown in a December, Owens celebrated with a pair of pom-poms borrowed from a 49ers cheerleader. 

Owens’ agent failed to meet a free agency deadline making him ineligible to become a free agent in 2004. The 49ers then traded him to the Baltimore Ravens, but Owens refused to report to his new team.

In an interview with Playboy magazine, Owens hinted that ex-teammate Jeff Garcia was gay.

In a contest with the Baltimore Ravens, after scoring a touchdown, Owens openly mocked Ray Lewis.

Owens announced he was not happy with his contract. Despite making $7.5 million in 2004, he needs a new contract to “feed his family.”

 After a confrontation with head coach Andy Reid, Owens was suspended for one week by the Eagles. 

During an interview with ESPN's Graham Bensinger, Owens took shots at the Eagles franchise for not publicly recognizing his 100th touchdown catch. During the interview he stated the Eagles showed a "lack of class". He also suggested the Eagles would be better off with Packers QB Brett Favre instead of Donovan McNabb.  Owens was suspended for remainder of the season and released the following March.

Owens, now with the Cowboys, had a run-in with receivers coach Todd Haley. After being chastised for showing up late for practice, Owens and Haley tangled during a meeting later in the day. 

In a victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Owens spit in the face of cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

After Owens consistently criticized offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's play calling and his offensive schemes, he was cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones said in a statement, "Some of what is changing involves the process and some of it involves people. This is a decision that was made based upon consideration for an entire team.”

You know when the NFL’s most flamboyant PR man Jerry Jones can no longer handle the attention; you have really done something wrong.

Owens would later go on to play for one season the Buffalo Bills in 2009 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, but neither team offered him a contract to return for a second season.

He had a brief tryout out with the Seattle Seahawks, but dropped passes plagued him throughout the preseason and did not make the final roster.

"No doubt there's not a question that I can still play," Terrell said. "But perception, media portrayal is so negative. Anytime there's a rumor that a team is interested in bringing me in, there's all this media attention, and the negative things they have to say are more than the positives. It's not about what I can bring to them. It's about stuff I did 5, 10 years ago."

So was all this just a misunderstanding? Is it just a case of a misunderstood player who had an intense passion for the game? The answer is simple. No, no, a thousand times NO! What Terrell doesn’t seem to get is that it’s not what he can bring to a NFL team; it’s what he can’t bring with him. A good work ethic, teamwork, and sportsmanship have never been a part of Terrell Owens’ resume

Henry H. Saunderson once said, “Character is what you are. Reputation is what people think you are.” Terrell Owens not only has a bad reputation, but has a bad character issue as well. When a team would rather sign a drug addict, a wife beater, or even a killer over Terrell Owens, it says more about TO, than the NFL.





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