Terrell Owens Plays the Blame Game in latest GQ Article
If you’ve been a fan of Terrell Owens, you’ve seen him in San Francisco, Philly, Dallas, Buffalo and finally Cincinnati. You would also know that he is second all time in receiving yards, and that his body is chiseled from head to toe. So what does he possibly have to cry about in the upcoming issue of GQ (on newsstands next month)? Well…he’s just not playing football anymore.
Owens who is now 38 years old, is playing in a game where he may not come out on top. It was funny to read that when people text Owens to ask him where he is these days, his response to them is, “I’m in hell.” In the GQ article by Nancy Hass, Owens blames the media, blames agent Drew Rosenhaus for not protecting him, and he STILL blames a former teammate for his issues with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
It’s surprising that after all these years and many teams later Owens is still caught up with the old storyline of the McNabb feud. I clearly don’t understand why Owens is still trying to prove his point. In the article he talks about how another player told him NOT to apologize to McNabb, but when GQ asked the then team captain Jeremiah Trotter of this, Trotter disagreed with Owens account and tells the magazine he was the one insisting Owens apologize. Nonetheless it’s time to move on.
In the article Owens is still arrogant in his ability to return to the NFL. Even after what could have been a career ending ACL surgery Owens still toots his own horn by believing he can make the same plays he was making after just coming into the league years ago. His workout regime is still as intense as ever, but the doors to football aren’t exactly closed. Owens received an offer to play for a Chicago arena league back in October and at the time passed it up.
Owens will be a player and part owner of the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers, in Dallas. I wonder is this a ploy to get Jerry Jones to take another look at him and possibly bring him back to the Cowboys? Hmmmmm.
We may be on the fence about whether he can still play, but we do know the days of dropping $137,000 for two diamond stud earrings are over. The claim of being broke after making $80 million during his NFL career is a story that Owens is sticking tightly to.
Lately his money troubles have landed him in court because he claims he just can’t afford to pay his child support payments. Owens pays a total of $44,600 a month in child support for his four children, ages 5 to 12.
In response to his child support woes, he says “If there’s anything I’m sorry about, it’s getting involved with all that.” I honestly don’t know if he’s talking about the women that he calls “repeat offenders” in the article or if he’s referring to his kids. I had to laugh out loud as I kept reading when Owens says that he is angry with the women because he believes they are not being fair.
“They know I’m not working; they know the deal,” he expresses to GQ. However, in the article it shares that Owens is living in a stunning 1,800-square foot Los Angeles apartment he paid $499,000 for in October 2010.
Throughout the article Owens does address the rumored suicide attempts and the depression, but I’m not going to give away the entire thing because I believe that Nancy Hass does a fabulous job trying to help us feel the pain that Owens is ultimately feeling.
The one surprising thing (well maybe not that surprising) is that Owens doesn’t see his role in the downward spiral of his life. He places a lot of blame on agents, friends, family, publicists, advisers, baby mamas, the media, teammates and even the NFL, but not once does Terrell Owens take responsibly as a grown man for the way that his life has turned out.
When looking at Owens’ stats you see a great wide receiver who could possibly help some team, but that’s not what keeps him off the field; It’s his antics, the theatrical element that he brings to his life and the lives of others around him. When looking at the issues with McNabb and the Eagles, or the child support, or even situations with his other teams the common denominator is Terrell Owens.
Every morning you wake up you have the opportunity to start anew, and Terrell Owens has had over 13,870 mornings to start anew, and it just hasn’t happened.
Read the full article here: http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201202/terrell-owens-nfl-football-wide-receiver