When last we checked, Terrell Owens was playing wide receiver for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League and his contract called for him to get paid “six-figures” for the year and granted him an ownership share of the team. That is not the same as signing a “nine-figure deal” and getting a stake in the Washington Redskins, but it is not bad for a 38-year old wide receiver who has worn out his welcome with at least 3 NFL teams and who is “six-figures” in arrears in his child support payments. As my mother said more than once in a while:
Something small is better than nothing at all…
Yesterday, all of that went off the rails. The Allen Wranglers severed ties with Terrell Owens and rescinded his stake in team ownership on the basis –the team asserts – that he violated his contract. Evidently, Owens has refused to play in two late season road games for the Wranglers and he missed a team event/appearance at a local children’s’ hospital. Owens’ contract had language in it regarding his participation in road games but I have not seen the wording of the pertinent clauses reported anywhere as of now; so, I will pass on commenting there. Missing the team visit to a local children’s’ hospital is hardly laudatory but it seems to be a bit thin as to the reason to sever ties with the most recognizable player attached to the franchise. This sounds to me as if T.O. had made a sufficient pain-in-the-ass of himself that yet another team decided that it was better to carry on without his presence.
Ask Andy Reid about that…
After the announcement of this relationship rupture where the team owner, Jon Frankel, said the team could no longer tolerate Owens’ behavior/attitude, Owens and his people issued a statement saying that Owens appreciated the opportunity to play with the Wranglers. That sounds like the separation might be amicable until you consider the following part of the report from ESPN Dallas/Ft. Worth:
The statement released by Owens called his release “unfortunate” and it said that “his [Owens’] legal team” is addressing the details of the Wranglers’ news release and Owens’ severance from the team.
I am not one of the right-wing crazies who always screams about the lack of coverage of some issue by the “mainstream media”, but there is something in this report that I have not seen covered – or commented upon – by any of the normal football media. Here is what jumped out at me:
Terrell Owens owes his four “baby mamas” six figures in delinquent child support payments.
Forget about whether those payments ought to be reduced and/or whether or not they were ever fair decisions from a judge on a bench. Please explain to me how someone in that deep a set of financial straits can have a “legal team”. Those guys are not working for nothing; how come whatever funds those guys are getting for “addressing the details of his severance from the team” are not going to pay down the court-ordered child support indebtedness?
Terrell Owens still hopes to return to the NFL. Indeed, there may still be a GM or a coach somewhere who believes that he and/or his team can be the one to “turn this situation around” and that Owens can be an integral part of a team that makes it to the Super Bowl. If such a GM or coach is indeed out there, good luck to them…
Looking at another amazing on-field athlete who has fallen from grace, the Roger Clemens’ trial has reached the point where the prosecution has rested its case. In case you have forgotten, jury selection for this case was on 16 April; we are now more than 6 weeks into the trial and we have yet to hear from the defense. Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, has indicated that he plans to call at least six witnesses and perhaps as many as ten. The judge has already had to discipline jurors for falling asleep during the proceedings; nevertheless, their long and personal nightmare is not yet over.
Brad Rock had this comment about the Roger Clemens’ trial in the Deseret News recently:
“Two jurors have been dismissed for falling asleep at the Roger Clemens trial.
”Sources say the judge chided them for behaving like it was a Padres-Rockies game.”
Meanwhile, Greg Cote of the Miami Herald took a different tack when commenting on the same trial situation:
“Parting thought: As the Roger Clemens steroids/perjury trial continues, jurors must weigh an untrustworthy witness testimony against an incredibly unlikable defendant. Cannot confirm the foreman asked the judge if it was possible to convict both men.”
Ya’ know; I think Professor Cote might be onto something here in terms of a new direction for US jurisprudence…
The Opening Ceremonies for the London Olympics are only about 7 weeks into the future and we are already beginning to see the start of the “upclose and personal reports” on athletes and their struggles to participate in the games. Diane Pucin had a report in the LA Times earlier this week about a trampoline athlete, Logan Dooley, who hopes to represent the US in the London Games. These two paragraphs from Pucin’s report will give you an idea of what you can look forward to reading/hearing from about now until the Olympics closing ceremonies in August:
“And it seems fair that jumping on the trampoline felt easy to Dooley because he has struggled in his life with dyslexia, severe enough that when he was a child, other children mocked him. Dooley said that maybe it was the dyslexia that propelled him to jump and jump on his bed until his parents, Jim and Nancy, decided to buy him a backyard trampoline.”
“ ‘The Olympics, to me, is pride,’ Dooley said. ‘It’s a life accomplishment. It’s what I’ve been struggling for, what I’ve worked for. It’s a symbol of dedication and it’s to represent your country. For me, it would mean the world.’ “
Excuse me, but I now need a shower to get the saccharine sweetness off of my entire body…
Finally, here is an item related to the Olympic Games that I ran across in Gregg Drinnan’s column in the Kamloops Daily News:
“Len Berman at ThatSports.com would love to see one sport returned to the Olympic Games. Live pigeon shooting, he notes, ‘was competed once at the 1900 Paris Olympics. Granted it was quite messy, but I’d advocate just announcing its return . . . just to hear PETA’s reaction.’ “
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………