I don’t watch football so I have no idea how relevant Terrell Owens is now that his football career, I hear, is in the crapper. But the career slump, numerous lawsuits and claims that he’s a deadbeat daddy isn’t stopping the chiseled sexpot to many from talking to GQ magazine.
Owens opens up about his joblesss career, blowing through almost 80 million dollars, and feeling like he’s got no friends left.
Per GQ Mag:
Since last spring, when the Cincinnati Bengals declined to renew his one-year, $2 million contract, Owens has been a man without a team, making him arguably football’s most talented unemployed player. Plenty of teams could use a receiver of Owens’s caliber, there’s no question about that, but no one has made even a lowball offer. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has tried to drum up interest by hinting that some unnamed club is sniffing around, but nothing has materialized.
Which leaves T.O. a caged cat for the first time in his career, pacing the 1,800-square-foot apartment he paid $499,000 for in October 2010, circling the maroon and silver velvet chairs that a decorator helped him choose, stepping past the pile of dirty laundry in the long hall, picking at a pan of brown rice on the stove. He plays pickup basketball when he can—the game was his first love—and softball in a rec league run by Jamie Foxx, but that’s not enough to keep his mind off things. Praying helps; he’s taken to attending a local Presbyterian church, a world away from his Southern Baptist roots. “It’s preppy. At the part where we say ‘Amen,’ they say ‘Indeed.’ ”
Still, the season ticks by—Sunday, Monday, Sunday, Monday—every week a blur, all the way through December and into the playoffs, and the disbelief mounts.
“It’s not his knee that’s the problem; it’s his attitude,” says an executive at one of the better teams, who didn’t want to be named. The ratio that once made it worth it for owners to sign him—two parts genius to two parts trouble—has shifted now that he is not quite as fast, his body not as reliable. “He may have been less openly divisive with the Bengals,” the exec continues, “but you can’t live down the destruction of all those years. With T.O., no matter how brilliant he can be on the field, the dark side is always lurking. You don’t know which T.O. you’re going to get, and no one is comfortable risking that.” [Read More]
Man what a way to go out.
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