Terrell Owens, the much maligned superstar wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, recently lashed out at the sports media, claiming they were trying to goad him into making controversial statements. He recently sat down with EJSIC to further explain.
“The media, man, they need me to say crazy things because it sells papers. I mean, when they ask me if I was happy on 9/11, what am I supposed to say? If I say yes, I’m an asshole. If I say no, I’m dodging their questions. It’s a lot of pressure, and I’m tired of it.
Owens, who has had trouble with teammates and coaches on his previous teams in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and most recently, Dallas, has mostly kept a low profile as a member of the Bills. When his 185-consecutive game catch streak came to an end, the media wanted to know why.
“The media kept asking questions wanting to know if I’m getting enough touches. Look, I just run the routes as they call the plays. That’s all I can do. Next thing I know the media’s trying to get on me to take a stance on my Holocaust denial. That’s messed up, dude. I’m just here to play football and catch touchdowns.”
Trent Edwards, Owens’ quarterback, contends Owens has been a fine teammate. He says he thought he understood the weight of Owens’ fame before, but after seeing it up close, he says he’s amazed what Owens has to deal with.
“The media scrutiny Terrell deals with is unbelievable. At every turn they are trying to get him to say I’m not getting him the ball enough, or that coach isn’t making the right play calls, or to confirm that he has the world’s third-largest snuff film collection. It’s insanity really. I think he should be commended for handling it all with such class and dignity.”