By Professor Fred Whitted NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The title above...
Banned by the NFL??
Let me start off by saying I’m not the biggest Terrell Owens fan in the world. I don’t know him personally so it’s difficult to ascertain what type of person he is off the field.
As sports fans and even journalists we rarely get to see the “true” person.
Despite the latter it’s become quite obvious Owens has been unofficially anointed public enemy No.1. He’s a man wan without a team and no one seemingly wants to “take a chance” on bringing him into their NFL locker-room.
Take a chance? What exactly do teams mean when they say “take a chance on him?” What really makes Owens such a bad guy? Has Owens ever been charged or convicted of a crime?
Has Owens, like Ben Roethlisberger, ever been accused of sexual-assault on multiple occasions? Has Owens ever been suspended from the league because of substance abuse?
Who cares if he’s had problems with quarterbacks Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo. Who cares if he displays emotions and is passionate about winning.
Since when is being emotional against the law?
It’s interesting how a flawed character like Roethlisberger gets the royal treatment from the media, yet Owens gets shafted by the same media because he’s a very emotional player who simply wants to win.
I guess Owens can’t make the connection because of his complexion while Roethlisberger can. Anyway, every team Owens has played for he has produced at a high level.
He learned under the greatest wide receiver of all time in Jerry Rice while he was with the San Francisco 49ers and eventually supplanted Rice as their No. 1 guy.
Owens was the best player on the field representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he helped lead them to the Super Bowl before losing to the New England Patriots in 2005.
Owens was the Dallas Cowboys top receiver before he was surprisingly cut by Jerry Jones for raising concerns about the amount of balls that were coming his way as opposed to Cowboy tight end Jason Whitten.
Owens has gotten a bad rap from the media because he’s a very passionate and demonstrative athlete. He plays with a great deal of emotion and he’s not afraid to express himself.
Matter of fact he’s one of the few players who was openly critical Commissioner Roger Goodell of his treatment of Michael Vick last season. Furthermore, the white male dominated media often have problems covering African-American athletes that are demonstrative like Owens.
His behavior is depicted as arrogant, selfish, and divisive when in actuality it’s not.
Due to lack of diversity in the media has led to Owens being characterized in a negative fashion which has induced teams to be wary of signing someone who can obviously still play.
Owens is being unofficially banished in a similar fashion as Barry Bonds.
The all-time home run king hasn’t suited up in the Major Leagues since 2007 when the San Francisco Giants didn’t resign him. When he became a free agent surprisingly no team wanted to sign him.
My take is teams were wary because of his alleged links to steroids, his arrogance and overall perception he’s too selfish. My feeling is Bud Selig and the owners of baseball colluded not have Bonds in the game after he broke Hank Aaron’s record.
Now sadly Bonds’ name is rarely mentioned and he’s become a stranger to the game he once dominated. Yet baseball graciously opened their arms to embrace the self-proclaimed juicer in Mark McGwire back to baseball.
Matter of fact, Big Mac was hired by St.
Louis manager Tony LaRussa to be his hitting coach before he came clean about his steroid use. McGwire wasn’t bashed in the media to the degree Bonds was yet he’s back in baseball.
Gee, I wonder why.
Now Owens is going through the initial stages of what Bonds has gone through. The media will continue to say he’s a nuisance and he will only hurt a team. In turn NFL teams will say he’s lost a step and can’t get the separation he once did.
That’s garbage. The latter represent manufactured excuses to unfairly assassinate a players’ character. Not signing a player like Owens that can still play is the media and the NFL’s way of demonstrating the degree of control they have over those who are not in favor with them.
Without question Owens is being unfairly black-balled by the media and by NFL franchises.