You hate to say it, but today, new Bengals WR Terrell Owens made a pretty good point. True, he, like Chad Ochocinco, is a WR diva – moreso than most (OK, he didn’t say that; that’s just my interjection), but (and this he did say) he doesn’t understand all the criticism, particularly when he’s never been in trouble with the law.
Here’s what he told reporters, as transcribed by the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy:
“If you’re doing something good, nine times out of 10 they’re not going to say anything good about you,” Owens said. “I pride myself with the fact that my grandmother raised me right and taught me right from wrong. You see guys that had DUIs, domestic violence, club altercations and rape violations and then myself I get thrown into the same category as those guys and I can’t see how that is. Again, it’s ignorance if you ask me. I’ve had no off the field problems and it’s mind boggling.
“If you look at some of the things on the sideline they have been blown out of proportion. You can’t hear the audio but the commentators they seem to know what I’m thinking but if it’s somebody else doing those sideline tirades then it’s all them being positive, them lifting the team and being a team leader. But if it’s myself it’s a total opposite.
“If you see other quarterbacks or team leaders doing that, then that is what they say. They’re being team leaders. But if it’s me I’m being a distraction and they want to throw me off the team. They want to call me a cancer. It’s unfair, but it’s something I have to deal with and I’ve dealt with it over the years and it is what it is.”
Perhaps, we’d have more sympathy for Owens if he hasn’t acted like such an ass for much of his career – publicly bitching to and at his quarterbacks, slamming the ball on the Cowboys star, doing sit-ups in his driveway, etc. – but yeah, he’s right. He shouldn’t be treated like a criminal.
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