Terrell Owens: 'No, I'm not broke. My circumstances have changed'
Terrell Owens didn't come off well on Dr. Phil's show, but he said he participated in the taping because he wanted to set the record straight.
|Here’s how T.O. is earning money these days -- playing for the Allen Wranglers. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Proving again that Terrell Owens does not have a problem participating in reality TV, even if the results makes him less than savory, he appeared on Dr. Phil’s show to face off against three of his baby mamas (that’s how Dr. Phil referred to them, anyway).
The result, from what I understand (because I somehow managed to not be in front of the TV when this train wreck aired), is that it did not go well for Owens, as the three women lambasted him for not taking care of his children in either an emotional or a monetary sense.
So, why bother? Why did he allow himself to be subjected to such abuse, especially considering he had to know there was little chance he would come off well? Is he broke (after all, it’s been well documented that he’s lost a ton of money)? Did Dr. Phil pay him? Is that why he appeared?
No, Owens said. That was not the reason he went on Dr. Phil.
“Number one, no, I was not paid for doing Dr. Phil. I wasn’t,” Owens told 790 The Zone in Atlanta (via sportsradiointerviews.com). “And the other question, no, I’m not broke. My broke, for the normal person, is not their broke. My circumstances have changed. That means I don’t make the same amount of money that I used to make. With my financial situation, people are asking how did I blow $60 million or $80 million? Those numbers are skewed. If you just kind of factor in the numbers of what I made and how many years I’ve played.
"Other than that, I don’t know what else to say. … I’m not an extravagant living-type person. I didn’t blow my money. My money was stolen and mismanaged. That’s a different story, but that’s why I didn’t have a problem going on Dr. Phil. I trusted people to manage my financial situation and I was taken advantage of. It’s partly my fault because I wasn’t on top of my financial situation.”
So, to clarify, Owens isn’t broke, but it’s also not his fault that he’s lost his money (even though he’s not sure just how much he’s lost)? Strange, right?
The reason Owens went on Dr. Phil in the first place, he said, was because one of his friends had a connection with the show, and since the show was aware of Owens’ situation, it invited him on so he could set the record straight. Owens agreed.
And Owens thinks he knows why the women wanted to confront him -- money.
“Why all of the sudden now am I a deadbeat dad?” Owens asked. “My oldest son is 12. Why wasn’t I a deadbeat dad 10, 11, 12 years ago? All of this basically stems and is based around the fact that their money has been cut, basically, in more than half.”
Good thing all of that’s been set straight. Even if it had to be done in the sleaziest of manners. I’m just glad I didn’t have to watch it.
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