Eagles: Dump Terrell Owens

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The solution? Trade him to a franchise that could use a clown to help fill the cheap seats, or simply release him outright, and let the lawyers sort out whether he gets to walk away with that big signing bonus. The Eagles have no use for an egomaniac who has never been able to embrace a team philosophy. I say, the only way Terrell Owens makes it back to the Superbowl is as the half-time entertainment, maybe ripping off Janet Jackson’s bikini top

Terrell Owens probably deserves to be the highest paid player in football, not because he’s the best wide receiver, but simply because of all the ink and airtime he manages to generate for himself. But the Eagles, a perennial Superbowl contender, don’t need the headache of coddling a clueless malcontent.

For months now, ESPN, beat reporters and the fans of sports talk radio have devoted more time to his asinine antics than to any other NFL story. Even TO’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, knows how to grab his share of the headlines. When not announcing that his client is holding out because he has “outperformed his contract,� this ice water-veined, self-professed shark makes the rounds of all the TV talk shows to inform the world that he moonlights as a Good Samaritan, saving children’s lives and bathing the feet of AIDS patients.

Hey, where’s my press coverage? I gave a choking dachshund the Heimlich maneuver the other day, but guess what? Nobody cared! So, you have to hand it to this calculated tag team that has figured out how to manipulate the sports world into eating out of their greedy little hands. 

The latest chapter in this gridiron soap opera has TO dismissed from training camp, following a heated exchange with Andy Reid. Understandably fed up with the constant distraction of the media circus surrounding his star’s on-again, off-again status, the exasperated head coach asked his petulant prima donna to leave for a week.

Although the Eagles had tolerated TO’s foot-dragging claim of an injury which looked more like a thinly-veiled work slow down, the straw that broke the camel’s back was TO’s reportedly telling his Offensive Coordinator, “Don’t speak to me, unless I speak to you first.� Such a brash display of insubordination, if left unchallenged, would’ve allowed Owens to set the tone in the locker room, and ruin the team’s morale in the process. The Eagles need to excise this cancer, and pronto.

The solution? Trade him to a franchise that could use a clown to help fill the cheap seats, or simply release him outright, and let the lawyers sort out whether he gets to walk away with that big signing bonus. The Eagles have no use for an egomaniac who has never been able to embrace a team philosophy. I say, the only way Terrell Owens makes it back to the Superbowl is as the half-time entertainment, maybe ripping off Janet Jackson’s bikini top while sitting in a hot tub.  

Black Star columnist Kam Williams is an attorney and a member of the NJ, NY, CT, PA, MA & US Supreme Court bars. For more reports please click on “subscribe� on our homepage or call (212) 481-7745 to order the newsstand edition of The Black Star News, the world’s favorite Pan-African news weekly.

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