Terrell Owens saga
Did you hear the news? Terrell Owens “accidentally overdosed” on painkillers! Owens — the controversial wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys — is considered one of most talented players in the game of football; unfortunately, he’s also known for his infamous antics on and off the field.
Last Tuesday, Owens’ publicist Kim Etheredge found him in his home lethargic and non-responsive with his prescription pain medication empty and called 911. When Owens was asked by rescue personnel if he had taken the rest of his prescription (he’d only taken five out of the 40 pills prior to Tuesday), he responded with “yes.” When he was asked if he was trying to harm himself, he again responded with “yes.” Owens was then taken to Baylor University Medical Center.
Owens was prescribed the pain medication for an injury to his right finger, which he broke on September 17 in Dallas’ win over Washington. Owens had a plate screwed into the bone attached to his right ring finger. His recovery time was estimated at two to four weeks.
Owens was taking a generic form of Vicodin, a type of pain medication, along with his supplements. Apparently Owens didn’t eat very much on Tuesday, because the next thing he knew he was in the hospital.
On Wednesday Owens left the hospital late in the morning and, that afternoon, denied the police report and media frenzy that claimed he had “attempted suicide.” Owens said that he was not and is not depressed and that he had an allergic reaction to the combination of pain medication prescribed for his hand injury and his usual supplements.
Owens showed no signs of distress during his news conference when he gave an in-depth and believable refute to what the media had written and said about the situation. “There was no suicide attempt.... I took a couple pain pills and then I had some treatment.... I was groggy a little bit.... I took some extra pills with my supplements.”
He went on to say that the rumor that he took 35 pills was absurd, and that he wouldn’t be here today if he’d taken that many pills. He attributed his “yes” responses to the rescue personnel to the fact that he was groggy and completely out of it.
On Thursday, Dallas police closed their investigation, deeming it an “accidental overdose.” Owens was practicing on the field hours after leaving the hospital on Wednesday, and not only played, but started Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
His image and background transformed this week’s series of events into a media circus, one that wouldn’t have been blown out of proportion if this had happened to any other NFL player. It is unfortunate this story had to be treated the way it was just because it involved Owens.
Despite his talent, Owens has been a bane to many of his former teams. He gained notoriety for ripping on teammates and coaches and refusing to report in 2004 to his new team, the Baltimore Ravens, after he was traded to them. In the past, his attitude has gotten in the way of his team’s performance. It was so bad that last year in early November the Philadelphia Eagles suspended him and then announced that he wouldn’t play the rest of the season.
In this latest incident, the media is at fault for assuming the worst, a suicide attempt, and broadcasting it out to the world before getting all the facts straight.
Interestingly, this story won’t hurt Owens’ image — in fact, it might improve it. It shows the world that he’s human, and the fact that he still played Sunday shows that he’s a warrior as well.
I’m not going to put Owens on a pedestal and tell you that he’s the greatest man alive and that we all should worship the very ground he walks on, but this goes to show everyone that Owens is human and that there’s a lot going through that mind of his. He’s potentially the best wide receiver in the National Football League. He’s definitely the most publicized. Now, if only he could let his on-the-field performance speak for itself.