Things aren’t going well for Terrell Owens.
He clearly didn’t play his best game on Sunday when his streak of 185 games with a reception came to an end. It’s apparently also the first time he’s ever been on a 1-2 football team (which is kind of hard to believe — I mean, even Detroit is 1-2 right now).
After the Saints game, it was obvious that T.O. didn’t want to deal with anyone, let alone Paul Hamilton and Jerry Sullivan. So that’s when we’re treated to a press conference like this one:
Everyone’s waiting for T.O. to explode. It’s not like he has a history of acting out or anything.
But to provoke him like the media did on Sunday is like taunting Carrie. Berate her enough and she’s eventually going to lock the doors and set the gymnasium on fire with her mind powers.
Granted everyone in that press conference is at fault. Owens was only there because there would be more negative things written about him if he didn’t show up to the presser.
As a caller on one of the local radio stations put it yesterday, Owens sounded like a regular guy going into work on a Monday at 6:45 a.m. He’s there because he has to be and doesn’t want to be bothered by stupidity. You think he really wants to hear Doris the Receptionist’s story about how her kids chased the cats while playing dinosaurs?
So when the press doesn’t get the answers the want (or really any answers at all), they begin to poke, prod and provoke Owens into giving a bad answer.
“You could have said ‘No,'” one reporter said. Yes, he could have, but that’s the answer you wanted and T.O. actually is smarter than that.
Owens did give bad answers and unusable quotes (a journalist’s nightmare) on purpose but the frustrated media played right into it.
Guys, it’s only Week Three. Did you really expect a T.O. Blowup this early in the season anyways?