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  • Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

    I was just listening to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio on the way home from dropping off the kids, and 70% of his audience thinks his suicide attempt last night was a publicity stunt. I'm not so sure. Any opinions out there?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns

    Police: T.O. tried to kill himself
    By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
    September 27, 2006

    AP - Sep 27, 10:26 am EDT
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    DALLAS (AP) -- Flamboyant Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens tried to kill himself by overdosing on pain medication, even putting two more pills into his mouth after a friend intervened, according to a police report obtained Wednesday.

    The report said Owens was asked by rescue workers "if he was attempting to harm himself, at which time (he) stated, `Yes."'

    The Dallas police report said the 32-year-old Owens told his friend "that he was depressed." Details of the police report were first reported by WFAA-TV. Police scheduled a news conference for later Wednesday morning.

    The friend, who is not identified in the report, "noticed that (his) prescription pain medication was empty and observed (Owens) putting two pills in his mouth," the police report said. The friend attempted to pry them out with her fingers, then was told by Owens that before this incident he'd taken only five of the 40 pain pills in the bottle he'd emptied.

    According to the police report, Dallas Fire and Rescue was called regarding someone "attempting suicide by prescription pain medication." Officers arrived to find Owens being stabilized by ambulance workers, who then took him to Baylor University Medical Center.

    Owens was hospitalized late Tuesday because of what his publicist said was an allergic reaction to pain medicine he was taking for a broken hand. Doctors reportedly tried to induce vomiting.

    Owens, one of the league's top receivers during his 11-year NFL career, is best known for wild stunts on the field and other publicity-seeking antics off it.

    When the Cowboys signed him to a $25 million, three-year deal in March, they said their background checks indicated no red flags. In fact, team consultant Calvin Hill -- who mostly deals with troubled players -- said during training camp that his department was not involved with Owens because he didn't have a history of those kinds of problems.

    He missed most of training camp, and three of four preseason games, because of a hamstring injury. He was late for work during his recovery and was fined for it, but Owens laughed it off, saying he overslept. He said it had happened before, though not with Dallas, and would probably happen again.

    Owens broke the bone leading to his right ring finger during a game a week ago Sunday. The next day, doctors screwed in a plate so the bone could heal without fear of further damage. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said last week that the pain medicine made Owens ill.

    Owens had not practiced since the injury, but because Dallas had a bye this past weekend he did not miss a game. He was expected to practice Wednesday, and Parcells had said there was a chance Owens could play Sunday against Tennessee.

    Owens had been especially looking forward to the Cowboys' game after that -- Oct. 8, in Philadelphia, against the team that dumped him midway through last season only months after he helped them nearly win the Super Bowl.

    Owens was seen laughing and joking on the practice field Tuesday morning. He chatted briefly with reporters in the locker room in the afternoon and seemed fine. A 2-inch scar on the top of his hand was puffy but not wrapped, and he said the swelling was doing down.

    While in the locker room, he took a pill from a white paper bag and looked at another medicine bottle that was in the bag. He also called a business partner about a towel-wrap venture they're starting and joked to TV cameras that he wasn't talking until Wednesday and today was only Tuesday.

    "My little boy knows better than that," he said, laughing, as he plopped onto a sofa in the middle of the locker room.

    Also Tuesday, Owens was involved in launching a national campaign for the National Alliance to End Abuse, an organization aimed at helping at-risk youngsters. He appeared at a high school Tuesday morning and was scheduled to visit others but had to cancel because of changes in the team's practice schedule.

    A hospital spokeswoman said early Wednesday there was no patient registered as Terrell Owens, although federal privacy laws allow people to block their name from being released. Owens' publicist and agent, and the Cowboys, did not return repeated calls from The Associated Press. No teammates or Cowboys officials were seen entering the hospital late Tuesday night.


    Updated on Wednesday, Sep 27, 2006 10:50 am EDT
    Last edited by Mac Daddy; 09-27-2006, 08:22 AM.


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    Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

    I heard about this on my way into work..if it is a publicity stunt, its a pretty stupid one.
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      Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

      Originally posted by frecky View Post
      I heard about this on my way into work..if it is a publicity stunt, its a pretty stupid one.
      TO is not known for good publicity, that's for sure!



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        Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

        I dont know its hard to say. He has hardly played any footbal whether in training camp or regular season and he just signed a 25 mil contract over 3 years. He just injured his finger which means he will be out for a few weeks. When you add everything up..it doesnt look good especially considering his past history.
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          Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

          I'm not a big follower of sports, but from what I understand listening to the radio this morning, the general consensus amongst sports pundits is that it was a poorly manufactured publicity stunt.

          Why do these people get paid millions of dollars?

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            Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

            T.O. is the most selfish man in the NFL - he complains about getting so much press - but he's the cause of it all! And the fact that he tried to commit suicide just proves the "me" factor. He needs some help. If he can't stand the pressure of football or life in general - he can take his millions and go live peacefully on a beach somewhere.
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              Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

              I believe he really tried to commit suicide. Not many people like him because of his reputation in the NFL. He does not show good sportsmanship. He may be a good player though.

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                Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                He's a jerk and he should be lucky to have been accepted by the Cowboys. Im sure there are a lot of better players the Cowboys can have on there team.
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                  Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                  5 pills? Really? ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz That probably would only make him drowsy... To answer the OPs question, only TO knows what this was. If it was a suicide attempt, it was one of the weaker ones I have ever heard of. Many times people will make suicidal gestures, in a way of non-verbally stating they need help, and their coping skills are no longer working. Hopefully he gets whatever it is he needs. Even more importantly, I hope that kids don't try and mimic that behavior...



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                    Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                    I think I saw Terell Owens on Jimmy Kimmel a few weeks ago. Did he "write" a book?

                    Also, I've met Colin Cowherd several times, and he's dreamy. He has the bluest eyes. He was a sports reporter here in Portland for several years and my friend worked with him, so we had drinks together a few times. He's extremely intelligent. He's too cute for radio.

                    Can you tell I don't follow sports? :lol:

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                      Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                      Originally posted by stinkerbell View Post
                      I think I saw Terell Owens on Jimmy Kimmel a few weeks ago. Did he "write" a book?

                      Also, I've met Colin Cowherd several times, and he's dreamy. He has the bluest eyes. He was a sports reporter here in Portland for several years and my friend worked with him, so we had drinks together a few times. He's extremely intelligent. He's too cute for radio.

                      Can you tell I don't follow sports? :lol:

                      Stinks, I think I need to take a picture of your point and put it on a milk carton....... Yikes!!!!

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                        Originally posted by Max Fischer View Post
                        Stinks, I think I need to take a picture of your point and put it on a milk carton....... Yikes!!!!

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                          Originally posted by stinkerbell View Post
                          You're just jealous that I didn't say you're dreamy. And with that attitude, mister, I'm not gonna.
                          No need, my sassy little pal. The tattoo you got after our wild night is all the validation I need.



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                            Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                            I don't care if it's a cry for help or if it's just another T.O. publicity stunt gone wrong. T.O. has worn out his welcome in the NFL. The man has a ton of talent and ability but has the ego of 50 people. All his ill's and woes he has brought upon himself. I just hope impressionable youth don't follow his lead in life. He is a horrible role modle to follow.
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                              Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                              I think publicity stunts are typically used in conjunction with wanting a desired result. Like if you have a movie about to open, and you want to create buzz, etc. He's just a Football player. Who gives a [email protected]#$?



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                                Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                                On the radio this morning, Tom Joyner surmised that T.O. was a person who just craves attention all the time, because of deeper issues, and that this was yet another cry for attention. I agree, I don't think he did it just for publicity (what is there to publicize by taking your life?), I think the guy is hurting and needy inside and needs help.

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                                  Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                                  Originally posted by BFJen View Post
                                  T.O. is the most selfish man in the NFL - he complains about getting so much press - but he's the cause of it all! And the fact that he tried to commit suicide just proves the "me" factor. He needs some help. If he can't stand the pressure of football or life in general - he can take his millions and go live peacefully on a beach somewhere.
                                  I second that!
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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                                    Keep in mind, 5 pills for a guy that size is like you taking a Flintstones vitamin. It's a joke.

                                    Also, that hospital report is not correct. The emergency care and treatment of an overdose is NOT gastric lavage (AKA inducing vomiting). The standard of care calls for oral liquid charcoal, if a large amount of substances was ingested. More than likely, he just had an IV and was monitored.



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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                                      TO is hoping for some sympathy. "Poor little old me!!!" Yeah right!

                                      He made his bed, now he has to sleep in it.

                                      He is a spoiled brat.

                                      Sure, he is a talented athlete. I'll give him that. Though he has not had much of a chance to prove himself as of late. Maybe that is part of his problem. People are starting to "forget" him. Or just not care about his abilities any longer.

                                      But NO ONE is above acting like a civilized human being. NO ONE...

                                      I'll bet that now that this has been made public, he'll hit the talk show circuits and "tell his story". Folks will feel sorry for him and he will be forgiven. Not by everyone, but by enough people so he will figure that his plan worked. He's trying to get back to square one.

                                      I've witnessed (first hand) numerous suicides and attempted suicides (I'm in LE), and believe me...If someone really wants to do it, they will. The others (not in all cases) are mostly looking for attention, sympathy, help, revenge, etc... Or as in TO's case, maybe all of the above. Suicide is an act of selfishness.

                                      Unfortunately, the ones that really need the help sometimes get overlooked by the ones that are just trying to get attention. A few bad apples spoil it for the rest of them. And that is truly a shame.

                                      TO knows what he is doing. Now the sports media won't be able to knock him or even say a negative thing about him without being called "insensitive". There won't be any more bashing of him in the weekly sports pages (no matter what stupid stunt he pulls). Again, "insensitive".

                                      He has "issues" so now no one can further his depression by talking negatively about him.

                                      Oh yes...He knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he took those 5 or so pills...

                                      Oh, and BTW, if it was anybody else, they would have been 5150'd and evaluated by a mental health professional before being released from the hospital. I guess that TO is above that law too...

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                                        Re: Terrell Owens: Publicity stunt or cry for help?

                                        No, no. HE, didn't try to kill himself. T.O. tried to kill him.





























                                        *for those not into sports T.O. calls himself T.O. "T.O. will have a big mac" etc.
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                                        Oh well, whatever, nevermind

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