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Wednesday, November 09, 2005 

Everybody's Got Something to Hide

You have to give Terrell Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, a lot of credit for sticking with their story. Their press conference yesterday was bizarre. I heard the entire exchange on the radio during the afternoon, then saw parts of it on ESPNEWS last night, and I got two different (but negative) impressions.

From the audio, it seemed like Owens "might" have been sincere, though his butchering of the English made me doubt that he had even pre-read the statement before going in front of the cameras. Then his agent states that Owens already apologized over the weekend, and starts whining that the media is being unfair, with thinly veiled references to other players who have "broken the law" but have been given the benefit of the doubt. If he's referring to Ricky Williams, Jamal Lewis, and Ray Lewis, he's way off base, since the media has been very tough on all of them. And in the bigger picture, none of them directly criticized a teammate or got into locker room brawls (that I know of), so it's a completely different story. Then Rosenhaus refused to answer 90 percent of the questions from the media, stating that he didn't want to talk about the Eagles, except to say that Owens wants to practice ASAP and play on Monday night, and dismissed most of the media's inquiries with "Next Question" instead of the more civilized "No Comment".

When I saw the event on TV, it didn't change my opinions much. I was a little surprised that the press conference took place outside, which certainly detracted from the seriousness of the event, and created an informal, circus atmosphere that detracted from the sincerity of the apology. Even worse, on TV you could see Owens laughing as his agent was deflecting everyone's questions.

Rosenhaus is in a tough spot, as he is getting paid to advise and promote a hot-headed athlete who thinks the world revolves around him. I'm glad the Eagles are standing their ground on this one, and keeping him off the field.

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