Thursday, September 28, 2006

What happened to T.O.?

It seems most people are abandoning the notion that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens attempted suicide and are embracing his explanation that he had a bad reaction after mixing pain medication with supplements.

T.O., who was back at practice today, says he was out of it and didn't know what he was saying when police responding to the 911 call from his publicist, Kim Etheredge, asked him if he was trying to hurt himself. They say he answered “Yes.”

Granted, that possibility was one of the first things I suggested upon hearing the breaking news yesterday morning. Everyone else is now on board, but this time I'm the one who's not so sure.

Here's the sticking point: the police report. It says Ethridge told police he was depressed and that he apparently swallowed most of his prescription.
Etheredge and T.O. flatly denied that yesterday. So were the police just making this stuff up? That's what they'd have you think. Here's what Etheredge said yesterday:
“I am just upset that I just feel they take advantage of Terrell,” she said. “Had this been someone else, this may not have happened.”

Yes, everyone is out to get poor T.O. Here is the response today from a representative of the Dallas police union:
“The officers reacted because they were called to this location to do this job. Now they're being put under a microscope by some fancy little football person,” Senior Cpl. Glenn White said. “Give me a break. Those officers are 10 times better than this man. ... We police officers don't go out to these calls and make stuff up.”

I'm not saying I believe T.O. attempted suicide. I'm merely not dismissing the possibility.

People are saying that it makes no sense that someone would try to kill himself one day and be out tossing footballs and acting like nothing is wrong the next. Um, hello?!? That's textbook bipolar disorder.

Again, I'm not saying he definitely tried to kill himself or that he is bipolar—just that it's possible. Either way, I do believe that something much fishier than a random allergic reaction happened at T.O.'s house Tuesday.

UPDATE: Here's CBS correspondent Armen Keteyian with another take on the T.O. drama.


Aaron Hull said...

OK, here is the deal:
- TO is bipolar.
- Both the 49ers and the Eagles wanted him to see a shrink.
- He Fiance dumped him yesterday.
- The guy thrives on attention
- The guy hangs around "me" personalities like Dion and Coke Head Irvin.

I can't stand the guy. But he loves attention and obviously he knows how to push the media's buttons so they will cover him for two solid days.

You know, He could announce tonight that he is having a press conference tomorrow at 10am. And then the press would camp out at his house for the night and the talk shows would discuss about what they thought he was going to discuss at the press conference. And then at the press conference he could sit there and say “The reason I called a press conference is because I have a hang nail"...and that’s it. And then the press would talk about him again for another two days and then TO could call another press conference….and guess what…it’s Groundhogs Day again, the media is camped out wondering what he is going to say, etc. etc..

Whether he tried to kill himself or overdosed...I don't care. We all just need to stop talking about the guy and he will eventually go away.

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