Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Alienation Leads to Loneliness

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has reportedly tried to commit suicide. According to a report Owens swallowed over 30 pain pills in his suicide attempt and was asked by rescue workers "if he was attempting to harm himself, at which time (he) stated, `Yes."

Owens could be known as the possible the greatest receiver in the NFL but instead he is known as the greatest ego in the NFL. The Cowboys are his third team in his eleven year career but he left the first two teams in shambles and his teammates and coaches opening the door wide open for his exit.

No one has been exempt from Owens criticism during his career. Coaches, quarterback and fellow receivers and teammates have been berated and slandered publicly by Owens. It was so bad in Philadelphia that the team booted the Pro-Bowl receiver mid-way through the season.

Do you think anyone in the Cowboys locker-room is standing in line to be Owens friend? You can only alienate so many people before you find yourself all alone. That’s why in T.O.’s time of need it was his publicists, a person he pays to be around him, who called 911 and stayed by his side.

Reports will be mixed over the next few days and a cover-up from Jerry Jones and company is definitely on its way. But the fact remains that Owens is a loner and outsider by his own doing. T.O. has always been about T.O. and let’s hope that today’s press conferences and statements reveal the truth. Owens needs help!

Regardless of how the person got there I’m glad that Owens had the help he needed to get his stomach pumped. Now let’s hope that the people who are making a living off of Owens steer him in the right direction to get his life back in order. We all know he has no one else to do it.