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    PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver Terrell Owens apologized to fans and teammates on Tuesday for his recent remarks that caused the team to suspend him for four games and say that he will not be returning to the team.

    "It really hurts me not be part of the team anymore," Owens said in front os his house. "I feel really bad ... Sometimes my strength is sometimes my greatest weakness."

    "I also want to reiterate my respect for (quarterback) Donovan McNabb," Owens added.

    Owens’ brief — but tumultuous — time in Philadelphia ended Monday when the All-Pro wide receiver was told not to return to the team this season.

    “This decision is a result of a large number of situations that accumulated over a long period of time, during which Terrell had been warned repeatedly about the consequences of his actions,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

    Owens was suspended for Sunday night’s 17-10 loss at Washington, and will remain suspended for three more games without pay. After that, the Eagles plan to deactivate him for the rest of the season.

    Though he’s perhaps the best wideout in the NFL, Owens caused far too many distractions with his selfish behavior.

    “We gave Terrell every opportunity to avoid this outcome,” Reid said.

    Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus scheduled a Tuesday news conference at the player’s house in Moorestown, N.J.

    Owens was suspended Saturday, two days after he said the Eagles showed “a lack of class” for not publicly recognizing his 100th career touchdown catch in a game on Oct. 23. In the same interview with ESPN.com on Thursday, Owens said the Eagles would be better off with Green Bay’s Brett Favre at quarterback instead of Donovan McNabb.

    Owens also was involved in a fight last week with former Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas, who remains with the team as its “ambassador.” Owens apologized for his comments about the organization in a brief statement Friday, but didn’t apologize to McNabb or the team.

    “The league has been notified by the players’ union that they will be grieving our right to take that action,” Reid said, “therefore there is nothing more that I can say at this point.”

    Owens summoned police to his house late Monday because there were some people on his property. He said he wanted to be left alone, had no comment and would contact the news media when he did want to speak, police at the scene said.

    Later, two pizzas were delivered to Owens’ home. Someone answered the door — not Owens — and gave deliveryman James McDevitt a $5 tip. McDevitt said he left the tip on the door step.

    Rosenhaus, refused to comment. Owens’ relationship with the Eagles took a drastic turn after he fired longtime agent David Joseph, hired Rosenhaus and demanded a new contract just one season into the seven-year, $48.97 million deal he signed when he came to Philadelphia in March 2004.

    Owens is scheduled to earn $3.25 million this season, meaning the four-game suspension would cost him almost $800,000.

    The Eagles will have to pay Owens nearly $1 million to stay home the final five games. They could’ve simply released him already, but they didn’t want his signing bonus to affect the salary cap or allow him to go to another team.

    Owens will either be traded or cut after the season. He’s due to receive a $5 million roster bonus in March 2006, so the Eagles will decide his fate before then.

    Owens made more than $9 million last season, when he helped lead Philadelphia to the Super Bowl.

    Two years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided they’d had enough of Keyshawn Johnson and made a similar move.

    After Johnson criticized coach Jon Gruden, the Super Bowl champion Bucs deactivated the star receiver and sent him home for the final six games with pay.

    The Eagles are 4-4 this season. And McNabb, who feuded with Owens throughout the summer and has been a constant target of his criticism, finally took a stand in the matter, saying the team might be “better off” without Owens.

    “Obviously it is tough losing a guy of his caliber, his ability, but I think we might be better off,” McNabb said after throwing an interception that sealed the loss to Washington.

    “We’re 4-4. We’re not 1-7. I think that’s the way to look at it. For the guys in the locker room, we win together and we lose together,” he said.

    Asked to elaborate on how the team could be better off without its top receiver, McNabb emphasized the remaining players are united with the same goal of winning.

    Rookie Reggie Brown filled in for Owens against Washington and caught five passes for 94 yards, including a 56-yard TD reception. But the Eagles’ offense continued to struggle and couldn’t score the tying touchdown with three shots from the Redskins 7 in the final minutes.

    The Eagles were 17-5 with Owens, including a 24-21 loss to New England in the Super Bowl. In that game, Owens had nine catches for 122 yards after defying his doctor’s advice and playing 6½ weeks after ankle surgery.

    They’re 2-1 without him in games that matter, winning twice in the NFC playoffs.

    This was the second time Owens has been suspended during his controversial 10-year career. In 2000, he was suspended one game by San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci following his infamous touchdown celebrations on the Dallas Cowboys’ star logo at the center of Texas Stadium.

    Owens clashed with management this summer and earned a one-week exile from training camp after a heated dispute with Reid that followed a shouting match with offensive coordinator Brad Childress.

    Owens forced a trade to the Eagles last year after eight seasons with the 49ers and invigorated the offense with his superior skills. He had 77 catches for 1,200 yards and 14 TDs in 14 games.

    Soon after Philadelphia lost to the Patriots, Owens took his first shot at McNabb, suggesting the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was tired in the fourth quarter of the loss.

    McNabb responded harshly and the two didn’t speak for a prolonged period in training camp. They eventually reconciled their relationship and performed well together on the field — Owens has 47 catches for 763 yards and six TDs this season.

    However, Owens continued to throw verbal jabs at McNabb.
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  • #2
    Too late.

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    • #3
      Why did the deliveryman leave the tip?

      And why is that relevant?
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      • #4
        QUOTE(GreatestShow99 @ Nov 8 2005, 12:30 PM) Quoted post

        Too late.
        [/b][/quote]

        ++

        He'll probably get a tryout by some desperate NFL outfit next year, though...

        Nothing ever changes...
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        • #5
          Man of the Year: James McDevitt.

          Later, two pizzas were delivered to Owens’ home. Someone answered the door — not Owens — and gave deliveryman James McDevitt a $5 tip. McDevitt said he left the tip on the door step.
          The Dude abides.

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          • #6
            QUOTE(Blues Fan in SF @ Nov 8 2005, 02:33 PM) Quoted post

            QUOTE(GreatestShow99 @ Nov 8 2005, 12:30 PM) Quoted post

            Too late.
            [/b][/quote]

            ++

            He'll probably get a tryout by some desperate NFL outfit next year, though...

            Nothing ever changes...
            [/b][/quote]

            One can't help but notice the Packers are in need of a wide receiver...
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            • #7
              QUOTE(SunuvaNun @ Nov 8 2005, 12:34 PM) Quoted post

              QUOTE(Blues Fan in SF @ Nov 8 2005, 02:33 PM) Quoted post

              QUOTE(GreatestShow99 @ Nov 8 2005, 12:30 PM) Quoted post

              Too late.
              [/b][/quote]

              ++

              He'll probably get a tryout by some desperate NFL outfit next year, though...

              Nothing ever changes...
              [/b][/quote]

              One can't help but notice the Packers are in need of a wide receiver...
              [/b][/quote]

              Could test out his theory re: Favre vs. McNabb that way, too [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
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              • #8
                QUOTE(Blues Fan in SF @ Nov 8 2005, 02:33 PM) Quoted post

                QUOTE(GreatestShow99 @ Nov 8 2005, 12:30 PM) Quoted post

                Too late.
                [/b][/quote]

                ++

                He'll probably get a tryout by some desperate NFL outfit next year, though...

                Nothing ever changes...
                [/b][/quote]


                If there is any common sense in the NFL, I hope no one gets him. Kick his ass out of the league and have him find a REAL job like any normal person.

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(Moe_Szyslak @ Nov 8 2005, 02:34 PM) Quoted post

                  Man of the Year: James McDevitt.

                  Later, two pizzas were delivered to Owens’ home. Someone answered the door — not Owens — and gave deliveryman James McDevitt a $5 tip. McDevitt said he left the tip on the door step.
                  [/b][/quote]

                  It would have been better if he took the tip, then walked back to the house and pounded on the door demanding a renegotiation of the tip amount. Then ran to the center of his living room and taken a dump on his coffee table.

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(lasvegasreb @ Nov 8 2005, 03:33 PM) Quoted post

                    Why did the deliveryman leave the tip?

                    And why is that relevant?
                    [/b][/quote]

                    It's symbolic of the shunning TO has received/will receive from Eagles fans.

                    I travel up there a lot. Was there on SB Friday. Amazing how many Owens jerseys there were last year, for a first year player.

                    This year, his goodwill was spent with the training camp stunt. Now, he's lower than whale shit.

                    I hope Hugh Douglass kicked his preening ass.
                    The Dude abides.

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                    • #11
                      He feels no remorese whatsoever, he's just upset that he'll be out $800k in game checks.
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                      • #12
                        Of course he doesn't have any remorse. Just reading a piece of paper someone wrote for him.

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                        • #13
                          the ways of a narcissist. now he can go inside and watch TV cause his plans have worked, again he's on TV and the lips of everyone.

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Nov 8 2005, 02:42 PM) Quoted post

                            the ways of a narcissist. now he can go inside and watch TV cause his plans have worked, again he's on TV and the lips of everyone.
                            [/b][/quote]

                            Sad thing is he has awesome talent, but due to his yapper he'll be nothing more than a rent-a-player. He'll never get the big payout.
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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(Johnny H @ Nov 8 2005, 01:45 PM) Quoted post
                              QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Nov 8 2005, 02:42 PM) Quoted post

                              the ways of a narcissist. now he can go inside and watch TV cause his plans have worked, again he's on TV and the lips of everyone.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Sad thing is he has awesome talent, but due to his yapper he'll be nothing more than a rent-a-player. He'll never get the big payout. [/b][/quote]



                              I think his point being no one gets the big payout anymore. Upfront or not at all.
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