I don't like Terrell Owens. His "me first" attitude makes him the kind of player I never want to see on my team. (Thankfully the Redskins and Titans have never seriously been in the running to sign him). He's been flamboyant and over the top but nothing the man has ever done has ever shocked me.
Reports out of Dallas say that T.O. was rushed to the hospital for an overdose of pain medication he was given after he broke his finger in last Sunday's game with the Redskins. At first, the news was Owens had an allergic reaction to the pain medication. Reports now
are that T.O. attempted to harm himself by overdosing on pills.
Thankfully a friend was there who noticed the Owens pill bottle was empty and saw Owens downing two more.
As I read the news, my jaw dropped and I was shocked. Thankfully, it looks as if T.O.'s cries for help have been heard before he could do permanent damage to himself. I hope in the days and weeks to come, T.O. finds the help he needs to deal with whatever demons drove him to this drastic and selfish step.
Also, I pray that something good comes of this story. With a high profile person like T.O. trying this, you can bet this will be a hot topic of conversation for the next few days. And I hope that if there is someone out there contemplating the same thing that this might encourage them to reach out and ask for help.UPDATE (10:55 p.m.):
Later reports indicate T.O. didn't try to harm himself but that it was a misunderstanding. He claims h ehad the rest of the pills somewhere else. From what I hear about Texas law regarding these types of cases, it's likely he wasn't trying to commit suicide since he was released and not kept under observation for 24 hours. I guess we'll see how this continues to develop...
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/27/2006 01:47:00 PM