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Terrell Owens Out Of Work, And Almost Out Of Cash

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The life of an NFL superstar sometimes isn’t as glamorous as you’d think. Just ask former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Owens has played for at least 5 different NFL teams, but the Cincinnati Bengals refused to renew his contract for the season. Now, TO is out of a job, and running out of cash. And 4 pending child support lawsuits probably doesn’t help. But here’s the kicker: not a single NFL team has made Owens an offer. And it’s not his injuries that keep the calls from coming in.

“It’s not his knee that’s the problem; it’s his attitude,” says an executive at one of the better teams, who didn’t want to be named. The ratio that once made it worth it for owners to sign him—two parts genius to two parts trouble—has shifted now that he is not quite as fast, his body not as reliable. “He may have been less openly divisive with the Bengals,” the exec continues, “but you can’t live down the destruction of all those years. With T.O., no matter how brilliant he can be on the field, the dark side is always lurking. You don’t know which T.O. you’re going to get, and no one is comfortable risking that.”

Amazing, isn’t it? You’ve got a player that has all this talent and drive for the game, but he’s also got an attitude so toxic that nobody wants him around. It’s a real shame, and worst of all, it doesn’t look like TO himself realizes it. Take a look at the interview and you’ll see he blames everyone for the situation he’s in except for the one party most responsible: himself.

You can check out the full interview with Terrell Owens at GQ.com.

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