It was not immediately known if Owens was told to leave or left on this own accord. Owens then got his belongings and cleared out of Eagles training camp at Lehigh University, according to two television reports. He was expected to return to his home in New Jersey, Paolantonio has learned.
Paolantonio said the team meeting was about "player obligations" during training camp, including a fan autograph session. Owens had bypassed the autograph session, which had caused hard feelings among his teammates who did attend the session, and felt the wide receiver was being given special treatment.
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Originally posted by Reverend J ShaftUnfortunately, it seems that in the sports world - once a punk, always a punk more often than not (See: Sprewell, Latrell). Let's see how happy the Eagles are with TO's antics when things go bad.
I dare say the management are more than happy to actively encourage the sort of mind set that T.O.'s showing signs of right now.
His rejection of people's attitudes is basically him saying "nobody likes me, I don't care". Nobody, that is except the Eagles fans who adore him. Encourage THAT attitude and you'll have TO believing the only people that care about him are his team mates and fans.
I dare say the management are more than pissed about the sort of mind set T.O. is showing now.
I finally know what the saying "everything happens for a reason" means now. As a Ravens fan, I was pissed that TO pitched a fit about coming here when he had the talent to make us an elite team. But I think that it's safe to say that having him in Baltimore probably wouldn't have worked out even as well as it did in Philly (which is saying something).
Mayhem is right. It is safe to say that TO is the biggest ass in all of sports right now. He's played with two winning teams that had Pro Bowl QBs and respected coaches and in both locations he's had problems with the QB, coach, and organization. Well done.
And if there is one person in all of sports that I like less than TO, it's Drew Rosenhaus. Did anyone else see the two of them on PTI yesterday, going on and on about how TO isn't being compensated fairly? The Rosenhaus line of thinking on the issue seemed to be "Give him a new contract or else he won't live up to the one that he signed before" which is pretty disgraceful. I'm no Eagles fan, but I've got to hand it to their management on not giving into his insane demands when it would have been easiest to just give him more money.
Originally posted by TheImortalErickI think he wanted Owens to leave the camp entirely. I mean how are you gonna say shut up to a grown man with out expecting a consequence. And why is every one on Owens ass like he did something wrong.
Because ... he did something wrong. Andy Reid was just trying to find out why Owens wasn't practicing with the rest of the team. And why he skipped the mandatory autograph session. Obviously he didn't like the answers he was given.
Truthfully, this incident isn't so bad. But when you add up everything TO has done, I'm tired of him. Seriously. I don't want to hear about him anymore. He reflects negatively on all professional athletes.
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Originally posted by Mr. BoffoTruthfully, this incident isn't so bad. But when you add up everything TO has done, I'm tired of him. Seriously. I don't want to hear about him anymore. He reflects negatively on all professional athletes.
Be glad you don't live in the Philly area. I think on Wednesday when this story broke, the ABC affiliate had a crawl during Lost every ten minutes hyping that they would have the latest regarding TO on the news at 11. One of the aspects to this whole situation that is lost is that if we don't pay any attention to his antics and ignore him, he'll more or less just go away. Without an audience, he really doesn't have much of a show.
That said, the Eagles got their one year out of him. If this all doesn't work out, I'm sure the Eagles WR's will get by. What I'm really going to be sad about is when Westbrook leaves the team (which I have a feeling will be next year), but that explains why the Eagles drafted like they did this year.
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