Terrell Owens has been cut, but not by an NFL team, by an IFL team. That's right folks, an Indoor Football League team….a league where the largest arena capacity is only a shade above 9,000 people.
The Allen Wranglers' owner Jon Frankel has said that Owens, who signed with the team this past February, has been cut from the team and has lost his partial ownership stake in the team. Frankel said that the move has been made after Owens refused to attend two Wranglers road games and was a no show for a visit to a local children's hospital.
According to reports, Owens was not required to attend all Wranglers road games. But the games he was refusing to attend were part of a critical playoff stretch for the Wranglers, adding to a long list of events showing Owens' disinterest in being a part of the team.
Owens' agent said in a statement that Owens is still interested in coming back to the NFL. But at 38, and with his past history of being a disruption, Terrell will have a hard time finding a team to take him in. Part of the reason Owens signed with the Wranglers were due to the reports that he was in financial trouble and no team was willing to bring him in after the 2011 season ended.
When asked about Owens' chances of returning to the NFL, Wranglers general manager Drew Pearson said on the "Ben & Skin Show, " "It's very difficult to get back into the NFL, especially at that age, to me, there's no question he could play in the NFL. When I see these receivers that are playing, there is no question Terrell could still play in the NFL. But it's not what happens between the lines with Terrell, unfortunately. It's how he handles things outside the lines."
And really that has always been the question with T.O. Can he play well with others??
The disgruntled star has a long list of transgressions in the NFL when it came to handling himself on the sideline, in the locker room, and in the media. From the end of his tenure with the 49ers, his reported signing and backing out with the Ravens, to his being cut by the Cowboys only a year into a four year contract extension, T.O. has been widely considered by many to be a locker room killer. This episode in the IFL won't help his cause.
"It's disappointing and unfortunate," Frankel said of releasing Owens, "but [he] could no longer be tolerated by the Wrangler organization."
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