Found May 30, 2012 on
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This morning on ESPN’s “First Take”, Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, and Eric Mangini discussed Terrell Owens being released by the Allen Wranglers, a team in the IFL. Mangini and Bayless had typical answers regarding his career, but Stephen A. Smith seemed genuinely shaken when the question was passed on to him. To say that it was kind of eerie to hear him speak about his feelings towards Terrell Owens is an understatement.
During the interview, Stephen A. Smith was quoted as saying
“Well I guess the best way for me to put it is… I’m scared for Terrell Owens. I really am… you look at this situation right now, it’s regressed beyond the realms of embarrassment. Now I’m to the point where I’m scared. I’m scared for him, I’m scared whats going to happen to him… I’m scared of what he feels and ultimately what action’s he may take, I don’t know. This is a scary situation right now.”
If you remember, Owens HAS had episodes of which I can only assume Stephen A. was making reference to. Terrell Owens was rushed to an L.A. hospital for a possible pill overdose on October 6, 2011. According to Terrell’s assistant, T.O. was trying to kill himself. During the 911 call, the dispatcher asked the assistant on the phone, “Was this a suicide attempt?” and she responded, “Yes, I believe so.”
If something really is to come of T.O. being cut from the IFL as Smith fears, I sincerely hope that he can get the help that he needs. I don’t believe that Stephen A. Smith would say that he’s scared for T.O. on national television if he didn’t truly believe that the man may be in trouble. If this is true, this isn’t about football anymore. This is about a man’s life.
If you want to see the discussion in its entirety with Stephen A., Eric Mangini and Skip Bayless, here is the link to that interview.
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