I hate wiki, but on this issue of Owens being a malcontent, I think we need to revisit and reconstruct these two situations from both sides:
"Although Owens was eager to leave the 49ers
, the 49ers asserted that Owens' previous agent, David Joseph, had missed the deadline to void the final years of his contract with the team. The NFLPA and Owens disputed this assertion, contending that the deadline referred to by the 49ers was not the applicable deadline. On March 4, 2004, San Francisco, believing it still held Owens' rights, attempted to trade Owens to the Baltimore Ravens for a second round pick in the 2004 draft. However, Owens challenged the 49ers' right to make the deal. Owens assumed that he would become a free agent on March 3, and did not believe that the earlier deadline was applicable. Hence, he negotiated with other teams in advance of his expected free agency, and reached a contract agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles, whose fan base strongly supported Owens in his desire to play for the team. The NFLPA filed a grievance on his behalf.
Before an arbitrator could make a ruling on Owens' grievance, the NFL and the three teams involved in the controversy reached a settlement on March 16, 2004. The Ravens got their second-round pick back from San Francisco, and the 49ers in turn received a conditional fifth-round pick and defensive end Brandon Whiting from the Eagles in exchange for the rights to Owens. Owens' contract with the Eagles was reported to be worth $49 million for seven years, including a $10 million signing bonus."
"Coach Steve Mariucci was fired and former Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson took over. The ensuing season in 2003 proved subpar as the 49ers finished 7-9. It was here that Owens decided to leave. Immediately after breaking off all ties to the team, Owens appeared in an interview for Playboy magazine (2004), where he created controversy after insinuating that Garcia was homosexual.
"Garcia responds: BEREA, Ohio -- Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia says a comment made by ex-teammate Terrell Owens implying that he is gay is ridiculous and untrue. Garcia Owens In an interview with Playboy magazine that hits newsstands Friday, Owens was asked if he thinks Garcia is gay. Owens responded: "Like my boy tells me: 'If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat.' "Garcia, who had a contentious relationship with the wide receiver in San Francisco, responded to Owens' comment after practice Wednesday without mentioning the wide receiver by name
."It is really a waste of my time to sit here and to have to answer to such ridiculous, untrue comments that are made out there in the world today," Garcia said.He noted that it has been reported that he has a girlfriend and has had girlfriends in the past."So many people know my situation here. It has never been a secret," Garcia said.Owens backed off his comment to Playboy after the Eagles' practice Tuesday, saying, "My thing was I didn't say that he was gay. Like I said, the conversation and interview was loose and from my knowledge I'm not sure if Jeff is gay or not."In the Playboy article, Owens was asked a follow-up question about what he would do if an NFL player admitted he was gay."I probably wouldn't say anything right off the bat," Owens said in the interview. "I'd just see what everyone else has to say. I'd probably keep my distance, and hopefully, he would keep his. If it was a guy who was helping us win ball games, hey, I'd have no problem with it. He can do what he wants to do outside of my everyday life."When they were teammates with the 49ers, the outspoken Owens often complained that Garcia didn't throw to him enough.The 49ers released Garcia and traded Owens to Philadelphia in the offseason."
Here is timeline from ESPN on Owens up through his days as a Cowboy:http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2604695#49ers
Here is the wiki site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrell_Owens
I think the truth about Owens is somewhere in between him being a hard worker with tremendous pride and passion and a narcissistic personality that often blames and belittles others for the failures of his life. My problem with debates over historical issues (it is what I do) is that we too often rush to take sides, but don't consider that the truth is often somewhere in-between. The reason we do this is because it is not sexy enough. The truth, though, rarely is. Better to say TO is bat-s**t crazy as opposed to saying he is a complicated person that lacks a filter for his mouth, his brain, and apparently for his libido. For every blogger, such as Jordan Taber, that is blind to TO's faults there are equally many blind to his positives. I like Owens. I would like to see him retire with, but not play for, the Niners. I hope he finds peace and does not end up doing true harm to himself.
[ Edited by fropwns on May 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM ]