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Owens Says He Didn’t Attempt Suicide

by editor2
September 28th, 2006

Terrell Owens has done a lot of things to draw attention to himself the last six years. His latest turn in the spotlight is one he’d rather forget. Swallowing a bottle full of pain killers? Attempted suicide? Depression? No, no, no, T.O. said, calling the saga that swirled around him Wednesday a big misunderstanding.

“I want to apologize to the organization for this being a distraction,” Owens said at the end of a confusing half day capped by his explanation of what happened. “This is definitely an unfortunate situation.”

Owens said he expected to practice Thursday for the first time since breaking his right hand a week ago Sunday. If all goes well, he thinks he can play for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Tennessee.

Owens is listed as questionable, same as he was Tuesday afternoon, hours before an ambulance took him to an emergency room and he spent the night in a hospital.

“It was just an allergic reaction,” Owens said. “It’s very unfortunate for the reports to go from an allergic reaction to a definite suicide attempt.”

According to Owens, he made the mistake of mixing prescription pain pills with the all-natural supplements he ordinarily takes. The combination left him woozy and his publicist, who was with him at his Dallas condo, became worried when he couldn’t respond to her questions. Having also discovered an empty bottle of pills, she called 911 around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

But around 8 a.m. Wednesday, the story took a radical turn. WFAA-TV in Dallas got hold of an unreleased police report and reported that it stated a suicide attempt was called in, that Owens was described as being depressed, that 35 pills were missing and that Owens said he was trying to harm himself.

The police and fire department followed by holding news conferences that provided few answers. Questions lingered, even as Owens left the hospital flashing a thumb’s up sign to reporters.

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells held his daily news briefing before Owens spoke. He professed not to know any details, then cut the session off early once he was getting hardly anything but questions about Owens.

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