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T.O. says he’s being extorted

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A former Baylor basketball player was arrested this week for trying to extort Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the latest example of how extortion is a fairly common occurrence for professional athletes. And now there’s another pro athlete who says someone is trying to extort him: Terrell Owens.

Owens, the former (and, he hopes, future) NFL wide receiver, says that a woman who has been trying to sell what she claims are embarrassing pictures of him is engaged in extortion. Owens told Philly.com that the woman, who previously tried and failed to sell pictures of him to TMZ, is just trying to get money.

“It’s obvious that she has nothing because it’s illegal with what she’s trying to do or otherwise TMZ would have bought the photos,” Owens said. “This is a case of extortion, this is a waste of my time and you’re wasting your time because I have nothing to say.”

If this woman is really trying to get money out of Owens, she’d be wise to stop wasting her time: From all indications Owens doesn’t have much money to spare these days. But it appears that the woman is more interested in finding a media outlet willing to pay her for the pictures. Owens told Philly.com he doesn’t understand why anyone is even writing about it.

“I’m not sure what you or her are trying to accomplish,” Owens said. “At the end of the day God is good. It’s unfortunate people make attempts to ruin people’s lives.”

If this woman is really trying to extort Owens and ruin his life, he’d be wise to handle the situation exactly the way Griffin did, and go to the authorities.

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61 Responses to “T.O. says he’s being extorted”
  1. greasybeerfart says: Jun 27, 2012 3:19 PM

    Haha damn, T.O., I almost feel bad for ya in some ways but just let it go.

  2. waussau says: Jun 27, 2012 3:20 PM

    Are the pictures of him playing football for a pro team?

  3. spellingcops says: Jun 27, 2012 3:24 PM

    Rome said the pictures were of him “pleasuring himself on skype.” Something tells me this isn’t going to help his resume.

  4. blacknole08 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:25 PM

    No, T.O. You ruined your own life and career from your own actions and the way you dealt with people who put you on a pedestal. Consider this karma if it is true.

  5. cd_ridge says: Jun 27, 2012 3:26 PM

    Geez, some people will do anything to stay in the news.

  6. snowpea84 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:27 PM

    If someone has photos of you doing something “embarrassing” don’t blame them for ruining your life. A photograph is just being caught in the act of what you chose to do.

  7. jr82632 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:27 PM

    He did it, hell im no Superstar, but i guarantee there are women out there with pics of my wang.. Hope he was smart and left his big ass head out of the pics

  8. nrwalk12238 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    Looks like SOMEBODY just learned a new word! Can’t be beaten out by a rookie…(RG3).

    “ex tor ted…yeah, lets say that!”

  9. nesportsfan0428 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    The woman is obviously lying.

    If there were embarassing pictures of T.O, he would have already leaked them to the press.

  10. sea3369 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    Tmz wouldn’t buy the photos, no one cares about ur pics TO……

  11. pacmantriggerman says: Jun 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    One word you T.O. retire. BTW you dress like Carlton.

  12. gallogj says: Jun 27, 2012 3:30 PM

    Are they pictures of his naked feet? If so, Rex Ryan will pay full price!

  13. foul83 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:32 PM

    If someone ever decides to make a motion picture on the life of T.O., one would have to consider Kevin Costner for the leading role. No?

  14. sdb0ltz says: Jun 27, 2012 3:33 PM

    Dude was just realesed by the Allen Wranglers… why does he still keep popping up on “PRO (<–key word) Football Talk?

  15. bchapman2011 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:35 PM

    Every time I start to feel bad for TO he goes out and does something really stupid that reminds me why he is in such dire straights. I suggest you give the TMZ article a quick read if you want a good laugh. This guy is such a moron.

  16. hornbuckle says: Jun 27, 2012 3:38 PM

    I think he has already embarrassed himself enough.

  17. dexterismyhero says: Jun 27, 2012 3:39 PM

    Where is he going?

    I thought it said exported…….sorry

  18. billsfan27 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:39 PM

    T.O. is being extorted by T.O.

  19. kwgator says: Jun 27, 2012 3:41 PM

    They demand TO’s welfare card or else!

  20. offkiltereagle says: Jun 27, 2012 3:41 PM

    His mom really needs to grow up. I can’t believe TMZ didn’t want pictures of him using the potty.

  21. cooklynn17 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:42 PM

    This fool is T.O. Stupid to know what this word (extorted) even means.

  22. cooklynn17 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:44 PM

    Why don’t you just continue to sit around the camp fire and stroke yourself………ha ha, what a joke.

  23. krimou80 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:44 PM

    Mr veteran, learn from the rookie how he handled the situation…..Cmon!

  24. cooklynn17 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:45 PM

    Maybe you should send Brett Farve a text….lol.

  25. cooklynn17 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    I could do this all night……lol

  26. nfldeboteco says: Jun 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    Whe T.O. says he has nothing to say about it. Ask him again, he will certainly tell you what’s about it.

  27. ttommytom says: Jun 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    This guy is beyond pathetic.

  28. jeremymartini says: Jun 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    I hope this isn’t another way of him making himself feel importanted or needed. Besides who really would pay for pictures of him? It’s sad to see how far some people will go to stay “important” in their own minds. Mr. Owens let your life back together, move on to the next stage in your life, & be safe.

  29. ampats says: Jun 27, 2012 3:53 PM

    greasybeerfart says,

    Haha damn,T.O. I almost feel bad for ya in some ways but just let it go.

    I think those are the pictures she claims to have of TO” letting it go” via Skype

  30. rc21pgh says: Jun 27, 2012 3:54 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if TO was trying to extort himself.

  31. dukemarc says: Jun 27, 2012 3:54 PM

    They are pictures of T.O. and Jeff Garcia on their honeymoon on Fire Island.

  32. jerryd1 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:55 PM

    I hope he’s getting extorted to Shut Up & quit playing football!!

  33. tvguy22 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:56 PM

    They should keep T.O.’s name out of their mouth.

  34. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    What derails any chance of sympathy for me is what a dead-beat father he is and how he has had multiple chances to get his life on track and decided to ignore his financial/family/personal issues and woke up 40 yrs old, broke and looking for patchwork jobs/appearances to get checks.

    Rookie Symposium they should have a PPT on TO’s life.

  35. bigwaveseeker says: Jun 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    Too late. We already saw the “that’s my quarterback” clip. What could be worse than that?

  36. eslamm11 says: Jun 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    Everyone hates the guy who tries to one-up everything

  37. biggiesmallsthecondomfilla says: Jun 27, 2012 4:02 PM

    Damn TO ” just pick up the phone and say papa not home!”

  38. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    In this era of internet, reality TV, and obsession over celebrities do any of you think this anything other than a publicity stunt for T.O. to try and garner some sort of income?

    The man is hurting for me. He is not being extorted. He is applying the “all publicity is good publicity” rule.

    His handlers got wind of RGIII’s case and thought why not do the same.

    And what do you know, T.O. is right back in the headlines creating page hits and comments.

  39. texansdude says: Jun 27, 2012 4:11 PM

    “waussau says:
    Jun 27, 2012 3:20 PM
    Are the pictures of him playing football for a pro team?”

    No. They are pictures of him in his Wranglers uniform.

  40. pjgrannan says: Jun 27, 2012 4:12 PM

    It is only extortion if they are asking TO for money not to sell the pics

  41. grannyvi4 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:15 PM

    Doesn’t the idiot woman know you can’t get blood from a turnip? There’s nothing there.

    Move along, move along.

  42. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jun 27, 2012 4:16 PM

    Selling the pictures to TMZ does not constitute extortion. Somebody learned a new word reading(?) a story about about RGIII and is using it incorrectly. If she was trying to get T.O. to pay her money, THAT would be extortion. Nowhere in what he said, and least in what is included in this post, does it say that she has asked HIM for money. If the pictures aren’t of him, she’s committing fraud. If they are, she’s not doing anything illegal at all.

  43. iggles07 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:17 PM

    He just can’t help but go out of his way to say “HEY EVERYBODY LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT WHAT I CAN DO!!”

    Just shut up already T.O.!

  44. ravenator says: Jun 27, 2012 4:21 PM

    T O you are the weakest link

  45. ham1 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:21 PM

    pathetic

  46. poolboy87 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    “This is a case of extortion, this is a waste of my time and you’re wasting your time because I have nothing to say.”

    I like that he goes to the media, and tries to make a big deal about it…

    And T.O. with nothing to say? That’ll be the day.

  47. grannyvi4 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    “Owens told Philly.com he doesn’t understand why anyone is even writing about it.”

    Um, maybe because you’re the one who told Philly.com about it in the first place?

    Looks like the woman isn’t the only one trying to “find a media outlet”. Seems very suspicious that TO comes up with this days after it was reported RG3 was being extorted. Any other record of the alleged TO extortion other than the words coming out of his own mouth?

  48. bangitfootball says: Jun 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    The embarrassing pictures she has supposedly shows Terrel “scoring ” for the first time in a few years.

  49. trolling4haters says: Jun 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    Please go away Mr. Owens, I used to have much love for you, but you have erased any sympathy I once had for you. I still have you’re Jersey and will always remember your spectacular plays on the football field, but please just stop already. Move on, get another job, coach some kids or something man, do something good with the rest of your life. Please

  50. thejuddstir says: Jun 27, 2012 4:33 PM

    Could what T.O. did to the Eagles, Cowboys, Bills be considered extortion?

  51. xxwhodatxx says: Jun 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    Umm why would you try to extort someone who’s broke?

  52. bengals78 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    Just when it looked like there was no way possible for this story to have a happy ending…

  53. obtb555 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:43 PM

    It’s more likely that T.O. is extorting the media into giving him free press by making false extortion claims. Why won’t this narcissistic diva just fade into oblivion already…

  54. swervncarz says: Jun 27, 2012 5:08 PM

    wow…he’s just desperate for any attention he can round up

  55. EJ says: Jun 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    Goodell should have asked T.O. if he could come speak at the rookie symposium. I think his portrait of life would set a few of these kids on the right path. If T.O. can’t set them straight, then Pacman Jones should.

  56. fdugrad says: Jun 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    Forgetting that we are talking about this particular individual, I was thinking how utterly terrifying it must be to arrive at forty years of age and have the travails in life he has. In addition, the most frightening thoughts tormenting him, more than likely center on the fact that he truly has NO job skills or training for anything post-football. What in heavens name can he do to provide even for his basic needs?! While I firmly believe that he placed himself in this position, this is truly a scary story to ponder for anyone.

  57. edwinmoses says: Jun 27, 2012 8:07 PM

    Alright, now let’s all speculate what the photos are.

  58. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:23 PM

    I hope T.O gets signed to at least one more NFL contract…..

  59. chi01town says: Jun 28, 2012 3:15 AM

    Let T.O finish his career in peace an if he wants to play, put him on the field an try him out an if he can play LET HIM, his team mates can handle him in the locker room if he is a problem to them

  60. joetoronto says: Jun 28, 2012 5:37 AM

    I’ll never forget watching him transform from a quiet up and coming WR to the big mouthed idiot he is today.

    It was right after he made that big catch against the Packers, called “The Catch 2.”

    I haven’t like him since then but I’m afraid this guy’s might just check out soon, and I DON’T want to see that.

  61. bradybowl says: Jun 28, 2012 8:06 AM

    I concur with Foul 83, Costner would play a great TO, thinking Danny Devito could play Drew Rosenhaus and Gary Coleman as Andy Reid

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