Terrell Owens has always loved him some him.
Now, as he tries to enlist another NFL team to share that affection, he’s enlisted some old friends.
Last night, Owens tweeted (and his agent Jordan Woy retweeted, to spread the message as far as possible) a link to a blog written by the mother of his youngest child called “The Transformation of Terrell Owens.”
The blog, apparently written by a Los Angeles-based makeup artist named Samelia (she refers to herself by one name, all caps, maybe her first name’s Cosmo) vouches for the troubled wide receiver.
“By no stretch of the imagination have I been happy with Terrell’s past actions as it relates to my son,” she wrote. “To see Terrell rise to the levels he did, yet not find it within himself to meet and develop a relationship with his son because of his so call ‘resentment toward me’ and other excuses, to me is somewhere between immature, ridiculous and inexcusable. But I did not ‘put him on blast’ in the media or go public with my story for a number of reasons. Primarily because . . . regardless of how I felt about his father’s actions, Terrell is still his father.”
She describes Owens as “now trying to be a part of my son’s life.”
“We’ve all watched the rise and now the fall of my son’s father, Terrell Owens,” she wrote. “But I believe with the new path Terrell is on he can and will rise again. I see him learning to abandon the arrogance, checking the ego at the door, and watching what comes out his mouth.
“This man wants to do right, work in a profession he has done so well in for years, and show the world he can be not only a great athlete, but also a parent and a man! It won’t be easy and there are huge obstacles in the way but I am confident he will overcome them and rise again.”
That Samelia would go out of her way to write such a heart-felt treatise speaks to his character. I guess. Unless she just wants him employed to sweeten the child support package.
But the clumsy attempts to revamp his image might also scare off any potential employers. At no point in his NFL career, at least after the first few episodes, has anyone really bought the “I’ve changed,” narrative as it pertains to Owens.
You sign him, you know what you’re getting.
Now, by trying so hard to convince people he’s not same destructive influence as in the past, Owens comes off looking, frankly, pitiable.
And when you’ve sold swagger and invincibility for more than a decade, pathetic’s just not a good look.