Hall of Fame “disappointed” by “unprecedented” decision from Terrell Owens

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Terrell Owens often didn’t do things by the book during his playing career, and that isn’t changing now that he’s retired and heading for the Hall of Fame.

Shortly after Owens announced that he will not attend his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hall released a statement saying it regrets that Owens won’t be part of the festivities, and noting that no Hall of Famer has ever done so before.

“We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the Enshrinement,” Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in a statement. “While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL’s 99th season.”

The Hall of Fame is hoping not to let Owens’ absence overshadow the big day for the other new Hall of Famers.

“As we do not want to detract from this great honor being enjoyed by the seven other members of the Class of 2018 [Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher], their family, friends, and fans; the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have no further comment on the decision made by Terrell Owens,” the Hall of Fame’s statement said.

Owens has not said what he will do on the date of the enshrinement ceremony. It’s unclear whether he’ll stay away quietly, or host his own event.

88 responses to “Hall of Fame “disappointed” by “unprecedented” decision from Terrell Owens

  1. Umm, did the HoF not realize that TO was the ultimate drama queen before they decided on letting him in? Yeah, i guess the last 20 years of articles, news stories, and first hand accounts of his douchery were hard to access, with our limited technology…

  2. Now, that’s doing it the correct way TO. You should have been in earlier but the media had to put the players that work for the media in first.

  3. What a tool. He finally gets the nod after countless people in the media went to bat for him and now he’s going to blow it off like some petulant child? Lots of HOFers had to wait for their day. Not everyone gets in on the first-ballot.

  4. He’s going to have a party and charge admission. If you don’t think that’s his mindset, then you don’t know his ego or how broke he is..

  5. I think the Hall of Fame became devalued by him when he wasn’t a first ballot hall of famer. I think only one receiver in the history of the game has better overall stats than him.

    49ers..Home of the two greatest receivers of all time. Bay Area Ballin’.

  6. 700levelvet says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm
    He’s going to have a party and charge admission. If you don’t think that’s his mindset, then you don’t know his ego or how broke he is..

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    I also think it’s all about money.

  7. Yeah, it’s sad… He should have gone in on the first ballot and I think all of the stories about whether he was deserving or not took a toll… I wish he would take the high road, because I can’t imagine that he won’t regret this decision in a few years… Here’s hoping he changes his mind…

  8. Free food, free booze, a free jacket, and a ton of folks blowing smoke up your [you know what], and now you don’t show up. The man is really messed up psychologically.

  9. He was rumored to be doing the Celebrity Big Brother that started shortly after the SB. I wonder if he’s doing that… I would still think that would be a mistake, but if he’s as broke as people say, it might make some sense…

  10. You get to have the highest level of honor as a football player bestowed upon you and you pull this. Im tired of these athleates not realizing its a privilege to be in the NFL. They make MILLIONS of dollars and then act like its our privilege to be in there presence.

  11. Getting kind of sick of the NFL – not showing up for your HOF induction, disrespecting the National Anthem, etc – when does the Alliance of American Football or XFL begin???

  12. all jokes aside, he probably couldn’t find anyone who wanted to give his enshrinement speech sadly….

  13. Never should have been voted in. Stats and success aren’t everything. Your sportsmanship and value as a teammate should also be a factor. The Hall of Fame is about recognizing players who were famous, not infamous.

  14. But he will continue to insist that he was always a great teammate, not at all a locker room cancer or egomaniac, as he made his way through 5 different teams who kept kicking him out. What a delusional twit.

  15. i think i have it: the amount of crying will delay his speech by 3 hours and hold up festitivies, so he is really being thoughtful here

    lmao

  16. Good for you TO… HOF voters are the most ill-informed people on the planet, it wouldn’t shock me if they don’t even watch football anymore. I wish more players would follow your lead.

  17. This is awesome. I love it. He should have been in 2 years ago, but wasn’t put in for petty reasons. I hope he does something that completely overshadows the HOF induction since those writers made a joke of the process.

  18. mullman76 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:35 pm
    The final stamp.

    The man is a delta bravo.

    We always knew.
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    Nothing more Delta Bravo then calling someone else a Delta Bravo.

    Just sayin.

  19. ExitStrategy says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    What a tool. He finally gets the nod after countless people in the media went to bat for him and now he’s going to blow it off like some petulant child? Lots of HOFers had to wait for their day. Not everyone gets in on the first-ballot.

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    Not everyone, but Brian Urlacher did. What a joke! At best I thought that guy was borderline, but first-ballot??? The fact that he’s going in the same day as Ray Lewis is criminal! And T.O. had to wait?? Arguably the most famous NFL player in history??? Would be tough to sit through that ceremony. I wish he’d go just so I could hear his speech, but I can’t really blame him.

  20. I’m sure he already has some lame arse internet, or cable channel “director” lined up to film and some how make some cash on this. This is a guy who blew through 70 million dollars, and a couple of days ago was posting # vetmin to the Niners. I doubt he’s sitting home with his grandma enjoying an honor. Of course he’s hosting his own event, he’s done that his entire professional career.

  21. Another temper tantrum because he wasn’t a first ballot. His fellow inductee Jerry Kramer retired from the Packers over 50 years ago and finally got in on his last possible chance. If T.O. is the first inductee to skip the ceremony then I say they should make him the first inductee to have is nomination revoked. Big baby.

  22. I hope the Hall of Fame doesn’t mention him whatsoever during speeches and leaves the cover over his statue bust during the unveiling with the other inductees. Also, it would be hilarious if they hired the same guys as the ones who butchered the statues of Christiano Ronaldo and Brandi Chastain.

  23. The HoF should not acknowledge him any further. Do not include his name at all in the ceremony. List only the attending members of the class in all the promotional materials and during any ceremony presentations. As for his bust/plaque or whatever, simply place them in the display with all the rest and mail his jacket to him.

  24. The Hall of Fame is hoping not to let Owens’ absence overshadow the big day for the other new Hall of Famers.
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    Don’t worry HOF , it WON’T !!!

  25. Alphabetically by last name, he’s in for a long wait that night. Guess he couldn’t wait that long for some TO time

  26. Like T.O. or not they guy earned his nomination to the HOF. Whether he shows up for the induction or not changes that not one bit. To those claiming he should have his nomination revoked….why exactly? Does it change what he did on the football field?

  27. Loved him as a player but it’s a shame he never grew up. A big reason why the Hall waited so long to put him in in the first place.

  28. Anyone who saw him on celebrity wife swap knows that this dude has top marks as a selfish narcissist. His own son didn’t seem to care much about him. He probably doesn’t have anyone who can say something nice about him at the enshrinement. The celebrity wife that he lived with even ended up divorcing her own husband. This guy is a major tool that probably doesn’t want to be enshrined because he thinks he still has a chance of playing.

  29. We’re talking about a person who has previously attempted suicide, made numerous questionable off-field decisions in his career, and recently declared that he’s friendless and living “in hell”. My guess is that Owens has some very real mental health issues, and maybe at this time in his life, staying away from the induction ceremony is best for all involved.

    But by all means, bash away…

  30. All they should do is announce his name and go to the next guy. Don’t show highlights or stats or “what got him there” or have someone speak on his behalf. He obviously does not want to celebrate his career achievements in the NFL and I think they should honor his wishes and just announce his name, and move to the next guy. It’s called the Terrell way.

  31. TO: Does it cost Money to attend ??

    HOF: Yes you pay your own expenses to get there

    TO: I have no money

  32. Still living in a life of mind twisting controversy. Don’t be a baby because it took a few years to make it. Chad Johnson aka Ochocinco wore a HOF jacket on the sidelines of a game and he didn’t make it. Consider this an honor and grow up and show up.

  33. I don’t blame him. He said he doesn’t need any validation. He always knew he was Hall of Fame worthy. I do think it would be nice for him to thank the people that got him to this point but I’m pretty sure those people already heard it.

  34. granadafan says:
    June 7, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    I hope the Hall of Fame doesn’t mention him whatsoever during speeches and leaves the cover over his statue bust during the unveiling with the other inductees. Also, it would be hilarious if they hired the same guys as the ones who butchered the statues of Christiano Ronaldo and Brandi Chastain.

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    I have a better idea. Lets hire the guy that painted President Obama’s picture to do his bust. T.O sitting in a bed of poison ivy would be perfect.

  35. If he is doing it to make a stand against how stupid the selection and committee is, I applaud it. If he is just doing it to put more spotlight on himself, then he is an idiot. It was a farce that he was not in already. I don’t care for him personally, but the guy was a straight up stud who brought it every game.

  36. Ultimately his decision. He didn’t make it in the past few years due to politics and I suspect this is his protest…turn the page people.

  37. Criteria used to get into the HOF apparently doesn’t include professionalism, team mindset or following protocol. MeO has and always will be a joke.

  38. Wow you guys really hate TO. If the writers are gonna be petty then he should be petty right back. Guy was annoying but he balled out, in the playoffs too — one of the greatest postseason catches ever, and a gutsy performances in the Super Bowl after breaking his leg

  39. Now this is a debate worth having. Terrell Owens is boycotting because of the process of the HOF voters.

    Now I’m being as honest as I can here. Terrell Owens during his career was a first class jerk. He threw qb’s under the bus, cried about his contract, threatened suicide allegedly. He wasn’t the most likeable player to be nice.

    However, you cannot argue with the mans numbers. Off of shear production, he is the 2nd/3rd most prolific receiver next to Rice and Moss. It’s not like he was some fringe HOF’er who needed to wait a few years before. Without a doubt, numbers alone, he is as bonefide a WR candidate the HOF has ever seen.

    Owens beef is with the secret process of the HOF voters committee which seems to have developed a GOD complex over the past decade or so. IMO he has a legitimate point as leaked reasons for Owens not being on the first ballot were nothing to do with how he played the game but how divisive he was in the locker room. Also factor in he wasn’t the most pleasant player to the media and you can see the potential for a backlash against him.

    What do we know about the voting process? Well from what I believe there are 32 writers that cover the 32 teams, they meet in a room under a big round table and they go around one by one arguing the case for certain eligible players. I think then a secret ballot is cast and then depending upon the amount of votes said player is either in or out. The problem with this is the fact voters get to hide in anonymity with their respective votes which allows them immunity from other voters of explaining their position on eligible players. Also, if a certain reporter has an axe to grind or wants to get his player over, by voting down a more worthy player will give their guy an edge. Now these meetings are said to be private in nature, why? To hide behind the fallout from the fans as to explain why a totally worthy player like Owens was being passed over for fringe players like Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis and while a great player and HOF worthy but not on the same level as Owens; Marvin Harrison? The problem is that the lack of transparency makes it look suspicious as the voters are paid to deliver their opinions to the public. What it looks like has developed is a coup’ has gotten a strong hold and they have decided to get certain players in while making a more worthy candidate like Owens wait.

    I think were the NFL has really screwed up is that there is a giant backlog of worthy former players that have been waiting to get in due to the coup’ that has simply forgotten or just ignorantly omitted great talents for players they may have personally just liked better as a person. The Hall does have a senior committee but only 2 players are eligible and that is not enough due to the negligence of the writers. Jerry Kramer is a prime example as he just got in this year. But the list is endless: Randy Gradeshear, Deron Cherry, Ken Anderson, Otis Taylor, Tommy Nobis, Lester Hayes, Ken Riley, Jim Marshall, Eric Allen, Otis Anderson, Rickey Watters, Sam Mills just to name a few. Let’s not forget the logjam starting up with more current players who deserve consideration like Edgerin James and Leroy Butler.

    I thin TO needs to articulate why he is protesting the HOF. If it is for selfish reasons he will prove to be a jerk. He does however, have a golden opportunity to make a significant contribution into HOF voting reform. The NFL always wants to squeeze every bit of revenue it can out of fans, why not make the HOF voting committee transparent and televised so that fans can see what is going on? Or better yet, make a hard knocks reality show following a few of the writers every season in how they prepare to make cases for players they want to lobby for? Makes for compelling tv no less.

  40. I commend OchoUno/T.O. for being true to himself and not letting the media critics win by attending the enshrinement ceremony — further resulting in giving the HoF voters the power to say we own you, T.O, for giving you the HoF nod.

    In these current times when you’ve got wimp wideouts like Wes Walker taking PEDs, you can rest assured that, other than the usual “diva”-like behavior featured prominently among the top-premier WRs (e.g., Michael Crabtree, Dey Bryant and “No room for you here, bruh!”-yet fired the very next day-himself Brandon Marshall lol), OchoUno took care of himself on and off the field and deserves/has earned the right to “take a knee” and thumb his nose at the HoF voters for making this should-have-been a First Ballot HoF’er wait.

    Kudos to you, OchoUno/T.O.!

  41. wooshelius says:
    June 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    I don’t blame him. He said he doesn’t need any validation. He always knew he was Hall of Fame worthy. I do think it would be nice for him to thank the people that got him to this point but I’m pretty sure those people already heard it.
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    I’d take that bet

  42. Good for TO. He got snubbed the first time around when he should have been enshrined. Now, to lump him on the same stage as a blasphemous murderer (who belongs enshrined in a cell for the rest of his life)? For all his drama, TO never got into any trouble and never had the terms “PED” or “Murder” associated with his name.

    I’d skip it too.

  43. He’s not going because he will not be the biggest fish.
    Moss, Lewis, Urlacher, Dawkins, Beathard… TO would be like lowest man on the totem pole.
    TO don’t roll that way…

  44. Every inductee has an exceptional talent. Being an exceptional moron is what people will remember most about Terrell Owens.

  45. I just realized, with the NFL employees so angry at their boss for making them respect the flag for 2 minutes once a week, will the HOF get boycotted because of it’s affiliation with the Protest League? Not sure what this guys issue is but we do know that the relationship between the protesters and their employers is and this is likely the first boycott of the Hall and many more to come. Mark it.

  46. Who cares. Why does an organization that turns a profit need “volunteers”. Just more selfishness and insanity from an NFL-aligned greed factory. They want everything and give nothing but exploitation of the athletes.

  47. I will bet that he will try to show up at the ceremony unannounced trying to have the spot light squarely on him when he crashes the party. Hopefully he gets tazed by a security guard as he tries to jump onto the stage. Now THAT would be entertainment.

  48. If you ignore him, he will leave. The HOF would have been smarter not to even issue a statement.

    On a side note, I don’t think a faction of jock sniffing reporters should decide who gets in or not regardless of their credentials. “Glory belongs to the man who has fought in the arena and lays on the ground…victorious.”

  49. Since Owens isn’t interested in showing up, the HOF should simply ignore him completely during the enshrinement ceremonies. There’s no rule that says he has to be recognized at that event. Why mention his name at all if he can’t be bothered to attend? Why show him respect at the ceremony when he’s showing no respect to the HOF? Owens was an excellent football player but is obviously still a total head case. Put his bust in the HOF for his play, but don’t give that jerk the honor of having his name mentioned during the enshrinement event. Only good men deserve to take part in that ceremony, and T.O. doesn’t qualify. (And no, this isn’t about his race. Idiots come in all colors. If he were white, I’d say exactly the same thing. He’s a moron, and that has nothing to do with his skin color. It’s about his character, or the lack thereof.)

  50. Some posters on here should really try to stop and think for a second, it’s easy to make a negative remark about TO, but I think you are missing the bigger picture.

    The ego’s of the writers who get to play god are the issue here. I think what TO is doing is noble and if the NFL wanted to ignore his contribution to the games history because he didn’t show up to enshrinement that makes them look petty and weak. These so called experts who vote are the real issue and need to go. Some have foolishly admitted to using their own personal feelings and bias’ to block TO from getting into the HOF on his first ballot. Now while many of us will think to ourselves “it serves him right, he was a jerk”, keep in mind that the voters are counted on to have integrity and this is not to gain acceptance into a frat but the pro football hof. The writers should be ashamed of themselves that they have had this power and have used it for years to slant and slander based on personal feelings and not individual player accomplishments.

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