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.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.