IRVING, Texas -- Terrell Owens blames the media for
portraying him as a selfish player, but in two different interviews this week he didn't seem to be taking a backseat to anyone.
In an interview with Bryant Gumbel airing Tuesday night on HBO's
"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," Owens acknowledges dishing out
more criticism than he's willing to take.
"The only thing I can really think of is maybe it was the way I
grew up, you know," he said, according to a transcript released
Monday to The Associated Press. "I got picked on so much, and it's
like I feel like I'm still constantly being picked on."
Owens said he doesn't think reporters are necessarily conspiring
against him as much as using him "to gain viewers' attention." As
a result, he believes that he is "misunderstood." He said other
players have been, too, "but I feel like I have been one of the
main guys who've been vilified."
"Why me? ... At some point it does get to me."
"That's the million-dollar question," he said. "Why me? ...
At some point it does get to me. And I can't say it enough. Dude,
I'm human and that's what I'm trying to get people to understand."
Owens also discussed his spat with quarterback Donovan McNabb
that eventually led to his release by the Eagles.
As he wrote in a recently released book, Owens said he believes
McNabb was jealous of the attention Owens was receiving in
Philadelphia and that things boiled over when McNabb cursed at him
in a huddle after a play. Owens said he took it as more than
something said in the heat of competition.
"When I tried to address that after the game, he blew me off,"
Owens said. "So, that let me know it's more than just being
competitive. It was more than that."
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, Owens said that he and McNabb had clashed all season long. Asked if he could go the rest of his career without talking to his former QB, Owens said, "If that's possible, then I have no problem with that."
Kimmel asked about the Cowboys' game at Philadelphia this season on Oct. 8. Wouldn't that be a good time to make an effort to patch things up with McNabb?
"I will make an effort to beat the Eagles," Owens snapped back, smiling.
Owens is scheduled to report to his first training camp with
Dallas Cowboys at the end of next week.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.