As expected, Terrell Owens just addressed the media at Valley Ranch and claimed he didn't attempt suicide. He never said he was depressed, never swallowed 35 pills, never got his stomach pumped and, furthermore, plans on playing Sunday at Tennessee. In other words, the wide receiver said, the Dallas police report filed last night is a total, fabricated lie. "There was no suicide attempt," Owens said.
Fully contradicting the raw narrative of the police report, Owens said he had an allergic reaction to a toxic mix of hydracodone painkillers and natural supplements he was taking to rehab his broken right hand. He was asleep on a training table being treated by a physician when, next thing he knows, he was being questioned by Dallas Fire & Rescue and police officers.
"I was groggy a little bit," Owens said. "I don't remember the police or the doctors. They were asking questions, but I really wasn't as coherent as they thought I was. I was kinda out of it."
Owens called the report's statement that he swallowed 35 pills "absurd" and denied telling officers he was depressed.
"I'm not depressed," he said with a smile. "I'm happy to be here. I came here to help this team get on a roll and get on track and win some games and make the playoffs."
Owens, who briefly worked out with quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo before his news conference, said he expects to play against the Titans. "I feel very capable of playing Sunday," he insisted.
After T.O.'s impassioned plea, publicist Kim Etheridge took the stage and seemingly crumbled Terrell's credibility. Regarding the report's statement that she called Owens "depressed" and attempted to take pills out of his mouth, Etheridge challenged the police.
"I did not say he was depressed, and Terrell did not say that," she said. "I don't know where that came from. He didn't say he was trying to do harm to himself. He wasn't coherent enough to even speak. That's why I called 911, because he wasn't in his normal state."
So here we are, having arrived at a line in the sand after a whirlwind day of rumors, speculations and allegations. The police say Owens attempted suicide. Owens and his publicist insist the police are lying, or are at least extremely inaccurate. Attempting to put an exclamation point on her argument, but instead prompting even more raised eyebrows and question marks, Etheridge ended her short session and the dramatic day with this sympathetic explanation: "Terrell has 25 million reasons why he should be alive." --Richie Whitt
Terrell Owens, "I'm Back"