Defending Terrell Owens from Pro Football Talk's Continuous Attacks

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Defending Terrell Owens from Pro Football Talk's Continuous Attacks
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Yet another day has passed and another negative article about Terrell Owens has been written by Pro Football Talk.

This is not the first time of course; we've seen this repeated pattern in their reporting before.

This time, Pro Football Talk decided to attack Owens' recent appearance on NFL AM, citing his admission of past mistakes as a reason why teams have not yet signed the future Hall of Famer.

"And that’s the irony.  Owens’ effort to publicly blame his past transgressions on his present unemployment could be the one thing that is keeping teams from concluding that he truly has changed." -Pro Football Talk

Ironic: To see ESPN.com take Owens' comments out of context, highlighting his remarks about having "no regrets" while ignoring his response detailing what he would change about how he handled certain situations.

All the while Pro Football Talk criticizes Owens for accepting blame for past mistakes.

You can't win, can you Terrell?

All one has to do is read Pro Football Talk's use of negative wording to see their biased agenda:

On Thursday, three veteran receivers not named Terrell Owens got jobs:  Derek HaganDevery Henderson, and Donte’ Stallworth. Regardless of whether Owens currently is more talented than any, some, or all of them (and he very well may be), Hagan, Henderson, and Stallworth have jobs. Owens doesn’t. Perhaps not coincidentally, none of those three had been publicly whining about “politics” keeping them from getting jobs.

Definition of "whining":

  1. Give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound.
  2. Complain in a feeble or petulant way.

Only Owens did not cry, did not speak in a high pitched voice or complain in a feeble or petulant way.

He was humble, admitted past mistakes and vocalized his desire to move forward.

When asked if he would do anything differently, Owens replied:

Absolutely. And a lot of people have asked me: Do I regret anything? No, I don't regret anything because that's part of the maturation process that I had to go through. Could I have done some things different, interview-wise? There's the timeliness of some of those interviews, those could have been done differently.

But it's easy to brand someone a whiner based on your lone say-so.

What's most troubling is the repeated pattern of Pro Football Talk creating headlines using Terrell Owens' name to generate press. On one hand they are quick to point out that he has not been granted one out of over 2,900 available roster spots.

Yet still, they write up more articles about him than many of the 2,900 they've repeatedly alluded to who are on NFL rosters.

It's a double dose of irony.

And so long as it makes headlines, Pro Football Talk will likely continue their tradition. 

Only now, people have managed to wake up and see through the nonsense.

Ryan Michael is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report. Any questions, comments or professional inquiries can be directed to his email at: bleacherreporter@yahoo.com.

Follow him on Twitter at: @theryanmichael

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