Sam Hurd: Terrell Owens Compelled To Speak Out Following Troubled WR's Arrest

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Former Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens finally broke his silence on the Sam Hurd arrest, and oh how irrelevant his thoughts are. 

Hurd was arrested on Wednesday night in Chicago on federal drug charges, and as his former teammate in Dallas, Owens felt compelled and wasted little time letting the world know what he thought of it.

Here's the statement which was reported by Robert Littal at Black Sports Online:

I count Sam as my good friend. Like everyone else, I was shocked and extremely saddened with the news of his arrest. I have not been able to reach him but hope to speak to him soon. I have spent much time with him and know his family. It would never cross my mind that Sam would ever be dealing or using drugs. This is completely out of character for him. While I do not condone any behavior that is illegal or drug-related, I do hope in these challenging days ahead, he knows that I am here for him and his family. This is really such an unfortunate tragedy for Sam, his family and the NFL.

First of all, this does not look good coming from Owens. In fact, it looks terrible. 

Although T.O. makes it clear that he does not "condone" such criminal behavior that Hurd is accused of, his sympathy for Hurd just days after this news broke is ill-timed and unwarranted.

Owens needs to disappear. 

No team wanted to take a chance on him this offseason, and that's saying a whole lot given his NFL credentials. 

This statement comes off as nothing more than a way for Owens to stay relevant, a last-ditch effort to make news and maybe remind a team that he's still around.

T.O.'s thoughts on Hurd's arrest are not for Hurd's or the league's benefit, but for his own. Owens wants the spotlight and is using a negative situation to compare himself to in order to look like the good guy for once. 


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