Former NFL Pro-Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens has truly hit rock bottom after being released from the Allen Wranglers team, he co-owned for the Indoor Football League.
After a leg injury knocked him out for the remainder of his 2010 season with the Ciccinnati Bengals, he was unsuccessful in resigning with another NFL team after recovering from the injury.
Broke and still claiming he was an elite receiver, Owens was left to take the best available offer, which was playing for the Allen Wranglers in Texas, an indoor football team for the IFL.
As part of his contract to play for the Wranglers, said to be worth up to $500,000, he was also given a share of ownership in the team. However, after getting off to a great start, scoring three touchdowns in his debut game, the relationship between Owens and the team began to sour.
Finally, the team claims they had to release Owens and relinquish him from his partial ownership on Tuesday, after he made it clear, even though the team was battling for a playoff spot, he was not going to participate in two of the teams upcoming road games and had also been a no-show to a scheduled appearance at a children’s hospital.
“It is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player’s lack of effort both on and off the field,” Wranglers owner Jon Frankel said in a statement released on the team’s website. “We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community.”
“It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important … that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards,” team president and co-owner Tommy Benizio said in the statement.
Owens who has yet to comment on the situation had played in 8 of the teams 11 games thus far this season and had 35 receptions for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns.