Terrell Owens had nearly 800,000 reasons to cry over the weekend.
A league source said today that an arbitrator ruled in the Eagles‘ favor Friday on a grievance that was filed by the NFL players’ union on Owens’ behalf more than two years ago. The union had disputed the Eagles’ move to recover $1.725 million of the $2.3 million signing bonus the team paid the wide receiver when it signed him to a seven-year, $49 million deal in 2004.
The entire saga dates from 2005, when a disgruntled Owens was suspended seven games into the season by coach Andy Reid for “behavior that was disruptive to the team.” The Eagles suspended Owens for four games without pay, which cost him $764,704, and later informed him that he should not return for the final five games.
When Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not respond to a letter asking him to return the signing-bonus money, the Eagles withheld the receiver’s final five paychecks, which totaled $955,880. When arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in the Eagles’ favor on Friday, it meant Owens owed the team an additional $769,120 to complete the $1.725 million signing-bonus repayment.
All totaled, Owens’ conduct, which included verbal attacks on quarterback Donovan McNabb and a one-week training-camp suspension, cost him $2.49 million.
It took a while, but the Eagles will finally get the remaining $769 k of the $2.49 Million Terrell Eldorado Owens owed them. For those who don’t remember T.O. acted a fool in 2005, destroying the Eagles locker room pretty well.
After throwing McNabb under the bus, telling his coaches not to speak to him, and doing sit ups in his driveway, the Eagles finally decided they had enough of this bi-polar lunatic. They sent him home for the rest of the season, and payed him nothing.
T.O. was hoping to get that money back, but the
arbitrator Judge Judy ruled in favor of the Eagles.
Poor TO. Since leaving the team his fiancé dumped him, he attempted suicide, his QB choked away two playoff games, and now this.
How will TO ever feed his family now? Howard Eskin is going to have to start another food drive for the Owens family. Everybody should do their part to chip in. Every can of food counts.
The best part about this, is the Eagles will get that $769,000 added to the 2008 salary cap! Joe Banner is extremely excited about that news.
After hearing the bad news TO had this to say: