Terrell Owens Calls Skip Bayless An Idiot, Tells Story About The Time He Confronted An ESPN Personality At A Party
Terrell Owens has had more critics than any player, coach or owner in the history of the NFL, bar none. Deservedly so; T.O. was a huge douchebag for much of his career, often inciting controversy to feed his admittedly massive ego. How much of it was put on for dramatic effect is hard to determine, partly because he seems so well-adjusted in subsequent TV appearances and interviews, like the one he did on "The Rich Eisen Show" on Thursday. That being said, he's thought of as more of a punchline than the runner-up on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list.
"You got the memes -- you think about all the things that I did," he told Eisen. "You know the crying, the pictures, I did the thing about the quarterback, crying for Tony [Romo]. All those things kind of pop up on the Internet. It’s one of those things you just got to take with a grain of salt.”
Apparently he didn't handle ALL of the hate with such grace, because Owens then went on to cryptically recount one particular time when he confronted one of his harshest critics -- an unidentified ESPN employee -- at a party. According to Owens, he scared the shit out this person.
T.O. was careful not to disclose any specifics about who the outspoken critic was, but did give us some insight into who it wasn't. It wasn't a woman (Owens refers to the person as "he"), nor was it Skip Bayless, which was Rich Eisen's guess.
"Does his name rhyme with -ayless?" Eisen asked.
“No no no, I mean, Skip is Skip," Owens said. "He’s an idiot.”
Full disclosure: Skip and Owens have appeared together on "First Take" as recently as four months ago, so whatever their beef is (Bayless once called T.O. "team obliterator"), they appear to have reached a detente.
"The person I confronted, he definitely didn't expect it when I confronted him," he said. "It was years ago at a party in Tampa at this event and I rolled up on him, and he had some wine in his hand. Once I approached him I think he started to get nervous and, ya know, doing his wine like this [swirling glass motion] and it spilled out of his glass...it was red."
"The information he was putting out there was inaccurate," he added.
Ok, let's see how this all adds up. Red wine?
Personal attacks based on misinformation?
Scared when confronted?
Folks, I think we have a suspect.
The full interview, below:
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