A teary-eyed Terrell Owens took to the “Dr. Phil” show Tuesday afternoon to open up about his crumbling career, impending bankruptcy and accusations from multiple women insisting the one-time NFL great is a dead-beat dad.
Face-to-face with the mothers of two of his four children, the embattled wide receiver talked of the humbling experience of being relegated to the Allen (Texas) Wranglers of the Indoor Football League – and coming to the realization that he’s blown close to $70 million he earned through his 14-year NFL career.
“Anyone who knows me, they know I don’t live that extravagant life,” Owens explained. “Do I have nice things? Yes, but you’re not going to see me popping bottles in the club.”
The former San Francisco 49er turned his attention to the women on stage, who he claimed were only interested in having him around “because of money.”
Owens, who last appeared with the Bengals in 2010, disclosed he was spending as much as $50,000 a month on child support before going broke.
“It wasn’t a plan,” Owens said of having children. “I take responsibility that I was irresponsible in that regard.”
He admitted he hasn’t seen two of his kids for more than a year – something that had one his daughter’s grandmothers calling him “evil.”
“I’ve been through so much Dr. Phil,” Owens said of claims from the women that the six-time Pro Bowler wasn’t interested in spending time with his kids. “Regardless of what (they) can sit here and say, I’ve been through so much.
“All of them knew that my (financial) situation was changing. I had filed for child support modification and that’s an indicator that things and circumstances were changing.”
Phil McGraw, the host of the daytime talk show, reminded Owens of the tens of millions he earned while playing for five different NFL teams from 1996-2010.
When asked if he still had any of the cash, the 38-year-old member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team muttered: “no I don’t.”
A player known for his on-field antics and for his consistent ability to unsettle a dressing room, Owens’ appearance seemed a cry for help from any of the NFL’s 32 teams.
“Me playing in the Indoor Football League is a humbling situation,” Owens said. “I’m in a different mindset … I’m not like what my persona exudes when I’m on the field … I’m very passionate. I’ve worked very hard to get where I am, to be who I am.”