There is good news today for those of us who are fed up with the growing and out of control species known as spoiled and over-indulged pro athletes, as arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled that the Philadelphia Eagles are fully within their contractual rights to suspend Owens for the rest of the season. Bravo.
Bloch went on to say that Owens’ conduct was a destructive threat to the team and that the Eagles could pay him, but didn’t have to let him practice or play in games.
The NFL Players Association promptly responded in a predictable manner by saying that they will act to dismiss Bloch as an arbitrator. As usual the NFLPA is “protecting” the players from the wrong people. Rather than worry about people like Bloch – who basically ruled that an NFL player has some responsibility to his team – the NFLPA should go after agents who give their clients bad advice.
I won’t even mention the name of the agent who represents Owens, so we’ll call him “He-Who-Shall-Remain-Nameless.” This agent represents all that is bad with regards to agents. As soon as “He-Who-Shall-Remain-Nameless” came on the scene in Philly Owens has been a nightmare. He attempted to publicly renegotiated Owens’ one-year old contract. He threatened that his client would hold out, and then when the Eagles wouldn’t buckle, held his client out. When the Eagles – rightfully so – started with the fines Owens came back into camp, but despite assurances that he’d behave Owens has been a disruption ever since.
This agent has done nothing for his client but COST him money and his job. He has cost Owens hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and when all is said and done will have cost his client MILLIONS of dollars in not only salary from this year, but for the rest of his career.
Terrell Owens will NEVER recover financially from his actions, actions that were directed by his agent. His best earning years are behind him and his behavior has insured that his guaranteed contract money will be hard to come by in the future. Owens should have known better.
The NFLPA should file a grievance with whatever organization governs all of agent-dom so as to make sure “He-Who-Shall-Remain-Nameless” can never again harm another NFL player in this manner. But we all know that won’t happen.
The lesson other punks should learn from this situation is that no player is bigger than the team, especially when this team plays in the NFL. This kind of nonsense may fly in the NBA, but the NFL is a league that is built on TEAMS and not INDIVIDUALS. And by the nature of football at all levels, this kind of selfish behavior ultimately leads to failure.
And despite my lead, I’m actually pretty sure that there are people who feel that Owens got a raw deal and in some twisted logical leap think that the Eagles have to pay AND play Owens regardless of how much he has hurt the team. And there are people who still will say that the Eagles are better with Owens than they are without him despite the fact that there is no evidence to support this view.
Last year without Owens the Eagles won their two playoff games and lost the Super Bowl with him. This year the Eagles are a flawed team that has suffered personnel losses due to both injury and free agency and were in trouble before Owens started acting up. The Eagles running game has been terrible all year, and they have won games thanks to their attitude, coaching staff and defense. They weren’t winning the Super Bowl with Owens.
Now while the Eagles are better off thanks to today’s decision, there’s some unlucky team out there that will make the mistake of thinking that they can change Owens. I don’t know what team this is, but boy do I feel sorry for them and their fans.