Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens was suspended indefinitely by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, two days after he publicly criticized the team. Owens was unhappy with management after there was no public acknowledgement of his 100th career touchdown reception two weeks ago.
ESPN’s Michael Smith:
Owens is not Anakin Skywalker and his behavior since the Super Bowl suggests that there is no good in him whatsoever.
I sense that the Eagles are about to do what they should have done prior to the season starting: cut T.O. outright. We have seemingly reached the point in time where his 21 TDs in 20 games is no longer worth the cost on the backside of the relationship.
It’s important for an organization like the Eagles that prides itself on professionalism (they have a reputation for running a very tight ship) to step out and do the right thing on this issue. When someone brings shenanigans and lack of respect to the workplace day in and day out, as T.O. does, they get fired – period. It is especially important to set an example in today’s world of very highly paid athletes. Allow this to fester and you’re only creating more alienation among fans that are already stretched to the limit when it comes to putting up with primadonna athletes. That is not good for business. Just ask the NBA, which is trying to play catch-up with its own image problems.
The Eagles should cut bait and simply stand behind of the NFL’s most respected players, Donovan McNabb. McNabb approaches the game right – on the field and off. By siding with the team leader and star QB, even if it means they struggle through a rough season, the Eagles will show that respect and leadership is rewarded.
Dave Johnston’s day job is as the online editor for a major D.C. think tank. He also publishes at his personal blog: newdave.com