Exposing Pro Football Talk's Inaccurate Reporting of Terrell Owens Throughout the Years
June 9, 2013
PFT and anti-T.O. headlines go together like Seinfeld's Kramer and crack-pot ideas—no matter how far removed from reality, they're still going to keep coming up with more of them.
"Anybody that thinks he had an attitude around here or something like that got in the way is wrong, they don't know what they're talking about. This guy was great. He did everything we wanted him to do. He practiced hard, he studied hard, he asked questions, he worked hard in the games. He did everything. He was terrific. That had nothing to do with anything in this whole decision at all." -Pete Carroll.
And here we are in June of 2013 where the tradition is alive and well.
PFT recently knocked Owens who, in their sensationalistic opinion, "couldn't cut it in Seahawks camp last year."
"Realistically, there’s almost no chance that Owens will play in the NFL again. It’s been two and a half years (and one ACL tear) since he last played in a regular-season game, and he couldn’t cut it in Seahawks camp last year." -Pro Football Talk
As you would expect, PFT cited only a negative when referring to Owens' since surgically repaired ACL, while completely ignoring his current state of playing ability.
"You never see guys this old hardly on an NFL roster playing receiver because they usually can't run. But with T.O. running a 4.45 on Monday and one of the clockings was even 4.43, he obviously can still run. So in practice today, the DBs are fired up. They've been looking forward to this, to go against a name and he was matched against Richard Sherman who is a very good young corner for the Seahawks, and played at near Pro Bowl level last season, and T.O. went out right away and caught a pass off of him." -Mike Sando
That's right: No mention of Owens' 40-yard dash time that was better at the age of 38 than it was when he came into the league as a 23 year-old rookie; all the while running that faster time on the same surgically repaired ACL that PFT was anxious to spotlight.
No mention of his ability to make plays against arguably the best corner in the game today—Richard Sherman.
"Throw in the fact that he has a reputation as a headache in the locker room, and it’s hard to imagine why any team would want him around." -Pro Football Talk
Oh yes, the convenient reference to the negative "reputation" Owens is said to have—almost always based on quotes that never seem to originate from players in the actual locker rooms he's accused of tearing apart.
Any chance PFT will make mention of the droves of Owens' actual teammates who have continuously dispelled the same "reputation" the media uses to crutch up their own self-crafted points of ridicule?Yet they have the nerve to call out Owens asking him to "Name one thing we have ever written about you that isn't true."
@terrellowens . . . Name one thing we have ever written about you that isn't true.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 9, 2013
Pro Football Talk's proclamations of truthful reporting strike the heart as genuinely as Newman's love for vegetables.
At the end of the day, the situation here is transparent.
PFT prides itself on sensationalism, negative-press and the adoption of poor references.
Nevertheless, times are changing.
The days of being able to make a buck off of Owens name by smearing it across the internet drenched with negative-innuendo, condescension and erroneous reporting will likely continue—that's the unfortunate reality of tabloid-journalism.
But for so long as the media continues to attack athletes for sensationalistic purposes, articles like this one will be written to poke holes in poorly-constructed headlines that refuse to show the entire picture.
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