Even Mike Tyson says that we should not feel sorry for Terrell Owens.
Next up to get some is Mike Tyson. He did a radio interview today with Philadelphia’s 97.5: The Fanatic and he kept it real in regards to how Owens has handled himself, whether the public should feel sorry for him and his now notorious appearance on the Dr. Phil show.
Sports Radio Interviews, posted the transcript below.
On T.O.’s recent appearance on Dr. Phil and T.O.’s financial woes:
“Well, listen, I can only say about myself. It took a good 18, 20 years for me to go broke, but he got broke pretty quick. It happened quick! We saw him, heard about him signing this contract, but from what you told me, he busted his whole bill. That can happen man when you take liberties for granted.”
If he thinks the upbringing he and T.O. experienced played a role in the kind of quick rise and fall:
“Oh, man, he’s not even in my same league as far as getting blood sucked. He’s not even in my league. But we’re talking about this issue, so, yeah, they’re out there. But in order to get your blood sucked, you have to be in position to want to suck some blood too. Even the con cons the con because he wants to con somebody.”
If he thinks people should feel sorry for T.O. for his fall from grace:
“No, we should have no sympathy for him, he’s a grown man. We should be jealous and pissed off he has so much goddamned fun. Shoot! That’s what we should be jealous about. Listen, this is one thing. When you’re living that life you think you’re a big boy — and this is one thing I learned when I was rolling like a big boy — I said ‘don’t worry about it, I can handle it, I’m a big boy.’ Big boys have big responsibilities and big circumstances.”
If he thinks T.O. made a mistake by making an appearance like that where he had to have known he’d face criticism:
“I don’t know, I don’t know why he would want to do that because that’s just a bomb waiting to explode right there. But I don’t know. He did the right thing he believed for the circumstances. All I know is he did what he thought was best for him, and I know he’s not feeling good about himself right now, but you get over it and life goes on.”
Does he know Owens?
“I don’t know him. I know he can’t be broke because he’s a bad guy. He’s broke because he didn’t know what was going on.”
When people are going through hard times, it’s often called hitting a bottom. The day that Mike Tyson of all people can go on the radio and discuss how bad one has screwed up from a position of power, has to be the reddest of all red flags.
It’s a commercial cliché but really T.O, is having the worst week…ever.
Listen to Tyson’s interview here.