Terrell Owens said he his tried to be better person and teammate since being cut by the Cowboys in 2008. He said he has matured and stayed out of controversy in stints with the Bills and Bengals in 2009 and 2010.
Yet he said he is still dogged by his past controversies primarily in Dallas and Philadelphia because the media won’t let it go.
He said that is one of the reasons he went unsigned in 2011 after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
“The past two years the teams I have been on… I tried to dispel any of those things by going out and doing what I was supposed to do on the football field and leaving the distractions where they were,” Owens said of concerns about his character. “But again the media wouldn’t allow things that happened five or six years ago to stay in the past. They kept bringing those issues up. The media wouldn’t allow me to turn over a new leaf. I have done things to try to better myself and show people I have changed. Nobody can ever just forget things that happened five or seven years ago. Why don’t I get a free pass? Why don’t I get that same fair treatment like everybody else? I have never been in any off the field problems. Listen to the media anything criminal has gone on they bring my name in the mix and I have never had those problems.”