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Mixed Sympathy, With Terrell Owens

I'm not sure the best defense for Terrell Owens' continued PR problems is a good, continued offense, but that's apparently the route the free agent wide receiver has chosen to take:

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Terrell Owens would like to point out that he's never been disciplined by the NFL for off-field conduct, unlike some of the league's "golden boys."

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No team has yet to sign him as a free agent, and the polarizing receiver worries they're swayed by the perception he's a troublemaker. A perception he believes he disproved with his agreeable behavior in Buffalo during a disappointing season last year.

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"There were a number of times where prior I probably would have reacted, said something I wasn't supposed to say," Owens told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I really had some restraint, very patient."

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On balance I definitely prefer Terrell Owens to the NFL's various off-field, R-rated sideshows, but if TO were a receiver in his late thirties coming off an ugly season who was famous for having beaten several sexual assault allegations instead of crying in press conferences I think he'd find it no easier to get back into the NFL.

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Owens says he was a good citizen all last year, but much to his chagrin nobody was paying attention. Which is the unfortunate side-effect of being an outstanding wide receiver/headcase for so many years—when you stop being an outstanding wide receiver, nobody's around to watch you stop being a headcase.