T.O.: Broke, lonely, “in hell”

Atlanta-connected former famous footballer Terrell Owens is in the news again.

Of course, it’s not good news.

T.O.’s got money problems, among other troubles, according to a piece in GQ.

The once-electric wideout earned $80 million over a career marked by both accomplishment and controversy, but now, he says, he’s broke.

He’s also friendless and apparently despondent, living in an apartment in L.A.

Those money troubles, he says, stem from bad business decisions _ investments made at the suggestion of those presumed to be knowledgeable and operating in his best interests.

T.O. says he was never a big spender himself.

Now 38, he’s still aching for a comeback, on and off the field.

244 comments Add your comment

strontiamdog

January 25th, 2012
10:05 am

strontiamdog

January 25th, 2012
10:05 am

what an idiot

Pat

January 25th, 2012
10:07 am

Bad things happen to bad people. Screw him.

Ron Burgundy

January 25th, 2012
10:08 am

This story proves there is a God!

BG

January 25th, 2012
10:10 am

Yea player!!

Sid Vicious

January 25th, 2012
10:11 am

The only notes that really count are the ones that come in wads…”Cash for Chaos” as they say…Once the cash is gone, join the rest of us and work for a living…

Kyle

January 25th, 2012
10:12 am

You reap what you sow. Maybe if he would have had once ounce of humility and been responsible for himself he would be in a better place. If you give control of your money over other people you have not excuse for being surprised when it is gone. Take responsibility for yourself.

As for him not having any friends, he said in the interview he didn’t want any.

Even at this stage in his life all his problems are other people fault. That has been and always will be his downfall. He is completely selfish and self absorbed and has no intention of actually being a responsible adult. If he didn’t want to pay all this child support he should have been responsible and not had four children with four different women.

Notice a theme in all his problems yet?

trizzle

January 25th, 2012
10:13 am

I dont feel bad for him. There is no reason under the sun that someone should go thru 80 million dollars like that. Even if you plan to invest some money, you still make sure you have something in the whole if that should go bad. You dont put all your eggs in one basket. Greed is the other reason he failed. 80 million isn’t enough? Really? You can’t spend all that money in your lifetime, not resonalbly. *shaking my head*

Mark Richt

January 25th, 2012
10:14 am

How bout them Dawgs!

OedipusTax

January 25th, 2012
10:15 am

TO earned 80 million, but still claims to be a victim. His jewelry alone at one time was legendary. Don’t we all see that no matter how much money one has, that moral values and good conduct pay off? No amount of money ever makes up for the mindset where a “give-me-more” mentality exists. TO is in a fix because he’s acted like a prick. There’s no evidence that he’ll stop acting like a prick.

Where did he spend $80mill?

January 25th, 2012
10:15 am

I don’t wish anything negative on TO, but the fact that he has made over $80 million dollars and spent it does not sit well with me. I don’t feel sorry for him. That’s alot of money that he was blessed with. And I’m sorry, he may not believe that what he has been spending was excessive or lavish, but his bank account says otherwise. Oh well, hopefully he can find something off field to make a living like the rest of us! Good luck TO!

Fellow Man

January 25th, 2012
10:16 am

He is not a bad person. And why step on one when he is down. Because he made lots of money and now does not have it? Get real!

BG

January 25th, 2012
10:17 am

Jimmy Ron el Guapo

January 25th, 2012
10:18 am

Ain’t Karma a bitch!

TG

January 25th, 2012
10:22 am

Wow, karma is a mofo. I wish I could feel sympathy for him, but I just can’t. A horrible person who is having a hard time. It’s hard to shed tears. Maybe he will learn from all this.

Bryan G.

January 25th, 2012
10:23 am

I guess he no longer just “loves me some me?”

Boo Freaking Hoo

January 25th, 2012
10:23 am

And we should feel sorry for him….WHY?

Buckhead Betty

January 25th, 2012
10:24 am

Doesn’t he star in a VH1 reality show? How much money does he make from that?
Sorry, but there are plenty of people out here struggling to pay rent who weren’t blessed with having $80 million in the bank at one time. And stop having children you can’t afford.

joe in tucker

January 25th, 2012
10:24 am

From the original 1587 quote -

“If they pay a penie or two pence more for the reddinesse of them..let them looke to that, a foole and his money is soone parted.”

Gawgaboi

January 25th, 2012
10:26 am

It’s funny to me how judgmental people are about “people and “things” they don’t know. Yes 80 million dollars is alot of money but to blackball an individual from a game and not allowing him to earn a living the way he has for years isn’t right. Remember these guys would not behave the way they do. if we as “fans” did not put so much stock in professional sports and all that comes with it. Just something to think about.

DBH

January 25th, 2012
10:26 am

I haven’t read the GQ piece, but simply taking into account this brief AJC write-up, I would suggest that it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that Owens might very well attempt to “resolve” all these matters by killing himself. His is yet another testament to the reality of the ills and evils of this world and how, when we allow them to inculcate us in the wrong way, we reap the devastating consequences. Regardless of his faults, failures and poor decision-making, I will be in prayer for him.

Pat

January 25th, 2012
10:27 am

Fellow Man, do you know T.O.???

rllm

January 25th, 2012
10:29 am

What a bunch of snarkie people. I am sure this man made bad decisions but there is another saying. Don’t kick someone when they are down. Just thing there but for the grace of God go I. Talk about casting stones. Try some kind cliches for awhile.
I hope I never the jerk who sits in front of a computer hoping to be first at something. This is the definition of a loser.

Hamad Meander

January 25th, 2012
10:29 am

Just think about this. If he had squirreled away $3.5 million, he would be bringing in $10,000 a month after taxes. That’s way more than most of us bring home and a small percentage of what he made in his career. Don’t forgot though, that even though he was paid $80,000,000 during his career, half of that went to taxes and his agent. But basically my point is that EVERYONE, no matter their income level, should invest (in an account they control) 10% of their income for the day there isn’t an income anymore.

Blair Cook

January 25th, 2012
10:30 am

And now T.O. can EAT a LOT of HUMBLE PIE! Be HUMBLE before you STUMBLE!

rick

January 25th, 2012
10:31 am

Gawga…….you should’ve just stopped at “Yes 80 million dollars is a lot of money”. There’s no shock to this matter. He’s a typical arrogant immature person, you get what you deserve. If he earned $160M he would’ve blew that as well. What’s the difference to them, nothing. No need to defend him man.

sugarpikegang

January 25th, 2012
10:31 am

If he worked in the NFL for 12 years or more he is a veteran. That makes him eligible for a really sizable pension from the NFLPA. At 12 years vested in the NFL, his pension will kick in well for him at 55 years of age. In the meantime, get a job!

Ron

January 25th, 2012
10:32 am

Whooooooo cares? It always cracks me up to see these thu g athletes buy 10 cars, 4 houses, lots of guns, and as much gold as possible and then cry about being broke. The NFL even offers classes/courses on how to manage your money. Guess they don’t attend.

Mzsan

January 25th, 2012
10:33 am

And we should care because???? Note: It’s called KARMA!!!

timbo

January 25th, 2012
10:36 am

I witnessed him absolutely lose his mind at a bar once because someone bumped into him. I was with friends, and he walks in with his ‘posse’. They are all hanging out at the bar, talking with any woman that got close, and his ‘posse’ kept asking folks ‘do you know who this is’. He was an arrogant jerk, loud, obnoxious, and quite full of himself. Some guy was trying to get to the bar to order a drink, and he accidently bumped into him. TO jumps up and shoves the guy, screaming at him that he needs to be careful. Total roid rage.

Jai

January 25th, 2012
10:38 am

Does he have children that he doesn’t take care of? If so, there you go….

ASHCAN.

January 25th, 2012
10:39 am

Open your eyes people,can’t you see that this is a frame.T.O is not broke,why???? because he have too much pride to put it out there like that.There’s motive behind this.He knows he is hated by a lot of people,fans ect…and knew if he put it out there someone would grab a hold of it and try to murder him with words.Why do you think they posted he’s broke and made a blog out of it???

JROLL1

January 25th, 2012
10:40 am

AWWWWWWWWWWWWW POOR BABY!!!!!!! CAN WE TAKE UP A COLLECTION FOR THIS BIG DUMMY!

yoyoyo

January 25th, 2012
10:40 am

maybe he should have invested in Orville Redenbacher, bitch’s…….

bigdawg

January 25th, 2012
10:41 am

who cares

January 25th, 2012
10:44 am

Really, who cares about that egotistical idiot?

bob

January 25th, 2012
10:47 am

War Eagle!!

and I hear the Falcons are hiring…

Jackets21

January 25th, 2012
10:47 am

What a sad, sad story. NOT. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving scumbag.

blkshepherd

January 25th, 2012
10:48 am

Fellow Man what are you doing to help TO out?

hmm where are TOs friends in the Football arena? where is all of his hommies?
Pray for Him DBH? Let me understand this. He lost his 80 million dollar fortune. When he was riding high did he even stop to help anyone that may could have used his help. I bet if you walked up to him when he had his 80million and asked for five dollars I can just imagine what his response was.
So we PRAY FOR HIM because he is now broke? Did you Pray for him when he was 80million dollars richer and partying? Oh no..he didnt Need your Prayers then. You wasnt Praying for him then. I didnt hear you come on when he was riding high saying I will PRay for TO then. HYPOCRITE!

Funny No one Prays for anyone when they sign million dollar contracts I dont hear any of you come on here saying I will PRAY for them. But when they hit hard times then you goonies come on here wanting a sympathy prayer. “I will Pray for so and so..” Oh GOOD GRIEF…Dont just pray for them when they fall pray for them when they are ON ToP. oh my bad. They dont NEED YOUR PRAYERS then. silly me. I forgot. Thats exactly why I pray EVERYDAY. when times are GOOD as well as BAD.

Josh

January 25th, 2012
10:49 am

Funny, we only claim Karma when there’s clear “evidence” like this. What about all of the people who are rich, selfish jerks and nothing bad happens to them? Or the people who are really good and generous and nothing good happens to them? Karma? I don’t think so. Foolishness and really selfish poor decisions? More likely. When you live like all that matters is the next 30 minutes and not the next 30 years this is what happens.

rick

January 25th, 2012
10:51 am

If the guy earned $160M……..we would’ve been reading this same article. I can do a lot more with $5M than TO does with 80. Doing more with less.

BigDawg

January 25th, 2012
10:51 am

He can room with Mike Tyson!

Puma

January 25th, 2012
10:55 am

I know no-one has sympathy for TO and its understandable, hey at least he has a roof over his head. I think, and this totally has no medical foundation, that he has some type of mental disorder, the dude just never made sense when I heard him talking. Either way though, he’s probably still better off than me who is drowning in student loan debt.

Captain Obvious

January 25th, 2012
10:56 am

An apartment in LA? No money? Here’s an idea…how about move to a city where renting an apartment doesn’t cost more than a typical mortgage does per month!!!!!

whocares

January 25th, 2012
10:58 am

with all the cars, jewelry he had & he says he was not a big spender what a liar & jerk like ppl say Karma is a bitch if you are a bitch

tardawg

January 25th, 2012
10:59 am

SAD, this happens to a lot of sport superstars, surround themselves with to many people who think are friends but when the money is gone so are they, but that’s with a lot of people, and not being taught to handle sucess.

4dabirds

January 25th, 2012
11:00 am

Don’t worry about T.O.,he’ll get another opportunity to do something. He’s not the first to blow all of his money, and to blame it on others. Just hope that he has learned a valuable life lesson.

Also, T.O. has not been black balled from playing in the NFL. He’s 38 and for a WR that’s ancient, not to mention he is coming off an ACL injury that takes time to recover from. Your asking a lot of any team to take a chance on you at this point. If he can show a change in his persona, then look for some team to give him a tryout. He’ll also be in the HOF one day, and he’ll probably get a book deal at some point. He needs to quit feeling sorry for himself, and to get his emotions in check, and start seeing what his options are, because he still has some.

It’s easy for any of us to bash this guys, but it has been apparent that he has been unstable at times. Many just don’t like him for being brash, but he was a huge star that came from humble beginnings. Many of us don’t know what that is like, or how we’d handle that sort of success. So why throw stones?

PoliticalMan

January 25th, 2012
11:00 am

TO is one person who noone could give a darn about. What a disgusting human being.

DBH

January 25th, 2012
11:01 am

@blkshepherd: No, you don’t pray for him because he lost $80M. You pray for him because he obviously has some deep-rooted issues of the HEART that go far beyond anything that having money could have solved, such as feelings of “loneliness” and a sense that you’re “in hell.” The amount of money that Owens once had only masked the reality of the true condition of his heart, which is the “real you” resides in each of us. The truth is that Owens was always “broke”, he just didn’t know it. Now he does, and I pray he finally comes to realize that TRUE wealth is not financial, because once it’s gone – and it will be someday for even the wealthiest of individuals – it’s gone. The question then is, “Now what?” And, unfortunately, Owens is now having to answer that question for himself.

War Eagle

January 25th, 2012
11:01 am

Move back to Alexander City, Alabama and try to make something of your life there. All the talk in the world proves to be worthless. Don’t blame others for your mistakes. Take responsibility for your own actions and turn your world around. You left there with nothing, now return with nothing. Grow up and be a man.