T.O. gets gang-tackled on 'Dr. Phil'

Former football star receiver gets a grilling by three women who mothered his children

Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens (Getty Images / July 31, 2010)

Those who have followed his career know that Terrell Owens is seldom at a loss for words, even if he's doing situps in the driveway.

But the former star NFL receiver, best known as T.O., was shut down by three women — all mothers of children he fathered — on Tuesday's "Dr. Phil" show.

In accusing him of not keeping up with his child-support payments and not seeing the kids nearly enough, the ladies did a better job than a field full of Rod Woodsons in not allowing Owens free.

Dr. Phil McGraw, who expressed admiration for Owens as a player, also delivered some Brian Dawkins-type hits to the receiver, who certainly didn't enhance his chances of getting back into the NFL — at least with teams who value character.

The show was probably a ratings-getter for Dr. Phil because there may not be a more potent set of elements than the NFL, sex, confrontation and scandal.

Despite making millions in his career, Owens admitted he didn't have enough money for all of the child-support payments, which is presumably why he was on the show in the first place: to get a check.

One of the women said he blew a lot of the dough on lawyers trying to fight the child-support payments.

Dr. Phil suggested he wasted his money on material possessions.

"Anybody who knows me knows I don't live an extravagant life," Owens said.

The show offered a possible explanation — or excuse — for Owens' behavior when he talked about his own absentee father.

"I didn't have a dad for the majority of my life," Owens said. "I didn't know who my dad was until I was 10 or 12, and surprising as it may seem, he lived right across the street from me. Yes, I did [have a void in my life]."

McGraw then lectured Owens, saying that he could be a "powerful role model" for his kids.

"You have an opportunity because it's not too late," McGraw told Owens. "You have an opportunity to not allow your kids not to get caught up in the middle of this. … It's going to change who you are."

The disappointment for those who were watching on CBS3 is that the station jumped right to the start of its 5 o'clock news program without showing the end of the show, which concluded — according to an Internet report — with Owens reuniting with his two daughters, kissing them, and telling them he loved them.


I happened to be there at Blue Ridge Country Club last week for the Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament when ESPN's Matt Millen was informed of Junior Seau's suicide.

Millen doesn't buy into the theory that head trauma triggered the suicidal thoughts of Seau.

He said that some guys simply are unable to make the adjustment to life without football and told of some of his own struggles.

As for Seau, Millen said: "I had heard that Junior was struggling and guys do go through a lot when they're done. You just wonder why he didn't try to get help.