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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:46 AM
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Terrell Owens Hospitalized: Attempted Suicide?
http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_2124...

Terrell Owens Hospitalized: Attempted Suicide?
By Mike Baron
Sep 27, 2006

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens was reportedly hospitalized Tuesday night after what is being called an allergic reaction to pain medication.

FOX News is reporting that Owens may have attempted suicide. FOX News Channel says that KDFW/Channel 4 in Dallas initially made this claim.

KTVT/Channel 11 is reporting that a woman named "Etheridge," likely Owens' publicist Kim Ethridge, called police and reported a suicide attempt. The station said Owens ingested 35 pills.

According to the Dallas Police Department incident report, Owens told police he took more than 30 pills in a suicide attempt. A news conference is scheduled for later today during "working hours."
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"This is not serious," Owens' publicist Kim Etheridge said in Wednesday's online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The AP reports that no teammates or Cowboys officials were seen entering the hospital late Tuesday night.

Owens' status for Sunday's game against Tennessee is not immediately known. He was expected to practice Wednesday for the first time since breaking the bone leading to his right ring finger a week ago Sunday night.

Developing...
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:49 AM
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1. Much as I loathe the man, I hope this wasn't the case.
It's a horrible thing to go through.

It would, however, really explain his constant need to draw attention to himself though...
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:49 AM
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2. Don't trust Fox 4 news in Dallas
Let's give this some time. However, with his past, nothing surprises me about Owens.

If this was an attempt, then he obviously needs help. I hope there aren't some Owens' haters who will revel in this news.
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:21 AM
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14. Never mind, I see that some posters are already doing this
I don't care what you think of the man; that's just sad.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:49 AM
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3. Fox news is REPULSIVE
Calling it a suicide attempt before the facts are in.

And if this guy is on pain meds, and perhaps had the meds changed -- he could very well BE having an allergic reaction!

Jaysus-H-Christ-on-a-cracker!
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:52 AM
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5. The local stations are okay. I hope it's not true. nt
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:18 AM
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12. I don't trust the local Dallas media when reporting on the Cowboys
I would rather get a definitive answer from a national source. The Dallas media revels in "bringing down the Cowboys" so to speak, and I believe the national media will be more in tune in reporting this fairly.
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PunkPop Donating Member (847 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:53 AM
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6. Well, as much as I would agree with you about anything Fox
this report is based on the DPD incident report and is being reported the same way by a number of local news orgs.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:12 AM
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10. Originally heard on MSNBC. nt
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 12:41 PM
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30. Or just took a few extra thinking it wouldn't be harmful
if the pain was severe enough

Not knowing what he was prescribed I wouldn't know what have a likelihood of having reactions. Or whether he was on other medications.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:49 AM
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4. TO has made a bunch of trouble for himself
You can't go through the weekend without hearing about an hour of trash talking about him.

He is ruined in football.
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 08:53 AM
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7. More info here:
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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:01 AM
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8. Yea, it's the headline story on ESPN.com
Edited on Wed Sep-27-06 09:10 AM by cboy4
He played for my 49ers, so I still love him.

Update.....Dallas Cowboys holding 2:30pm Eastern news conference.

By TODD ARCHER / The Dallas Morning News

Dallas Cowboys star receiver Terrell Owens swallowed prescription pain medication Tuesday night in an apparent attempt to harm himself, according to a Dallas Police Department report released Wednesday morning.

A source who spoke to WFAA-TV called it a suicide attempt.

The police report says the complainant stated that he was depressed and that he had emptied a bottle of pain pills and was trying to harm himself, the report said.
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:23 AM
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17. Yes, I think it's best to wait for the press conference
Too much speculation and running around by the local twits reporting this in the Metroplex. I'm hoping we'll learn something definitive then.
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:03 AM
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9. Gosh, I wish people would leave TO alone
Suicide attempts are a cry for help and that's what he needs right now.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 12:42 PM
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31. I don't like TO but he doesn't need this happening
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:16 AM
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11. Brilliant!!!
TO is the master of generating personal publicity. This episode is sure to net him another couple million when it comes time for his publicist to write and sell his memoirs.
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LordLovesAWorkingMan Donating Member (272 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 11:06 AM
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28. In the world of super-macho athletes, this is maybe worse than death
A pro athlete losing face like this? Having to admit (as many have suspected) that he's probably bipolar?

Doesn't play well at the clubs.

Let me say that many, many people owe Owens an apology if he is diagnosed with mental disease.
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Blue_Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 01:15 PM
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34. yep, there's more going on here than
showboating. I don't really care what the hell is happening in football since I it's not something I watch, but when you hear this guy's name everytime the tube is on, it's not hard to get familiar with him. I feel sorry for him.
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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:19 AM
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13. Is he allergic to the meds or to suicide?
Maybe he's allergic to football.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:22 AM
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15. I certainly wish him well
As a 49er fan, I am still grateful to him for his years of service to our team. I'll put my personal feelings about him aside.
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:23 AM
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16. DMN: Owens stated that he was depressed , wanted to "harm himself"

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestne...

The police report says the complainant stated that he was depressed and that he had emptied a bottle of pain pills and was trying to harm himself, the report said. Owens was transported to Baylor University Medical Center.

According to the KTVT-TV, doctors treated him by attempting to induce vomiting. The police report said he was treated for a drug overdose.

Last week, according to Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, Owens had a reaction to the pain medicine he was given following surgery in which a plate was inserted into his right hand to stabilize a fractured fourth metacarpal. Parcells said Owens became ill and could not work out, but he was improved the next day.

Earlier Tuesday, Parcells said Owens would practice some today and he had not ruled Owens out from playing Sunday at Tennessee. Owens was wearing a bone growth simulator Tuesday to help the healing process. According to Parcells, the swelling in Owens hand had gone down, and the biggest challenge for Owens would be handling the pain of catching passes.

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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:31 AM
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18. Next on Oprah, Dr. Phil, ET, People, SI: Cowboys star Terrell Owens and
his personal struggle.
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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:37 AM
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20. Your comments are really ugly.
The man is in the hospital.
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:55 AM
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22. Public personalities are entitled public opinions
Frankly I think T.O. belongs in a museum. Keeping so many people preoccupied with what would be just inane antics if other were performing them.
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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 10:10 AM
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23. He is first and foremost a human being. The ridiculous way he behaves
for his employers and with some team members is hardly a reason to mock a reported suicide attempt.

Sorry.
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Muddy75 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 10:22 AM
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25. Just wondering what your thoughts would be if it

was Bush, instead of TO? I agree - public people are entitled to public opinions, however harsh they may be.

Wow. 1st post.
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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 10:29 AM
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26. If the idiot in the White House was in the hospital for a suicide attempt,
as hard as it might be to believe, I would not be celebrating.

I'm saving all my celebration for January 20, 2009 when he finally takes his ass back to Crawford where it belongs.

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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 11:00 AM
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27. Just a fact. The media will seek him out just like Ricky Williams
with his pot and Paxil problems.
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RobinA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 12:51 PM
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33. TV Shows
I've wondered for awhile if this guy is bipolar. Frankly, if a black, male sports star would come out as having a mental illness and being treated for it, it wouldn't be a bad thing. Mental health awareness is even worse among adult men and African Americans than it is in the general population. Some prominent men have come out with depression, but most of them have been in the media (flakes, anyway, to the general population). A manly man like T.O. might do wonders for outreach.

Sorry to sound calculating, but I'm in mental health and I've seen the havoc wreaked when it isn't treated.
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Ganja Ninja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:32 AM
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19. I thought the allergic reaction story sounded fishy.
The guy had his operation over a week ago. Why would he have an allergic reaction now when he's been doing fine for a week on the stuff?
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 12:44 PM
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32. They may have given him a different prescription
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:55 AM
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21. If it's true that he took 35 pills
Edited on Wed Sep-27-06 09:58 AM by rocknation
Well, he couldn't can't HELP but have an allergic reaction.

:(
rocknation
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 10:21 AM
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24. Is it wrong to say his nickname is now T.O.D.?
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 11:14 AM
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29. Well, it's better than TO-DOA.
:(
rocknation
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 02:40 PM
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36. He's on CNN, looking well and bright-eyed
took two pills, then maybe two more
Kim ( his wife or S.O., I guess) was concerned and called 9/11
but he is fine
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 03:17 PM
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37. "Painkillers combined with the supplements"..."body is so clean"
Edited on Wed Sep-27-06 03:19 PM by rainbow4321
Hmmmm...

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestne...

Asked why he told Dallas police that he had tried to harm himself, Owens said, At this point, I really wasnt as coherent as they probably thought I was. There was a number of people asking me a lot of questions.

Owens said he left practice Tuesday and took some pain medication for his injured hand. He had placed some recently prescribed pain pills in a drawer, which may have led his publicist, Kim Etheredge, to believe he had taken them all when she found the empty bottle, he said.

Terrell was not coherent to speak, she said. The reason I called 911 is because he was not in his normal responsive state. He had had a long day, came home and had some treatment. Again, he takes many supplements. Hes trying to get back on the field. He was in a lot of pain when he came home from work. She also denied the suicide report, contending that the painkillers combined with the supplements that are part of his training regimen caused an adverse reaction.

"Here's a person whose body is so clean, it really had a negative reaction to the medication and supplements he was taking," Etheredge said. "Thank goodness someone was there to call an ambulance


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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:31 PM
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38. What was she doing going through Terrell's drawers in first place?
:evilgrin:
rocknation
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aaronbees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:51 PM
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39. Something strangely satisfying and amusing about seeing the media circus
have to double back, spin around and collect itself in all of this. This morning on Cowherd it seemed like TO's epitaph was practically written; now on ESPN radio it's been potshots at his publicist all night long ... what a joke. I know TO is a knucklehead in many ways, but the media blathering on if he so much as sneezes wrong is just silly. I'm glad Terrell Owens is okay.
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6000eliot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 12:00 AM
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40. The NY news described him as "flamboyant."
Could that be code for something?
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yowzayowzayowza Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 10:58 AM
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41. Pathological intoxication.
Been around folkz having reactions like this to the anti-depressant Ativan. A very small amt can cause amnesia. They cannot remember if they already took the med, thereby taking too many ... even to the point of wondering why the script just filled is empty. After these sorts of episodes they remember nada.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 11:27 AM
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42. T.O.
have we as a nation,gone mad,the mad mans war is what is important?Bush and his crooks are killing men and women everyday,and the press pretend they care about TO,more bs to keep americans minds off a great tragedy,the destruction of our planet by mad men in high places.
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