More pen-etrating talk from T.O.

"From my teammates and everybody, even people on the East Coast, I'm getting phone calls and pages, they thought it was funny. Basically, they told me to screw the people who said negative things about me because what I did wasn't a bad thing like everybody is making it out to be. So, I think a lot of people, maybe 90 percent have my back."

Q: Were you surprised at the reaction from Monday's incident?

Owens: Kind of, sort of, just looking at the highlights and the commentary from all the broadcasters.  From my heart, I felt it was harmless, at the same time, I thought it was funny, being creative.  So, it has gotten more attention than I really expected.

Q: How does it compare to Dallas?

Owens: From a media standpoint, I think it is pretty much the same.  After you look at what I did, I think a lot of people were for it and a lot of people were against it.  But at the same time, it wouldn't be such a big deal if it weren't for the media.  I think our reaction is based on the media so I really think it was media influenced.

Q: Do you see why some people see it as disrespectful?

Owens: No I don't.  At this point, I'm still baffled by where the disrespect comes in.  Like I said, it wasn't like I made a gesture towards anybody or the team or anything.  I just signed the ball and gave it to a friend.

Q:  Any idea that this would incite things the way it has?

Owens: No, not at all.  Like I said, I was just trying to be creative. Things I have done that really have gotten so much nationwide attention were because they were different and I'm different.  I think that people who see me do these things, maybe they have something against me or don't like me. Some people can deal with it and some people can't.

Q: What's your take on the reaction from your peers and particularly the Seahawks?

Owens: From my teammates and everybody, even people on the East Coast, I'm getting phone calls and pages, they thought it was funny. Basically, they told me to screw the people who said negative things about me because what I did wasn't a bad thing like everybody is making it out to be. So, I think a lot of people, maybe percent have my back.

Q: What's your reaction to what Holmgren said?

Owens: If I was on his team I wonder how he would take it. I'm not really surprised.  My coach wasn't bothered by it.  He thought it was funny just like a lot of people. I think him (Holmgren), being on the losing end of it, makes him bitter. It's not like I'm disrespecting the game or I disrespected him.  Like I said, they are going through a tough time where they are 1-4 and they got beat in their home spot.  Obviously, he has some issues that he has to deal with.

Q:  Has the reaction been more positive or negative?

Owens: Super positive.

Q: Have you heard from the league?

Owens: At this point, no. I think they fined me for having my shirt out which was a very nit-picky thing.  I got something in my locker from the league, but I threw it away. It states on the notice that I specifically wore my shirt out during the game and I constantly tucked it in throughout the course of the game.  People were tugging on me and it just came out. And they sent me a $5,000 fine, which is nonsense. I just figured whatever that was Fed Ex'ed in my locker was the same thing.

Q: Where is the ball now?

Owens: I gave it to my man.  I don't have it. They saw me give the ball away. It's either with him or he gave it away. I'm not sure what he did with it.

 


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