|Terrell Owens cut by Texas indoor football team, loses ownership share|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, May 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm ET
Terrell Owens Profile
Terrell Owens' downward football spiral took another negative turn today as he was cut by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.
The controversial former NFL wide receiver didn't want to play in upcoming away games and refusing to show up for a scheduled appearance at a local children's hospital, according to the team.
"It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important...that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards," team president and co-owner Tommy Benizio said. "The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for Mr. Owens was his no-show to a scheduled appearance at a local children's hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches. It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers' organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance."
Owens caught 35 passes for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games with the Wranglers.
Added team owner Jon Frankel: "Our fans are amongst the best in the league and it is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player's lack of effort both on and off the field. We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community. It's disappointing and unfortunate, but he could no longer be tolerated by the Wrangler organization."
Owens, 38, hasn't been able to get back in the NFL since his last stint with the Cincinnati Bengals two seasons ago.
He tore his anterior cruciate ligament and then agent Drew Rosenhaus set up a workout for Owens to showcase his recovery. However, no teams have shown interest in the former All-Pro wideout.
Owens has caught 1,078 career passes for 15,934 yards and 156 touchdowns.
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