WR Terrell Owens found himself in the middle of yet another controversy this week. Owens agreed to a request by ABC to take part in a two-minute intro to the Eagles' Monday Night Football appearance against the Dallas Cowboys. In it, Owens is shown being seduced in the Eagles locker room by nearly naked "Desperate Housewives" star Nicolette Sheridan, who drops her towel and jumps into Owens' arms.
This steamy bit of cross-promotion caught heat from people who thought it was inappropriate for Monday Night Football. Those people, ironically enough, included ABC's partner, the NFL. "ABC's opening was inappropriate and unsuitable for our Monday Night Football audience," league spokesman Greg Aiello said.
"While ABC may have gained attention for one of its other shows, the NFL and its fans lost."
Owens, who was not paid for the intro, had the complete endorsement of the Eagles to do the spot. In fact, a member of the club's media relations staff was present for the entire filming, which took 40 takes. But after seeing the negative reaction it got from both the league and morally sensitive viewers, the Eagles did an abrupt about-face.
"We appreciate that ABC has taken responsibility and has apologized for the opening to Monday Night Football," read an Eagles statement that was released Tuesday night. "It is normal for teams to cooperate with ABC in the development of an opening for its broadcast. But after seeing the final piece, we wish it hadn't aired."
Asked how the promo came about, Owens said he was asked to do it by Eagles media relations assistant Bob Lange, who handles media access to Owens.
"It was something Bob just kind of threw me into," he said. "I don't know how my acting was, but I can't really play football forever, you know."
Was Sheridan really naked, Owens was asked? "I'm not tellin'," he said with a wide smile.
Controversy Again: Owens' ABC Spot Catches Heat
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