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Familiar Faces In New Places

By: Brian Meador
By: Brian Meador

The week saw Terrell Owens land in Buffalo while Charles Barkley landed in the slammer.

Terrell Owens and Charles Barkley have a few things in common.  Aside from having both been coached by ECU's Mack McCarthy (Barkley while McCarthy was an assistant at Auburn, Owens played under Mack as a two sport star at UT-Chatanooga), both have played their respective sport at the highest level.  Both have achieved super-star status having not won their game's ultimate championship.  Of course, both have had their share of media and public relations disasters which landed each man in a new place over the weekend.

The Dallas Cowboys had finally had enough of T.O. so they dumped him even though they had to eat an additional $9 million in bonus money.  Despite what he and his agent Drew Rosenhaus would boast, the market was lean for the services of the aging wide receiver so he took a one year deal to play for Buffalo.  

Charles Barkley on the other hand began the weekend by turning himself in to Tent City in Phoenix to begin his three day sentence for a DUI conviction. 

Here's where they differ. 

Owens once again didn't accept responsibility for his part in yet another locker room meltdown.  He stated that he would be the same T.O. in Buffalo that he had been in Dallas over the last three years. 

Barkley on the other hand from day one, owned his DUI arrest.  He admitted he was stupid.  He said he would take the "beat down" by the public and by the law because he was guilty.  I'm not condoning drinking and driving by any stretch of the imagination.   I'm applauding him for not hiding behind lawyers and denials like so many celebrities.

After three days Barkley will walk out of jail and back to his life while Owens will be in the same place he's been stirring so uncomfortablly for the last decade.

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