After Joshua Morgan went down with a fractured ankle yesterday, an injury which will require surgery and could possibly land Morgan on the injured reserve list, many brought up free agent Terrell Owens as a possible 49ers addition — either seriously or because they were bored.
The list of reasons for the Niners not to bring T.O. back is long, with these reasons at the top:
1. He recently underwent ACL surgery.
2. He’ll be 38 in two months.
3. He’s an insufferable jackass whose very existence will lead to an increase in media attention for all the wrong reasons.
And according to TMZ, you can probably add “he’s a suicide risk” to that list. Since TMZ’s report is relatively short, here’s the whole thing so you aren’t tempted to click away from BASG and look at a photo of bloated Christina Aguilera.
Emergency officials were responding to a call about a possible prescription pill overdose when they were dispatched to the L.A. apartment where Terrell Owens was staying last week … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
As we first reported, Owens was transported by ambulance to an L.A. hospital Thursday night. Cops were also dispatched to investigate — and spoke with T.O. at the hospital.
Owens has since been released.
A rep for Owens had no comment on the matter.
T.O. was famously hospitalized back in 2006 — when he insisted he had a bad reaction to painkillers … despite reports that he tried to commit suicide by inhaling 35 Vicodin pills.
T.O. later held a news conference on the matter and stated, “The rumor of me taking 35 pills, I think is absurd. I don’t think I would be here if I had taken 35 pills.”
When it comes to suicide attempts and/or pill overdoses, you only get one before it’s thought of as a pattern of self-destructive behavior. And “self-destructive behavior” is as mildly as one can describe a situation like this. It’s not like Owens is in Michael Jackson territory, but repeated cries for help usually end badly if they go unheeded.
Forget when T.O.’s going to play again, or what team would sign him. If you’re a believer in the smoke = fire theory, he doesn’t need a physical therapist, he needs a therapist therapist.
Since the 49ers need someone at the position who can practice immediately and suit up in five days, Owens was never a realistic option. Whenever Owens is faced with the realization that he no longer has any options, either in the NFL or via reality television, his safety may depend on having someone around who will steer him toward the help he needs.