Shutdown Corner

Terrell Owens faces the mothers of his kids on ‘Dr. Phil’

MJD
Shutdown Corner

There's never been a shortage of fans who dislike Terrell Owens, and I'm sure there are many folks out there who would like to see him experience some kind of discomfort.

To this group, I offer the following clips of Terrell Owens spending Tuesday afternoon confronted by three women, the mothers of children fathered by Owens and angry that they didn't receive their child support payments, in front of a live audience and Dr. Phil.

The erstwhile TV shrink started the program by going fairly easy on Owens, saying that he's always been a fan of T.O.'s exploits on the field and reading Owens' foreword to a children's book: "To my children, may my life serve as an example to you."

However, that simply served to paint Owens in a more negative light later. When the first mother came out and said that Owens had only seen her child a total of 12 times in her life. "He doesn't call, he doesn't send Christmas gifts," the woman identified as "Kimber" said.

"The thing is, with me traveling back and forth, I don't have a set schedule," Owens said. He then added, "Pretty much 90 percent of the time every time I've reached out [to these women], it's been a bad time."

Seems understandable ... from the point of view of the women.

Owens admitted to fathering four children with four different women and being "irresponsible in that regard."

Mom No. 2, "Melanie," said that she and her daughter rarely see Owens at all. Owens' response: The last planned visit was scuttled because Melanie insisted that Owens pay for her plane ticket as well as her daughter's. Mom No. 3, "Monique" admitted that her pregnancy was an "oops kind of thing" and said that Owens agreed to increase her child support payments from $6,000 to $12,000 after she agreed to allow the child's appearance in public with T.O. to improve his general perception.

At the end of the "Dr. Phil" program, Owens met with two of his children, told them that he loved them, and promised to take them to Magic Mountain.


It was a sad and confusing debacle, made all the more so by Owens' recollection of his relationship with his own father. "It made me sad," Owens said of his own father, who never came to his games. "I didn't know who my daddy was until I was 10 or 12. Surprising as it may seem, he was living right across the street."

The answer may be obvious when it comes to ending that perpetuation, but the person in the picture has to feel it in his heart.

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