Terrell Owens Gets Candid With GQ, Talks Going Broke, Shady Financial Advisers & More
It wasn’t that long ago when it seemed that wide receiver Terrell Owens had it all, even his own reality show, but then things took a turn for the worst. The ex-football player has been battling in court with his four baby mothers over child support payments, worn out his welcome all over the league, and has allegedly attempted to commit suicide twice. In this candid interview with GQ, T.O. opens up about his money troubles, being out of work, and falling out with his former BFFs Mo & Kita.
On why no team is willing to sign him:
An unnamed NFL exec said, “It’s not his knee that’s the problem; it’s his attitude. He may have been less openly divisive with the Bengals, but you can’t live down the destruction of all those years. With T.O., no matter how brilliant he can be on the field, the dark side is always lurking. You don’t know which T.O. you’re going to get, and no one is comfortable risking that.”
On how he managed to blow $80 million:
He let other people take care of things. He says his financial advisers put him in a series of risky, highly leveraged ventures that he didn’t discover until autumn 2010, when he finally demanded a full accounting.
“I hate myself for letting this happen. “I believed that they had my back when they said, ‘You take care of the football, and we’ll do the rest.’ And in the end, they just basically stole from me.”
On top of it all, a few months ago Owens says that a friend, “a guy who I’d helped when his grandmother passed,” had slowly drained one of his accounts of more than $270,000. “The bank eventually returned the money but it pretty much destroyed whatever trust in people I had left.”
On his feelings about friends:
“I don’t have no friends. I don’t want no friends. That’s how I feel.”
On his baby mama drama:
“If there’s anything I’m sorry about, it’s getting involved with all that. [I] never actually dated any of the women. One was a one-night stand, the others [were] repeat offenders. I never suspected they were the types to do what they done in the past year. They know I’m not working; they know the deal.”
On falling out with Mo & Kita after he discovered they were shopping around their own reality sh0w:
“They said they were planning to make me an executive producer, but if we were business partners, don’t you think I would have known about it?”
T.O. says that he’s trying to “find the silver lining in all this” and hopes he’ll be back on the football field next year.
For the full interview check out this month’s issue of GQ Magazine, on newsstands now.