Mar. 2, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Football player Terrell Owens in attendance of the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Clippers at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Clippers 81-78. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
After he was unable to find an NFL team willing to take him on, Terrell Owens turned to the Indoor Football League for work. The IFL is a 2nd or 3rd tier indoor league and the team he signed was based in Allen, Texas. So if he thought Buffalo was a small market, the 84,000 people who live in Allen, Texas must appear to barely exist.
Apparently, that's how TO treated things and the Wranglers decided to cut him and strip him of the ownership share he had been given as part of the package to sign.
"Our fans are amongst the best in the league, and it is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player's lack of effort both on and off the field," Wranglers owner John Frankel said in a statement released to ESPNDallas.com. "We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community."
Owens contract didn't even require him to play every game, but the team apparently wanted him to play in a pair of road games that will decide whether they make the playoffs or not. He refused. They also had scheduled a visit to a children's hospital. He didn't show up.
"It's disappointing and unfortunate," Frankel said of releasing Owens, "but [he] could no longer be tolerated by the Wrangler organization."
So just add the Allen Wranglers to the list of teams that have unceremoniously dropped Owens because can't stand to have him around.