Terrell Owens told GQ magazine that Jeremiah Trotter told him not to read the part of the Eagles-scripted letter the wide receiver was to read in 2005 that included an apology to Donovan McNabb.
Trotter called Owens' claim a "super lie" in a text message to The Inquirer on Wednesday night. He added, "I'm very upset with T.O."
The former Eagles linebacker also tweeted the following to Owens: "yo man y u lying to GQ Mag I never told u that call me ASAP!!!!!"
Below is an excerpt from the GQ article that will run in the February edition of the magazine that includes Owens' take on his infamous non-apology to McNabb after his much-publicized feud with the Eagles quarterback. The full story is here.
“To say I regret anything would be a slap in my grandmother’s face,” he says. “Are there some things I might do differently now? Sure.”
“Some of the things in Philadelphia.” He sits back in his chair, seeming to catalog the events in his head: proclaiming that he didn’t care what fans thought of him, the locker-room tussle with his teammate Hugh Douglas, the various flare-ups with Donovan McNabb. But definitely not his attempt to renegotiate his $49 million, heavily back-loaded contract. “I was not paid competitively, and that was that,” he says. “The teams talk about how we should keep to our end of the bargain, but then they dump you at the point at which you’d actually start earning out, and that is supposed to be okay. Why don’t they need to keep up their end?”
How about the decision not to publicly apologize to McNabb for suggesting in an interview immediately after the Eagles lost the Super Bowl that the quarterback had “got tired” on the field? For a moment, he is silent. Could he actually be on the verge of admitting he made an error?
“Well, I probably should have done...,” he begins, rubbing his hand along the contours of his massive shaved dome. Then he stops himself. “No. No. Listen, I was in the locker room before the press conference, and my team captain, Jeremiah Trotter, read through that apology they wrote for me. He got to the bottom part, the part where it had the stuff about Donovan, and he did this.” Owens snatches a piece of paper from the table and rips off the bottom three inches. “This is the team leader we’re talking about; he told me not to do it.”
His only real mistake, Owens insists, was “timing. I might not have said or done things at exactly the right moment” (though it’s hard to imagine the right time to publicly dis your QB). He concedes, after some prodding, that he lacks an essential social skill that has cost him. “I am not,” he says, “a tactful person.”