Posted by on 29 November 2005 at 11:04 am  Uncategorized
Nov 292005

Given what Terrell Owens has done to the Eagles, this comment defies belief:

Sen. Arlen Specter has accused the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles of treating Terrell Owens unfairly, and might refer the matter to the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Specter, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said at a news conference Monday in Harrisburg it was “vindictive and inappropriate” for the league and the Eagles to forbid the star wide receiver from playing and prevent other teams from talking to him.

“It’s a restraint of trade for them to do that, and the thought crosses my mind, it might be a violation of antitrust laws,” Specter said.

As an NFL spokesman said, “The arbitrator’s decision is consistent with our collective bargaining agreement, and it simply enforced the terms of the player’s contract.” True enough, but antitrust law isn’t exactly friendly to the enforcement of freely-entered contracts, now is it?

Personally, I hope that TO never plays in the NFL again… or at least that any team stupid enough to hire him (most likely Dallas) suffers the same fate as the Eagles. Talent matters in professional sports, but a pathologically fragile ego like TO’s can render even the most stunning athletic prowess utterly worthless.

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