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TFD: Terrell Owens released by Indoor Football League team after hospital visit no-show

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional football Updated: May 29, 2012 - 5:19 PM

It's hard to say with absolute certainty that the football career of Terrell Owens has reached rock bottom. But it can be said with certainty that rock bottom is visible from the Indoor Football League waiver wire. And that's where T.O. is after being released by the Allen Wranglers (which is apparently an IFL team and not a cunning bunch of Chad Allen groupies, as we previously suspected). From a press release posted by the team on its web site (our bold):

Owens joined the team in February and recently made it clear that he had no intentions of playing in the team's upcoming crucial away games in Nebraska and Everett.

Due to his high profile status and his accomplishments in the NFL, the Wranglers signed Owens with high expectations of positive things for the team, the league and the community. Unfortunately, the team's ownership does not believe that these expectations have been met.

“It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important ... that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards," stated team President and Co-Owner Tommy Benizio. ”The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for Mr. Owens was his no – show to a scheduled appearance at a local children's hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches. It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers' organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance.”

If this is how it ends -- with Owens suckering a desperate franchise in an off-brand league into trusting him, only to punch that team in the gut when the season is on the line -- then so be it.

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