T.O.: Don't pity me over financial woes

Wide receiver Terrell Owens said he doesn't want people to feel sorry for him over the fact that he has lost millions of dollars in his NFL career.

"Absolutely not," he said when asked if anyone should feel sorry for him in an ESPN Radio interview in Dallas.

Owens, who last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, had told GQ Magazine that he was broke, but said on ESPN Radio via the Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday that he should have taken better care of his millions.

Owens acknowledged that he has lost a lot of money but doubted that the figure was the reported $80 milllion, he says, because there were a couple of contracts he signed that he did not play out until the end.

Any any event, he said he himself is partially to blame for not keeping a closer eye on those who handled his finances.

"It's partially my fault because I didn't manage and I wasn't [as] on top of my financial people as I should have [been]. Again, who's to say how much I lost? Have I lost money? Yeah. Was it $80 million? I doubt it. But at the same time, I feel like this is a situation for me to go out and speak and let a lot of guys know that are coming into the National Football League, or any league for that matter . . . When you have financial advisers that you're dealing with and that are on their team that are supposed to be taking care of their finances . . .

"I fell victim to the fact that they were all about, you know, go out and play football, concentrate on football, we're going to take care of your financial business. I really trusted them that that's what they were going to be doing and that's not what happened. And when I found out it was too late."

Owens is scheduled to make his Indoor Football League debut soon with the Allen Wranglers, a team he is also part owner of.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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