T.O. Speaks: The Football Star Talks To GQ About His Legal Issues And His Falling Out With Mo And Kita


We haven’t heard much from Terrell Owens since his show ended this past summer, although there have been a few reports of health scares and legal woes that have cropped up here and there. T.O. spoke to GQ recently to clear up all the rumors and reports we’ve heard, in addition to answering questions about football. Check out the clip above to hear T.O.’s thoughts on who he thinks are some of the best players in the game, and keep reading after the jump for more personal details from the interview, including concerns about his mental health, and his recently soured relationship with his publicists Mo and Kita.

One of the first things T.O. addresses is his eponymous show on VH1. He did it, he says “to expose a new audience, a more female audience, to me as a human being beyond the macho sports personality.” Co-producer of the show Jesse Ignjatovic also said T.O. opened up more than any other celebrity he’s ever worked with on reality TV, something you’re familiar with if you’ve ever watched the show and seen the man’s tears star flowing. “I can’t imagine another NFL player who would let us film while he told his mother, who relied on him, that he was going broke, someone who wouldn’t hold back tears while he stood there in her kitchen.”

He also addresses his money troubles which stem from being too trusting with financial advisers and lawyers who steered him in the wrong direction. “I hate myself for letting this happen. I believed that they had my back when they said, ‘You take care of the football, and we’ll do the rest.’ And in the end, they just basically stole from me.” He’s also being taken to court by all four women with whom he has children. GQ writer Nancy Hass explains that he currently owes $44,600 a month in child support, and when he tried to reduce the amount he pays, three of the four women took him to court. He says “If there’s anything I’m sorry about, it’s getting involved with all that” and admits that he’s “not a very good judge of character,” though he “never suspected they were the types to do what they done in the past year.”

The article also touches on the sad, bleak upbringing T.O. had, raised by a distant and alcoholic grandmother, and not knowing who his real father was until he was 11. While he says he’s not clinically depressed, “that doesn’t mean I don’t get real down. I’m human; that’s what people don’t realize. I may be a public figure, but really, I’m just like a guy who could be in your family and have some difficult things happen to him.” Still, he denies that his recent trip to the hospital was a suicide attempt, saying it was just a misunderstanding after he took a couple of Ambien. Unfortunately, he does admit that he’s no longer close to Mo and Kita, after finding out they were trying to create a reality show of their own. “They said they were planning to make me an executive producer, but if we were business partners, don’t you think I would have known about it?” You can read the full story over at GQ.com. To be honest, it’s a little depressing, but per his own philosophy, he has absolutely no regrets.

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