T.O. still plans NFL return amid woes
Terrell Owens insisted Friday he is neither broke, nor finished in the NFL.
It was a timely declaration, given the gaggle of irate ex-lovers chasing the fallen football star for child support.
The last installment in the Terrell Owens soap opera was played out on Tuesday's "Dr. Phil" show, where he was confronted by the mothers of three of his four children over dwindling child support payments and his lack of time for his kids.
The 38-year-old conceded in a radio interview Friday that much of the $80-$100 million he earned during his career was "stolen and mismanaged," but he denied suggestions he'd blown the lot.
He also revealed plans to rekindle his NFL career.
"I'm not broke," the six-time Pro Bowler told 790 AM in Atlanta. "My broke, for the normal person, is not their broke."
"My circumstances have changed. That means I don't make the same amount of money that I used to make. ... I'm not an extravagant-living-type person. I didn't blow my money," Owens went on, according to a transcript from Sportsradiointerviews.com.
According to reports, at least three properties owned by Owens have gone into foreclosure. In court documents filed last November, Owens argued his lack of income, combined with the child-support payments to four women, had led him into dire financial straits.
He told "Dr. Phil" he had been paying nearly $45,000 a month to the women.
Owens, who did not play in the NFL last season, signed in January with a team in the obscure Indoor Football League for a reported salary of $250,000-$500,000. He maintained Friday he still believes he can make it back to the NFL in 2012.
"I know I can still play. I'm working out every week," said Owens, who became known during his career for clashing with his teams' quarterbacks.
"The things that have happened throughout the course of my career, I was younger then, and I made mistakes. We all do."
Owens, who ranks second all-time with 15,934 receiving yards, had knee surgery after the 2010 season and drew little interest from teams in 2011.