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T.O. Lucky Not Getting Suspension

Ask Terry Glenn about missing a random drug test and you’ll find that Terrell Owens got off quite lucky with the resolution handed down by the NFL for his missing one.  In 2001, Glenn, while with the Patriots, missed a drug test due to “communication” problems as well, he had just moved, and was promptly suspended for the first four games of the ’01 season.  This ultimately led to his being suspended by then-new head coach Bill Belichick for the entire season and traded the next year. 

Granted that was a little different than yesterday’s story, but it does show some changes in the NFL since Goodell became it’s leader.  I thought that Glenn had been dealt with a little too harshly back in 2001, as did many, but T.O. gets a little sounder treatment today because of it.  Another big difference also between then and now is the fact Glenn had tested positive in 2000 for a banned substance and was already enrolled in the substance abuse program, whereas T.O. has never tested positive for any banned substance in his 12-years playing football. 

With the recent legal and other behavioral problems across the league, T.O.’s discrepancy is quite minor and was handled with adequately.  If there had been a true problem, I sincerely doubt Jerry Jones would have continued with the handsome contract extension awarded to Owens on Tuesday, and trust me, he knew all about it prior to the signing.

According to the AP, Jones stated “…(it was) a procedural matter that was resolved last week. We were aware of all of the facts prior to Terrell’s meeting in New York and we had no reservations about extending his contract…”.  Owens will be subjected to more random drug tests during the upcoming season as a result of the missed test and could have been fined or even suspended because of it, but all involved seem satisified that it was only a phone number problem that caused the miscommunication leading to the missed test.

In other news, we can all gladly say “fairwell and good riddance” to that monster of a defensive end and tremendous competitor for the World Champion New York Giants, Michael Strahan.  So long and please, please don’t let them convince you to comeback, Michael.  Good luck to you.


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