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Flamboyant receiver attempts suicide, police say
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By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) _ Flamboyant Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens tried to kill himself by overdosing on pain medication, even putting two more pills into his mouth after a friend intervened, according to a police report obtained Wednesday.
The report said Owens was asked by rescue workers "if he was attempting to harm himself, at which time (he) stated, `Yes.'"
The Dallas police report said the 32-year-old Owens told his friend "that he was depressed." Details of the police report were first reported by WFAA-TV.
Police Lt. Rick Watson said during a brief news conference that he could only confirm that paramedics called police to say they were taking Owens to the hospital. He said no more details would come from the police because no laws were broken.
"This is a high-profile person. We looked into it and we determined it is not a criminal offense," Watson said.
According to the police report, Dallas Fire and Rescue was called regarding someone "attempting suicide by prescription pain medication."
Owens was hospitalized late Tuesday because of what his publicist said was an allergic reaction to pain medicine he was taking for a broken hand. Doctors reportedly tried to induce vomiting.
Owens, one of the league's top receivers during his 11-year NFL career, is best known for wild stunts on the field and other publicity-seeking antics off it.
He often has been criticized for his touchdown celebrations, which included pulling a felt-tip pen out of his sock during a 2001 game while playing with San Francisco, signing the ball and handing it into the seats. A year earlier he danced on the painted Dallas Cowboys logo at Texas Stadium after a touchdown, angering the local fans and drawing a one-game suspension.
Two years ago, while playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, he participated in a promotional video for a popular television show that ran before a nationally televised game. He joined towel-clad actress Nicollette Sheridan in a sexually suggestive scene where she asked Owens to skip the game, then dropped the towel and jumped into his arms.
And last year, after nearly helping the Eagles to the NFL title the previous season, he insisted his contract be re-negotiated. The Eagles refused and during the standoff, he publicly criticized popular quarterback Donovan McNabb, eventually leading to his release from the team in midseason.
He signed with the Cowboys as a free agent, but missed most of preseason training camp and three of four exhibition games because of a hamstring injury.
In the Cowboys' last game a week ago Sunday, Owens broke the bone leading to his right ring finger. Owens was seen laughing and joking on the practice field Tuesday morning.