Rumor: Terrell Owens to play basketball

Terrell Owens, a former Pro Bowl wide receiver in the NFL, asked the Los Angeles Clippers for a basketball contract.

 

UNCONFIRMED: T.O. sought contract

          Clippers star Blake Griffin (watch a highlight reel of him) recently appeared on the “Dan Patrick Show,” telling the host that Owens, 39, showed up at practice over the summer “begging” coaches for a 10-day contract. (Listen to the interview here.)

CONFIRMED: Owens attended practice

            Owens’ rep informed TMZ on Thursday that Owens was at the Clippers practice facility but only to visit the team’s head trainer, Jasen Powell, a good friend.

            “Terrell never begged to become a Clipper,” the rep said.

            Owens does have a basketball background. He played three seasons at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and was part of the Marching Mocs team that made the NCAA Tournament in 1996.

            T.O. later played in the United States Basketball League in 2002 (what team did he play for?) and was offered a contract by the Atlanta Vision of the American Basketball Association in 2006, according to Larry Brown Sports. He also earned the MVP in the Celebrity Basketball Game during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Football career over?

            Owens hasn’t been back in the NFL since undergoing offseason knee surgery after the 2010 season. He currently is listed as an “unsigned free agent.” (He briefly played in the Arena League.)

Already this season, Owens has been cut by the Seattle Seahawks and tweeted the New York Jets looking for a job. He played in 14 games in 2010, finishing with 72 receptions for 983 yards and nine touchdowns for Cincinnati. Owens ranks second all time in receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and sixth in receptions (1,078).

 

 

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