Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Suicide....or Not?


If you haven't heard, Dallas WR Terrell Owens was rushed to the hospital last night to "induce vomiting".  That was the story all night long last night that he had an "inverse reaction to painkillers" that he was taking after having surgery on his broken hand. 

Now, there is a report that he actually was trying to commit suicide.

I don't really believe that report....but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.  Deion Sanders has been on NFL Network saying that he talked to T.O. and that Owens is denying the suicide rumors.  Then, ESPN's Michael Smith is saying that he's heard from former teammates of Owens that they felt he did have some issues regarding his mental health.  No incidents....just issues. 

Here is the story from the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas Cowboys star receiver Terrell Owens swallowed prescription pain medication Tuesday night in an apparent attempt to commit suicide, according to a Dallas Police Department report released Wednesday morning.

The police report says the complainant, identified as Owens, “stated that he was depressed” and that he had emptied a bottle of pain pills and was trying to harm himself, the report said.

Owens was admitted to Baylor University Medical Center, according to the report.

His publicist, Kim Etheredge, said Wednesday morning that she called 911 because Owens appeared lethargic.

"The police asked him a lot of questions," she said, "but he could barely answer them."

But she denied the suicide report, contending that the painkillers prescribed after surgery to repair his broken hand combined with the supplements that are part of his training regimen caused his body to react poorly.

"Here's a person whose body is so clean, it really had a negative reaction to the medication and supplements he was taking," Etheredge said. "Thank goodness someone was there to call an ambulance."

Etheredge said Owens was released from Baylor on Wednesday morning.

According to the police report, a woman who was with Owens saw him put two pills in his mouth, and she tried to get them out. She also said he had filled a prescription for 40 pills on Sept. 18, and taken only five through Tuesday, the report said.

Under questioning, Owens said he had taken the remainder of the prescription. He was described in the report as having “ingested unknown large quantity of RX pain medication.”

According to KTVT-TV, doctors treated him by attempting to induce vomiting.

At a Wednesday news conference, Dallas police Lt. Rick Watson said Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics called police officers to a residence in the 3800 block of Commerce Street around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Owens owns a 2,656-square-foot condominium in Deep Ellum valued at $405,000, according to the Dallas County Appraisal District. 

Dallas Fire-Rescue Lt. Joel Lavender said it is routine for medics to summon the police in circumstances where they believe someone is trying to harm himself.

Lt. Watson said medics determined Owens needed to be hospitalized and the officers followed the ambulance to the hospital.

"In the course of this, in our investigation, we have determined that at this time this is not a criminal offense," he said. "This is a medical type of situation.

"The Dallas Police Department does not have any other investigation going on into this incident. ... Any information you need, you'll have to contact Mr. Owens or the medical staff."

Owens has proudly stated that he took no pain-killing injections before Super Bowl XXXIX after coming back from a fractured fibula suffered seven weeks prior to the game against the Cowboys. 

According to the NFL's substance abuse policy, "The illegal use of drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and alcohol is prohibited for players in the National Football League."

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said late Tuesday he was unaware of Owens’ trip to the hospital, and Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could not be reached for comment.

Last week, according to Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, Owens had a reaction to the pain medicine he was given following surgery in which a plate was inserted into his right hand to stabilize a fractured fourth metacarpal. Parcells said Owens became ill and could not work out, but he was improved the next day.

On Tuesday, Owens did not speak with the media, but he appeared to be in good spirits.

He continued conditioning work on the side with associate trainer Britt Brown and caught passes. He was wearing gloves and had his ring and middle fingers on his right hand taped together.

Earlier Tuesday, Parcells said Owens would practice some Wednesday and he had not ruled Owens out from playing Sunday at Tennessee. Owens was wearing a bone growth simulator Tuesday to help the healing process. According to Parcells, the swelling in Owens’ hand had gone down, and the biggest challenge for Owens would be handling the pain of catching passes.

“I have to see him out there being a confident player,” Parcells said. “I don’t want him out there thinking about something. If it’s going act as a deterrent, I don’t want that because that would eventually hurt us.

“I’m talking to him every day, seeing how he’s doing. We’re moving forward. We have a lot of time between now and the game.”

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