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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Specter wants investigation to save Owens

--posted by Tony Garcia on 11/29/2005

You mean the Senate Judiciary Committee has to put off hearings on Alito's nomination until January because they are so busy but its chair thinks the Senate should investigate...

...get ready for this...

the Senate should investigate...

...I can't stop laughing at the stupidity of this...

the Senate should investigate the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL for "a restraint of trade" that violates antitrust laws.
Sen. Arlen Specter has accused the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles of treating Terrell Owens unfairly, and might refer the matter to the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Specter, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said at a news conference Monday in Harrisburg it was "vindictive and inappropriate" for the league and the Eagles to forbid the star wide receiver from playing and prevent other teams from talking to him.
Vindictive? Are you kidding me? What about the cancerous behavior of Owens. Team rules prohibit jeans & tennis shoes. Terrell shows up in direct and blatant violation of that rule.
This portion of the weekly T.O. escapade began weeks ago when Reid had a meeting with his players and informed them that they must begin to follow the little rules that were in place, most notably the dress code of not wearing tennis shoes or jeans and parking in the back of the Eagles' complex.

Owens, despite Reid's insistence, wore jeans, tennis shoes and a Michael Irvin jersey. Wearing the Irvin jersey after their loss to the Cowboys created a national stir, but Reid actually cared about the other part of his ensemble, the jeans and sneakers. The coach again warned Owens and told him that he was responsible for following the same dress code as the rest of the team.

According to sources, had Owens showed up to Philadelphia's next road game in tennis shoes or jeans, Reid had planned to suspend him and not allow the controversial wide receiver on the team plane. Owens, in what was viewed by many inside the Eagles as pushing Reid, wore a tuxedo and shoes that resembled sneakers but were, in fact, considered shoes.

"He was just trying to push Andy," said one source. "That's what we had to deal with every week."

Owens also parked in a handicap space in the front of the building, citing that he wasn't parking in the back as he was told. Such instances may not sound like much, but the team felt he was constantly trying to push the limits of insubordination and see how far he could push.
So what did happen to Owens, in terms that the average person like me can understand?

Owens is under contract to be with the Eagles. During that time of the contract no other team is allowed to try to arrange or negotiate a deal with Owens without permission from the Eagles. This is standard. The Eagles suspended him without pay for 4 weeks and will simply not have him on the active part of the roster. The latter will be paid.

That's it. They did it because he was a behavioral problem.

Arlen, get your head out of your [bleep] and start doing important stuff like, I don't know, hearings with the Supreme Court nominee.

Maybe it is time to call for every election to be an open seat!


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