Terrell Owens' predicament

By Jason Wojciechowski on February 29, 2004 at 6:26 AM

This whole thing where Terrell Owens' agent didn't file paperwork on time to get his player out of his contract is really funny. TO is now claiming that it's not his agent's fault, it's the fault of the 49ers and the NFL. I can see it being the NFL's fault, if they truly didn't disseminate the information that the deadline for paperwork filing had been moved up, but I fail to see how the 49ers relate to all this.

TO accuses the team of a lack of loyalty because, I guess, they didn't tell him when the new deadline was. But what's loyalty? How can he rip the Niners for lack of loyalty in an off-season when he was about to void his contract and sign with another team?

I'm not saying that he should be demonized, either. But this loyalty card that gets played on both sides, management and labor, in sports all the time is patently ridiculous. Why should there be any loyalty? Sports are a capitalist endeavour. Everyone's trying to maximize how much they can get, so it's hypocritical for either side to claim that anything but personal benefit is driving decisions.

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