The Hall of Fame definitely wasn’t happy about T.O.’s decision to skip the festivities in Canton.
During , the controversial receiver said he skipped out on Canton as a way to protest the Hall of Fame selection process, which he believes is flawed.
“Many of you are probably wondering why we’re here, instead of Canton,” Owens said in Tennessee. “I’d like to set the record straight. It’s about the mere fact that the sportswriters are not in alignment with the mission core values of the Hall of Fame. These writers disregarded the system, the criteria and by-laws [of selection] and ultimately, the true meaning of the Hall of Fame and what it represents. I wanted to take a stand so the next guy coming after me will not have to go through what I, and others, have gone through.”
Now a year later, T.O. still has no regrets.
“I don’t regret it, [but] I hear what you’re saying,” Owens told Yahoo Sports before he bowled with fans at a Verizon company event. “Everybody’s like, ‘Oh well, he’s missing one of the greatest moments of his career.’ But the thing is … how can you miss something that you’ve never experienced?”
“I’ve been criticized and prevented from basically getting what I rightfully earned because I’m outspoken, when you have guys [in the Hall of Fame] that have criminal activity behind their name,” Owens told Yahoo Sports.
“We sat in that room for about 45 minutes to an hour, and he basically gave us the history of what the Hall of Fame is about, the very fibers of what the NFL and Canton was about,” Owens said. “And I left there, knowing that I had already been snubbed twice, and it didn’t align [with what I heard from him].
“So as it relates to the regret … I’ll never regret what I did.”
Of course someone like T.O. will never admit they made a mistake.
Taking a stand and in doing so hurting your own experience was probably something he may regret down the road, if he doesn’t already.
But he’ll never cop to it, he’s T.O.
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