On Thursday, Hall of Fame wide receiver spoke about the who confronted him for allegedly speeding through their neighborhood getting with a misdemeanor. In early August, as Owens was driving to pick up his mail, one of his neighbors confronted him for speeding, used racially charged language and called the police on him. She’s been charged with filing a false police report.
“Do you like that she is charged?” asked. “Do you want to prosecute her?” “Yeah, absolutely,” Owens replied, “because if the roles were reversed, obviously, they would be going to the full extent of the law to charge me.”
Though he said he’d never experienced anything quite like it before, Owens was not shocked by the incident.
“When you mentioned that you’re shocked,” Owens said to Cuomo, “for us, it’s not shocking. This is something that goes on every day, and thankfully, now things are being exposed, obviously due to social media, obviously mobile devices that are able to capture these types of moments.”
And Owens is well aware that his status as a Hall of Fame NFL player may have been his saving grace in that situation.
“It’s not about me,” Owens said. “I just think about others that may have been in this situation, and if they didn’t — like I said — have the status of, or just the wherewithal that I did. Like I said, it could have been, obviously, gravely different…It doesn’t matter what type of neighborhood you’re in. This is the reality of the life of a Black individual, or a Black American.”
CHRIS CUOMO: Do you like that she is charged? Do you want to prosecute her?
TERRELL OWENS: Yeah, absolutely. Because if the roles were reversed, obviously, they would be going to the full extent of the law to charge me.
KYLIE MAR: NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver, Terrell Owens appeared on "Cuomo" Thursday, where he addressed an incident in early August in which a woman in his neighborhood called the police on him for allegedly speeding, and used racially-charged language.
- But you didn't have to get out of your [BLEEP] car!
TERRELL OWENS: You didn't have to talk to me that way either, Karen.
- You're a Black man approaching a white woman!
TERRELL OWENS: Here's she [INAUDIBLE]. There's Karen, look at this. This is unbelievable. Swear to god, I've never been a part of nothing like this.
KYLIE MAR: Owens is pleased that the woman is being charged with a misdemeanor for filing a false police report. But said he's not surprised the incident occurred.
TERRELL OWENS: When you mentioned that you're shocked, for us, it's not shocking. This is something that goes on every day. And thankfully, now things are being exposed, obviously, due to social media, obviously mobile devices that are able to capture these type of moments.
KYLIE MAR: Owens has spoken out about the incident because he knows that if he wasn't the Hall of Famer that he is, this situation could have been much worse.
TERRELL OWENS: It's not about me. I just think about others that may have been in this situation, and that they didn't, like I said, have the status or just the wherewithal to do what I did. Like I said, it could have been obviously gravely different. This is the reality of the life of a Black individual, or a Black American.