Former undisputed heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson said unemployed wide receiver Terrell Owens deserves zero compassion for his financial woes during a recent interview on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia with Mike Missanelli.
Owens, a reprehensible diva who has now alienated six franchises since the San Francisco 49ers regrettably took him out of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with the 89th pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, was fired for a “lack of effort both on and off the field.”
Tyson (50-6-0-2, 44 KOs), who last June was deservedly inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum in Canastota, N.Y., filed for bankruptcy in August 2003 after earning millions battling in the squared circle.
“Well, listen, I can only say about myself,” said Tyson, 45, a truly great pugilist in his heyday. ”It took a good 18, 20 years for me to go broke, but he got broke pretty quick. It happened quick! We saw him, heard about him signing this contract, but from what you told me, he busted his whole bill. That can happen man when you take liberties for granted.”
The famed Brooklynite, once a flatly intimidating prizefighter blessed with blinding hand speed, accuracy, coordination, power and timing, continued to criticize the detestable admirer of hydrocodone.
“No, we should have no sympathy for him, he’s a grown man. We should be jealous and pissed off he has so much goddamned fun. Shoot! That’s what we should be jealous about,” said Tyson, who now claims to live paycheck to paycheck.
“Listen, this is one thing. When you’re living that life you think you’re a big boy — and this is one thing I learned when I was rolling like a big boy — I said ‘don’t worry about it, I can handle it, I’m a big boy.’ Big boys have big responsibilities and big circumstances.”
The “grown man,” who was also stripped of his ownership stake in the iconic Wranglers of Allen, Texas, hasn’t been offered an NFL contract since suffering a torn ACL in April 2011.
Owens, who has caught an astounding 1,078 passes for 153 touchdowns, is jobless because he is one of the most unlikable prima donnas in the annals of sports.
Despite his past wrongdoings, Tyson has bolstered his image and proven to be “a big boy.”
In stark contrast to the present version of “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” T.O. is an unappealing, and unredeemable, loser who is penniless because he excessively took “liberties for granted.”
As “Iron” Mike Tyson sagely advised, “we should have no sympathy for” a person like Terrell Owens.by