The Dallas Police Association fired back today to the press conference held by Terrell Owens and his publicist, Kim Etheridge.
“The officers reacted because they were called to this location to do this job. Now they’re being put under a microscope by some fancy little football person,” Senior Cpl. Glenn White said. “Give me a break. Those officers are 10 times better than this man. … We police officers don’t go out to these calls and make stuff up.”
The reaction is undoubtedly justified, in my mind, as the Dallas police department, or any department should not have to take the sort of abuse that Owens’ publicist levied in their direction yesterday. Rather than stating that the situation was CRAZY, Owens and his publicist launched an attack on folks who were out to get Owens.
We touched on this here yesterday, and look, I promise we’ll get to some non-Owens stuff on this blog soon (like when I get to my 6pm class, hopefully…also The Champ usually swings through here on Thursdays to make bold predictions, so it is like a day off for Doherty and I usually, but he decided to ditch for the Tigers game. He likely would have made some sort of bold prediction like, “hear a rumor on ESPN.com that Kurt Warner is benched, drop him from all my fantasy teams”…oh wait, I think that one already happened, right Champ? Meanwhile, Doherty and I are in cruise control with our now ready to be dominant fantasy team). But, really, the Dallas police called Owens a “fancy little football person” and that is a must-blog occurrence.
Really, we should applaud the rescue folks for responding to the 9-1-1 call so quickly. In our society we hear more about the time when rescue personnel make mistakes, so why not take Owens’ celebrity and turn it into something good? Had that been just any person trying to kill themself on Tuesday night, they would be living today in part because of the fine work of the rescue folks in Dallas.
While it is certainly possible for signals to be crossed between the publicist and Dallas police (read: there’s a chance that she’s not THAT dumb) and the initial report was a good faith mistake on the part of Owens’ publicist, it does no good to advance these conspiracy theories and place blame on the Dallas police when they were out their doing their job. I don’t really give a damn if this post sounds cheesy as hell, but we don’t really need to wait until a 9/11 to realize that these folks bust their asses to help folks out that need the help. Maybe Kim Etheridge should try to take personal responsibility, because no one is going to blame her for fearing the worst if she needs to call 9-1-1 for a friend.
Owens was very credible in his press conference on Wednesday and this situation would be over and done with if it wasn’t for her trying to square up blame on the shoulders of the Dallas police.