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Terrell Owens continues downward spiral

By Tim Graham

It's a media witch hunt.

He's misunderstood.

Terrell Owens truly is a nice guy.

Those are the types of things we've heard from Owens' apologists over the course of his career, including his relatively calm season with the Buffalo Bills.

But the curtain continues to get pulled back on Owens' sad personal life. Less and less, he looks like any kind of hero.

There was the dreadful appearance with three of his children's mothers on "Dr. Phil," where he was accused of not caring about his kids unless he's using them to rehabilitate his image. There was a lengthy profile on about his failed rebirth in the Indoor Football League, his financial woes and the admission that he has contemplated suicide.

Owens didn't show up Thursday for a child-support hearing. He's reportedly $20,000 behind on payments for his 7-year-old daughter. He has four kids by four mothers.

Owens is believed to have made nearly $100 million in his NFL career.

He signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract to play with the Bills in 2009. He then signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals for 2010 and has been out of the NFL since.

Remember all the blind adulation Western New York showered on Owens when he arrived? The orchestrated welcome when he landed at the airport?

I wonder if Buffalo should ask for its key to the city back.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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