JLC: I Have No Problem With Owens' Decision

"I know it’s unusual, but he’s unusual,” Jason La Canfora says

Taz and the Moose
July 18, 2018 - 2:25 pm
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Firmly caught in a strange dispute that continues to baffle a lot of people around the NFL, the ongoing conflict between retired wide receiver Terrell Owens and the Pro Football Hall of Fame ensues.

With the enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2018 only a few weeks away, one notable face will be missing from the group, as the 15-year veteran has decided to attend a different event in his honor at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Owens’s alma mater. In the aftermath of this unique predicament, the Hall of Fame retroactively decided that it will no longer reference the former six-time Pro Bowler at the induction, which has left football fans in a peculiar place.

Speaking with CBS Sports Radio about the controversy, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora stated that he has no issue with Owens’s decision.

“I know it’s unusual, but he’s unusual,” La Canfora said on Taz & The Moose. “I tried to get myself into a lather over this when T.O. made the original announcement, and as he’s talked a little bit more about it – and then as he made the announcement about where he’s going to do his own thing, and obviously what his college meant to him and how that was sort of the segue to get him out of everything he dealt with as a youth, and then get him prepared to change his life in the NFL — I don’t have a problem with it. I know that it’s not the norm and you just kind of always figured that everybody is going to be in Canton, but they don’t have to.”

If La Canfora has a problem with anybody, it’s the Hall of Fame for their outlandish response to the situation. In his opinion, this debacle has done nothing but make the ceremony’s organizers look terrible.

“I don’t know why the response from the Hall of Fame had to be what it was,” La Canfora said. “Because I think they could have still recognized him there and made an announcement that no one would be speaking on T.O’s behalf — (The Pro Football Hall of Fame) recognizes his ceremony that he’s having and what he’s saying about himself, his life and his career down south, and so be it. I don’t know that you have to then rub his nose in it.”

From his point of view, La Canfora only feels this puzzling circumstance concretely placed seeds of doubt into the minds of critics, who believe there’s more to the Hall of Fame selection process than meets the eye.

“Is that really the message that you want to send?” La Canfora said. “I think what it actually does for a lot of people who have concerns about the way (the selection) process works anyway is allow them to say, ‘You know? Those guys sit there and they say that it’s all about football, and it’s not.’ I just wished that whole process would be more transparent, more open and done in a different manner that didn’t leave so many people on the outside and have casual fans scratching their heads.”