IRVING, Texas (July 17, 2006) -- Terrell Owens blames the media for portraying him as a selfish player, although he admits a tendency of saying things about others that he wouldn't want said about himself.
In an interview with Bryant Gumbel airing July 18 on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Owens acknowledges dishing out more criticism than he's willing to take.
"The only thing I can really think of is maybe it was the way I grew up, you know," he said, according to a transcript released to The Associated Press. "I got picked on so much, and it's like I feel like I'm still constantly being picked on."
Owens said he doesn't think reporters are necessarily conspiring against him as much as using him "to gain viewers' attention." As a result, he believes that he is "misunderstood." He said other players have been, too, "but I feel like I have been one of the main guys who've been vilified."
"That's the million-dollar question," he said. "Why me? ... At some point it does get to me. And I can't say it enough. Dude, I'm human and that's what I'm trying to get people to understand."
Owens also discussed his spat with quarterback Donovan McNabb that eventually led to his release by the Eagles.
As he wrote in a recently released book, Owens said he believes McNabb was jealous of the attention Owens was receiving in Philadelphia and that things boiled over when McNabb cursed at him in a huddle after a play. Owens said he took it as more than something said in the heat of competition.
"When I tried to address that after the game, he blew me off," Owens said. "So, that let me know it's more than just being competitive. It was more than that."
Owens is scheduled to report to his first training camp with the Dallas Cowboys July 28.