Terrell Owens recounts confrontation with woman that resulted in police response: ‘I could have died’
Terrell Owens got into a confrontation Wednesday night with a woman in his Florida neighborhood that eventually resulted in police intervention.
The Hall of Fame wide receiver — who achieved his greatest success in the NFL with the 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys — live-streamed part of the confrontation, starting with when police arrived at the scene. He ended the video before the conflict was resolved.
TMZ, citing the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, reported that police did not make any arrests and peacefully separated the two parties.
The incident between Owens and the woman — whom he repeatedly refers to as “Karen” in the video — stemmed from the woman alleging he was speeding with his car along neighborhood streets and nearly hit her. Owens claimed in the video that he claimed was only driving to his mailbox.
The woman also alleged that Owens got out of the vehicle to intimidate her, which he also denied. He claimed he was merely getting out of the car because the woman was yelling profanities at him.
Video shows Owens telling the woman not to yell at him or say he almost hit her, to which she responded, “But you didn’t have to get out of your f—king car.” When he reiterated that she didn’t have to speak to him that way, she could be heard saying, “You’re a Black man approaching a white woman.”
Owens’ accuser broke down in tears a few moments later in front of police, with the receiver claiming she was acting in the presence of the officers.
“This is real,” Owens is seen saying on the video. “This is real life, in 2022. This is real-life Karen stuff. I’ve seen it on TV, I’ve seen it on videos. But I’ve never really been a part of something like this. This is unbelievable.”
Owens discussed the confrontation Saturday in an interview with TMZ. He said he “could have died” during the incident.
“If the wrong type of cops came out, if they got the wrong type of information,” Owens told TMZ. “Her, you saw the video, she started crying, you never know how that situation could’ve turned.
“I could’ve died. Honestly, I could have died and the storyline would be totally different.”
Owens also said that the woman should face charges for calling police to respond to a situation that didn’t call for their intervention.
“I’m hoping the people here in Florida, they’re monitoring what has transpired,” Owens told TMZ. “I’m hoping that maybe (Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody) can get on this and see what can be done because, like I said, this could’ve turned really, really bad.
“This could’ve been a situation where you guys may not have been talking to me live here today, but been talking about me in another way.”