Terrell Owens, a six-time NFL pro-bowl wide receiver and member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics hall of fame, will be seen on Tuesday's episode of "Dr. Phil" in an episode entitled, “A Football Star's Daddy Drama.”
A summary of the show from CBS says Owens is appearing, “To set the record straight about the bad rap he says he’s been getting, especially from the mothers of three of his children, who claim he's also a deadbeat dad who is behind on child support payments and makes little attempt to see his kids.”
The show, which has already been taped, poses Owens against women named Kimber, Monique and Melanie, who confront Owens about being an absentee father.
In a short clip of the show made available on www.drphil.com, Owens says, “The only time any of you have picked up the phone is because of money,” to which one of the women replies, “you know that’s not true.”
One of the mothers claim Owens has seen their daughter just 12 times.
Owens reportedly tells Dr. Phil that most of the $80 million he earned in his NFL career is gone. He also cited travel associated with his career and living in different cities as the reason he’s been absent from his children’s lives.
At one point, Owens says, “I would love a relationship with my kids, but…with all the circumstances it’s been difficult.”
Owens was honored in Chattanooga in November for “achievements and contributions to community and society” at the UTC African American Alumni Achievement Dinner. He was recognized for establishing the Catch A Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization aiding underprivileged families and children, as well as being an active supporter for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Alzheimer Association. Owens has also written two children’s books entitled “Little T Learns to Share” and “Finding Fitness.”
Owens, 38, also addresses his future in the NFL during the Dr. Phil taping. He spent last season with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League after sitting out the entire 2011 season following a torn ACL. Owens’ last full season in the NFL came in 2010 with the Buffalo Bills.
Arguably UTC’s most famous athletic alum, Owens played football and basketball and ran track for the Mocs before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1996.