- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 27, 2006

4:22 p.m.

DALLAS (AP) — Flamboyant Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens said “there was no suicide attempt,” explaining that he mixed painkillers with supplements and became groggy.

He said today that the confusion over his condition likely stemmed from an empty bottle of pain medication found by his publicist, who was with him at the time. He said the rest of the pills were in a drawer.

Appearing in a news conference at team headquarters a few hours after leaving a hospital for what a police report described as “a drug overdose,” Owens wore workout gear and no bandage on his broken right hand. The star receiver smiled and seemed more amused than peeved at the latest ruckus surrounding him.

Owens blamed a combination of hydrocodone, a generic form of Vicodin, with all-natural supplements for making him ill.

“It’s very unfortunate for it to go from an allergic reaction to a suicide attempt,” he said.

Owens said he feels very capable of playing Sunday in Tennessee, despite this incident and his broken hand. He added that he’s “not depressed about anything.”

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