Publicist: Owens’ suicide not true

Published 12:03 am Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Associated Press

A publicist for Terrell Owens says he “absolutely” did not attempt suicide or overdose on pills earlier this month.

In a statement, publicist Diana Bianchini says an assistant arrived at Owens’ home on Oct. 6 after he had taken a sleeping aid to fall asleep.

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The assistant did not realize that, became concerned and called 911. Bianchini says that when police arrived, Owens was responsive.

Bianchini says “reports released with the 911 call (Thursday) are misleading and not factual.”

In 2006, Owens made headlines for what police initially considered a suicide attempt but later was classified as an “accidental overdose” on prescription medicine.

The 37-year-old free-agent wide receiver has been rehabilitating a left knee injury that required surgery. He played 14 games for Cincinnati last season, making 72 receptions with nine touchdowns.

He held a workout Tuesday that was watched by two TV networks but no NFL teams.