Owens won’t at­tend Hall in­duc­tion

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ter­rell Owens al­ways likes be­ing the cen­ter of at­ten­tion. His de­ci­sion to skip the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in Au­gust will keep him far from the spot­light.

Owens was voted into the hall in Fe­bru­ary af­ter be­ing de­nied in his first two years of el­i­gi­bil­ity. His an­nounce­ment Thurs­day is un­prece­dented by an en­shri­nee.

“Hope­fully, the story this sum­mer will re­main about those that will be there in­stead of the one that will not,” said Howard Balzer of Sir­iusXM Ra­dio, a 15-year voter for the Hall of Fame.

In a state­ment re­leased Thurs­day by his pub­li­cist, Owens said: “While I am in­cred­i­bly ap­pre­cia­tive of this op­por­tu­nity, I have made the de­ci­sion to pub­licly de­cline my in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony in Can­ton.

“Af­ter vis­it­ing Can­ton ear- lier this year, I came to the re­al­iza­tion that I wish to cel­e­brate what will be one of the most mem­o­rable days of my life, else­where,” Owens added. “At a later date, I will an­nounce where and when I will cel­e­brate my in­duc­tion.”

The hall con­firmed that the for­mer All-Pro re­ceiver in­formed them he would not be on hand Aug. 4 for the en­shrine­ments.

“We are dis­ap­pointed but will re­spect Ter­rell’s de­ci­sion not to par­tic­i­pate in the en­shrine­ment,” Hall of Fame Pres­i­dent & CEO David Baker said.

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