T.O. says thanks, but he’ll skip Hall of Fame cer­e­mony

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ter­rell Owens won’t be there this sum­mer when he’s in­ducted into the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in Can­ton, Ohio. In­stead, he will be “else­where.”

Owens dropped a bomb­shell Thurs­day by an­nounc­ing on his web­site he has de­clined his in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony Aug. 4.

Beg­ging Owens to re­con­sider was none other than Steve Young, one of his for­mer quar­ter­backs and a 2005Hall of Fame in­ductee.

“The dam­age to the re­la­tion­ship could be per­ma­nent. You don’t want that,” Young said on ESPN about Owens im­pact on fel­low Hall of Famers. “So I beg him to re­con­sider be­cause the longevity of all the peo­ple that want to re­spect him and that he should re­spect as well. For­get about, ‘I’m mad at the vot­ers, I’m mad at the sys­tem.’ The dam­age that could be done by not go­ing could over­whelm him over a pe­riod of time.”

Elected in his third year of eligibility, Owens said he is “truly hum­bled” and “honored” to be part of this year’s class that in­cludes fel­low wide re­ceiver Randy Moss, lineback­ers Ray Lewis, Brian Ur­lacher and Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer and con­trib­u­tor Bobby Beathard.

“Af­ter vis­it­ing Can­ton ear­lier this year, I came to the re­al­iza­tion that I wish to cel­e­brate what will be one of the­most­mem­o­rable days of my life, else­where,” Owens said with­out de­tail­ing his al­ter­na­tive plan.

The Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame called Owens’ “No” RSVP un­prece­dented.


New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots wide re­ceiver Ju­lian Edel­man is fac­ing a four-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances, league sources told ESPN.

The sus­pen­sion is cur­rently un­der ap­peal. The Pa­tri­ots’ first four games are against Houston, at Jack­sonville, at De­troit and home against Mi­ami.


76ERS COLAN­GELO RE­SIGNS » Bryan Colan­gelo re­signed as pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions for the Philadelphia 76ers in the wake of what an in­ves­ti­ga­tion found was “care­less and in some in­stances reck­less” share of sen­si­tive team in­for­ma­tion.

The in­de­pen­dent re­view by a law firm did not de­ter­mine that Colan­gelo oper- ated or was even aware of Twit­ter ac­counts that anony­mously trashed some of his own players and fel­low ex­ec­u­tives, and de­fended him against crit­i­cism from fans and the sports­me­dia. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Gar­ri­son LLP said ev­i­dence sup­ported the con­clu­sion that Colan­gelo’s wife, Bar­bara Bot­tini, op­er­ated the four ac­counts it in­ves­ti­gated, and she ad­mit­ted to do­ing so though also said she deleted con­tents of her iPhone prior to sur­ren­der­ing it for foren­sic re­view, lim­it­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. KNICKS HIRE AS­SIS­TANTS » The New York Knicks hired for­mer War­riors coach Keith Smart, Jud Buech­ler, Pat Sul­li­van and Royal Ivey as as­sis­tants on David Fiz­dale’s coach­ing staff. “BIG BABY” DAVIS CHARGED WITH FELONY AS­SAULT » Los An­ge­les County pros­e­cu­tors said for­mer NBA player Ron­ald Glen Davis has been charged with at­tack­ing a man out­side a club in West Hollywood. The DA’s of­fice said Davis faces a felony as­sault charge. The player, known by the nick­name “Big Baby,” is ac­cused of throw­ing the vic­tim into a wall dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion out­side a club on April 8. Pros­e­cu­tors say the vic­tim suf­fered “great bod­ily in­jury.” If con­victed, Davis could face up to seven years in pri­son. IN OTHER NBA NEWS » New Or­leans coach Alvin Gen­try agreed to a two-year ex­ten­sion run­ning through the 2020-21 sea­son.


NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS» Macken­zie Lit­tle and Jenna Gray fin­ished 1-2 in the javelin as the Stan­ford women sit in first place at the NCAA Out­door Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Eu­gene, Ore­gon.

Along with Lena Giger’s third in the shot put and Valarie All­man’s eighth in the ham­mer, Stan­ford has 25 points – all from throw­ers – with Florida sec­ond with 17.

Lit­tle be­came Stan­ford’s first NCAA women’s cham­pion since Kori Carter won the 400 hurdles in 2013.

• Cal ju­nior Lau­ren Martinez set a school record as she took 11th in the pole vault.

Martinez earned sec­ond-team All-Amer­ica honors with the vault of 13-7.25.

• San Jose State sopho­more Des­tiny Long­mire, the first woman track and field ath­lete to com­pete in a NCAA Out­door Track and Field Cham­pi­onship in school his­tory, earned sec­ond-team All-Amer­ica honors with her 14th-place fin­ish in the long jump.

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