Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Arriving for T.O.'s party: McCants, Mitchell and friends, Kearse / Michael Perez photos
Happy Birthday to Me!
T.O. Throws a Big Bash in A.C.
Terrell Owens may be ostracized by Eagles management, but more than a dozen teammates showed up at Jay Z's 40/40 Club last night for a birthday celebration. (T.O. turned 32 on Dec. 7.)
First to show: wideout Darnerien McCants, and ex-Bird and T.O.-is-my-idol chatterer Freddie Mitchell. Jevon Kearse, L.J. Smith, Lito Sheppard, Brian Westbrook, Stephen Spach, Andy Thorn and Greg Richmond were also sighted by 11:15 p.m. by the Associated Press. Inquirer photos show Hollis Thomas attended, too.
In another tweak at the Eagles (invitations left in the lockerroom, which is off-limits to T.O., had a penalty-flag theme) dancers sported T.O.'s number, 81, but with question marks where a team's name would be. The shirts were every hue but Eagles green. (Photo at left is from a KYW-TV video clip.)
Owens appeared in a white suit before midnight, hardly looking depressed about losing nearly $1 million (and possibly $2 million) in pay because of suspensions and the team's bid to recoup signing bonus bucks. "Everything's great. It's a party," he said. "I have everything I want. My mom's here."
"American Idol" Fantasia was supposed to sing "Happy Birthday," but had to cancel, the Atlantic City Press reports.
So T.O. pal and instigator* Michael Irvin held up the cake and led the crowd, AP reports. (*T.O. vexed franchise folks by wearing an Irvin jersey and later by agreeing with Irvin that Brett Favre could have had the Eagles unbeaten.)
Also invited: Paris Hilton, Beyonce, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Mike Ditka and more. Early Word's trying to find out if any of them showed.
NFL stars Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Laveranues Coles were there, though, says the A.C. Press.
Last year, some show-biz celebs did stop by, including Vivica A. Fox (below), Gabrielle Union, Tyrese, Chi McBride, and singer Musiq Soulchild. Invitees Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City), and Michael Jordan were no-shows.
"I'm still a Philadelphia Eagle until the end of the year," Owens said last night. "I love Philly, I love my teammates and thank you to everybody who came here tonight and showed me their love. ... I ain't ever going to let anyone change me. I will be back."
Back in football, yes. Back with the Eagles? Not a chance.
Oh, no sign of Donovan McNabb either. Fancy that. Must have been the sports hernia.
McNabb, like Vivica A. Fox, did attend last year:
2004 photos by Steven M. Falk / Phila. Daily News