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Thursday, February 02, 2006

McNabb's Pity Plea Stirs Astonishment, Admonishment
Can't a football player say something silly and be ignored? Not if he's Terrell Owens. And, now, apparently not if he's Donovan McNabb. Two days ago, we were wondering how McNabb's physical injuries might heal. Now, after a couple of interviews, people are wondering if his psychic wounds will. McNabb seems to so deeply resent past digs from T.O. and a civic leader that he feels he's the victim of "black-on-black crime." That's what he told ESPN. He also told reporters in Detroit, according to an Inquirer article, that after Owens' disruptive behavior, "it's time to see how my teammates react. We've obviously seen how they reacted to it during the season. They wanted him back. So what message does that send to you?"

And yet in another quote, he says, "Again, with everything that's happened, you sit back now and smile about it and move on."

But these remarks have led to new rips, and not just from hosts and callers on often-hot-headed sports-talk radio. "I'm starting to think this Charlie Brown act will never go away," writes Sam Donnellon of the Daily News. The Eagles' own Hugh Douglas questioned McNabb's leadership, and the Inquirer's Phil Sheridan asks if the team's tight-lipped policies are partly to blame. On the other hand, most voters in a new Inquirer sports poll say McNabb is a good team leader.

Who's blowing things out of proportion? McNabb? The media? Both? Is this just a little dustup? Or do you have fears about where things might be headed? Can't we just "smile about it and move on"?


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