Terrell Owens was on the Dr. Phil show this afternoon, along with three women who say the former NFL star is behind on child-support payments.
Here’s how it went down:
Dr. Phil (Phil McGraw) took it easy on T.O. early on. He said he’s a big fan of Owens — on the field — and that he thinks some critics have been too hard on him.
He also read an introduction Owens wrote for a children’s book, which began: “To my children, may my life serve as an example to you.”
But when the first wife came on — identified only as Kimber — she said he has seen their daughter only about 12 times.
“He doesn’t call, he doesn’t send Christmas gifts,” Kimber said.
Owens was asked if it was true that a year had passed since he last saw the 7-year-old girl, and he said he wasn’t sure how long it had been.
“The thing is, with me traveling back and forth, I don’t have a set schedule,” Owens said, adding that when he had reached out that, “Pretty much 90% of the time every time I’ve reached out it’s been a bad time.”
Two more women with whom Owens had children are scheduled to appear. Owens said he had four children with four different women.
“No, it wasn’t a plan,” he told Dr. Phil. “I was irresponsible in that regard.”
UPDATE at 4:32 ET: Wife No. 2, Melanie, is on, and says she can’t ever get in touch with Owens. Owens says about a year has passed since he has seen that daughter. Owens makes the case that the last planned visit with the girl didn’t come off because Melanie insisted that he pay for her plane ticket, in addition to his daughter’s.
Owens also says that he is trying to have the amounts of his child support payments reduced. The amounts, he said, are: monthly payments of $20,000, $13,400, $11,200 and $5,000 — a total of nearly $50,000.
Source: USA Today | Tom Weir