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Terrell Owens cut by Allen Wranglers for ‘lack of effort’

T.O. is unemployed yet again. (Ed Reinke/AP)

Now he can add Indoor Football League reject to the growing list of indignities.

In January, Owens told GQ Magazine, “I’m in hell.” What’s worse than hell? How about this....

The IFL’s Allen Wranglers released Owens on Tuesday, citing what owner Jon Frankel termed a “lack of effort both on and off the field.”

The 38-year-old six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver signed on to play and co-own the Wranglers in January with the hope that his star power would create buzz for the 16-team IFL. In eight games, Owens caught 35 passes for 421 yards and 10 touchdowns, but failed to live up to his billing as a promoter for the team and the league.

Owens failed to show up for a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with players and coaches and the team says he planned to skip two upcoming road games.

Earlier this month Owens went on the “Dr. Phil” show to confront three mothers of children he fathered over their claims that he failed to pay child support.

Owens last played in the NFL in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals but missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL. He staged a full workout for teams in October... but no one showed up.

What’s next for T.O.? A “T.Ocho Show” reunion?

Follow us: @MattBrooksWP | @CindyBoren


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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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