ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — If Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo doesn’t want to refer to Terrell Owens by name these days, that’s fine with T.O.
“Dude, I could care less,” Owens said with a laugh following the Buffalo Bills voluntary minicamp practice Wednesday. “I mean, he doesn’t mention my name, that’s fine. What about it?”
Owens spoke in response to a question regarding Romo, who declined to refer to the receiver by name after the Cowboys practiced last week for the first time since Dallas released Owens in March. Though Romo didn’t say anything negative, the quarterback referred to Owens with nothing more personal than “he.” Wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened, Owens said.
“Bill Parcells didn’t call me by my name either, so what’s the difference?” he said, referring to the Cowboys former coach who would refer to Owens only as “The player.”
Though Romo and Owens combined to produce more touchdowns over the past three seasons than any other NFL quarterback-receiver tandem, the two had what’s regarded to have been a falling out last year. Neither have gone into detail about their relationship this offseason, though the rift was considered to be one of the reasons that prompted Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ decision to release Owens on March 5. Owens signed with the Bills two days later. Owens has previously blamed his release on Jones and the owner’s son, Stephen Jones, the team’s chief operating officer.
Last week, Owens posted a note on his Twitter page, also blaming Romo and Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. The unedited note, posted May 19, read: “blame the OC & romo!! but i’m happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates.”
Terrell has a name Tony homo, its playmaker. -TO