The Rev.'s take on T.O.
Here are Jesse Jackson's words from ESPN---
Jackson sides with T.O.
Tuesday morning on ESPN2's Cold Pizza, the Rev. Jesse Jackson commented on the Terrell Owens suspension with the Philadelphia Eagles and his upcoming appeal with the NFL Players Association on Friday.
Jackson, who said that his interest is in reconciliation, spoke with co-host Jay Crawford:
"He [Owens] considers himself still to be an Eagle ... he feels that upon arbitration on Friday, that his suspension may be reduced and hopefully emotions will die down and cooler heads will prevail. But as for right now, T.O. feels that what he said he has expressed contrition and regret about it. He has called Donovan [McNabb, the Eagles' quarterback] and they've exchanged calls ... I just hope that cooler heads will prevail.
"He feels that the suspension does not correspond with the infraction. ... If he had been engaged in point shaving, something illegal or carrying a gun across state lines or selling drugs to teammates that would have been an egregious crime. But in this case we simply have a case of someone who by his own language, misspoke but harbors no bitterness about it. ... His words were harmful and inappropriate and he admitted that and he should never misspeak again and that was just downright wrong by his own admission.
"It seems that [the Eagles] do not want him because they feel he's detrimental but on the other hand they do not want him to have the option to let him go. To ban him for a year based on that language episode is too extreme."