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Terrell Owens Released from IFL Team

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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2010, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Cincinnati. Owens has accepted an offer to be a player and will have some ownership stake in the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. The Wranglers, who open their season Feb. 25 at home, extended the offer to Owens last month. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

For those of you who weren’t paying attention to your daily Terrell Owens RSS feed, the former NFL wide receiver joined an Indoor Football League team earlier this year.

Oh yea, and he was also a part owner.

Owens was released from the Allen Wranglers on Tuesday, a little more than four months after he joined the squad on the football field and became a suit in the front office.

Apparently, Owens didn’t feel like playing in the team’s upcoming away games, according to the team. And he also skipped a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with his fellow teammates and coaches, the team said. That was the “proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Owens,” team President and Co-Owner Tommy Benizio said on the team’s website.

A rep for Owens released a statement, saying it was “unfortunate” that the Wranglers released the wide receiver, adding that he played all games “according to his contractual agreement and was proud to be a part of the IFL.”

When the team signed Owens they thought his celebrity would be a positive for the football team and the community.

“It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important…that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards,” Benizio said.

Just in case you’re wondering: T.O. is also out as a team owner.

“Our fans are amongst the best in the league and it is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player’s lack of effort both on and off the field,” team owner Jon Frankel said. “We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community.”

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