It’s not often you will hear Terrell Owens admit he is concerned.
Throughout an illustrious 16-season career Owens personified fearlessness, dismissing the opinions of media, fans and sometimes teammates, on the way to a bust in Canton.
Things have been less pleasant of late for the 48-year-old after an incident with a neighbor he derisively labeled ‘Karen.’
In the aftermath, Owens elucidated he ‘could have died’ if circumstances had have been different.
‘I honestly could have died,’ T.O. told TMZ.
Owens found himself in a racially charged confrontation with a female neighbor and police, which he recorded and has since shared on social media.
‘If the wrong type of cops came out, if they got the wrong type of information. Her, you saw the video, she started crying, you never know how that situation could’ve turned.’
‘I could’ve died. Honestly, I could have died and the storyline would be totally different.’
The former All-Pro receiver was accused by the woman of driving recklessly in their neighborhood, and nearly hitting her with his car. She also told responding officers that Owens was trying to intimidate her.
‘He got out of his car and started harassing me,’ the woman, derisively identified by Owens as ‘Karen,’ told officers.
‘But you didn’t have to get out of your f***ing car,’ she then yelled at Owens.
Owens responded: ‘You didn’t have to talk to me that way, either.’
It was at this point the woman brought race into the discussion by shouting: ‘You’re a black man approaching a white woman.’
Owens is hoping his uncomfortable encounter is a catalyst for change within communities, particularly in the Sunshine State, where he resides.
‘I’m hoping the people here in Florida, they’re monitoring what has transpired,’ T.O. says, specifically saying he hopes the state’s [Attorney General] examines the situation.
‘I’m hoping that maybe [she] can get on this and see what can be done because like I said this could’ve turned really, really bad and like I said, this could’ve been a situation where you guys may not have been talking to me live here today, but been talking about me in another way.’