The former Pro Browl wide receiver made an appearance on Dr. Phil after each of the mothers of his four children claimed he was a "deadbeat dad." Owens appeared very emotional and upset on the program, and he also seemed to admit he was "broke." But it looks like he's now retracting that statement.
Owens made an appearance on an Atlanta radio show on Friday, saying the suggestion that he's broke was "skewed," according to Pro Football Talk.
"My broke, for the normal person, is not their broke," Owens said.
The 38-year-old receiver explained that his "circumstances have changed."
"That means I don’t make the same amount of money that I used to make. With my financial situation, people are asking, how did I blow $60 million or $80 million? Those numbers are skewed, if you just kind of factor in the numbers of what I made and how many years I've played. Other than that, I don't know what else to say. … I'm not an extravagant living-type person. I didn't blow my money. My money was stolen and mismanaged."
The receiver, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2010, also responded to claims that he's been "blackballed" by league executives.
"To say I’m blackballed, that's a strong topic," Owens said. "I really don't want to take it there. My thing is, just let me have an opportunity to go out on my own terms. … I know I can still play."
Owens' playing career may be over in the NFL, though. The 38-year-old hasn't been given even a workout since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL after the 2010 season.