Thursday, September 28, 2006

Police group upset with T.O.'s publicist
Associated Press
Posted: 3 hours ago

DALLAS (AP) - The president of the Dallas Police Association demanded Thursday that Terrell Owens and his publicist apologize for statements disputing portions of a police report related to the star receiver's trip to a hospital emergency room.
"These officers, contrary to what Mr. T.O. Owens and his publicist Miss Etheredge alluded to or insinuated or whatever, those officers out there did the job they were supposed to do and did a good job of it," said Senior Cpl. Glenn White, who leads the largest police employee group in the Dallas department with more than 3,500 active and retired members. "We police officers don't go out to these calls and make stuff up."

Owens spent Tuesday night in the hospital after what he later called a big misunderstanding, saying he became groggy after mixing painkillers with supplements. The police report, later redacted in part, referenced an attempted suicide.

Owens' publicist who made the 911 call, Kim Etheredge, said Wednesday that entries in the police report were inaccurate. She said she did not say he was depressed and "did not take anything out of his mouth," as the report said.

Owens said he could not remember what he said to officers.

Etheredge couldn't be reached Thursday because her phone mailbox was full, and she didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Dallas police officials have declined to comment and calls to Police Chief David Kunkle's office weren't returned Thursday. On Wednesday, police released a heavily-edited version of the police report but declined to discuss it further because of privacy concerns.

"It's a shame that the department doesn't stand up for the officers and say they did everything right," White said. "They haven't, and that's my biggest gripe now."