Michael Irvin said he has no problem with Terrell Owens, only Owens’ decision not to show up for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction next month.
Irvin again criticized Owens for choosing to do his own thing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on the day of the Hall induction ceremony.
Further, Irvin agrees with the Hall of Fame declining to acknowledge Owens individually during the enshrinement.
Owens has made it clear he does not appreciate Irvin’s criticism and has expressed unhappiness about Irvin’s decision to read text messages from Owens on the air.
While it sounded like a feud was brewing, Irvin has said he considers it a “Good friendship, relationship” with Owens.
Hall of Famer Irvin: HOF right to downplay Owens
In the public case of Terrell Owens vs. the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its voters, count Michael Irvin in the Canton camp.
With the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealing its plan Thursday to exclude former wide receiver Terrell Owens from its enshrinement festivities next month since Owens decided not to attend his own induction ceremony, Irvin believes HOF officials are correct to minimize the celebration of Owens as much as other inductees who will be there.
With Owens skipping the Aug. 4 ceremony and hosting his own Hall of Fame induction celebration at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, that same day, the Hall has decided to exclude the former wide receiver from its proceedings.
Owens won’t be introduced at Friday’s Gold Jacket Dinner or Saturday’s induction ceremony, according to executive director Joe Horrigan.
Owens will be mailed his gold jacket Saturday morning.
On Saturday Irvin backed up the Hall for not letting Owens’ voluntary absence overshadow the day for the rest of this year’s class – general manager Bobby Beathard and players Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher.
Owens ranks second in NFL history with 15,934 yards, third with 153 touchdown catches and eighth with 1,078 catches.
Michael Irvin sides with Hall of Fame on Terrell Owens decision
Michael Irvin thinks the Pro Football Hall of Fame made the right call regarding Terrell Owens.
The Hall of Fame wide receiver believes Owens forfeited his mention during the induction ceremony next month when he opted not to attend.
“We can’t spend this moment for all these other guys talking about the guy that is not here,” Irvin said Saturday, via ESPN. “You cannot do that and take that away. He’s doing his own thing wherever he’s doing his own thing, and God bless him. And when they mention the class they’ll mention him, but why should you steal those other guys’ moment because of the decision of this one?”.
“I think it’s the right move. They’re not saying he’s not going to have a bust in the room. They’re not saying he’s not getting his jacket. They’re saying, ‘We’re honoring his wish. He doesn’t want to be here with us, we’re going to mention him as little as possible.’ I think it’s the right move.”
Owens will also have to wait to receive his gold jacket since he won’t be attending the ceremonial dinner on Aug. 3, though it will be a minor delay as his jacket is expected to be mailed to him the following day.
After announcing his intention to skip the Hall of Fame festivities in June, Owens revealed earlier this month that he will host his own ceremony at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The class of 2018 inductees, which include Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer, will be honored at the enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 4.
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