Yes, out of every player interviewed, the media ONLY ever focuses on TO, every Sunday, week-in-and-week-out... Only Owens.
JMan, you don't live in a fantasy world, I know you know better... Every Pittsburgh player every week is scrutinized by what he says in our local media... The first time one of them says something dumb**** like, "Yeah, that was a tough loss and if our offensive-line would've stepped up and done their job, maybe we'd have won the game.", you better BELIEVE the local and national media are gonna jump on that player... At the very least our local media would have a hard-on over it though... but it doesn't happen often at all, or if it does it's immediately nipped in the bud by the organization.
Because the Steeler organization doesn't put up with ******** like TO... They CHOOSE to keep their players in line, like they should, and demand a certain level of respect out of them. Case-in-point, Willie Parker bitched after I believe the game prior to our last of the season... He was upset with the offensive coordinator, the play calling, and how he was being utlized. He didn't say much, certainly nothing one would call outrageous, he just spoke his mind about the offense...
Guess what? He was apologizing the next day, and spinning it (poorly I might add) that he was misinterpreted... THe organization snapped his ass back into reality, and deflated his ego. It was less than a day before he was "rewording" his statement. Hell, a big deal was made of a rookie sending a text message (allegedly, nobody's even sure this actually happened), and that guy caught major **** from the organization publicly.
Again... TO's a great player, but you're nuts if you think he's the only guy scrutinized by the media... He's not. Every team's drama is like a drop of blood in shark-infested waters, and every team is being watched every week for that one dumb**** statement to come out... TO's just made a habit of it. That's not a mistake or coincidence. He's an *******, he's critical of his teammates, and when you do that you make guys you have to rely on not really give a **** about you, your yards, your receptions, or your bonuses.
But that's fine, honestly. I love the fact he'll float around to the teams that are willing (or desperate? I think that was Dallas' reasoning) for a good player at the WR position, despite his attitude. Other organizations are just smart enough to avoid it IMO. Maybe he'd be a great fit in NY? Maybe not... I'm only sure he'll find something to bitch about at some point. When we beat the Cowboys this season he was the only guy making a spectacle on the sidelines, yelling and bitching. I guess that was just the media bias against TO though.