Police beat reporter Rebecca Lopez at WFAA in Dallas broke the story this morning.
According to a Dallas police report first obtained by News 8, Dallas Cowboys star receiver Terrell Owens attempted suicide Tuesday night.
The report says Owens, 32, took prescription pain pills. Owens broke his right hand in a Sept. 17 game against the Washington Redskins.
A woman told police she observed Owens putting two pills in his mouth.
According to the police narrative, the woman said the prescription of 40 pills was filled on September 18 and--until Tuesday--Owens had taken only five pills.
The police report said Owens was asked if he had taken the rest of the prescription; Owens said, "Yes."
According to the report, police also asked if he was trying to harm himself. Owens answered, "Yes."
Here's the portion of the police report WFAA obtained:
ON 0 9 / 2 6 / 0 6 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:51 PM, RO/S WERE DISPATCHED ON A CALL BY
DALLAS FIRE AND RESCUE REGARDING COMP ATTEMPTING SUICIDE BY PRESCRIPTION
PAIN MEDICATION. UPON ARRIVAL RO/S FOUND COMP BEING STABILIZED BY DFD
#703 I N THE AMBULANCE. RO/S THEN RESPONDED TO BAYLOR HOSPITAL PER DFD'S
REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE TRANSPORT AND TREATMENT. RP #1 WAS INTERVIEWED BY
R/OS AT BAYLOR HOSPITAL. RP STATED THAT COMP STATED THAT HE WAS
DEPRESSED. RP NOTICED THAT COMP'S PRESCRIPTION PAN MEDICATION WAS EMPTY
AND OBSERVED COMP PUTTING 2 PILLS I N HIS MOUTH. RP ATTEMPTED TO PUT HER
FINGERS IN COMP'S MOUTH TO RETRIEVE THE PILLS. RO/S WERE TOLD BY RP
THAT THE PRESCRIPTION OF 40 PILLS THAT WAS FILLED ON THE 18TH OF
SEPTEMBER, AND THAT COMP HAD ONLY TAKEN 5 PILLS UP TO THIS DATE. DURING
AN INTERVIEW OF THE COMP, COMP WAS ASKED I F HE HAD TAKEN THE REMAINDER
OF THE PRESCRIPTION, AT WHICH TIME THE COMP STATED, "YES". ON FURTHER
INTERVIEW OF COMP, COMP WAS ASKED I F HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO HARM HIMSELF,
AT WHICH TIME THE COMP STATED, "YES". COMP WAS TREATED BY BAYLOR MEDICAL
STAFF FOR A DRUG OVER DOSE. SGT. SPILA #5251 AND DUTY COMMANDER WARD
Owen's and the Cowboys are now trying to downplay the report and, according to Deadspin, Owens' publicist Kim Etheridge, who made the initial 9-1-1 call, is now backing down a bit, saying Owens was just "groggy."
Update: At Owens' news conference he flatly denied that the incident was an attempt to commit suicide. From the ESPN recap of the news conference.:
Owens said Wednesday the confusion likely stemmed from an empty bottle of pain medication found by his publicist, who was with him at the time and called 911. He said the rest of the pills were in a drawer.His publicist Etheridge noted, "he has 25 million reasons why he should be alive."
"I was non-responsive when she made that call," Owens said. "She made the call out of her judgment for my well-being."
Appearing in a news conference at team headquarters a few hours after leaving a hospital for what an internal police report described as "a drug overdose," Owens wore workout gear and no bandage on his broken right hand. The star receiver smiled and seemed more amused than peeved at the latest ruckus surrounding him.
Owens, 32, blamed a combination of hydrocodone, a generic form of Vicodin, with all-natural supplements for making him ill.
"It's very unfortunate for it to go from an allergic reaction to a suicide attempt," he said.