Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens was seen knocking out a reported heckler outside of a CVS in Inglewood, California.
As the 48-year-old Owens told TMZ, he ran into the LA-area pharmacy for a few necessities, when he bumped into a fan of the San Francisco 49ers – one of his former teams.
But while Owens chitchatted with the admirer, another, less-cordial person approached and began heckling the pair. Witnesses say the troublemaker threatened to beat up both Owens and the 49ers fan outside the store.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens was seen knocking out a reported heckler outside of a CVS in Inglewood, California
As the 48-year-old Owens told TMZ , he ran into the LA-area pharmacy for a few necessities, when he bumped into a fan of the San Francisco 49ers – one of his former teams
While Owens chitchatted with the admirer, another, less-cordial person approached and began heckling the pair. Witnesses say the troublemaker threatened to beat up both Owens and the 49ers fan outside the store
Video from the incident shows Owens fighting a smaller, shirtless man, who is ultimately dropped by strong right hand from the former NFL receiver
Owens walked away after dropping the alleged heckler with a strong right hand
Video from the incident shows Owens fighting a smaller, shirtless man, who is ultimately dropped by strong right hand from the former NFL receiver. The alleged heckler managed to get to his feet, and still had more words for Owens, who had clearly proven his point and began walking away.
Owens then got back into his Tesla and hit the road, according to TMZ, which reports that police were not called to the scene.
The odds were stacked heavily against Owens’ opponent, who was facing a former professional athlete known for staying in peak physical condition. Earlier this year, footage surfaced of Owens purportedly running the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds, which is as good or better than many current NFL wide receivers.
On top of that, Owens is 6-foot-3 and weighs roughly 230 pounds.
A polarizing player in his day, Owens is considered among the greatest receivers in football history. The former Chattanooga star never won a Super Bowl, but was a five-time First Team All-Pro before ending his NFL career with the Bengals in 2010. He attempted a comeback with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, but never played in a regular-season game for the team.
Terrell Owens scores a game-winning touchdown for the 49ers against the Falcons in 2001
Owens has had a few run-ins with civilians this year, including a racially charged confrontation with a neighbor in Florida that ultimately went viral in August.
The other party, a 38-year-old white woman named Caitlin Davis, was subsequently charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for lying to police about the incident and is due back in a Broward County courtroom on December 6, according to records obtained by DailyMail.com. It remains unclear what, specifically, she is being accused of lying about, but she did say Owens was driving dangerously.
She was unable to support her allegations, according to the reporting officer’s statement, obtained by DailyMail.com.
‘He got out of his car and started harassing me,’ Davis told officers as Owens recorded the scene on his phone, while derisively referring to her as a ‘Karen.’
‘But you didn’t have to get out of your f***ing car,’ she then yelled at Owens.
Owens responded: ‘You didn’t have to talk to me that way, either.’
It was at this point that Davis brought race into the discussion by shouting: ‘You’re a black man approaching a white woman.’
Amid the escalating situation, Davis then began to cry.
‘He literally came after me,’ the woman sobbed.
Owens continued to record while cooperating with officers by providing his identification.
‘Her you go, sir,’ Owens said to the officer, handing over his ID.
‘I’ve seen it, but I’ve never been a part of this,’ Owens said, referring to the situation.
Owens continued referring to Davis as ‘Karen,’ which has become a pejorative term for an entitled white woman exercising white privilege, typically as seen in a viral video.
Owens, who starred with the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys and Bengals, captioned his video: ‘KAREN IS REAL!!!!’
‘Wow!! JUST A NORMAL NIGHT OF BEING A BLACK MAN IN AMERICA,’ he added. ‘I want to say I can’t believe it but y’all know what it is. #karenonbikes #tears #falseaccusations #hernameiskate’
Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens found himself in a racially charged confrontation with a female neighbor and police, which he recorded and has since shared on social media
He later referenced Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American who was lynched for allegedly offending a white woman in Mississippi in 1955.
‘THIS IS FOR THOSE LIKE EMMITT TILL WHO WAS BURTALLY MURDERED AND DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO LIVE TO SPEAK THEIR TRUTHS BECAUSE OF FALSE ACCUSATIONS,’ Owens wrote on August 4.
‘Regarding the incident that took place last night… here she is, a real life and our neighbor Karen: her name is Caitlyn Davis.’
More recently, Owens has appeared on Chris Cuomo’s new show to discuss the incident.
‘If the roles were reversed, they would be going to the full extent of the law to charge me,’ Owens said. ‘It’s not about me.’
‘I just think about others that may have been in this situation and if they didn’t have the status or wherewithal to do what I did, it could have been gravely different.
‘I want to be able to use this platform to shed light on what goes on,’ he added. ‘It doesn’t matter what type of neighborhood you’re in, this is the reality of the life of a black individual or black American.’
An officer could be seen in the background, and Owens was cooperative, calling him ‘sir’