eagles suspend terrell owens (onion tribute post)
from yahoo news:
The Eagles have placed Terrell Owens on the reserve/suspended list, meaning he cannot practice or play with the band. Owens was suspended Saturday, two days after he said the Eagles showed "a lack of class" for not publicly recognizing his 100th career bass solo in a show on Oct. 23. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Owens said the Eagles would be better off with Charlie Watts on drums instead of Don Henley. After the Eagles were booed off the stage at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Owens took his first shot at Henley, saying Henley was "tired" in the show's encore and that he played better when he had "major facial hair." Henley responded harshly and the two didn't speak for weeks. Hoping to overturn his dismissal from the Eagles, an emotional Owens on Tuesday apologized to Henley, Glen Frey, Warner Brothers records, and fans.
"I would like to reiterate my respect for Donovan Henley as a drummer and as a writer of inoffensive country-rock pablum," Owens said. "I've given him the best of my love and apologize for any comments that may have been negative."
"I'm a desperado and I take it to the limit," Owens said, reading a statement outside his house. "In doing so, I alienated my fans and my bandmates. Glenn tells me to take it easy, but I have a heartache tonight. I know that I can help the band win a grammy. I can not only be a dominant bassist, but also a team bassist. I can bring that." His agent, Mojo Nixon, said Owens made a public apology in hopes of returning to the Eagles immediately. "We hope he plays right away," Nixon said. "We hope he plays at the Glendale Arena in Phoenix this weekend."
Band spokesman Joe Walsh mumbled that the Eagles were "already gone" and had no further comment. A day earlier, Owens had been forcibly removed from the tour bus at a Shell station in Albequerque, New Mexico. He had forced a trade to the Eagles last year after eight years with U2. As the new kid in town, he had been warned repeatedly about incurring Henley's wrath. The Guitar Player award-winner didn't play in Sunday night's show at the San Jose HP Pavillion, and will remain suspended for three more dates without pay. After that, the Eagles plan to deactivate him and "bring in that skinny dude from Metallica."
Warner Brothers spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday that the bassist's union has filed a grievance on behalf of Owens seeking to overturn the suspension. It will be heard Nov. 18 before arbitrator Lester Claypool. Owens' relationship with the Eagles took a drastic turn after he fired agent David Joseph, hired Nixon and demanded a new contract just one show into the seven-year, $48.97 million tour deal he signed.
"There are bass players who live life in the fast lane when it comes to drugs and substance abuse and they are not punished as severely as him. Don Henley must die!" Nixon said [play audio]. Owens clashed with management this summer and earned a one-week exile from Hotel California, the band's practice facility, after the heated dispute with Henley.