This newfound desire to blend into the background was mitigated only by the fact that Owens made his mea culpa in May on TV, to Dr. Phil, who then implored T.O. to be a better father.
Alas, Owens skipped a court date for a child-support hearing in July. Three days earlier Andre Rison had been sentenced to probation for his failure to pay child support. And the week after that the man who inherited Michael Irvin's number 88 in Dallas—wide receiver Dez Bryant—was arrested for allegedly slapping his mother in the face with his baseball cap. Unlike the Dolphins, the Cowboys didn't release their receiver, who is only 23 but already labeled a prima donna.
Prima donna once referred exclusively to the female lead singer in an opera. But it, too, migrated to sports, where apparently it will never go entirely extinct.