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Terrell Owens declines invite to Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Owens said he has let the Hall of Fame know of his plans and says he'll announce "where and when" an induction celebration will occur at a later date.


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Terrell Owens, the controversial but productive receiver who was elected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, has declined an invitation to attend the induction ceremony.

 

In a statement to ESPN, Owens said he has let the Hall of Fame know of his plans and says he'll announce "where and when" an induction celebration will occur at a later date. He later tweeted out his statement, ending it with "Sincerely, #81."

While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton. ...After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere.

Terrell Owens
Hall of Fame receiver

"We are disappointed but will respect Terrell's decision not to participate in the enshrinement," Hall of Fame president David Baker said in a statement, per ESPN. "While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL's 99th season."

 

Baker said the Pro Football Hall of Fame would have no further comment.

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