Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens was released by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League on Tuesday for failing to appear at a charity event, according to the Wranglers' website.
"The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for Mr. Owens was his no-show to a scheduled appearance at a local children's hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches," team president and co-owner Tommy Benizio said in a statement on the team's website. "It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers' organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance."
Team owner Jon Frankel said in a statement, "Our fans are amongst the best in the league and it is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player's lack of effort both on and off the field. We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community."
The release also stated that Owens "recently made it clear that he had no intentions of playing in the team's upcoming crucial away games in Nebraska and Everett."
Owens has been trying to get back into the NFL, and he had joined the Wranglers in February with a deal that included a piece of ownership of the franchise. But, according to the team's statement, Owens "will no longer participate as team owner."
Owens, 38, last played in the NFL in 2010, when he had 72 receptions for the Cincinnati Bengals.