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Owens criticizes media

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens is upset at the media -- again -- and he turned to a nationally syndicated radio show to vent his frustration Monday.

As a guest on Sporting News Radio's "Two Live Stews," Owens suggested that the line of questioning directed at him after Sunday's 27-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints was intended to provoke him to say something controversial.

During Sunday's brief postgame news conference, he repeated answers or gave very short responses to questions about the game and his performance.

"It really just shows you the angle that the media has taken all these years," Owens told show co-hosts Ryan and Doug Stewart. "Over the years I've always kind of spoken openly about whatever is being asked with my answers, so the last four or five years I've kind of noticed that and tried taking some steps to prevent some of those things from happening.

"But [Sunday] as you saw, it was obviously -- [the media] took some more than initiative to try to get me to kind of go down the wrong path. I know the last two teams that I've been on, I felt like I left those teams prematurely due to media interviews that I've done and things kind of taken out of context and they created sort of a media whirlwind in the locker room and things kind of went downhill from there."

Sunday was the first postgame interview Owens has conducted, which drew a reprimand from the NFL because of rules that requires players to speak to the media after games.

Owens also said in his 11-minute interview that he wasn't as upset with his 185-game streak with a catch ending as he was about not getting an opportunity to make plays to help the Bills win.

"I know I can play this game at a high level," he said. "We've just got to find some ways to get myself and Lee more involved in the offense. Our run game is right where it needs to be. We just got to complement our run game with the pass game.

e-mail: awilson@buffnews.com

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