09-28-2006, 04:28 AM
PFT PIC OF THE DAY
POSTED 9:42 p.m. EDT, September 27, 2006
T.O.'S "PUBLICIST" APPARENTLY HAS ONE CLIENT
One of the questions we're getting from multiple readers in the wake of Wednesday afternoon's train wreck clumsily described as a press conference is this: How hard is Donovan McNabb laughing right now?
The other more pressing question is this: Who in the hell is Kim Etheredge?
Thanks to some information we received from readers, and from a little Internets sleuthing of our own, here's our answer.
We don't really know.
Terrell Owens' "publicist" is, by all appearances, a Tom Hagen of the P.R. world -- a one-client show. We could find nothing linking her to any firm or business providing such services to other athletes or, for that matter, anyone.
But she is a bit of an entrepreneur. Apparently, she is a part owner in a company that specializes in hair products for mixed-race consumers (http://www.mixedchicks.net/index.html).
(She's not, we suspect, a chiropractor in Florida (http://www.ecdoctors.com/etheredge.htm).) On the "Who Are We? (http://www.mixedchicks.net/femaleentrepaneurs.html)" page of the site, the girl on the right looks a lot like the woman who was at the press conference on Wednesday.
It appears that she became Owens' publicist at some point in the summer of 2005, after Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus embarked on a campaign to get him a new contract in Philly, or a ticket out of town. One of her first tasks was to proclaim that Owens missed a post-practice autograph session in August 2005 "because he was injured (http://www.sportsgoons.com/quotes.htm)."
In June 2006, she claimed that Owens was misquoted when he said that he was misquoted (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2519420) in the book bearing his name.
On Tuesday night, Etheredge was with Owens when he became "groggy" and she called 911.
And her most famous (or infamous) moment came on Wednesday, when she said that Owens "has 25 million reasons why he should stay alive."
(As if the rest of us schmoes with far less cash should take no solace in things like our families.)
We also have a feeling that there might be something more than a master-servant arrangement between the two. At one point on Wednesday, Etheredge used the phrase "when he came home from work." That specific choice of words implies, in our opinion, that she lives with Owens.
We won't speculate any further as to the nature of the relationship, but we can't imagine that a guy with 25 million reasons why he should stay alive would retain the services of a "publicist" with no other clients, no apparent P.R. business, and no obvious skills at projecting her "client" to the public in a favorable light.
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