Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens compared himself to Jesus after others questioned his character when he asked for more money.
As it stands, he will be getting $49 million over seven years, a contract he negotiated just last year, but Terrell launched into a tirade about being underappreciated.
When questioned about his character, Owens compared his suffering to Christ's suffering.
He told the Miami Herald, "I don't have to worry about what people think of me, whether they hate me or not. People hated on Jesus. They threw stones at him and tried to kill him, so how can I complain or worry about what people think?"
Youth for Christ wrote a daily devotional on this "latest example of a superstar who just doesn't get it," and launched into a breakdown of what Jesus suffered.
Highlighting two quotes from Scriptures, staff member Byron Emmert, emphasized that Jesus's sufferings came from obeying God.
"God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers" (Mt. 5:11).
A second verse deals with the righteousness of those who suffer for being a Christian, not for "murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people's affairs" (1 Peter 4:14-16).
"Be happy if you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God will come upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people's affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name!"
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch took the liberty to ask the question, "was 'T.O.' out of line in comparing himself to 'J.C.' and performed a five-point breakdown of the two initialed.
"Owens made a remarkable recovery from a broken leg in order to play in the Super Bowl; according to scriptures, Jesus was crucified, died and was buried, and then on the third day he arose again. Edge Jesus," Post-Dispatch reported.
The "bottom line" according to the Post-Dispatch is, "Owens may or may not get more money, but he does not compare favorably with Jesus."