ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Here's a potential first to add to the "Not In My Backyard" homeowner's list of complaints: Terrell Owens.
The Bills' high-profile receiver's search for a place to live in the Buffalo area has hit a snag after Owens said he was denied a chance to rent a home in Orchard Park because of the potential "drama" he might bring to the neighborhood.
Owens first announced what happened late Tuesday night by posting a message on his Twitter.com site. The message read that he's "tripping about residents" who won't rent a home to him because they "[don't] want any drama [in] their neighborhood!! LOL!!! Wow!!."
Owens then went into further detail about his search - describing the snub as no big deal - following a voluntary minicamp practice yesterday.
"They didn't want me to rent this spot because of the extra or added attention that I may bring," said Owens, who was informed of the news after a real estate agent and Owens' bodyguard viewed the property. Referring to his real estate agent, Owens added, "In her words, she said, 'Drama.' I thought it was funny."
Perhaps, Owens added, the owners aren't Bills or T.O. fans.
The place in question is a six-bedroom home at 1 Deer Run in Orchard Park that lists for $489,397. It's also available for rent, and close to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Real estate agent Bob Wozniak disputed Owens' complaint.
"I don't know how it all got started," said Wozniak, who added that his clients are more than willing to have Owens tour the house.
"He's got the key to the city," Wozniak said, referring to Owens receiving the key to Buffalo last month. "I'd like to give him a key to buy a house."
Owens' house-hunting search is now into its second month since he signed a 1-year, $6.5 million contract with the Bills in March. *