Simpson (left) and Terrell Owens
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12/19/2007 at 04:00 PM EST
No stranger to causing controversy, Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys apologized Wednesday for joking earlier in the week that Jessica Simpson
was a distraction for her star-quarterback boyfriend, Tony Romo.
"I tried to get [Romo] to call her so I can explain to her that she doesn't really know me and that I can be funny," Owens tells the Dallas Morning News
. "And that everything I say, the media will take it and run with it. It's not a big deal. I will try to rectify the situation between her and I."
With Simpson in the stands at Texas Stadium on Sunday, Romo played poorly
and the Cowboys lost – leading some to suggest she might be a bad omen for the team, which is enjoying an otherwise-stellar season.
Following that game, Owens had told the Morning News
that Simpson was "not a fan favorite
" in Dallas and that "I think a lot of people feel like she's probably taking [Romo's] focus away."
He had also promised "a message for her when we make the playoffs." In anything, that message will likely now be a conciliatory one.