Owens appeared last week on the "Dr. Phil" syndicated show, saying he was broke despite making $80 million during his NFL career. He altered his story Friday during an interview with WQXI AM.
"I’m not broke," Owens told the Atlanta sports radio station. "My broke, for the normal person, is not their broke."
"My circumstances have changed. That means I don’t make the same amount of money that I used to make. With my financial situation, people are asking how did I blow $60 million or $80 million? Those numbers are skewed. If you just kind of factor in the numbers of what I made and how many years I've played. Other than that, I don’t know what else to say. ... I’m not an extravagant living-type person. I didn’t blow my money. My money was stolen and mismanaged."
His appearance on Dr. Phil was to discuss his missing child support payments.
Owens, who played in 15 seasons and appeared in six Pro Bowls, is among the top five all-time receivers in yards and touchdowns. He said he would like another chance at the NFL after no team signed him last season.
"My thing is, just let me have an opportunity to go out on my own terms," he said. "I know I can still play.”