Starting next Tuesday, Maryland native Kevin Frazier will be caught in the middle of controversy and between two of the NFL's most outrageous receivers, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, in a new weekly TV series on VERSUS.

Frazier will serve as host – and "referee" – for The T.Ocho Show (10:30 p.m.) each Tuesday, a show that will turn loose the outspoken players in an anything-goes format. Topics will range from controversial issues in the NFL to sports in general to pop culture icons in the entertainment world.


"We're going to take controversy head on," Frazier said in a phone interview from Los Angeles Thursday. "If something controversial is going on, we're going to talk about it."

Ochocinco and Owens are Twitter celebrities, reality-show stars and teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals. "Those dudes love pop culture," Frazier said.

They won be shy about ruffling feathers in the NFL, either, Frazier promised.

"We're going into a new age where athletes have a say," Frazier said. "This is the beginning of that. And it won't be filtered through some sports machine.

"They have someone [in Frazier] to help them facilitate that [dialog]."

In a press release from VERSUS, Ochocinco said, "This is coming from the perspective of two professionals. We play the game, we live the game and viewers will get to live it through us week in and week out. VERSUS is taking a big risk giving us this show. It's gonna be dangerous. Watch with care."

Frazier is the son of former Morgan State basketball coach Nat Frazier, attended Morgan State and grew up in Columbia, Md.