Morning Addicts! I turned in early last night and I see a lot more came out on this whole Dwayne Bowe business. Former players are talking about it as well as former Chiefs coach, Herm Edwards. I am going to say my piece on it later today but until then, here is your Morning Fix!
Even though Zach Thomas officially retired from the NFL earlier today by signing a one-day contract with the Dolphins, he still has one remaining item of pro football business.
We’ve learned that Thomas has a pending injury grievance against the Chiefs.
Per a league source, the grievance is filed and a hearing is expected a few months from now.
Thomas presumably contends that he was cut by the Chiefs while suffering from an injury incurred while participating in practices with the team. That’s likely why Thomas and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, disputed rumors last year that Thomas would be retiring. If he had retired then, he would have had no claim to ongoing salary from the Chiefs.
Me thinks it’s going to be a long weekend for Dwayne Bowe.
I’m sure his phone has blown up with calls, texts and messages from teammates, both former and current. Not sure if D-Bowe does e-mail. If he does, then that mail box figures to be full. Some folks who play and played with him might seek him out for a little face-to-face.
All because he fumbled twice on the same play, or in Bowe’s case he dropped the same ball twice. He broke the age old “code-of-the-road” and the long-time axiom about what is said and done in the locker room, stays in the locker room.
Let’s make sure we understand what’s important in this little soap opera, because some fans and the pundit class have lost perspective on this matter. What Bowe said and what he says his teammates did on a road trip during the 2007 season did not break any laws and may not have actually broken any team rules.
Even though Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe referred to quarterback Matt Cassell as like a girlfriend, he wants us to know he doesn’t mean it in the gay way. Bowe told Nick Wright of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City about starting his second season playing with Cassell:
It’s like an extra year with your girlfriend trying to map things out. You know, those quarterbacks, they’re like my girlfriend. No homo.”
This is the same idiot who bragged about players on the team “importing” women to hotel rooms for sex on the road. He’s also the same player suspended four games last season for violating the league’s ban on using performance-enhancing drugs.
At least he cleared up his sexual orientation. I wouldn’t want anyone to think someone as moronic as Bowe is a homo. It gives us all a bad name.
“The things he’s saying are not true,” said defensive lineman Jimmy Wilkerson, who played five seasons for the Chiefs, the last being in 2007. “Security is so tight at the hotels. They wouldn’t allow your family members to come up to the rooms, let alone have girls waiting in the rooms for you. If they did that, it affects the Chiefs owners, the organization and the coaches. It makes it look like the coaches let this kind of stuff go on, and I know Coach (Herm) Edwards did not do that.
“I don’t remember the San Diego trip specifically, but I can tell you there were no girls up on our level.”