Dwayne Bowe: An Open Letter To Chiefs’ Star Wideout

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Dwayne Bowe, I’m not mad at you because you got pulled over for speeding and arrested for possession of marijuana.

I’m not mad about the 16.8 grams of weed that were found in your car, or the fact that you were going 48 in a 35. Heck, I have a few speeding tickets under my belt, and who are we to judge what you do in your spare time?

You see, Dwayne, I’m not stupid or naive enough to believe that NFL players don’t mess around with weed from time to time. I’m also not the type of person who believes that you have to be a hero and a role model to kids all around the world.

Would it help if you were a model citizen? Sure, I’m sure you could make a positive impact on a few lives. With that said, what kind of irresponsible parent passes life lessons onto an adult their child may never meet? Wouldn’t they want to be their kid’s role model? Why does that responsibility automatically fall on you because you’re 6’2”, 221 pounds and can catch a football?

Anyhow, let’s not get sidetracked here. The point is, I don’t care what you do.

I’m not mad about the weed, because frankly, you’re not the first NFL player to get caught and you certainly won’t be the last. I’m not surprised and I’m not offended.

That’s not what bugs me.

What bugs me, Dwayne, is that you forgot that your mistakes affect more than just you.

I’m mad because you forgot that as an NFL player, everything you do is put under a microscope and turned into news. Do you think you’re the only one in the world who got arrested for possession of marijuana today? Hardly.

If Joe Smo from Kansas City, MO. goes out and gets arrested with 16.8 g’s in his car, that’s not going to make the news cycle and ultimately end up on this blog. It may, depending on Joe’s sense of pride and purpose, end up on a Facebook status, but that’s about it.

Nobody cares what Joe does with his life, Dwayne. Conversely, due to your role as a star wide receiver for a 9-0 NFL franchise, everybody cares what you do.

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I don’t care, but I’m disappointed that you forgot that other people do.

I’m disappointed that you forgot about the die-hard Chiefs fans who hope, and sometimes even pray, for every win that you and your teammates go out and get. I’m disappointed that this magical 2013 season means more to them than it does to you.

Speaking of your teammates, I’m sad for them.

I feel bad for those teammates who have been putting in the work since the offseason, just for a chance to make the playoffs and potentially win it all. I know how hard they work. That obviously meant nothing to you as you were speeding down the road like Snoop Dogg on April 20th.

I feel bad for the role players who would do anything to have even half of the opportunities that you do on the football field. I’m sad for the coaches who spent all that time coaching you, and more importantly, spent all that time preparing this team to win, with you.

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not stupid, Dwayne. I know that the Chiefs’ offense already struggles to move the ball through the air with you on the field. I know that now defenses won’t have to use a safety to bracket cover you, which will allow them to focus on stopping the tight ends, Donnie Avery or even Jamaal Charles out of the backfield.

You see, to me this is just all about strategy and football, and without you, this team is going to have an even harder time winning during this second half of the schedule. I’m not exactly sure what the NFL or your front office is going to do, but unless you’re somehow proven not-guilty, I’m almost certain you’re going to miss some time because of this. I’m not sure when, but I’m almost certain you’re going to have to deal with some kind of consequence that will also hurt the team.

The silly part about this whole thing Dwayne is that you’re not going to miss time because you got involved with weed. Heck, I dare say 50 percent of the NFL probably has some contact with it at least once or twice during the season anyhow.

The silly thing is,  you didn’t care enough to be smart. You were stupid enough to get caught.

Mugshot via fox4kc.com (Michelle Pekarsky)

Mugshot via fox4kc.com (Michelle Pekarsky)

You knew the rules of our land and the rules of the NFL, yet you still decided to hop into your car with your two buds and light up a few buds. I don’t know if you actually smoked, but does that even matter? It was your car and your possession, and you were stupid enough to put yourself in that situation.

Look, Dwayne. I’m not some kind of hippy activist. I’m just a football analyst and coach. From a pure X’s and O’s strategic standpoint, this was the worst call you could have made at this juncture of the season, and that’s why I’m mad at you.

You were either too arrogant, selfish or just too stupid to realize that nobody cares what you do in your private time. We just care that you were stupid enough to get caught.

You’ve hurt a fan base and you hurt your team.

You didn’t hurt me. I’m just disappointed that you didn’t see the bigger picture.

Topics: Andy Reid, Donnie Avery, Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Jason Seibel

    Amen.

  • Mark Muha

    I love it. When your team is doing this well, why on earth would you do anything to jeopardize that success? I can understand if you did it last year when you’re 2-14 and you would have done ANYTHING to forget the train wreck of a year you guys were having, but now, you’re just being dumb. What more could you want?

    Great article.

    • David Fleagle

      I bet a radar detector

  • Travis L Cummins

    To the writer…..get off it..id much rather everyone have pot in their car than drink a single beer and drive or have a open container. Not to mention pot probably will be legal soon everywhere instead of just a few places

    • Steven Hall

      You just sound dumb. You do realize that THC has just as much, if not more, or a effect on someone’s driving ability as does alcohol.

      • Travis L Cummins

        No it doesnt. Ive done research on it. If u combine ALL otc, illegal and script drugs they dont equal 1/2 of drunk driving cases..please do some real research

        • Jason Seibel

          I’d be curious to know what kind of research you’ve done on this subject.

          • Steven Townsen

            It’s reality Jason. Why don’t you try a slice?

        • BigGil

          And yet for your research you can’t seem to grasp that “ect” means jack. “Etc” is the abbreviation you’re looking for; short for “et cetera”. If you want to assert your knowledge on a subject, you may want to get a basic abbreviation correct, lest it undercut your intelligence and credibility.

          • Travis L Cummins

            http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/dict.aspx?rd=1&word=et+cetera
            but yet u and everyone knew exactly what I was saying….also its one of the most common mistakes made. So unless im in school AND u are my english teacher stfu. Only people on the net who try to do what u did are trolling or can win a arguement based on merit.. so anything else u would like to say? Maybe u dont like me useing u in place of you or when someone say’s your u dont know they know its you’re but they dont really care about being 100% correct on grammer

          • BigGil

            I am being a dick to be a dick. You’re making broadstroke claims throughout this entire comment thread that reveals yourself a fool. I have trouble suffering fools. Hence my “be a dick” response. “U” for “you” is common internet vernacular, and did not bother me. Confusing “your”, “you’re” and (for some particular idiots) “yore” (or “there”, “their” and “they’re”, for that matter) is bothersome, but a long lasting stumbling point in our language, and not worth mentioning every time it occurs (except in a professional setting). As for “ect”, you are the first person I’ve seen use that. To validate your claim that it’s a common mistake, I Googled it and, lo and behold, it’s widely acknowledged as a misspelling of “etc” that only stupid people use, which just further validates the point. “U” is widely accepted internet abbreviation. “Your”, etc. is a decades old error and not worth a mention in informal settings. “Ect” is just the result of being an idiot. “Ect” does not abbreviate anything as it is the same length of the actual abbreviation “etc”. “Ect” is not as widely misused as “your”, etc. “Ect” is not even as widely misused as “per say” instead of the actual “per se” (which may annoy me more than your “ect”, but at least has a more valid excuse for the error in that “say” is the phonetic spelling of “se”). Again, I’m totally aware I’m being a dick, but considering that you’ve been trolling this entire thread, making several broad unsubstantiated claims (not all your claims, but several, mind you), putting words in people’s mouths, or totally ignoring points people have made in your response to said points, you’ve earned “dick” treatment. And I’ve had a miserable day and am happy to oblige.

          • Travis L Cummins

            Lmao..aww poor wittle baby got his feeling hurt..lmao….keep letting me know how much I got to u….sure it took u 2 days to nit pick all I said… also like I said its a common mistake u took ” by a idiot ” from the 1st Google search from a wiki. type of page… lol ill take pleasure for weeks knowing ive bugged u with what ive said. Ty u truly made my nite.

          • BigGil

            Further proof that your skills at inference are severely lacking. Further proof that you’re a fool. Further proof that you’re a troll. Further proof that nothing you say is worth a damn. Have fun with that. I imagine you will, as it’s my understanding that the more simple-minded people in life have a better time (not smart enough to know when to be concerned and whatnot). Peace, bruh.

            FYI: Didn’t read this article ’til right now, hence the delay. Yet another example of your faulty assumptions.

          • Travis L Cummins

            LMAO…please keep going because my facts speak for itself per say…lol

          • BigGil

            Ohhhh. That explains the idiocy. “Facts” are things that are indisputably true. Now that you know that, maybe you can shirk the idiocy.

            Btw, this back and forth is amusing and stress-reducing. Just what I needed. Thanks, mate.

          • Travis L Cummins

            Actually…” facts” are not always indisputable remember at one time it was a “fact” that the world is flat…..how did that work out? Lol please keep trying ur arguments are trite and holds as much water as a cheese grater.

          • BigGil

            Ha. It’s a bit of a myth that “the Earth is flat” was ever considered a fact. People knew the Earth was round since about the fifth century BCE. Before that various theories existed, but they were acknowledged as theory (or even good story completely unintended to be serious) rather than fact. That that is the example you used is priceless for its irony.

            What you’ve done a lot of in this thread is touting true results for some people as true results for everybody, i.e. making broad generalizations and touting them as facts (or truth) for all. But they’re not. Ergo, the broad generalization is not fact. That it truthfully applies to a certain number of people (maybe even a vast majority) may be a fact, but that “it applies to all” is not fact.

          • Travis L Cummins

            Reaching much? Also why then would it have been taught in schools for decade’s and maps preserved that as late as 16 and 1700′s they believed it to be fact…. That was only one example. More recent would be the left saying global warming is going on is a fact and the right saying that the globe is cooling is a fact. But keep reaching. This all goes back to my statement that harvard, yale so forth and so on( better?) Have studies stating its fact the pot is less harmful that booze…. keep trying though please its very amusing how hard ur trying. Ive laughed harder the past few days because of this article than I have in weeks

          • BigGil

            Argument is inherently flawed, someone believing something is a fact does not make it a fact. That it’s indisputably true is what actually makes it a fact.

          • BigGil

            Personally, I believe that pot should be legalized and regulated. People will find out quick enough whether or not they’re in the group of people that don’t see much (if any) negative/potentially dangerous to themselves/others effects (the presumably larger group based on sample sizes of testing) or the other group that does exhibit those undesirable effects.

            Not that I have much of a dog in the fight. My tolerance is too high to enjoy any drugs without going broke. Even prescription/OTC drugs (other than antibiotics) require what would normally be considered an overdose for an average person for more to feel the intended effects. It really sucks. But I do subscribe to the economic theories behind why it would likely be beneficial to our economy and the like, and that’s enough for me to be in the “legalize/regulate” camp.

          • Travis L Cummins

            Also u want to try and day the facts ive put out there are irrelevant because of a spelling error but yet u present no disputable facts that state that the most prestigious ivy league schools are wrong in thier studies

          • BigGil

            Said you made several broad generalizations that are not necessarily true, and even qualified it down to state that that meant “several, not all”. The Ivy League studies statement does not fall under “several” in that regard. Hence the lack of argument on that point.

          • Travis L Cummins

            Unsubscirbe

          • BigGil

            Unsubscribe? You think it would be detrimental to our economy? In all seriousness, please expound or provide a link that sums up what you more or less think it that regard. This tiff of ours has just gone from petty to intellectually intriguing, and that could be more enjoyable than being an ass for the sake of being an ass.

            Or am I making an incorrect inference and you are arguing for legalization, but not regulation, and it’s the “regulation” portion you want me to unsubscribe to?

          • Travis L Cummins

            Lmao unsubscribehad nothing to do with this and it came from my email to discus because of the email notice I keep getting. Id rather just see it when I log in… reading too much into things? Feeling a bit defensive? Lmao. Keep going please ur just my point from 2 hrs ago. 8ll see u in the am. Gettn hardfer to stay awake on ambien

      • Erik Hild

        Where did you hear that?

      • Steven Townsen

        It’s ok Steven. I belt out stupid and nonsensical things at times too.

    • Jason Seibel

      None of what you said matters. Andrew said he doesn’t have to be a role model. The fact of the matter is, right now, in the world we live in and especially the state that Dwayne Bowe was caught in, and the league he plays in, weed is illegal. It doesn’t matter what you want or what you think. It’s illegal to possess it and because it was in his possession, he’s going to get hemmed up for it.

      • Travis L Cummins

        Type into google….harvard study pot versus alcohol…then type in oxford, yale, princeton ect ect… its all there just look and read

      • Steven Townsen

        Let’s just give into the system Jason. By the way the system wants you to not have children….or a wife even. Just keep following that line. Bottom line is, don’t have kids or a wife or you’ll get “hemmed up” for it.

    • CHIEFFANINAZ

      You’re missing the point of the article . It currently is illegal , and he did get arrested for it . The point is him getting arrested takes focus off the task at hand, which is preparing for and hopefully beating the Broncos this Sunday night . I don’t care if it would have been shoplifting he got busted for, it’s still an unneeded DISTRACTION. What people do on their personal lives is their business , until it starts affecting other people

    • Steven Townsen

      I’m right there with you. You can never get too high. You can never get blackout high on marijuana…the most it can reduce your reaction time is probably by less than a second. Alcohol can destroy you entirely. Talk about more than dimming your vision and making you black out and reduce reaction time by more than 2-3 seconds. It’s insane how many people don’t want to enjoy what is actually GOOD in life. Let them live their sober life Travis. They’ll die at 20. I’ll smoke my herb and die well into my 80′s.

  • tomflex

    Everybody is going to have an opinion on this ranging from so what ..do nothing to throw him out of football. It doesn’t matter much what our opinions are anyway so I’m not going to add mine to the list. I’m just going to express how I’m feeling right now at this moment (which doesn’t require rationalizing or judgement)…..Disappointed.

    • Jason Seibel

      Amen, Tom. Disappoinment tops the list for me as well.

  • Jane Okkinga

    What about Kyle Williams – just been released by 49ers?!

  • michael mckee

    Chill out on dbowe.any league suspension cant happen until due process has run its course,which wont be til next yr.I realize there’s judgemental overly emotional fans who act like dbowe owes them anything and some idiots who even call for his immediate release,but you’re the same radical idiots who preach this team is all about family.I wouldnt kick a family member of mine to the curb over this yet you yayhoos would.with dbowes money and lawyer he beats this…this is just another rallying point for this disrespected team,and Andy reid has better perspective on this incident than any of the cry babies slamming bowe,given his own family history.no big deal really,quit making a mountain out of a mole hill chief fans.if you are calling for bowes immediate release YOU are the chiefs fans that embarasses so many of us out of state that are from there.outsiders are amazed how the

    • michael mckee

      People in Missouri are 20 yrs behind the times.these opinions about bowe just show that

      • Steven Townsen

        Don’t blanket statement Michael. I want the man to enjoy his life. This is a joke. The police just flexing how mighty they are. I must admit if I was patrolling in a squad car with lots of guns and tracking systems and a great unleashed engine…I think I’d be an asshole too. That’s why you don’t give them that power…it’s too late though.

    • Travis L Cummins

      U nailed my next speech on how it WONT effect the locke room. This team went thura murder suicide ladt year..pot will do nothing

  • TAZMOSIS

    What pisses me most is that Bowe put this dream season into potential nightmare status. Because of his own stupidity, he has potentially put the season in jeopardy. If he comes out Sunday and plays to his max ability, then that’s all we fans and the team can ask for. If not, shame on you Bowe! As the comedian Ron White says, “You can’t fix stupid”.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      How’s the season in jeopardy?

      • TAZMOSIS

        Stacy,
        By me saying “potentially” putting the season in jeopardy, I am referring to any distraction that may take the Chiefs focus off the task at hand, which is preparing for the Broncos, to the media talking about the arrest and marijuana possession. And we all know that they will. This is the biggest game the Chiefs will play in ten years, and our idiot 56 million dollar receiver goes and gets himself busted.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I only see it being an issue this week and possibly later if he’s convicted and faces a suspension from the league. I don’t think the season’s in jeopardy though.

          • TAZMOSIS

            Agreed. But we probably won’t know anymore until after the season. I’m sure that his attorney will delay any legal proceedings until then. BTW, I also see where Bowe let his insurance lapse and was driving on an expired license. I guess we can all agree the you really “Can’t fix stupid”.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That part got me too. He’s not stupid though, just irresponsible.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    He was caught speeding people. Hasn’t anyone been high on this board?? He must have been drinking. High people dont speed they go 13 miles under the speed limit. Anyways just 2 words to ponder now…Tony Gonzales. Damn i wish we could have gotten him. I knew the Bowe signing was a crapshoot. We all knew he was a bonehead now he just did something boneheaded. Lets not worry about this. We kick some Donkey anyways. My prediction is we hurt Manning by halftime and win 27-24. Later.

  • Trent Taylor

    Perfectly said , Andrew. I couldn’t talk about my disappointment with D Bowl earlier without going into a profanity laced tirade. What a damper on an otherwise perfect season.

  • T.Hagen

    One toke over the line.

  • michael mckee

    Steven hall I drive high everyday and have ZERO accidents or DUIs on my record.you have no clue whatsoever talking about impairment.you obviously have never smoked much if at all…don’t make up bs to try to prove your point

  • redchiefs

    2 buddies in the car, 2 bags of pot…… was there a blood test? did DBowe have any THC in his system or was he just driving? Probably he was smoking some but might not have been. At this point it is possible he just has poor judgement to allow others to be smoking in his car. I don’t know Missouri Law about how they could arrest Bowe for possession is the bags were lying loosely in the vehicle. Due process will bring more details.

    • Willie Turner

      In most states, EVERYTHING in YOUR car in deemed to be in YOUR possession. YMMV

  • Roc

    Wtf the dude just signed a 56 million dollar contract, he has enough money to have people deliver the weed to his house. What a bonehead

  • Jason

    The point his he didn’t just let himself
    Down he let the chiefs fans down and his teammates. Good way to honor that big contract! I’m disappointed and it puts a tarnish on the franchise that I think is ran the right way and by the rules!

    • michael mckee

      After belcher and mike bell and bam morris and tanarick vanover you consider this lil nothing incident a “tarnish”on the franchise??lighten up geeeeezzz Jason

      • Jason

        Word

      • Brian Martasin

        Don’t forget that thug LJ…

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    Mr. Bowe, I don’t know what your life is like and you don’t have to respect me but as a fan of yours, the Chiefs, and the game I’d appreciate it if you’d get your shit together son.

  • michael mckee

    Its not a blanket statement if its true.society as a whole is minimum 10yrs behind the times back there and many of us from back there roll our eyes at posts we read and have to get trash talk over archaic statements made by classic people we remember.support your family,dbowe is your family,this team went thru 2012,this aint sh**…pot is not a drug!!!remember Tamba and his pot deal last yr?didnt see anybody calling for Tambas head.support dbowe,no suspension by reid would be warranted

  • Jarad

    this isn’t about alcohol vs marijuana. Its about 1 player being selfish and punishing many other people including his teammates , his fans and his coach.

    • michael mckee

      You’re a grown man,he doesn’t owe you an apology.he didn’t kill anybody and this is nothing to this team.more damaging is the players seeing the gung ho fans turning on dbowe over nothing

      • Jarad

        Huh????? What are u talking about!? Not sure who asked for an apology. Like i said, SHIT HAPPENS. So take a deep breath and relax

      • Jarad

        But icompletely disagree that “this is nothing to this team”!! This team is struggling on offense,especially the WRs! Losing the best WR definitely something to this team. Foolish to think otherwise.

    • Jarad

      But shit happens. Move on and step up

    • Travis L Cummins

      Did he smoke or are u assuming? Maybe u should wait for a positive test before u condemn him for something he may have not done other than speed? So how had he let down all those people if he didnt do anything? Wait before u assume he is guilty, nice fan u are for assuming he did smoke

      • Jarad

        Police report stated that Bowe said they smoked a little marijuana while waiting at the airport. So, i was “assuming” that the POLICE REPORT was accurate.

        • Travis L Cummins

          Thats ur first mistake and secondly why would bowe admit to that? It would cost him games and lots of money? What report because I have yet to see that anywhere? So again why would he admit it??

          • Jason Seibel

            It’s all over the news. He even asked the arresting officer if Sonic was still open. No joke.

          • Travis L Cummins

            Again look at it from a logical perspective..why would he admit that? I dont know anyone who would say..yeqh I smoked a bit ago to a cop. U do know cops dont always write reports accurately especially in riverside where the dirt is cleaner than most of its cops

          • Jason Seibel

            You’re reaching dude if you’re saying the cop lied on a police report. But I’m not going to argue the point with you. Just saying its out there.

          • Jarad

            Completely agree

          • Travis L Cummins

            http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N0IR2HG20131107?irpc=932

            heres another reason why police arwe so trustworthy and perfect..

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I don’t know that the officer lied about anything, but I know that a badge never made anyone honest.

          • Jason Seibel

            I’m not saying it does. I’m just saying that automatically asuming that the officer made the whole thing up from the jump is a little silly.

          • Jarad

            You called me out for assuming a professionalathlete smoked weed, after he was arrested for having weed in his car. Then you turn around and assumehe wouldnt admit it and/or the cop didnt wwrite the report correctly??? Haha. Interesting way to make ur point

          • Travis L Cummins

            http://m.gigstadlaw.com/Criminal-Defense-Blog/2013/March/High-Ranking-Police-caught-lying-about-DUI-arres.aspx
            nope cops dont lie..and each of these would need a report to be filed.. hmm wonder why I doubt it

          • Jarad

            “@TerezPaylor: According to a police report, #Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe said “they had smoked a little” marijuana while waiting at the airport Sunday night.” – Who cares why he would admit it! Thats irrelevant! So give it a rest.

      • Jarad

        Anything else that makes me less of a fan than you are?? Haha. Get a grip bud.

  • michael mckee

    He’s a grown man that made a stupid mistake,48 in a 35.BFD…dbowe has enough headaches today and needs to get ready for denver so you people should put away the butthurt and over dramatization and get ready for denver.I assure you dbowe is more bothered in his life by this than any of you

  • Troy Utt

    Great read Andrew… I have read the comments & I’m sorry but many are missing the point! While as the post suggests I could care less if Bowe fires up, what he does on his personal time is his business. But not to the point it has an effect on others…
    This is not about whether pot is legal, safer, or how it effects your reaction time! It’s about the fact when he signed his name on the dotted line, accepted that $56.5mil he knew the rules of the NFL, & the character clause in his contract. He agreed to abide & play under those conditions. Now just days before the biggest game of the year Bowe & his personal life have become a distraction! That is the POINT!!! I know Reid & Dorsey will do their part to keep the team focused, but having this looming out there certainly does not help! WAR CHIEFS!!!

    • KCMikeG

      Well said Troy. This team is built to overcome adversity and has shown it every week. This incident will be no different. GO CHIEFS!!!

      • Troy Utt

        Mike, I read an interesting piece over on BR just after the news was released. I was trying to find info about Bowe’s first incident & how /if it would impact this one. We now know that they should be treated separately, but I stumbled onto a read about the NFL’s policy on steroid’s ban, testing, suspension, etc… I was kind of shocked to find that many/most times players who test positive for HGH are allowed to plea down. But the further I read it went on to say they also allowed the changing of the reported substance to be plead down to Adderall, or Pot, which is in most cases a 2-4 game suspension…
        It has nothing to do with this current situation, but I found it interesting when you consider the number of Seahawk players who were suspended since last season given the explanation of “Adderall.” Hmm!

        • KCMikeG

          I was a little surprised Reid wasn’t more direct to shut down the “noisy nancys” in the press. He should have just said it once. Legal matter pending and CBA allows player to play. I had no idea the teams were powerless to suspend players on drug violations. Only the league can do it via the CBA rules. I hope they activate the WR’s Ross/Hammond and rotate them with Williams, Bowe, Hemingway, McCluster and Avery.The donkeys won’t know what to expect. I would love to see Bowe & Hemingway catch their breath so we can go with a ” fast five” wide and smoke their weak ass pass defense. This would open up everything underneath for the TE’s and Bowe/Hemingway on top of Charles being able to explode! My prediction: CHIEFS 34 donkeys 24 – GO CHIEFS!!

  • Doc

    Maybe D-Bowe thought he was already in CO where weed is legal?!? Doesn’t matter, it is illegal in MO. Sad to say, but the league needs to suspend him for the rest of the season, and anyone else caught with drugs. Give these young adults gross amounts of money and they get real stupid really quick. I am sure that the players are told when drafted and probably annually to not use drugs. There is a good video out there by Herm Edwards where he tells new players that they represent the shield (the NFL logo) and will be held to a higher standard. When players do not understand that, they need to be suspended for the remaind of the year when they violate the drug policies. Otherwise it sends a mixed message to the players and there is enough problem in our country with people not being held accountable for their actions. Don’t really want to lose him to suspension, but a message needs to be sent that he obviously didn’t learn from his prior suspension for PEDs.

    • KCMikeG

      Last I knew was that in America you are innocent until PROVEN guilty in a court of law by a jury of your peers. There won’t be any suspension until he has his day in court which likely won’t be until after the season.

  • KCNJ

    I AM mad at you, Dwayne. This year, you had it all in front of you. This year, you got your big bankroll. This year, however, your production has not gained you a huge bankroll of goodwill among fans, and maybe others. This year, you risked it all on the idea that you wouldn’t get caught? Really? And you think this won’t have consequences? At a time when the NFL doesn’t tolerate ANYTHING suggesting less than professional behavior? This will mean a fine, FOR SURE and a suspension, LIKELY once it all plays out. I hope it’s all a mistake by someone, but I hope that someone is not you. In the end, it’s SELFISH, and that’s the one thing a teammate can’t be. I’ve been a fan for decades before you arrived. Thru thick and thin for on-field performance, but not for knuckleheadedness.

  • Cliff Cole

    Just remember, they don’t call it dope because it makes you smart!! How much does a driver cost??

  • http://sportbiomech.blogspot.com/ Sport Biomechanics

    and the chiefs are on the board in the Crime Rankings:

    http://nflcrimerankings.blogspot.com/p/bar-plot.html

  • Danny W

    At some point marijuana will be decriminalized and things like this won’t matter. The fact is that in the state of MO it is still illegal. I don’t care that he did it either. It sucks that he’ll be suspended for four games over a substance that is less dangerous for you than a legal alcohol or prescription drug. Still yet, I don’t make excuses for grown men. He knew it was illegal and he did it.

  • sidibeke

    Don’t know if I get the hippy activist point (would you be for Dwayne lighting up then? against? against him driving?); I also can’t get behind the premise: it would have been fine had he not got caught. He wasn’t speeding outrageously, so I’m not totally sure…suppose just don’t smoke in your car. Don’t drive after the fact. All good points. Just trying to parse your argument. I suppose the bottom line: you should be a leader but you’ve become a distraction is one that I am completely behind.

  • Fernando Garci-Crespo C

    Well its official , Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers will be a chief next year.

  • T.Hagen

    Best way to get out of this is pull your head out of your ass D-Bo and play like your life depends on this Sundays game and get some TDs.

  • KCMikeG

    My thoughts – Innocent until proven guilty. Very unlikely he will miss any games this year unless R&D suspend him. Even though his production has been lackluster benching him accomplishes nothing and further damages our team by not getting any ROI on $54M. Please, oh pretty please, tell me there is some sort of option to get out of or reduce the money in his big $$ long term deal for this. R&D had to be smart enough to protect the team contractually with his bonehead history didn’t they? Damn you Bowe for pulling another stupid move just when everything is going our way and people are happy with your maturity and team first attitude. Maybe this was just a ploy to offset the “but Peyton was hurt” excuse? Why don’t these guys wake the hell up and hire a driver? or have one of their posse drive? Hopefully this will light a 5 alarm fire under his ass on the field over the next few months when we need him the most.

  • Calchiefsfan

    He’s in his 20′s, his team is 9-0 and he is loving life. Then he does something stupid that he and half the guys in the NFL do all the time. Problem is he gets caught. He’ll pay for it a lot worse than you or I ever would. It’s a minor deal and hopefully it won’t affect the team too much. It’s just bad timing.

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer' defer='defer upperturion

    Not bad, Andrew. What this does, however, is expose what’s hidden from us … Bowe’s just the latest to be found out… Some of his teammate’s know he’s a toker. We all hope this is a wake-up for everyone and that the team pulls together and gets stronger. Fact is: this is what separates the winners from the pretenders. Isn’t Bowe one of our captain’s? Send the right message, Andy, and sit Dwayne for this gm!

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=34008620'defer='defer' defer='defer 1yankh8r

    Based on every episode of “COPS” I’ve ever watched, Bowe told the officer, “Hey that’s not mine…I’m holding it for my cousin”

  • Donald Hull

    ‘Getting caught’ isn’t the problem. The ‘problem’ is that with ALL of his blessings, he doesn’t have the intelligence, ethics, integrity or honor to ‘hold himself higher’ and be a better man.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I was disappointed for about 24 hours. In fairness though, I had to check my reasons for being upset. They’re almost entirely selfish. I only cared because I thought it might have ramifications on the Chiefs winning a football game. Something’s deeply flawed about that.

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