Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) warms up before the start of the the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Bowe Releases Statement On Pot Charge

We have some new information on the Dwayne Bowe arrest from November, including a statement from Bowe.

First, Bowe released a statement intended to clarify some comments he made in a radio interview in January where he suggested he was profiled by Riverside police. Terez A. Paylor provides Bowe’s clarification, which Bowe gave through his lawyer.

“I just wanted to clear up a few things regarding the Riverside incident,” Bowe said in the statement. “I don’t believe I was racially profiled by the Riverside police department. I believe I was pulled over for speeding. I have seen the police reports and videos given to my attorney in this case, and I want people to know I was treated with courtesy and respect by the police. I regret speeding in Riverside and have driven through Riverside many times since Nov. 10 without a problem.”

Let’s avoid the easy joke about “How many times has Bowe stopped by Sonic since November 10?” and move on to more serious matters.

Paylor informs us Bowe’s lawyer has filed a motion to have evidence from his arrest dismissed due to failure by the police to follow the rules during the arrest. This would include, as Paylor says, failure to read a suspect his Miranda rights. Should the judge dismiss the evidence then Bowe would only be subject to the speeding charge.

Typically the NFL chooses to wait until after due process has occurred before starting their own investigation into whether or not a player should be suspended. The collective bargaining agreement has language which limits what the NFL can do in terms of punishment if the charges against Bowe are dropped or he is found innocent. Should the case against Bowe be dropped then there is a higher likelihood Bowe will not be suspended.

Bowe could be subject to a four-game suspension by the NFL is it is proven he violated the league’s substance-abuse policy. There is some gray area here, too, as the NFL could suspend Bowe if he’s found guilty of a lesser charge. Tamba Hali‘s one-game suspension in 2012 is a good example of this kind of scenario.

This isn’t the first time Bowe has been subject to suspension. Bowe was suspended once before for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy in 2009. The four-game suspension has no barring on this case, however, since the collective bargaining agreement considers the PED policy and substance abuse policy to be two separate things.

Bowe, who has had several court dates postponed already, has a court date scheduled for April 16.


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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Sounds like something the organization encouraged him to say.

    • Ben Nielsen

      And his lawyer.

      • 275rgr

        And his agent

        •'defer='defer upperturion

          …and a police chief and prosecutor contemplating leniency…

  • Andy

    Sure was a different tone on the statement as well. I grow very tired of the race card used as a shield for bad behavior.

    • paul pace

      Here, here!

  • Tony Parker

    He looks stoned in that picture above.

  • paul pace

    If he was a Denver Bronco he wouldn’t be dealing with the issue of pot. He could be a stoner and it wouldn’t be against state law. (LOL) On a serious note, it sounds like Bowe will probably get some leniency thrown his way so, hopefully, he will learn from this episode and maybe grow up a little.

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    soon enough the NFL will change their policy

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • e_racer

    I remember meeting Regan many times while Derrick was still alive. To be honest, Kevin had a smarmy look, and I didn’t know whether to trust him when I first met him. The thin mustache, and slick hair… I guess I saw him as a used car salesman. Looks can be deceiving, and on this case they were. Mr. Regan was a relentless defender of Derrick Thomas, and his foundation. Regan was always a gentleman. However, I got the idea Regan was not a man who could be trifled with if push came to shove. I got the sense he was one part street fighter, and that is not a knock.

    We can argue whether Bowe should have been doing what he was doing, but that is water under the bridge. The point is if I were an NFL player, and I got into a little trouble with the law… who would I call? I guess that is pretty apparent, because everyone has Regan handle these matters. Regan is simply the best, and he will fight to keep Bowe from having too much trouble.

    If this matter happened in Colorado, Bowe would only be facing a speeding ticket. He should have had better discretion. I don’t get the idea Bowe is a bad guy, and I won’t feel too bad at all if this all gets settled favorably for Regan’s client.