NFL Slaps Bowe With One-Game Suspension

The Chiefs will not have wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for their regular-season opener on September 7 when they host the Tennessee Titans. Bowe was handed a one-game suspension by the NFL on Friday.

The penalty was caused by his arrest just before midnight on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Riverside, Missouri. He was charged with speeding (48 in a 35 mph zone) and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana.) In April, Bowe pleaded guilty to amended charges of operating defective equipment and littering, paying fines totaling $610. The plea bargain did not include Bowe pleading guilty to marijuana possession. It made the legal ramifications go away, but did not preclude the NFL from disciplining him for the incident.

That news came down Friday. The league’s labor agreement provides Bowe with five days to appeal the suspension, but indications are he will not do so. Bowe released a statement on Friday after the suspension was announced:

“I am extremely sorry that I can’t be on the field for the first game of the 2014 season because I made an error in judgment. I take responsibility for my mistake, and it will not happen again. I hope that my teammates, coaches, and Chiefs fans accept my sincere apology. I will be supporting my teammates in week one, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in week two and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl.”

Bowe will be allowed to play in the final three pre-season games, and he will be able to practice over the next two weeks. But the day after the Chiefs wrap up the pre-season in Green Bay, Bowe will be forced to stay away until the day after that opening game against the Titans.

“We are disappointed in the situation and will miss him on the field, but we support the league’s decision,” said the Chiefs in a prepared statement that was three sentences long. “The club will have no further comment on the matter.”

There was no name attached to the statement.

For Bowe, it’s the second league suspension of his career. He received a four-game slap in 2009 after he tested positive for a diuretic. That’s considered part of the performance enhancing drug policy in the league; PED users have taken diuretics in an attempt to mask their use of banned steriods. At the time, Bowe said he took some of his grandmother’s diet pills in an attempt to make weight at the start of training camp.

Here is the NFL statement on the penalty: “Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Bowe will be eligible to return to the Chiefs active roster on Monday, September 8 following the team’s September 7 game against the Tennessee Titans. Bowe is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.”

3 Responses to “NFL Slaps Bowe With One-Game Suspension”

  • August 15, 2014  - Bob Gretz says:

    August 15, 2014 – Ernie Barney says:
    New the league would hand out discipline. I think DBowe is lucky with just a one game suspension. Next man up.

    August 15, 2014 – el cid says:
    Could not ask for a better game to lose Bowe, the OL will not be ready to hold for those slow developing, occasionally deep passes. The game plan will be for RB and TE carrying the passing load with a strong running attack – I think, maybe.

    We do not even have a legit #2 so if #1 is gone WRs are for decoy or junk time.

    August 15, 2014 – R W says:
    Ready or not, appropriate or not, it’s time for another rant on stupid athletes trying to get away with something in the face of drug testing and running the risk of being stopped on the streets if Sheriff John Stone suspects something is amiss. It’s really a matter of weighing the consequences of personal actions against how much is at stake to lose if you’re find out.

    Not unlike you or me going down to the local watering hole, having 5-6 drinks and thinking you’re okay to drive home because perhaps, ‘you’ve done it before’. How much do you have to lose if you’re tagged with a DUI?

    It’s either unmitigated hubris, immaturity or both. Will these million dollar income athletes (not all of them but more than some) ever grow up and get a clue as to how life works? I’m thinking some of them never will.

    August 15, 2014 – TimR says:
    Bob…can you tell us what, if any, contractual implications might have been triggered by this? If there were, what choices and salary cap implications of those choices are in play? I seem to vaguely recall discussion at the time of the new contract protection for the club if he got into trouble.

    August 15, 2014 – johnfromfairfax says:
    I’m not sure but think if there’s a clause in his contract regarding this type of incident (and can’t imagine there wouldn’t be) the Chiefs have an out if they want to use it. That’s why they include them in a contract. I would think they have to weigh the risk of further transgressions against his value to the team including the money tied up in keeping him.

    I’m not sure but it’s definitely a reflection on the league that he received only one less day for a misdemeanor pot charge that was pled down than a player who beat his fiancé/wife senseless and drug her around the hallway of a hotel.

    August 15, 2014 – el cid says:
    Do not think we can should over think contracts and what they do or not do. Also, not sure if any of you are knowledgeable about arbitration. Flatly said common sense and judges have nothing in common. The Chiefs could easily win a case, Bowe get let go, but he gets his pay and the NFL could slap the Chiefs with more dead money. Just saying. Let him set and forget about it

  • August 15, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    It’s a long season. Although I remember it goes so fast.

    Bowe screwed up. I hope he learned something. One game without him does not bother me.

    If somebody can’t step up and replace him will bother me.

  • August 16, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    I have read elsewhere that this suspension can void Bowe’s contract. This would save our Chiefs $10 mil over the next 2 years. Let his sorry butt go. Use the cap space to sign Alex and Houston.

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