The Dallas Mavericks have the rest of the NBA cornered in terms of having entertainment that no one else can match. In 2002, the Mavericks sent out a group of overweight, middle-aged men to perform a dance routine at halftime of a playoff game. On that day, the ManiAACs, the grossest yet most entertaining act in the league, were born.
However, the ManiAACs have taken a dark turn in the past week. According to a report from the Huffington Post, on Wednesday night in DeSoto, Texas, four women were shot to death at two separate homes and four others were also wounded in the shooting spree. Arrested at the second crime scene was 44-year-old Erbie Bowser, who happens to be a former member of the ManiAACs.
Bowser, who was known as “E-Luv” while he was a dancer with the Mavericks, was reportedly going to the two houses where the murders occurred to look for his girlfriend. However, the reports say that authorities do not yet know what the relationship of the victims was to Bowser.
This incident obviously can’t be used to make a broad statement about the Mavericks or the way that they are run. Despite owner Mark Cuban’s eccentricities, he has done a fine job building up this organization to an entertaining and successful level in the NBA.
Ultimately, this situation involving Bowers is ultimately another sad chapter of crime being tied to professional sports. Bowers may not have been an NBA player, but he was involved with a franchise. The tales of crime in pro sports, especially recently, are quite disheartening. Here’s to hoping that the near future is much brighter.