Da’Quan Bowers has put himself in a world of trouble, and the 2013 NFL offseason is not even a month old. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end was charged for illegally carrying a handgun on Monday afternoon.
While at LaGuardia airport Monday, Bowers was arrested at check-in as he had a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag. Bowers was taking a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina, and felt he needed some extra protection apparently.
Bowers will endure quite the barrage of charges as he also got hammered with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The initial question has to be why?–Bowers definitely can defend himself at 6-foot-3 280 pounds, and is a professional athlete for crying out loud. If it’s the protection that Bowers wants, then maybe he should invest in a bodyguard or two given the four-year $3.85M that the Buccaneers gave him prior to the 2011 season.
I’m sure the former Clemson Tiger will claim that the gun “wasn’t mine” or that he simply “forgot to take it out of my bag” as those are the common excuses, but the action can’t be undone. Bowers may have wiggled his way out of a Buccaneers uniform and the NFL for good–the ball appears to be in head coach Greg Schiano‘s court in terms of Bowers future as a Buc.
Since entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2011 Bowers has done nothing but disappoint, amassing a lackluster 31 tackles and four and a half sacks in his first two seasons. Oddly enough, Bowers did have character questions entering the draft two years ago, and many NFL teams dodged him because of it–not to mention a knee injury that many clubs thought would never heal.
Bowers is scheduled to appear in court on Monday evening.