According to head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start on Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, for arguably the most-anticipated game of this season. Bowe was arrested on the Chiefs bye week Sunday for marijuana possession after being stopped for speeding.
Bowe will have some legal issues to deal with in the near future, and a possible NFL suspension (a typical one-game suspension for such a charge, which will likely not be imposed until after the legalities play out), but the bigger issue is that his arrest couldn’t have come at a worse time.
A Kansas City radio personality quipped this week that if he were to have missed the game against Denver, fans would have blamed him, even though “[Bowe] never catches the [expletive] ball when it’s thrown to him anyway.”
His prowess on the field is not even the point, though.
Though the Chiefs are undefeated at 9-0, they are headed to Denver as the 7.5-point underdogs, and will need everyone in their ranks going against their long-time rivals, the 8-1 Broncos. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and the rest of the offensive squad have had an unpredictable year at best, and this could have seriously hampered things for the offense on Sunday.
Four years ago, Bowe was slapped with a four-game suspension when he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. His response? He said then that it was due to one of his grandmother’s diuretics he accidentally took.
Okaaaaaay. Benefit of the doubt.
When Bowe was pulled over, his vehicle bore a strong scent of marijuana, and his license and insurance were expired. Surely, no one is perfect, but how careless and irresponsible can someone be?
This is the biggest season his team has had in recent memory.
Get your life together, Dwayne. And best of luck against the Broncos Sunday.