Dwayne Bowe put himself in a precarious position last fall when he got pulled over in a car with marijuana and hauled off to jail. The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver claimed he did nothing wrong at the time, and eventually he escaped a marijuana possession charge by pleading guilty to a couple of lesser charges.
Fast forward to Friday, and Bowe has been hit with a one-game ban by the NFL.
Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is being suspended one game for substance abuse and will miss the opener vs. Tennessee, per a team source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2014
Given the unique nature of this incident, it’s only fair that the NFL went light with its punishment of Bowe. There was no reason to throw the book at him, and there’s also something to be said for not letting him get away scot-free. One game sends a message that he shouldn’t be putting himself in those types of situations.
Chiefs fans are no doubt expecting big things from the WR this year, so this news will definitely be disappointing. However, they should also take note of this tweet from Schefter from just a few days ago:
Chiefs WR coach David Culley on Dwayne Bowe: “He’s in the best shape he’s been in. I know from last year, this is completely different.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2014
That last part is the most encouraging for KC fans. “Completely different” from last year. In 2013, Bowe racked up just 673 yards receiving, the second lowest total of his career.