COMMENTARY | The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a bye week and are in full preparation for their biggest game of the season -- a showdown with AFC West Denver Broncos. A report surfacing about the arrest of one their key players, however, could end up being a huge distraction not only this week, but the entire season moving forward.
Here is the statement from the Riverside Police:
"Shortly before midnight on November 10th a Riverside Police Officer was parked on West Platte Road and NW Business Park using radar to check for speed violations when a black, 2011 Audi A8 registered a speed of 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The police officer, in a marked police car, subsequently stopped the car on West Platte Road at Riverside Street.
While questioning the driver the Officer detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle. The officer then requested the driver and two passengers to get out of the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle the Officer explained to the driver, who owned the vehicle, that he was a K-9 Officer and that the dog would alert to an illegal substance. Subsequently, inside of a black bag the officer discovered the wallet of the driver and vehicle owner, Dwayne L. Bowe, and two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them. Bowe was then placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance. The K-9 alerted to a black backpack and inside of that was found a container that had 4.2 grams of what is believed to be marijuana in it.
One of the passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him. Subsequent to his arrest for possession of a controlled substance, Thompson was searched and on his person two hand rolled cigarettes, containing what is believed to be 2.2 grams of marijuana were also found.
Bowe and Thompson were both transported to the Riverside Police Department for booking on the following municipal charges: Bowe for speeding and possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $750; Thompson for the possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $500. The third passenger in the car, who was not charged, posted bond for both men and they were released with a court date of December 18, 2013."
General manager John Dorsey told The Border Patrol (Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City) that the Chiefs were aware of the arrest but will not comment any further on it.
There is no word of any disciplinary action by the team or the NFL just yet, but Bowe was suspended four games back in 2009 for violating the league's steroid policy. It appears, however, that any potential suspension this time around will not be affected by his previous instance.
Per the NFL Substance Abuse Policy (follow link, page 17), "A player who completes Stage Two without being advanced to Stage Three will be afforded the same status as a player who had never by Behavior or a Positive Test been referred to the Intervention Stages."
While seemingly out of the clear for a long-term suspension, another four-game absence for Bowe -- especially if it occurs this season -- would severely cripple Kansas City's chances of capping off their successful year with a deep postseason run.
Though Bowe has not consistently shown up in the box score this season -- just 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns -- he has done the little things to help Kansas City win. While basically playing the role of a very expensive decoy and celebrated blocking tight end, the wide receiver has come a long way since his early days with the Chiefs when he was touted as a selfish, me-first player.
According to head coach Andy Reid -- who is said to be making a statement regarding this matter on Wednesday -- all players practiced on Monday.
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