The Chiefs former #1 draft choice has once again spoken, putting his foot in his mouth during a recent tidbit in ESPN the Magazine, where in a feature called “Postcards from the Edge,” he spoke about a reported incident in San Diego where he talks about some of this teammates having girls in their room the night before a game against the Chargers.
“My rookie year, we were playing in San Diego,” Bowe says. “You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room. The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing.
“Younger guys don’t have the money to do it,” Bowe added. “Anyway, these girls had the whole top floor. They know everything about us — first and last names, sisters and brothers, salary. This one girl was talking to me like she’d known me for years. ‘Hey, D-Bowe, how’s Grandma?’ I’m like, ‘How do you know my grandma?’ She knew that I talk about her every time I’m interviewed for a story.
“I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn’t care. She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other. Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook. That almost got me in trouble.”
Now the Chiefs and their upper brass cannot be too happy about these comments, as it makes the team look awful in the public eye, and the players in the locker room look terrible with things like said about them.
Bowe may be right in the incident, but what’s the use in having this come out now? The Chiefs actually beat the Chargers in the game the following day, so if Bowe is trying to say that the reported ‘ladies incident’ the night before the game affected the team, then he probably doesn’t remember they won the next day.
Kent Babb, the Chiefs beat reporter from the KC Star, appeared on NFL Radio Saturday and spoke about the incident, stating that Bowe is starting to be known more for his mouth than his play. “He’s not a bad guy,” Babb said. “But your starting to remember his issues more than his play.”
Last season Bowe had 47 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns. He also was forced to sit for four games late last season after violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances. He hasn’t lived up to the hype since being the 23rd pick overall in 2007, and the interview with ESPN isn’t going to make him any more liked in the Chiefs locker room.
“He’s going to have to get his act together asap,” Babb said. “I don’t think he thinks that much before he speaks.”
You can say that again. Does he realize the impact he may have not only on his own team, but what is perceived about NFL players as a whole with making statements like that? While no one is naive enough to think that NFL players can’t and have not gone out and had ‘relations’ with a female on the road, coming out and making statements like Bowe did is simply a big no-no.
The question now is what exactly is going to come of Bowe? And, are the Chiefs close to thinking that it’s time to cut their losses with the wide out who has been in most people’s eyes a bust?
From the NFL’s point of view, are they going to look into the situation? Can they even at this point for something that happened years ago? Probably not, but a much closer eye could be kept by league officials when players take to the road.
In the end, Bowe needs to grow up, keep his mouth shut, or no team is going to want him and his tattling ways on their club.