It was a big wake up call, and there was thoughts that Bowe would be slammed by some of his teammates for making such comments.
Now Sporting News reports that ESPN is firing back, saying that what they printed was exactly what Bowe said, and even some of the comments they kept out of the magazine could have really gotten the WR is some hot water.
ESPN the Magazine fired back at Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Tuesday. Its editor in chief said Bowe made comments that were even racier than those that were published in a controversial story that involves Bowe. The magazine also said it chose not to print quotes in which Bowe implicated teammates in questionable off-field activities.
Bowe is trying to deflect the heat he has received after being quoted discussing the practice of “importing” women to a team’s hotel prior to a game. Bowe said Chiefs’ players brought women to their hotel before a game in San Diego three years ago.
Magazine editor in chief Gary Belsky issued a statement in the wake of Bowe’s latest claims of being misquoted:
“As we have said, we will happily allow Mr. Bowe the chance to listen to our recording of his interview, in the event he forgot that he made these comments. He has not asked to do so. Despite his persistence in denying having made these comments — unfairly damaging the reputation of one of our best writers (Eddie Matz) — we have consistently avoided releasing the audio from his interview to spare him and others further embarrassment, specifically because on the recording he offers more lurid details than we published and because he named several teammates as having participated in the off-hours activity in question.
“We do not know why Mr. Bowe persists in denying having made the comments, but out of respect for him, his teammates and the Chiefs we will maintain our position, which we think is the honorable choice. We believe The Magazine’s reputation for honesty and integrity speaks for itself.”