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February 18, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
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UPDATED: Bowers Arrested In New York On Weapons Charge

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Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was arrested on a concealed weapons charge after being found to have a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Monday, according to multiple reports.
The Buccaneers' first negative off-field incident of 2013 happened on Monday as third-year defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport for carrying a concealed weapon in New York, according to numerous reports.

The state of New York – and New York City in particular – has some of the toughest gun laws in the entire nation, which may not bode well for Bowers.

The former 2011 second-round draft pick out of Clemson was attempting to board a U.S. Airways flight from New York to Raleigh, North Carolina when he was found with a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag, spokesmen for the Port Authority and the Queens District Attorney's office.

Bowers was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge and is scheduled for court Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

"We are aware of the situation and are gathering information," Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement released by the team. "We will withhold comment until we know all the facts."

The former All-American defensive end spent part of last year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list before being activated after Week 6 in 2012, where he collected 13 tackles and three sacks. In his two-year NFL career Bowers has 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in Tampa Bay.

Complicating matters for the Buccaneers is that starting left defensive end Michael Bennett is slated to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and Bowers' arrest increases Bennett's leverage for a contract extension.



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Last modified on Monday, 18 February 2013 18:37
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    Well-Here is the man from Texas again that grew up in Tampa and HB Plant High School grad in 1964.In my dealings with youth sports all over the world while serving my country. You have to go case by case. Look at Bowers, has he been good while at Tampa! And what the jail time if any!!! I still think that Tampa may have to get another DL product in the upcoming draft and picks a few more draft picks. If they p[ickup a DL,LB,CB & TE in upcoming FA period.Then go out and get those young players that they have talk too! Then we can go slowly with that Gun case, But if it is worst then thought.Tampa Needs to do what ever its needs to do. The present coaching staff is not gonna take very much negative sistutations. I wish them well in the nexy weeks to a few months-GO BUCS
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    I say this No#1 Release WRIGHT and freeup the 27 millions. Resign Bennett and get his brother on Board.#2 trade down in Rd-1 pick up a no#2 or #3. Get a DL from draft like M Hunt from SMU he is good,A good player.In Rd-2 Go after CB & safety/CB player and see what is still out ther in Rd-3,4,5,6 &7.That's what I would DO period.Tampa must solve their Defensive line and CB's this year-GO BUCS
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    A co-worker was talking about this yesterday. He just returned from his 2 weeks per year reserve service. He said he told TSA in NY that he had been working with explosives for the past 2 weeks so the scanners would go off. They didn't go off. Needless to say he's in the process of talking to TSA about why it didn't go off as he's worried. NY has more pressing matters then dealing with Bowers.
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    A review of LexisNexis New York case law reveals precedence for a plea down to a lesser charge based on mitigating factors in Bowers case. There will be no trial. Bowers gave up his right to plead not guilty when he voluntarily acknowledged the presence of a gun. The DA will use this as another high profile case to say “Do not bring a gun to NYC”. After much weeping and gnashing of teeth in the media, the DA will accept a plea down to a lesser charge based on mitigating circumstances such as legal gun registration, procedure used to transport the gun from point of origin, whether the gun was only statutorily loaded ,and the criminal background of the defendant. Unlike Plaxico Burress, Bowers will grade out well when those factors are considered. A hefty fine will be imposed, and probably community service in the form of a PSA that warns other athletes and sportsmen to observe and obey the gun laws of New York. As I stated earlier regarding the NFL and Roger Goodell, this same thing happened to Shaun Rogers a while back, albeit it Ohio and not New York. But as a first offense, no fine or suspension was imposed. So, I'm even more optimistic!
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    I feel better about the situation after reading the above. It was still a boneheaded move by Mr. Bowers.
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    There's a lot of players doing this lately. Here's a few I found with a quick Google search. (Browns DT Shaun Rogers & Bengals OL Andre Smith) Rogers was fined but that's it. Given that precedence Bowers will also just get a fine.
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    Roland and Macabee that's good information. It changes my view of the situation. Hopefully he remains on the team and doesn't get suspended. Also I was thinking how could you forget that the gun was in your checked luggage on the way to NY, but then I remembered when I was his age how often I forgot to take condoms out of my luggage. It makes for an awkward moment when you're traveling home from college to see your mother and she comes across it.
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    As a professional athlete you would be stupid not to carry a weapon in todays crazy world. Should he have educated himself more on the nuances of gun law, sure but some of you act like he held up a bank at gunpoint. He wont do a day in jail or miss a beat. Fine him and move on, this is far from the Earth shattering news some of you drama queens have made it out to be. Focus on the draft and Go Bucs!
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    not true stl bucsfan, he'll have 2yrs of legal battles and then spend serious time in the old graybar hotel. New York does not play around. say good bye to Bowers.
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    Just bc a person is charged with something doesnt mean he will be convicted. The DA made an example of Burress bc his firearm went off inside a club, thats a far cry from an athlete asking Airport Security if its ok to transport his weapon and then being detained bc of it. Its the same charge for a completely different scenario. We will see if you internet lawyers are correct or if common sense prevails...
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    I always laugh when people say they didn't realize or know that the gun was in their luggage especially a carry on bag.
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    This is a serious charge, but only as serious as the DA wants it to be. He has wide latitude to do a number of things depending on factors such as legal gun registration, procedure used to transport the gun from point of origin, whether the gun was only statutorily loaded,and the criminal background of the defendant. This happens frequently and there is precedence for travelers coming from other states legally and upon landing in NYC is already guilty of a 3rd degree felony. I’ve read that this happens frequently for travelers coming from the state of Texas where gun laws are extremely liberal. Bowers gave up his right to plead not guilty when he notified the authorities of the presence of a gun. So this outcome will depend solely on the DA’s consideration of any mitigating factors. Stephen holder is reporting that the gun was indeed registered to him.So Bowers is in a good position to have the DA consider a lesser charge – a benefit that Talib assuredly would not get. This will be a harsh lesson learned, but one that I predict he survives due to the leniency of the Queens DA. The retention of counsel that has standing with the Queens DA is essential. As for the NFL and Roger Goodell, this same thing happened to Shaun Rogers a while back, albeit it Ohio and not New York. But as a first offense, no fine or suspension was imposed. So, I remain optimistic!
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    Way not to have a knee-jerk reaction people. Sheesh. If Bowers did this in any other airport besides NYC he wouldn't even have gotten in trouble. He had a permit. He had it in the case (with ammo out of it but in NYC that is considered "loaded") He didn't try to get through security. He turned himself in by asking security what was the right thing to do... http://www.newyorkcriminallawyer-blog.com/2010/06/criminal-possession-of-a-weapo-1.html Like the Florida teacher that article is about Bowers just did it in NYC. Disorderly Conduct sounds fair.
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    For crying out loud people… You have no idea about the details of this case and you’re already wanting to hand Da’Quan out to dry. Get down from your high horses and let this situation run its course.
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    I guess God(meaning Elohim; a phoenician god; lord is also Adonai; Summarian god) wasn't powerfull enough for him.
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    What a moron, now he will fully recovered from his injuries now signing Michael Bennett is a must which I was opposed to at first
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    All he had to do was a Google search on "transport firearms airlines ny" and this comes up on top of the page: http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/articles/2010/guide-to-the-interstate-transportation.aspx "Special Advisory for New York and New Jersey Airports: Despite federal law that protects travelers, authorities at JFK, La Guardia, Newark and Albany airports have been known to enforce state and local firearms laws against airline travelers who are merely passing through the jurisdiction. In some cases, even persons traveling in full compliance with federal law have been arrested or threatened with arrest. As noted above in the section entitled “Federal Law on the Transportation of Firearms,” FOPA’s protections have been substantially narrowed by court decisions, and persons traveling with firearms may want to avoid New York and New Jersey or make arrangements to ship their firearms to their destination, rather than bringing them through these jurisdictions. "
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    " Bowers, taking a pleasure trip to New York with his girlfriend, traveled from North Carolina with the handgun — apparently unwittingly so — in a checked bag. After discovering the handgun while in town, Bowers approached the ticket counter Monday and disclosed that he had the weapon, hoping to transport it home in the same fashion." per Stephan F. Holder Seems like a stupid law imo. Bowers was trying to do the right thing (after his stupid mistake). Hopefully Bowers will get a judge who applies common sense in his ruling.
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    I thought about this some more and maybe this is a wake up call for Bowers just like Talib.
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    He really puts the "Duh" in Da'Quan. It is pretty bad when the caliber of his gun is about 10 times his Wonderlic score. Maybe when he gets out of prison he can be hired for the Mongo role in a remake of Blazing Saddles, but that would require having a brain. I guess he could do Frankenstein? Or work as a coat rack in a restaurant.
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    Worst than that it was in an airport. After 9/11 that's gonna be some federal time as well
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    How much stupider can you be? It's just stupid. Who carries on board a plane in today's world a loaded gun? He's going to jail to once again set the example that you can't do this. This is so disappointing to hear. I bet he'll fight this and tie this up in court, but it won't surprise me if the commissioner doesn't suspends him anyway while he is out on bail.
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    When I first heard the report I thought maybe he had it in his luggage, but a carry on, really? It wasn't that long ago Burris did jail time for a firearm violation in N.Y., his was worse because it discharged in a night club. However the law is the law, and Bloomberg made sure Plax paid the price, I'm sure he'll do the same to Bowers. The good news is this draft is loaded with D ends.
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    In New York even NFL players go to prison for gun violations. Ziggie Ansah anyone?
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    Dwight Freeney anyone?
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    Da'Quan, really? In an airport. In New York City? After 9-11? Stupid is as stupid does
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    Not making any excuses but what if someone slipped the weapon into his bag. It's still stupid. I'll wait to hear all the facts.
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    Bucs d line = cursed. WTH bowers?! The weird thing is listening to him in interviews he came across very intelligent, hard working and kind. Kind of hard to blame Dom for incidents like this but I'm sure many fans will come down hard on him. Bennett should pay for his legal fees as he just made a fortune and bowers is most likely done (in prison for 2+yrs)
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    Note to Dominik, Don't draft anyone from Clemson!
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    Question.. How dumb can you be? Answer.. Real Dumb!
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    Wow, Domenik had better start hoping for a miracle.
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    After 50 years of watching football, I am switching to soccer. Between concussions and stupidity the sport is doomed......
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    Folks: IF convicted he is GONE for good! A second degree criminal charge is a MANDATORY 3 1/2 year jail sentence meaning even with good behavior he is in for at least 2 years! http://www.new-york-lawyers.org/lawyer-attorney-1580414.html This is ugly!
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    Looks like we are drafting an end early this year.
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