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April 11, 2013 @ 10:07 am
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Bowers Avoids Jail, Gun Charges Reduced To Disorderly Conduct

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Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers avoided a jail sentence on Thursday when his gun charge in New York were reduced from felonies and misdemeanors to a disorderly conduct violation. Bowers, who is expected to replace Michael Bennett as a starter at left end this season, was fined $370.
Several people inside One Buccaneer Place are breathing a huge sigh of relief today, but maybe none more than Da’Quan Bowers himself, after the Queens County District Attorney’s Office agreed to reduce Bowers felony gun possession charge to disorderly conduct.

The Tampa Tribune’s Roy Cummings reported Thursday morning that according to his attorney, Dennis Coppin, Bowers was fined $250 with a $120 surcharge.

The Bucs starting left defensive end was facing the possibility of 3.5 years in prison stemming from his arrest last February after Bowers was arrested for carrying a handgun in New York’s LaGuardia Airport. On the afternoon of February 19 Bowers arrived at an airline check-in counter with a .40 caliber firearm in his luggage. Bowers alerted the authorities before boarding the jet, and his admission of the error is thought to be a big part of why the charges were reduced.

According to general manager Dominik, Bowers’ girlfriend surprised him with the trip to New York and he did not realize the gun was in the bag he packed as the couple packed for their trip to New York. Bowers said he realized only after arriving in New York that he was in possession of the firearm, which is legally registered in his name but not in the state of New York.

Bowers, 22, was released from a New York jail after posting a $10,000 bond following his arrest, and was facing two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

Bowers retained defense attorney Dennis Coppin who in a statement to the Tampa Tribune shortly after his arrest said Bowers will be "fully exonerated'' of all charges pending a fair investigation of facts of all charges.

PewterReport.com attempted to get a statement from Coppin, but his office said he would not be available until after 2 p.m. The Buccaneers also have not released a statement as of yet, but may before the end of the day.

PewterReport.com will update the story as more details become known.

Last modified on Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:25

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    It pays to be honest, good for him. Now kick *censored*.
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    Good news! Thought it was way overblown....
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    I was never worried and am very pleased Bowers will get to be a force on the left side of our defense. First round needs to be the best DT at 13. The second round (or use a 4th pick to get into the end of round one if necessary but come away with a talented CB to start next to Price if we don't still pull off the Revis trade this year. Third round grab the best TE, which I believe will be Cabrera, Fourth round take QB Landry from Okl, and with the remaining three or four picks grab a backup DT, DE, and punt returner who is a burner with good moves. If you still have a pick left how about a developmental LB too.
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    It would be great if Mr. Bowers learns from this fiasco and removes his head from his backside. He got a tremendous break. You and I would still be in jail. Wake up and make the right decisions and play some football. Th Tampa Bay community has a lot riding on you so do not let us down.
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    I'd say great. Now Mr Bowers Be a good Player and play great this year and create havoic on other teams offensives QB-GO Bucs
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    Great news for Bowers (bet Plaxio is ticked.) Now we need to get him 100 percent healthy and consistently playing with a chip on his shoulder. 10 to 12 sacks would be nice. Add Milliner/Trufant/Rhodes at 13, Margus Hunt or trade back ang get Kawann Short late rd1 or early rd2 then load up on defensive back ups rd3 thru rd6. Pick up Either Clabo or Winston after the draft and we might be looking at 10-6. Go Bucs........
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    This was huge for the draft because now we can either pick up a corner in the first round if we dont get revis or go defensive tackle! If we can get Loutelli we can have a very solid front four with a good secondary! But the only way that happens is if we don't give up this years first rounder...
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    Its only a "Petty Crime" because States can pass laws restricting your rights as a citizen and all the sheep follow along. It would not have been a crime in some other States. Let me stress also you can bring licensed weapons on an airplane. They need to be in your checked luggage and properly secured. There was no intent on his part to board an airplane with a loaded weapon as he alerted officials of the weapon in hs carry on.
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    I was never worried about this one. Professional athletes never go to jail for petty crimes. I agree we need more DE depth but I don't think it has to be a high draft pick. Teo'Neshiem played very well with his limited snaps and is a former 3rd round pick. I think a guy like Sam Montgomery can be had in the third or fourth round and will serve well as a fourth option.
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    That's good news, it's not like he was trying to hide it anyways. He made a simple mistake and let someone know, it wasn't intentional in anyway. I hope Bowers can finally stay healthy and put up a solid 10 sack season cause we're going to need him and Clayborn to provide us with sacks this year to improve our secondary!
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    That good news; we still need anothe rgood DT and DE in the rotation to put up a legit pass rush. I hope both of those picks are in the very early rounds, if he have any picks in the early rounds after the Jets clean us out.
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    Well thats a relief.
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    AGREED! Now stay healthy and have a productive year!
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