Making the headlines of TMZ, a celebrity tabloid website, is something Bucs head coach Lovie Smith most likely would prefer his players avoid. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay defensive end Da’Quan Bowers his named was splashed across the front page after a weekend incident with former Destiny’s Child member Farrah Franklin.
TMZ reported early Monday morning; “According to the police NFL player Da’Quan Bowers flew Franklin to Myrtle Beach. The two of them, along with NFL player Ricky Sapp went out on the town Saturday day and night … and the alcohol was flowing. They all went back to Sapp’s place and it became apparent to everyone Franklin was wasted.
Sapp and Bowers both told police they thought Franklin had been doing drugs. Bowers told police he was suspicious of Franklin because she would go to the bathroom for extended periods of time.
Bowers and Sapp say they called cops after Franklin went nuts, screaming and slamming doors. They told police Franklin fled. Cops combed the neighborhood and eventually found Franklin laying down in a neighbor’s lawn.
Police described Franklin as “highly intoxicated” and “unsteady on her feet,” but she denied using drugs. She told police she had nowhere to go and planned on sleeping in the woods.
She was arrested for disorderly conduct.”
The good news for Bowers is he was not charged with any crime and doesn’t appear at this time to have done anything wrong. The Buccaneers have not released a statement regarding the incident at this time.
Bowers will be facing a tough battle to make the 53-man roster after a seven tackle, one-sack 2014 season and just 5.5 career sacks after being drafted in the second round in 2011.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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