Dwayne Bowe’s Arrest for Marijuana Possession: What it Means to the Chiefs and the NFL

All eyes are on the Kansas City Chiefs this season, and last week was no different. First, their wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was thrown into the public spotlight when he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and speeding. Then, the Chiefs went head to head with the Broncos in a much anticipated week 11 game.

Dwayne Bowe’s arrest brought more attention to the team that, until then, hadn’t lost one game. Their perfect record changed Sunday in Denver with a 17 to 27 loss.

Dwayne Bowe’s Arrest

Bowe was pulled over for speeding on November 10, the Sunday of the Chief’s bye week. He was driving in Riverside, Missouri, a suburb north of Kansas City. The officials found a substance in the car before taking Bowe in.

Bail was posted and he was released, but the case is far from over. Bowe released an apology statement Wednesday following his arrest. He continued to practice with the team and played Sunday night, while the legal matters continue to progress.

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Bowe’s Arrest: Spark in the Conversation

Fans are talking

The arrest of any NFL veteran will become news, but this particular case has the league and fans buzzing.

Most people wonder why a veteran like Bowe would put himself in this position when his team was on the biggest winning streak they’d had in years. The Chiefs aren’t known for winning 9 games in a row — so an undefeated start to the season is a pretty big deal for the team (and the fans.) It’s hard to say how Bowe’s arrest really affected the team, but we’re guessing the initial news distracted the team members before they rallied and got ready to face the Broncos.

The league is buzzing

Bowe’s arrest for possession also sparks an ongoing debate in the league.

Players, officials and legal officers take their sides regarding weed and its relation to the game. Players argue that marijuana is less risky than the use of painkillers and it offers stress relief. League policies and the federal law are more clear-cut — showing that substance use is illegal, and most likely detrimental to the players and the game.

The debate won’t end soon. The NFL will be the center of many debates on drug testing, arrests, play time and eligibility. We’ll keep updating you on the conversation of substance use and the NFL that was sparked by Dwayne Bowe’s untimely arrest.

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4 Comments to “Dwayne Bowe’s Arrest for Marijuana Possession: What it Means to the Chiefs and the NFL”

  1. Bo Thomas 18 November 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    It’s too bad about the Chiefs, I was rooting for them!

  2. Scott Thompson 21 November 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Marijuana is becoming more and more acceptable it seems. He ended up starting.

  3. Ryan Carrigan 22 November 2013 at 9:23 am #

    He probably isn’t the first to encounter this problem, and more than likely he won’t be the last.

  4. Eric Van de Bovenkamp 22 November 2013 at 10:43 am #

    As a fan of sports it’s hard to hear about players losing focus and making these types of silly mistakes.