Kansas City Chiefs Breaking News: The NFL suspended Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe for one game of the 2014 season for a violation the the league’s substance-abuse policy. The announcement came on Friday, and is thought to related to Bowe’s arrest for marijuana possession during the bye week of the 2013 season.
In April, Bowe pled guilty to two lesser charges and paid $610 in fines.
Bowe released a statement to the media on Friday through the NFL Player’s Association, “
“I take responsibility for my mistake, and it will not happen again. I hope that my teammates, coaches, and Chiefs fans accept my sincere apology. I will be supporting my teammates in week one, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in week two and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl.”
Bowe’s suspension comes one day after Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters that Bowe was struggling through practices with a broken finger. The injury makes it likely that Bowe will simply accept the league-mandated penalty to miss Kansas City’s home opener September 7 against the Tennessee Titans.
Dwayne Bowe had impressed coaches by showing up at training camp in outstanding physical condition. We even heard the “best shape of his life” trope that players so often spout after a sub-par season that seems to follow fan desires for a comeback season more than anything else. Even so Bowe’s 151-yard performance in the playoff game vs. the Colts gave rise to hopes that he had settled into Andy Reid’s west-coast offense and had earned the trust of QB Alex Smith.
Bowe will lose a considerable amount of income from his transgression. Bowe will miss one game check, which works out to $517, 705—1/17 of his $8.75 base salary for 2014.