Dwayne Bowe To Start Despite Arrest

By: Dave Skretta, AP Sports Writer
By: Dave Skretta, AP Sports Writer
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RIVERSIDE, MO (KCTV) - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start Sunday night's AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos after his arrest for speeding and possession of marijuana over the weekend.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he is bound by terms of the collective-bargaining agreement from disciplining Bowe, who was pulled over for speeding in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside on Sunday. A search of his vehicle revealed what officers believe was marijuana.

Reid said that he intends to let the legal situation run its course, but Bowe will be in the starting lineup when the Chiefs (9-0) take on the Broncos (8-1) with first place on the line.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will play Sunday night against Denver after his arrest for speeding and possession of marijuana over the weekend, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because he was not authorized to discuss the situation. Chiefs coach Andy Reid is expected to address Bowe's status for the key AFC West showdown after the team's morning walk-through.

Bowe was pulled over for speeding Sunday in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside. Police said an officer smelled ``a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle,'' and a search using a police dog found Bowe's wallet with two containers that the officer suspected was marijuana.

One container held 6.6 grams, the other 3.8 grams, or about one-third of an ounce in all. Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance, police said. He posted $750 bond and faces a Dec. 18 court appearance.

The Chiefs were off last week before beginning their preparations for their game against the Broncos on Monday. Bowe participated in the practice at the team's training facility.

It's unlikely that Bowe will be disciplined until after his court date. The Chiefs are prohibited under terms of the collective-bargaining agreement from disciplining the former Pro Bowl wide receiver for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

In the past, Commissioner Roger Goodell has typically handed down one-game suspensions and fines of an additional game check for similar cases.

Bowe, who signed five-year, $56 million deal in the offseason, has struggled to live up to the expectations that come with being one of the game's best-paid wide receivers. He's second on the team with 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns.

This isn't the first time that Bowe has made questionable decisions.

He was suspended four games in 2009 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs after taking what his agent called an unapproved weight-loss supplement. He also made questionable comments to a magazine a few years ago about womanizing that allegedly occurred at team hotels, and then misstated the name of Chiefs ownership family in his apology.

Now in his seventh season, Bowe is second in franchise history with 448 catches, trailing only former tight end Tony Gonzalez. He has 6,078 yards receiving, sixth-most in team history, and 41 touchdown catches, fifth-most in Chiefs history.

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ESPN is reporting that Bowe will play versus the Denver Broncos despite his arrest over the weekend.

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe admitted to smoking marijuana when questioned by police during a traffic stop, according to a police report obtained exclusively by KCTV5.

Bowe is facing municipal charges because the amount of drugs found in his vehicle did not rise to the level of felony charges, authorities said.

The Chiefs were on a bye week when Riverside police pulled over Bowe for speeding near West Platte Road and Northwest Business Park shortly before midnight Sunday. Riverside is a small town in the Northland.

Officers said Bowe's 2011 black Audi A8 registered a speed of 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. He apparently had just landed at Kansas City's downtown airport and was on his way home after an out-of-town trip. After the officer stopped Bowe, the wide receiver asked the officer whether the nearby Sonic was open then.

While questioning Bowe, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside his vehicle, authorities said Tuesday. The officer then requested Bowe and two passengers to get out of the vehicle.

"(The officer) detected an odor of marijuana coming out of the vehicle," said Riverside Police Department Major Chris Skinrood.

Once Bowe stepped out of his vehicle, the officer explained to Bowe that he had a drug dog with him and that the canine would alert to an illegal substance.

"Bowe stated that they had smoked a little while waiting at the airport," according to a police report.

The officer discovered a black bag with two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them. Bowe was placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance.

The dog alerted to a black backpack where inside a container was found to have 4.2 grams of what was believed to be marijuana in it.

Police said one of the passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him.

After being arrested for possession of a controlled substance, police said Thompson was searched, and police found two hand rolled cigarettes, containing what was believed to be 2.2 grams of marijuana.

Bowe and Thompson were both transported to the Riverside Police Department for booking on municipal charges.

Bowe's Florida driver's license was expired. His insurance was also apparently expired. He initially said he did not have his driver's license with him, but it was found during the search. He also said his brother was involved in the placement of the marijuana among his possessions.

Bowe was released after posting a $750 bond. Thompson was charged with possession of a controlled substance and faced a $500 bond.

The third passenger in the car, who was not charged, posted bond for both men and they were released with a court date of Dec. 18.

Skinrood said Bowe was polite and cooperative during the entire process.

The officer followed procedure and did not give Bowe preferential treatment because of his celebrity status, Skinrood said.

"It's unfortunate it happened the way it did, but we treat everyone the same and hope it pans out for him," Skinrood said.

Bowe's home is about two miles from where he was pulled over. KCTV5's Sandra Olivas went to the wide receiver's home but was unable to speak with him.

Bowe faces a fine of $75 to $500, and jail time of one day to six months if he is convicted.

In 2009, Bowe was suspended for four games for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, after he tested positive for a diuretic. This governs steroid violations.

A spokesman for the Chiefs said they are aware of the situation and have no further comment at this time.

The team also said they don't know if Bowe will play Sunday in the AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos. The two teams play at Arrowhead on Dec. 1.

Based on how the league has handled prior cases, Bowe could play in both of those games if the charges are still pending.

According to league rules, Bowe could not face a suspension until the charges in Riverside are fully adjudicated. League policy says he could face a one-game suspension for his first drug offense. If he has a previous undisclosed positive test, he could face a 4-game suspension.

The performance enhancement rules are governed by a different set of guidelines than drug charges such as what Bowe now faces.

An advertisement by Papa John's to promote Bowe's foundation has been pulled from football games this weekend.

Riverside police told KCTV5's Sandra Olivas that they would not release the dash-cam video until after the court case is resolved. Police said Bowe was polite and cooperative during the traffic stop and his subsequent arrest.

Bowe was recently featured in a Sports Illustrated article on the Chiefs as an example of their 9-0 start. Bowe was credited with maturing and coach Andy Reid had joked that Bowe, who has helped call some offensive plays, could see a future in the NFL as an assistant coach.

During his initial seasons, Bowe was often criticized for his immaturity and not playing hard on all downs especially when he was needed as a blocker.

Riverside is often cited for its aggressive enforcement of the city's speeding laws.

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