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Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been arrested for carrying a gun at an airport. reports that Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Monday morning after police discovered he was illegally carrying a handgun. Bowers had a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag as he was attempting to get on a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bowers was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is expected to appear in court on Monday evening.

A 2011 second-round draft pick of the Buccaneers, Bowers missed the first six games of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon but returned in time to play in 10 games and record three sacks last season.

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  1. jpb12 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:30 PM


  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 18, 2013 5:31 PM

    He was just doing his patriotic duty.

  3. bengalsstillsuck says: Feb 18, 2013 5:32 PM


  4. dionyan says: Feb 18, 2013 5:34 PM

    Its seems we are up to atleast one of these stories a week. These guys dont get it!

  5. jnbnet says: Feb 18, 2013 5:35 PM

    I’m not was know dat I kant tayke my gun on da airplane.

  6. ravenator says: Feb 18, 2013 5:35 PM

    You can’t fix stupid.

  7. alstottwastheman says: Feb 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    The real purpose of the wonderlic test must be to weed out any players with common sense and make sure only guys with half a brain make the league.

  8. ampats says: Feb 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    Has Mayor Bloomberg heard about this?

    Wonder what Plaxico thinks?

  9. ttgb2 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    Nothing wrong with carrying a gun.

    That being said, what an IDIOT.

    How could you possibly think you would get away with bringing a gun in your carry-on bag?


    Does he not know what those machines are you feed your bags through?

  10. illadelphiasphinest says: Feb 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    Reset the arrest counter.
    How stupid do you have to be to even thinking of attempting to carry a loaded weapon onto an airplane is a good idea? Seriously this is one of THE dumbest things Iv’e ever heard in my life.

  11. der6495 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    Andre Smith told him it was OK.

  12. tannethrill says: Feb 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    How stupid can you get?

  13. tyler4richardson says: Feb 18, 2013 5:38 PM

    NFL players are the dumbest athletes on planet earth. Hands down.

  14. bobskallen says: Feb 18, 2013 5:39 PM

    This actually happens all of the time. The CEO of Overstock got arrested for this back in January.

  15. negaduck says: Feb 18, 2013 5:40 PM

    impossible, just to the right of my screen it says 20 days without an arrest. oh maybe that means bengals only

  16. buffalobills716 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:40 PM

    What a wasted of an pick. Thank God Buffalo Bills didn’t drafted this washed up. In other words,sometimes I am ashamed of being an African-American. Seriously. I wish their white never took our ppl from Africa,cause dis is a big time shame. People like him gave all blacks around the world a bad names

  17. herlies says: Feb 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    Question #17:

    You are illegally carrying a loaded .40 cal in your carry-on as you approach a major airport.

    What do you do?

  18. donniev77 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:43 PM

    In today’s day and age of airport security how dumb do you have to be to think you are going to board a plane with a LOADED gun?

    I can’t wait for the excuse of “I forgot it was in my bag”

  19. turbo2728 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:43 PM

    Words do not describe how idiotic this is.

    We better make a good offer to Michael Bennett now.

  20. canetic says: Feb 18, 2013 5:44 PM

    Since when is it illegal to carry a loaded gun on an airplane?

  21. gadzod says: Feb 18, 2013 5:45 PM

    And he was arrested in NY? Yikes…..I’d be surprissd if he doesn’t see Plaxico jail time for him. Being from Buffalo I know how bad it is in New York regarding guns.

  22. celly84 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:45 PM

    I’ll say this: i gave my GF my butterfly knife. We went to NY to visit her family for the summer last year. Before we left Atlanta, i specifically told her, “make sure you don’t have the knife in your purse, like you always do.” she said she didn’t. got to NY, had a blast of a time.

    Time to fly back, we get stopped by security (in LaGuardia, no less) and her things were searched. Come to find out, the knife was still in her purse. Imagine that, we were able to fly out of ATL with a knife in the purse but not out of NY. So, i can definitely see how its possible that he didn’t know the gun was in his bag.

    Unfortunately, ignorance is no excuse for the law, and this is also the same place where a man was jailed for 2 years for shooting himself, because he had a gun (see: Burress, Plaxico).

    I have a really, really bad feeling about this.

    This situtation benefits one person and one person only: Michael Bennett.

    1. How much more did his value to the Bubcs go up?
    2. How much more likely are they to resign him, now?

    [gotta look for the silver linings]

    GO BUCS!!!

    also, looks like its time to reset the ‘days without an arrest’ meter.

    for once, i would love for my Bucs to make it through an offseason WITHOUT making it to the slammer…

  23. ripster65 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:48 PM

    Eh…this will get stretched out for a year or so then he’ll get off with a slap on the hand just like all the rest of ’em.

  24. Cereal says: Feb 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    LOL,,,they could have at least have taught him about 9/11 at Clemson,,,what did he major in, lunch ?

  25. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 18, 2013 5:50 PM

    So angry right now I feel like punching a f-ing hole in every wall in my house. Way to go Bowers, we draft you in the second round even though you were coming off a serious injury, you do next to nothing in your rookie season, you get a serious injury once again and barely play this season, now you go get arrested for illegal possession of a gun. BS. Bowers getting injured all the time and now getting arrested, Gerald McCoy finishing his only full solid season this past season, M.Bennett being a FA, our D-line is not looking good right now and im f-ing pissed. These athletes get paid so god damn much when they do these kind of things to there teammates and there fans, drives me crazy.

  26. ijsisk2234 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:50 PM

    You do know other people besides athletes do dumb things right bengals fan?

  27. TD Hawk says: Feb 18, 2013 5:51 PM

    Can’t wait to hear the excuse for that smooth move, a special kind of stupid.

  28. westampa says: Feb 18, 2013 5:52 PM

    No choice but to plead guilty and hope he is out by September.

  29. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 18, 2013 5:53 PM

    Add it to the Wonderlic. “If you are traveling via air in the United States, how many loaded weapons may you transport in your carry-on luggage?”

  30. coltzfan166 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    Plaxico thinks Bowers is an idiot.

  31. madtownthrowdown says: Feb 18, 2013 5:57 PM

    I’m all for guns but come on man. And in NY? Didnt NFL players learn from Plaxico? Home boys getting a couple years for being an idiot! And this guy somehow made it through a couple years of college.

  32. onebucplace says: Feb 18, 2013 5:59 PM

    So now is Bowers going to be punished because he was an actual threat, a potential terrorist or is he just stupid and did something really dumb?

    I don’t really know Bowers, he doesn’t talk much or anything, but I’m guessing he’s not a terrorist. I understand the TSA has to do it’s job, no problem there, but does the guy need to be lynched for doing something stupid? Or should he pay a stupid people fine and be let off the hook with public humiliation?

    The politically correct answer is one size fits all, if you’re going to punish a Arab just for trying to blow up a building it’s only fair to punish an American the same way for just being stupid.

    BTW, my opinion goes for everyone — judge people based on their own actions and motivations and if someone just does something stupid in which no one was hurt they shouldn’t be treated as a potential terrorist.

    I’m guessing that he’ll get off fairly light with just a fine and public embarrassment – but the idiots in here talking like he just got arrested for driving dunk into a girl scouts van are just that, idiots.

  33. onebucplace says: Feb 18, 2013 6:02 PM

    BTW – New information just coming out. Apparently he alerted police to the gun in his carry-on when he checked in.

    This could just be a case of not knowing the local gun laws, which would be a lot less of a story than how it first sounded.

    Hoping that’s the case, not that it will matter to all the anti-gun nuts.

  34. korikill says: Feb 18, 2013 6:02 PM

    The bag was small enough to be a carry on, so there is no way you cannot tell you have a handgun in there! I can tell when my shaving kit is in mine, and my handguns weigh much more than that!

  35. freepretzels says: Feb 18, 2013 6:04 PM

    Probably just forgot it in his bag.

  36. franklinandbashandflorio says: Feb 18, 2013 6:05 PM

    Smooth move, Ex-Lax!

  37. acovey10 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:08 PM

    Typical Buccaneer or Raider, so no surprise here. But in this day and age, post 9/11…How? Why? For what reason? Plain stupidity, like, Tom Brady would never do this, not cause he is white, because he has a brain!

  38. dbones750 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:13 PM

    What are you guys all talking about?! He’s smart. What if there was a terrorist on the plane?

  39. raiderinva says: Feb 18, 2013 6:14 PM

    He does not live in NY as far as I know, so where did he get the gun?

    I wonder if he had a meeting at the front office? Now they have to be wondering if he brought a loaded gun to the meeting……

  40. dukemarc says: Feb 18, 2013 6:23 PM

    You mean I’m not a Sky Marshall?

  41. tooz72 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:27 PM

    THEY cant go a day without being arrested

  42. Richard Dickson says: Feb 18, 2013 6:27 PM

    How many of you Buc fans ready to close the book on Bowers are still pining for Aqib Talib?

  43. noring4youstill says: Feb 18, 2013 6:30 PM

    Saints fans point and laugh! Ha-Ha

  44. bigdawgy54 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:30 PM

    Is it possible that the gun caliber is higher than the IQ???

  45. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    I’m not sure what I’d do knowing that Andre Smith was my intellectual equal.

  46. boogerhut says: Feb 18, 2013 6:38 PM

    Maybe he was trying to draw attention away from some dope stashed in a fake water bottle.

  47. footballfather says: Feb 18, 2013 6:49 PM

    Giving him the benefit of the doubt for maybe carrying the gun on accident (forgetting he had it in his bag) is one thing…..but there is NO excuse for carrying the gun ANYWHERE if you’re not legally licensed to do so. If you don’t have a license to carry a concealed weapon, THEN DON’T DO IT. Sure, maybe he forgot it was in his bag. (Still punitive, but whatever.) BUT – why was it in your travel bag to begin with if you’re not yet allowed to carry it legally? Schmuck.

  48. garryjercia says: Feb 18, 2013 6:54 PM

    I’m not anti-gun. I am however anti-idiot.
    This guy qualifies.

  49. raynman49 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:56 PM

    Does this country have a dope problem? Yes, there are definitely too many dopes…”George Carlin”

  50. justintuckrule says: Feb 18, 2013 7:00 PM

    How can you not tell us if he had a permit or not. This is the difference between a slap on the risk and getting the Plax treatment.

  51. 2difshoe says: Feb 18, 2013 7:04 PM

    His attorney’s will plead this down to a “misdemeanor scarecrow” and a trip to Oz to see the wizard.

  52. mornelithe says: Feb 18, 2013 7:06 PM

    The laws surrounding carrying a firearm (or weapon of any type) onto a plane, are widely accessible by anyone with a phone, or internet access on the TSA website.

    The rules are quite specific, and cover virtually all forms of gun, or weapon, and how they can be legally transported on a plane. Ignorance is no excuse, and blaming it on NY’s laws is misplaced, these are federal restrictions (not that NY wouldn’t have them anyway).

  53. sparky151 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:06 PM

    NY has pretty harsh gun laws so this isn’t like Smith at the Atlanta airport. He might be looking at a mandatory 3 year sentence.

  54. jlv3gem says: Feb 18, 2013 7:12 PM

    Lol, I don’t even have to comment on this simply because his actions deem that uneccesary

  55. fdugrad says: Feb 18, 2013 7:22 PM

    Football coaches MUST be the most intelligent of field generals. I always wonder when I read similar stories how in GOD”S name do these football coaches get these meatheads to carry out their individual assignments all together as a team at the second the ball is snapped, and SOMEHOW keep their pea brains focused for sixty minutes? How can they teach / instruct them to complete complex plays? These coaches MUST be geniuses!

  56. Soulman45 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:25 PM

    Are we saying they don’t read the paper or internet talk to no one never look at the news or turn on the radio to know the airport and guns don’t mix.

  57. csilojohnson says: Feb 18, 2013 7:28 PM

    Thays not a gun sir. Thats my Adderall.

  58. jimmysee says: Feb 18, 2013 7:29 PM

    He needs a fake air marshall ID to get him out of tight situations like that.

  59. bkh405 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:33 PM

    Typical “responsible” gun owner. Tell us again how more people should be carrying.

  60. purplehayseuss says: Feb 18, 2013 7:40 PM

    Onterrio Smith just heaved a huge sigh of relief. The golden Whizzinator award for the stupidest human on earth gets a new name on it today.

  61. Shinnbone says: Feb 18, 2013 7:44 PM

    Of all the states to get caught with a gun at an airport and he picks NEW YORK? This boy is in some serious trouble with Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo. Wow how stupid can you be….Loaded no less?

  62. darkglobe1 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:49 PM

    First they take away guns at the airport; then they take away our freedom!

  63. boogerhut says: Feb 18, 2013 8:04 PM

    justintuckrule says: Feb 18, 2013 7:00 PM

    How can you not tell us if he had a permit or not. This is the difference between a slap on the risk and getting the Plax treatment.
    Unless you’re a marshal a permit doesn’t mean squat. It has to be unloaded and in check on baggage only. Every state, every airport, same laws.

  64. igotgamenj says: Feb 18, 2013 8:17 PM

    that is a federal offense

  65. donkeydrew says: Feb 18, 2013 8:23 PM

    lmao onebucplace is giving bowers a run for his money for the “special kind of stupid medal”

  66. riverhorsey says: Feb 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    how out of touch are you when you carry a gun into an airport?

    Why is this guy even packing a gun? Because it’s legal or because he’s dealing?

  67. fdugrad says: Feb 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    Another one of those well-trained, “we need MORE citizens packing heat,” NRA folks leading the way! What say you Mr. Wayne La Pierre?

  68. retiredarmy3333 says: Feb 18, 2013 8:40 PM

    This is so much BS! Check out what happens to an Airline Employee when they are caught. “Jaclyn Luby, a flight attendant for Republic Airways”. Google it. She got a Misdemeanor charge.

  69. monkeyhateclean says: Feb 18, 2013 8:57 PM

    Like most gun owners, he probably has 20-30 guns. Its not that easy to keep track of where they are all the time.

  70. robrocker1959 says: Feb 18, 2013 9:07 PM

    Wait a minute. If I am correct, Da’Quan is not a resident of New York. Did he buy the gun in New York? Oh, no wait, he must have driven to New York with his gun. Um, wait. New York dosen’t have reciprocal conceal carry laws. Now how in the hell did he get it to New York, on a plane trip up there?

    There are some unanswered questions. Don’t ya think?

  71. wikipediasaidso says: Feb 18, 2013 9:37 PM

    Heard plenty of these stories over the years of non-athletes (and sometimes highly educated people) also showing up at the airport with a gun in their carry-on. Most common excuse is “I forgot it was in this bag.”

    Not being a gun person, I don’t quite get that…but definitely not a problem limited to “idiot athletes”. Kind of astounding how many illegal items (including firearms and other weapons) are seized in a year, most in the carry-ons of regular Joes who won’t get their names in the national media for it.

  72. countyk66ers says: Feb 18, 2013 9:47 PM

    To me this is worse than the purple drank.

  73. Richard Dickson says: Feb 18, 2013 10:04 PM

    Apparently the gun was not loaded, but NY laws consider a gun being transported in the same container as its ammo to be loaded.

    Bowers did not attempt to check the weapon, but alerted security that he had a weapon in his bag.

    This sounds all the world to me like Bowers going through one set of procedures to take the gun on the place to New York, and not realizing there would be a separate set of procedures to take the gun OUT of New York. Hardly idiocy or stupidity, and hardly malice or intentional wrongdoing.

  74. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 18, 2013 10:10 PM

    We now know the results of his Wunderlic test

  75. glinchey says: Feb 18, 2013 10:26 PM

    Pacman Jones approves this message

  76. cdrion21 says: Feb 18, 2013 10:27 PM

    Barry Switzer is confused!

  77. cubancigar10 says: Feb 18, 2013 10:47 PM

    OK, guys. Do you have any idea of what is right and wrong? Is there life between your ears?

  78. larryboodry says: Feb 18, 2013 11:21 PM

    Meanwhile, the 4th.-most-hated athlete on the planet, Jay Cutler, just made it possible for a bunch of diabetic kids to attend a place called Camp Carson in Indiana, second year in a row his foundation has done this. Camp Carson is geared for children with Type I diabetes, to help them cope and not feel they are struggling alone.

    What’s sad is that the only place this is even mentioned is on the Bears website, apparently the mainstream media only cares about how Jay proposed to Kristin.

  79. trojan33sc says: Feb 18, 2013 11:33 PM

    Wonderful, so he earned his “Idiot Certification” in the process. This is too ridiculous to even report. I demand a drug test of his parents……..

  80. ee00ee says: Feb 18, 2013 11:56 PM

    at least he didn’t try to sell someone a 40 0z soda there. Now that would have been serious!

  81. onebucplace says: Feb 19, 2013 12:23 AM

    So of course the story turns out to be not nearly the story that the media wants it to be.

    Apparently he got to NY with a gun in his luggage, he flew in I believe. Anyways upon his arrival at the air port to go home, now having this gun with him and not knowing what to do, he went to the desk to find out how he should handle the situation. The gun is registered to him, but obviously not in the state of NY. He didn’t go through security or anything, he was asking how he should handle the situation. Then he was promptly arrested, all the news sites like this run stories saying he tried to take a loaded gun onto a plane (which wasn’t true) and now he’ll probably lose his right to carry a firearm and maybe go to prison. Once again for asking what he should do.

    Well I can tell you what to do Bowers, rent a car and drive somewhere else. You might have made a stupid mistake but you’re not a criminal, not that anyone on this moronic message board or in the media cares since as we all know, even owning a gun in 2013 America is a criminal offense.

  82. RedRuffensor says: Feb 19, 2013 3:20 PM

    Right about now, I expect the NRA and other assorted gun-nuts to defend Bowers’ “right” to carry a gun wherever he pleases.

  83. badintent says: Feb 19, 2013 10:12 PM

    He ‘lll fit right in with the Jets clown show.I’m thinking his name could be Bozo, Burris, or Cris Brown.

  84. telemonianaias says: Feb 23, 2013 11:29 AM

    “Father to many, married to none and in case you’re unaware I carry a gun.” Beastie Boys- The New Style

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