Although Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been charged with a felony weapons offense that carries a sentence of 3.5 to 15 years in prison, his attorney sounded an optimistic note in making a statement about the case today.
“After a full and fair investigation of the facts and circumstances regarding this registered firearm Mr. Bowers will be fully exonerated,” attorney Dennis Coppin wrote in an email to the Tampa Tribune.
But while Coppin might think his client will be cleared, the Queens District Attorney’s Office says Bowers already admitted that he was carrying a handgun at LaGuardia Airport. And while Bowers believed he was doing the right thing by alerting authorities when he realized he had a gun in his carry-on bag, the fact remains that New York City is the wrong place to get caught carrying a handgun — as Plaxico Burress found out the hard way.
The Buccaneers released a statement saying they’re aware of Bowers’ arrest and are withholding comment until they know all the facts.