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Dwayne Bowe suspended one game for violating drug policy

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The Friday NFL suspension news is rolling in a few hours earlier than normal this week.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is being suspended one week for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

He was arrested for possession of marijuana last fall, and had previously been suspended four games for violating the PED policy in 2009.

He’ll miss the opener against the Titans, but can continue to practice and play in the preseason.

If nothing else, that will give him time to rest his finger, which according to Andy Reid is “shot.”

But it also puts the Chiefs offense in a difficult spot in the opener.

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58 Responses to “Dwayne Bowe suspended one game for violating drug policy”
  1. ariani1985 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    and nothing of value will be lost…..

  2. scothawk says: Aug 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    At least he couldn’t make matters worse by shooting the bird at the Commish.

  3. dslproductions says: Aug 15, 2014 12:15 PM

    Bowed for 1 game. Gordon for a full season. Yup, policy makes sense to me…

  4. p4hbiz says: Aug 15, 2014 12:15 PM

    Peds and weed = A good time… What’s the problem

  5. tooz72 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:15 PM

    He was juz keepin it realz

  6. joetoronto says: Aug 15, 2014 12:16 PM

    The Chiefs hopes have been suspended too, reality hits this year, it’s gonna hurt.

  7. calhounlambeau says: Aug 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    This guy will never get it.

  8. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Aug 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    What a waste of a WR spot and cap space…

  9. runwright44 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    One game make sense. I’m sure he had no intention of smoking it.

  10. zerodime says: Aug 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    One game suspension????….

    PED’s first offense;
    Possession, second offense;
    Violating drug policy again, third offense.

    Am I missing something or shouldn’t that be one year like they are trying to give Josh Gordon? #hypocrites

  11. bigdawg24 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    I see the Chiefs running the ball ALOT vs the Titans, and a ton of screen passes to Charles + passes to Fasano/Kelce.

  12. pittsburghfan71 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    If he is a repeat offender why did he just get 1 game??? These suspensions make less and less sense every week

  13. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 15, 2014 12:18 PM

    So he’s a repeat offender and only gets one week? Explain please…

  14. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:18 PM

    so 1 game for bowe and 1 year for gordon. ok that makes perfect sense.

  15. riflemanlax says: Aug 15, 2014 12:20 PM

    No matter what your stance is on marijuana or PEDs, this drug policy is absurdly incongruent.

  16. brownout19 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    So u get caught cheating (PEDs), and get busted for possession and get 1 game susp. Yet Josh Gorden comes into the league in stage I from a college positive test, gets into stage II for codeine in his doctor perceived cough medicine and gets a positive marijuana test for a minuscule amount in conflicting samples and faces indefinite suspension. This system is broken.

  17. hakunamangata says: Aug 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    So technically you can violate various policies and be subject to their most lenient enforcement, but if you violate one of them more than once it’s ratcheted up?

    What am I missing here?

  18. schmitty2 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:23 PM

    He was smoking the pot to ease the pain of his sore little finger.

  19. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    “Pot pinkie?”

  20. starfan79 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    he only gets one game after a 4 game suspension? Orlando Skandrick got 4 games for his first violation? Thats back asswards isnt it?

  21. buttfumbles says: Aug 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    LOL @ the NFL. Couldn’t suspend him the normal four games because of the Ray Rice backlash.

  22. queeflatifah says: Aug 15, 2014 12:27 PM

    But who will catch 4 passes for 37 yds , and if lucky, one td grab?!?

  23. Brown Anchor says: Aug 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    1 game!?!?!

    But Josh Gordon gets 16 games?!!

  24. dcstinks says: Aug 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    ok, One game? After violating the PED he gets 4? Shouldn’t it be a longer sentence?

  25. kcflake says: Aug 15, 2014 12:30 PM

    D. Bowe wasn’t even convicted. So I guess that is half as bad as what ray rice did. What a joke.

  26. patswhatsup says: Aug 15, 2014 12:32 PM

    People need to understand that the P.E.D. policy and the substance abuse policy are two different lines of punishment. Plus, he didn’t test positive, this is just under the conduct policy I believe.

  27. watchfullhose says: Aug 15, 2014 12:32 PM

    What the hell is the NFL doing? 16 games for some weed, 2 games for knocking out your girlfriend, one game for weed. Seems logical

  28. fafaflunky says: Aug 15, 2014 12:34 PM

    n.f.l..narcotics free league

  29. blingslade says: Aug 15, 2014 12:35 PM

    It’s just Weed people. Nothing to really freak out about..if you get what I mean.

  30. abninf says: Aug 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    More proof that dope smokers aren’t the most intelligent individuals.

  31. pittsburghfan71 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    I think Gooddell rolled the dice on this one… the first one showed a 1 and the other rolled off his desk. Thats the only logical explanation I can think of.

  32. fantasyfootballwinner.me says: Aug 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    You guys obviously don’t understand the fact that there is a collective bargaining agreement for these issues. The commissioner has to follow that agreement. There is a distinction in that agreement between PEDs and recreational drugs. He was already suspended for PEDs, and this is his first offense when it comes to recreational drugs. I am actually surprised he got suspended since he was not convicted of anything, or even charged to my knowledge. They are actually sending a strong message then when it comes to recreational drugs considering this is his first offense.

    As to the Chiefs, yes he has huge value for them as he is a legit NFL wide receiver and they don’t have more than one other of those on the roster (though there are high hopes for Hemingway & Wilson to develop). He will be missed even as a player you must defend on the outside. As for how they will make up for that, look for lots of short passes to throw off the rush, both to Charles and the slot guys.

  33. deerhuntinfool71 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    Thats his second offense? And only one game? The nfl hates us browns fans if gorgon gets the year ban. What a joke!!!

  34. jayovalentine says: Aug 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    See you in Seattle next year !

  35. peytons5head says: Aug 15, 2014 12:39 PM

    It really does not matter, you still have Alex Smith at QB, which he only plays good one game a year…..the rest is mediocre

  36. misterseahawk says: Aug 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    KC needs to start doing things the right way – or else you’ll be full of criminals and drug abusers like Santa Clara and Baltimore is!

    GO HAWKS!

  37. beattention says: Aug 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    Maybe Bowe knows the right people.

  38. davetrembley says: Aug 15, 2014 12:41 PM

    First the finger, now this suspension. Not a good week for Bowe.

    On another note, I’ve read at least six reports about the injured finger- not one, not one of them bothered to mention which finger it was. I can’t believe that nobody knows or bothered to ask which finger it is.

  39. gotitan says: Aug 15, 2014 12:41 PM

    Titans win this one, regardless.

  40. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Aug 15, 2014 12:44 PM

    Why did it take 9 months to suspend him if this incident happened last November? Does that mean Josh Gordon won’t hear his fate until February?

  41. arrowdead says: Aug 15, 2014 12:44 PM

    the actual plea was for littering and “defective equipment”, not weed….so he he was suspended for conviction of littering.

  42. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 15, 2014 12:49 PM

    People need to stop getting their panties in a bunch over this- IT’S NOT HIS 3RD VIOLATION!!! The PED policy is NOT the same as substance abuse. He got popped for PED’s once- 4 games. He got busted for pot last year which was his 1st strike warning. This time, his second violation of the substance abuse, gets him a game suspension.

    See folks??? THAT is how the system works, unlike you knuckleheads who spew idiocy like “well smoking pot once gets you a whole season.” Learn the policies and rules before you make bold statements, and always remember:

    THE PLAYERS AGREED TO ALL POLICIES ENFORCED BY THE NFL AND THE COMMISSIONER!!! Misplaced blame is humorous. Btw, where’s that strict PED testing these days? Hmmm… players still tip toeing around it, eh? MAYBE… just maybe, if they agree to stricter PED testing the substance abuse policy could waffle a little, but players are too stubborn. And that’s okay- if they would rather juice and not get busted in exchange for substance abuse policies? That’s on them. But by no means should any of you be slaying the commish over this- blame the players.

  43. gbatap says: Aug 15, 2014 12:54 PM

    Charges were dropped and the guy in the car with him said the weed was him. Now the likelihood of that is probably nil but in terms of suspension worthy it’s a bit of a surprise.

    I guess having small amounts if weed in your car that may or may not be yours is half as bad as beating your wife unconscious.

    The more you know.

  44. willyalistentothis says: Aug 15, 2014 1:00 PM

    It seems like four games was once standard.
    I guess when beating women became two games, this has to be reduced to one. The Ndamukong Suh stomp probably will get a lap around the field this year. Getting drunk and swimming in canal is now a bucket of ice water. I wonder what the Dookie Davenport maneuver would fetch these days?

  45. ghost26 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:00 PM

    Eutaw’s Finest is 100% correct. The NFLPA agreed to this. I believe the only way that the league would even consider to show more leniency on marijuana would if the players are allow themselves to be tested for HGH.

  46. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 15, 2014 1:08 PM

    gbatap says:
    Aug 15, 2014 12:54 PM

    I guess having small amounts if weed in your car that may or may not be yours is half as bad as beating your wife unconscious.

    The more you know.
    _____________________________
    2 COMPLETELY different policies, one enforced by the commissioner (personal conduct policy) and the other collectively bargained (substance abuse policy) that the players signed off on. And this is Bowe’s second offense, not his first, so he was already warned and given stricter testing for drugs. Basically he’s a moron knowing he’s looking at strike 2 and didn’t care. But my point- comparing the 2 is idiotic. You can be mad at the commish for the Rice thing all you want, but you can’t compare the 2 incidents, and if you think a 2nd drug offense doesn’t warrant a 1 game suspension? Complain to the NFLPA who agreed to it.

  47. superbowl48champs says: Aug 15, 2014 1:13 PM

    Maybe the NFL just uses the “Magic 8 Ball” to determine the penalties? These suspensions are so random!

  48. rdrs68 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:13 PM

    Way past time for the league to wake up and face the reality that MJ is here, it’s used by folks from all walks of life, it ain’t going away no matter what any law says, that is is benign, it’s safer than the drugs advertised on NFL games (i.e. beer and boner pills), and there are bigger issues to deal with. GROW UP NFL!

  49. RegisHawk says: Aug 15, 2014 1:13 PM

    This is similar to the issue with the Redskins player. He was tagged for possession, not testing positive.

  50. rjov says: Aug 15, 2014 1:14 PM

    You guys have it all wrong, THIS IS HIS FIRST OFFENCE. He was arrested last fall and this is the outcome. And sounds like he was in possession but might not have tested positive.
    The PED suspension is something totally different, they are not related in any way.

  51. kcnative says: Aug 15, 2014 1:21 PM

    Can he get tested in the offseason? Cause I’m betting he got a phone call to get tested as soon as the news of his arrest broke.

  52. uglydingo says: Aug 15, 2014 1:21 PM

    The Commissioner plays favorites and it is evident for everyone to see. Somebody in KC probably has some dirt on someone or something in the NFL. We need to appoint a new Commissioner to clean up the endemic corruption.

  53. fjbuon says: Aug 15, 2014 1:22 PM

    Funny. I guess they had to give him less than 2 games. After they gave Ray Rice 2 for beating the hell out of his wife.

  54. kcflake says: Aug 15, 2014 1:25 PM

    Demaurice Smith should challenge the NFL on their Suspension / Fine policies. They make no sense. Goodell has too much power to do whatever he wants in these situations.

  55. pittsburghfan71 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:26 PM

    kcnative says:
    Aug 15, 2014 1:21 PM
    Can he get tested in the offseason? Cause I’m betting he got a phone call to get tested as soon as the news of his arrest broke.

    ——————–
    I highly doubt he was tested. Even if he wasn’t smoking, if the other guys were smoking in his car he would have had some THC in his system. And if his buddies smoke around him a lot i would bet he would be over the NFL limit for THC… but thats just saying he wasn’t toking up with them

  56. nativeraider says: Aug 15, 2014 4:39 PM

    patswhatsup says:
    Aug 15, 2014 12:32 PM

    People need to understand that the P.E.D. policy and the substance abuse policy are two different lines of punishment.

    Yea it seems like PEDs would be a longer sentence since it “enhances performance” so its a form of cheating. Whereas weed does nothing to you on the field yet it gets the stronger penalty. I don’t get it.

  57. crappygovernment says: Aug 15, 2014 5:08 PM

    Tebow was suspended forever for his outspoken white Christianity!

  58. sportsfan18 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:35 PM

    mrsryansfamoustoejam says:
    Aug 15, 2014 12:25 PM
    “Pot pinkie?”

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    Battle Royale…

    Roach clip vs. finger…

    Roach clip is still your undefeated champion…

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