Da’Quan Bowers Reportedly Arrested

February 18th, 2013

Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was detained and charged with a handgun violation at LaGuardia Airport this morning, per NBC New York.

Bowers was arrested while checking in for a flight with a loaded gun.

Da’Quan Bowers, a defensive end for the Buccaneers, was arrested at a check-in counter after he was found with a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag, spokesmen for the Port Authority and the Queens District Attorney’s office said. He was about to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, North Carolina.

The former All-American player was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. A spokesman for the Buccaneers said Bowers is currently declining to comment as the organization investigates.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday evening.

Now Joe has dealt with Bowers many times and he’s been gracious with Joe and very kind and cooperative. Joe really believes Bowers is a smart guy.

However, forgetting you had a loaded rod with you walking into an airport — in New York, no less — is just not thinking.

62 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers Reportedly Arrested”

  1. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    *sighs* Definately the beginning of the off season.

  2. D.J. June Says:

    Are you freaking kidding me???? How does someone forget that they have a loaded weapon when going to the airport? Dumb, Dumb, Dumb!

  3. Joe Says:


    Joe’s not going to crucify Bowers on this. Shockingly, this happens more often than you would believe. Shoot, Barry Switzer got busted for the same thing a year or two ago.

  4. raphael Says:


    *turns and bangs head against wall*

  5. Celly Says:

    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!!!

  6. 4everBucsFan Says:

    Hopefully, Bowers is licensed to have a loaded gun.

  7. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    Way to go Bowers.. pathetic

  8. Joe Says:

    If he was popped at LaGuardia with a loaded gun, that probably means Da’Quan was running around New York with a loaded gun.

    That simply is not smart.

  9. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    Happened to my own dad in New York…as long as the gun is registered…nothing will hapoen…zero…..

  10. GenocideD Says:

    How do you get a loaded gun TO new york? Words cannot express how stupid this is…

  11. Curmudgeon Says:

    Guns… Sheesh… What a f**kin’ idiot.

  12. Adam Says:

    Another Dominik 2nd round masterpiece.

  13. BIG SIR Says:

    @raphael your reaction is so freaking appropriate. Jesus Christ what an idiot. A loaded gun!!! Joe, no matter how smart someone may be if you dont have any common sense you are a fool. This team seems to be riddled with fools. Cut him, resign Bennett (who has got to be licking his lips and watching the price go up), sign another or draft one in the first or second. DAMN IT!

    Instead of purging to find Buccaneer Men we first need to purge the freakin morons out of here. Then refine the search for Buccaneer Men.

    Good God it’s hard to be a Buc fan

  14. Joe Says:


    Another Dominik 2nd round masterpiece.

    So two years ago Mark Dominik should have consulted one of those fortune tellers in Madiera Beach to find out if Bowers was going to get pinched at LaGuardia with a gun?

  15. Curmudgeon Says:

    Why do athletes think they need to be strapped? WTF is the problem? If you need to have a gun in public, you’re obviously going to the wrong places.

  16. Terraj Says:

    How much you wanna bet it wasnt registered. Its not cool to have it registered. Gotta be a gangster..f*ckin moron

  17. the_buc_realist Says:

    its just amazing that dominick’s second rounders have panned out. Trading for win-slow, Price, Benn, and now Bowers. Can we put Lavonte David in a bubble until training camp starts.

  18. mark2001 Says:

    Better get that new contract with Bennett done fast.

  19. Joe Says:

    Why do athletes think they need to be strapped? WTF is the problem? If you need to have a gun in public, you’re obviously going to the wrong places.


    Joe has zero issue with anyone owning a gun. None. But if you have to pack heat on vacation or while taking a trip, maybe you need to rethink your plans.

    FYI, unless Bowers has to do time, Joe doesn’t think this changes Bennett’s contract one red cent with Dominik.

    Now if Bowers’ gun is unregistered, then he deserves to be ridiculed.

  20. Capt. Tim Says:

    *sigh* gonna wait to hear the details.

    Bowers is such an intelligent, talented person. This should be his year. Hope this isn’t as Damning as it sounds, because this guy can blow up the pocket. With an average secondary- this guy is double digit sacks


    Fingers crossed

  21. mark2001 Says:


    New York Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (NY Penal Law 265.03)

    If you are convicted of this offense there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 3.5 year in prison and a maximum term of 15 years in prison. What compounds this matter is that this sentence is applicable for those with no previous record. In fact, even if you have a permit out of state, if you possess that firearm in New York without a permit here (see New York Airport Gun and Criminal Possession of a Weapon), you will still be charged with this offense.


  22. Macabee Says:

    Absence of forethought, no malice intended. Ok, call it dumb if that makes you feel better. But nothing is going to happen. As I recall, Shaun Rogers did the same thing a while back and was not suspended for it. This happens frequently, and will be handled routinely. We’ll talk about it for a day or 2, then get back to butchering the draft as we have been doing for the last few days!

  23. Joe Says:


    Yes and no.

    True, Rogers got popped for the same thing. Guessing the charges in Ohio don’t carry the weight of those in New York (see previous post).

    Joe guesses Bowers pleads down to a lesser offense, pays a huge fine, serves a couple of days in the hole, and it is over.

  24. Capt. Tim Says:

    All wealthy people have to have protection.

    Bowers is a millionaire. There are lots of scumbags who would rob, kidnap, or threaten to injury these young millionaires for some of their money.

    I always have protection- to safe guard myself and family.

    The exception to that, is on an Airplane, in a bank, in a courtroom.

    It’s just something you HAVE to remember. Guns get unloaded, and placed in the checked luggage.


  25. mark2001 Says:

    Macabee…that was in Cleveland, Hopkins International Airport, not New York.

    That being said, as a Bucs fan, hope you are right. But based upon the charge, I’m not so sure. And it was in a carry on, not in the luggage. Bad.

  26. Bubba Says:

    Folks: IF convicted he is GONE for good!

    A second degree criminal charge is a MANDATORY 3 1/2 year jail sentence meaning even with good behavior he is in for at least 2 years!


    This is ugly!

  27. mark2001 Says:


    Hope you are right. With all the “gun” issues in the news going on now, the timing couldn’t be much worse.

  28. PRBucFan Says:

    Lol lots of speculation and assumptions going on here.

    If he’s licensed to carry a gun on his person than it was perfectly legal.(Not the bag bit)

    Athletes??? Try the South period. I live in SC right now and there are grandma’s at church on Sunday that are “strapped”. (They’ve shown me)

    This by no means means that Bowers is a bust, do you realize how stupid that sounds? Lol lets get the whole story before we stone the kid, even than its hardly anything to go all “it’s the end of the world” about.

  29. Northend Says:

    I cant believe some want him cut.Wtf..hopefully dude has his propers and just pays fine.Although careless, this stuff does happen by accident.Could be he was going to check it(legal)and put in wrong bag(not legal). Fl does not have recipeocity of CCL with Ny.He will be fine,if no criminal intent.

  30. JJ1977 Says:

    Hellow!! My name is STUPID…

  31. Curmudgeon Says:

    Horsesh*t. Bowers does not need a gun, nor do any of these athletes. It’s just paranoid to think they need to carry deadly weapons.

  32. mark2001 Says:


    That is the way the law reads to me….but I’ve only taught some law classes and don’t claim to be anything close to a lawyer.

    Hope they reduce it to some lesser charge, but if not and convicted, it seems pretty clear.

  33. Capt. Tim Says:

    Mark- spot on. New York has the second worst gun laws in the Country, behind only the pathetic State of Cali.

    If the early reports are accurate( hope they aren’t)- its bad

  34. Curmudgeon Says:

    Spelling hello as ‘hellow’ is indeed stupid.

  35. eDDyk0k0 Says:

    Why is there a picture of Stylez Greg White !?

  36. SacBucs Says:

    I cant understand why a mammoth of a man has to carry a gun! Who is he afraid of? What is he protecting?

    His millions in the bank, or the fans who want a autograph? Criminals? I thought that was the police job!

    He really has a problem with the offseason.

  37. mark2001 Says:


    Seems he must be licensed to have and carry a gun in NY. Others don’t count.

    This is New York, not Red State “wild west” gun law.

  38. Curmudgeon Says:

    “worst gun laws”… what because they impose stiff penalties for carrying loaded weapons in public? That’s bad? I guess in Uhmerkuh it may be.

  39. McBuc Says:

    It will be plead down. Plexico was offered a deal, but he turned it down thinking he could win the case. I think the entire world learned from his mistake. Bowers will plead to a lesser charge.

  40. Joel Says:

    Was it Daquan Bowers who got busted or Stylez G. White?

  41. PRBucFan Says:

    I just read that BS, seems like they try and “trap” people.

    So chances are it wasn’t technically loaded, it was prob in its case with the chamber also in the case.

    Bowers is a great kid, I don’t believe he’ll do any time for this.

  42. toneman850 Says:

    stupid. stupid. stupid.

    if you have to have a gun when you go to NY when you can afford a personal body guard, then maybe you need to rethink what you are doing.

    Hope he can sing and play his guitar to sweet baby Jesus or a really good lawyer to get his butt out of this bind.

    Guns and aiports do not go together. How do you forget a FREAKING GUN in your bag? A small knife, straight razor, 6 ozs of shampoo understandable mistake.

  43. Macabee Says:

    Use your intuitive minds here people! This is Bowers gun, he doesn’t live in NY, and the gun is in NY. As inept as the TSA is you cannot get a loaded thru security. So evidently, Bowers used the proper means of transporting the gun to NY.

    Any Court (judge) wil take that into consideration (a legal term of art) before any sentence is remanded. This is absence of forethought – he made a mistake! This will be handled by capable counsel and Bowers will miss no training time!

  44. mark2001 Says:

    McBuc…that is my hope. Pleading to a lesser charge, if possible, would likely be the best case scenario.

  45. Hattrick Says:

    Big mistake. NY has some of the toughest laws in the US regarding gun possession. I did a cursory check online and this reads like a class E Felony. I also read there is mandatory jail time. He’d better have one heck of a good story, and more importantly a good attorney, to get out of this. Now that DE in the first round looks more interesting. Joe – Thoughts?

  46. Richard Says:

    He even told the security people before he checked in that he had the gun. He was trying to do the right thing, and was simply unaware of NY’s law. He doesn’t deserve a mandatory 3 and a half year sentence for this.

  47. SacBucs Says:

    If we lose Bowers thats a wasted pick and it falls in the catagory of bust..with injury and off field troubles!

  48. mark2001 Says:

    Many assumptions Macabee. Did he legally buy it there? Did he fly in and try to fly out with the gun? I don’t know. But you don’t either.

  49. PRBucFan Says:

    The Wild West? You mean America? Lol
    BTW it would be that he “didn’t” have a NY gun permit for NY as he doesn’t live there. Being the reason the NY TSA got him.
    Did the check in legally elsewhere, but apparantly from reading Bubba’s link that doesn’t matter once you get into NY.

  50. BigMacAttack Says:

    Curmudgeon, you are beyond ignorant and have no idea what the Second Amendment is about. I hope you mever need protection. Law abiding citizens that concealed carry make the world a safer place. Bowers made a mistake and it does happen a lot. New York is the worst place for it, but there obviously was no criminal intent.

    I believe those that hate guns should follow their beliefs but don’t try to violate the rights of others. If you have ever been shot or faced armed robbers you might rethink Safe Gun Ownership. I have been both and carry a firearm everywhere I legally can. It is a last resort and backstop is everything.

    If you want to make the US safer, tackle mental health and build intitutions again.

  51. mark2001 Says:

    PR…my link is the same as Bubba’s. Carrying a gun on your hip with a long coat? Or in a shoulder holster near your heart? Sounds like the “wild west to me”. It wasn’t that way in most of America when I grew up.

    The lawyer information about that specific law isn’t like murder or a similar felony…it doesn’t really deal with Mens Rea, malice or anything like that. Still hope can plead to some lesser charge.

  52. PRBucFan Says:

    Bowers is a kid I have followed closely from Clemson. He’s is a “Buccaneer Man” in every since of the word and VERY high in character.

    I understand that to some what I’m about to say may not matter(and respect that) but I am stating it based on my beliefs.
    Bowers is a good Christian man, who even plays in a gospel band for crying out loud. I’m not saying that make you a good Christian either, that was just an FYI. I base my comment on what I’ve seen from him walking it out.
    Again, it may not matter to some. I respect your beliefs as well.

    IMO it was an honest mistake and I’d be willing to bet on that.
    I would be VERY surprised if it was anything of the sketchy sort.

  53. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree with PR Buc Fan.

    At least he wasn’t carrying a Big Gulp. I believe that is a mandatory 10 in the Big Apple.

  54. mark2001 Says:

    PR…not saying he isn’t a good man.

    But carrying a loaded gun in your carry on, especially in NY? Oh man, there are some mistakes that you just can’t make…those that can mess up your life. And hopefully this isn’t one of them.

  55. Nate Says:

    Seriously ? COME ON MAN !Seriously! how stupid can you be? Can you really be that stupid? How the hell will you learn a play book.. if your that stupid..

  56. Curmudgeon Says:

    There’s no reasoning with 2nd amendment devotees. I said nothing about making guns illegal. I merely question why an athlete needs to be packing a weapon unless he’s putting himself in situations where a weapon would be used (like a criminal situation)

  57. PRBucFan Says:

    I hear ya

  58. BigMacAttack Says:

    Curmy you said he should not carry a firearm or need one for his protection. Everywhere is a bad place or a place where criminals will attack. There are no areas that are off limits to crooks and attackers. High profile athletes and celebrities are always targets for the mentally ill. Gun Free zones are the least safe place toucan be. Look at where all these major shootings occur. There easy targets and there are a lot of sickos out there that should be committed or on supervised medication.

    Bowers should have turned around and walked out of the airport when he realized he had the gun. That’s what I would have done but he’s a kid. Get the hell out of there and deal with the gun. Ship it and catch a later flight. Bowers tried to do the right thing but made a mistake.

  59. Adam Says:

    @joe… Psychic, no. But the level of psych tests leveled on these guys at the combine…. What was his GPA at Clemson? What was his SAT score? Either way, the 2nd round is the Kiss of Death for a Dominik Draftee.

    Change his name in future posts from “Rock star General Manager” to “The Grim Reaper of the 2nd Round.”

  60. PRBucFan Says:

    Ms. Cleo speaks again.

  61. Adam Says:

    As GM, you’re paid to vet these players. “Due diligence?”

    Boy… every ever-fired GM in NFL history needs THIS fan base supporting him. We can just use the “They Aren’t PSYCHIC” defense! No one would ever lose a job!

  62. PRBucFan Says:

    But you are…

    Thanks again Ms.Cleo