Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will miss the Kansas City Chiefs’ season opener after the NFL suspended him for one game for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Bowe was pulled over for speeding in a Kansas City suburb on Nov. 10, and was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver’s license and two containers of suspected marijuana. He later pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering, and his attorney said there was no admission of guilt for the marijuana charge, which was dismissed.
According to police, Bowe was pulled over for traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was arrested after police found a black bag containing his wallet, driver’s license and two containers of what an officer suspected to be marijuana.
One of Bowe’s passengers, George A. Thompson, said the bag belonged to him, police said, and during a search of Thompson, police also found two hand-rolled cigarettes, containing 2.2 grams of suspected marijuana.
The motion stated that Thompson “has indicated under oath” that all the marijuana found in the car is his and that Bowe had no knowledge of its presence.
Bowe apologized for the incident in a statement released Friday through the NFL Players Association:
I am extremely sorry that I can’t be on the field for the first game of the 2014 season because I made an error in judgment. I take responsibility for my mistake, and it will not happen again. I hope that my teammates, coaches, and Chiefs fans accept my sincere apology. I will be supporting my teammates in week one, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in week two and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl.
Bowe, who’s entering his eighth season and turns 30 in September, also was suspended for four games in 2009 for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances. He can still practice with the team and play in its preseason games this season.
The Chiefs open the season Sept. 7 at home against the Tennessee Titans. Bowe can return for Kansas City’s game a week later against the Broncos in Denver.