As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office prepares for the long offseason, a Buccaneers player will be preparing for a legal battle. Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested Monday, charged with second degree criminal possession of a firearm. The reports state that Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport, where it was discovered that he had a loaded .40 calibre weapon in his carry-on luggage.
Second degree criminal possession of a firearm is a class C felony in New York. For reference, this is the exact same charge that Plaxico Burress faced following his accidental self-injury with a firearm several years ago. Burress spent two years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges, and receiving a plea bargain. This is a very serious, very difficult situation for Bowers, as the state of New York is very tight about gun laws. The fact that it took place in an airport compounds matters, and the case will surely find its way to a grand jury, much like Burress’ case did.
This is certainly a negative event for the Buccaneers, and for the promising young defensive end. While Bowers is certainly still innocent until proven guilty, the facts in this case are quite damning if reports are to be believed. As we learn more on this developing situation, we will keep you updated.