The curious case of Dwayne Bowe got a little stranger today, when it was revealed the Chiefs receiver will make an appearance in the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine. In it he talks about players arranging for women to meet them at a hotel before a game during his rookie season.
“My rookie year, we were playing in San Diego,’’ Bowe said, according to the magazine. “You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room.
“The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing. Younger guys don’t have the money to do it.
“Anyway, these girls had the whole top floor. They know everything about us — first and last names, sisters and brothers, salary. This one girl was talking to me like she’d known me for years. ‘Hey, D-Bowe, how’s Grandma?’ I’m like, ‘How do you know my grandma?’
“She knew that I talk about her every time I’m interviewed for a story. I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn’t care. She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other. Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook. That almost got me in trouble.’’
NFL players have groupies?! This is shocking and disturbing news!!
Okay, lets get back to reality.
Unless you are completely naive, nothing that Bowe said in the interview should come as much of a surprise. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with the lifestyle, but to think it’s not going on is silly.
The issue here isn’t these type of things are going on, but that Bowe would think talking about it to any member of the media is a good idea. Just the same way he somehow thought taking a random pill that his grandmother sent him was the way to go.
Bowe’s decision making, as he enters a pivotal year in his career, should be getting better not worse. Yet here he is telling a national magazine about the “secret” lives of professional football players.
It’s not that I expect him to lie to the media or anyone else and claim that the league is made up of saints. I don’t want him to say anything at all. When you are approached to talk about the life behind the scenes, how about a simple “Thanks, but no thanks”?
I would be surprised if the team took any sort of public action, but we know that Todd Haley and Scott Pioli will have a nice long chat with their young receiver to once again make it clear what is expected of him.