Former Clemson standout and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been arrested on charges of illegally carrying a handgun.
NFL.com reports that Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in Flushing, N.Y., on Monday.
According to authorities Bowers had a loaded .40 caliber firearm which was discovered when Bowers was at a flight check-in counter.
A spokeswoman for the Queen’s District Attorney’s Office confirmed to the NFL Network that Bowers has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Bowers had a court appointment scheduled for Monday night.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement to The Tampa Bay Times the team was aware of the situation and was “gathering information.”
“We will withhold comment until we know all the facts,” Dominik said in a statement.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Bowers’ arrest “will be reviewed under our league policies.”
Bowers started six games as a rookie in 2011 but saw only limited action for the Buccaneers last season, making 13 tackles in 10 appearances. Bowers was activated from the physically unable to perform list in October after tearing his Achilles tendon in May.
He was the first Clemson recruit in history to be ranked as the number-one player in the nation by any recruiting service and lived up to his billing as a Tiger.
In 2010 Bowers was a consensus All-American, Bronco Nagurski Award winner and Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He had 74 tackles that season, 26 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks.
He was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Bucs, the 51st overall pick.