Details emerging concerning Da'Quan Bowers' arrest in NYC on gun charges

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Former Clemson player Da'Quan Bowers was on the sideline before the Tigers' game against Georgia Tech.

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Former Clemson player Da'Quan Bowers was on the sideline before the Tigers' game against Georgia Tech.

Da'Quan Bowers is in trouble.

How much, and with what consequences, remains to be seen.

What we do know is that the former Clemson star and current Tampa Bay Bucs' defensive end was arrested Monday on gun charges after he informed authorities at LaGuardia Airport in New York City that he was carrying a .40 caliber hand gun in his luggage.

He has been released from jail after posting bail, and faces a court date in New York on April 25, according to the Tampa Tribune.

According to tweets by Stephen Holder, the Tampa Bay Bucs beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times, Bowers "appears to have unwittingly traveled to New York City with the gun in a checked bag."

He discovered the gun in his bag during his weekend trip to New York, and when he arrived at the airport to return to North Carolina "went to the counter to make them aware...Likely wanted to check the bag for the return trip."

Holder also reports that the gun is registered to Bowers, though it is unknown in what state.

The Bucs have issued no official comment, and have no plans to comment until more facts are gathered.

The charges on which Bowers was arrested are the same as those faced by Plaxico Burris of the New York Giants after accidentally discharging a gun in a nightclub and shooting himself in the leg. Burris was also charged with reckless endangerment. Burris, after agreeing to a plea bargain, served 20 months in prison.

Bowers ran afoul of New York law because he did not have a license to possess the gun in New York. According to a report today in the New York Daily News, Bowers had the .40 caliber handgun and a loaded magazine in his luggage. The magazine was reportedly not attached to the weapon.

He was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The charge carries a mandatory 3.5 year prison sentence upon conviction.

Situations such as appears to be the case with Bowers are generally handled with leniency, according to the Tampa Bay Times report.

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Comments » 4

TigerMarine writes:

If he did turn it in and the clip wasn't in I really don't see why he should be fried on this. I mean first off how the heck did he fly it to New York in the first place. Secondly he apparently tried to do the right thing once he knew. But hey he owns guns so he must be a bad guy huh. PFFT what's this world coming to.

TigerNE writes:

TigerMarine, I suspect the local prosecutor in New York will want to make a big deal out of this. On the heels of the most recent state gun legislation and with NYC itself showing little tolerance, I can't imagine it will be easy to slide on this one. Wasn't some ex-military guy recently prosecuted for something similar? I don't remember the details...

awalwema writes:

Plaxico BURRESS not Burris. Damnn.

TUN writes:

If he has no priors or a record of any kind, he should only be fined and sent on his way. Under no circumstances should he receive any jail time. When there are REAL bad guys out there who shouldn't have guns because they are a danger to society, DaQuan should be instructed to be more careful with his personal items and to go do what he is so good at....sacking QBs and stuffing runners.

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