NY Post – A muscle-bound NFL lineman was busted at La Guardia Airport yesterday for packing a powerful .40-caliber handgun in a carry-on bag as he tried to board a flight, authorities said.
Da’Quan Bowers — a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — allegedly admitted to having the weapon as he arrived at 11 a.m. at a US Airways ticket counter.
“Mr. Bowers was flagged for holding,” cracked one Port Authority cop. “It’s up to line judge [Queens DA] Richard Brown to determine what the penalty will be.”
Bowers copped to owning the gun at the airline ticket booth, which prompted a police response. He conceded that he wasn’t cleared to carry it in New York, even though he legally bought it in Florida. “The gun is mine. I don’t have a permit,” Bowers told cops, sources told The Post.
The 22-year-old second-year NFL player was trying to get onto a plane to North Carolina with gal pal Dana Rodgers, who lives in Raleigh, when the Smith & Wesson gun was uncovered in a black suitcase. A clip wrapped in clothing was also found, sources said.
Though the clip was not in the gun, the weapon is considered loaded under New York law because it was filled with bullets. “The two of them were in the same bag — under the law it’s considered a loaded gun,” the source said.
Bowers told authorities he bought the gun legally in Florida, where he keeps a home in Tampa, a source said. The football player told investigators that he had carried the gun up to New York on a plane about three days ago and it had gone undetected, sources said.
He was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years upon conviction. Alongside his lawyer last night, a somber Bowers left Queens Criminal Court, where he posted $10,000 bail. He is due back in court on April 11.
Can someone please tell me why Da’Quan Bowers is traveling the country with a .40 caliber handgun? Granted it only had two bullets so its not like he was going to do much damage, but still, da fuck does an NFL player at 6’5″ 290-pounds need with a gun?! This is one of the many mysteries in life that I’ll never understand. Why celebs, mainly athletes, continue to break the law knowingly and willingly even after they’ve seen their equals get busted for the same offense. I know Bowers has heard of Plaxico Burress, and while Da’Quan didn’t shoot the gun, he was carrying an unregistered firearm which is highly frowned upon in New York. Just ask Plax.
And I know I’m going to catch a lot of flack for this one, but this is a race/where/how you grew up thing. It has nothing to do with being rich and famous and having to protect yourself, it has everything to do with growing up in shitty conditions, around shitty people. It just so happens that minorities are more affected by that than caucasians. This leads to celebrities like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Larry Bird, and Justin Timberlake not needing guns, while celebs like Da’Quan Bowers, Plaxico Burress, Lil Wayne, Sean Taylor, DeShawn Stevenson, T.I. and Gilbert Arenas feeling like they do. Then they all get arrested for it. You want to feel safe? Hire a damn bodyguard. Put some advanced home security system on your house like Brinks. And stop associating with folk you know are only out for your celeb status and money. Real simple.
PS, New York’s gun laws are dumb as shit. Yeah, get him for having an unregistered firearm. I understand that. But, you have no right getting him with having a concealed, loaded firearm. It wasn’t loaded. Yes, the clip was in the bag with two bullets, but the clip wasn’t in the gun, therefore making the gun not-workable. You don’t make food and sit it next to you without eating it and consider yourself full, do you? You don’t lay next to a naked broad and consider it having sex. Nah, because that’d be retarded, right? Well thats about as smart as your gun laws sound. It makes absolutely no sense.
PSS, Check the gun laws next time you travel, Da’Quan. New York is the last place you want to travel with a gun. Any kinds of gun. Water, BB, pellet, or bullet. All of this could have been avoided if you had just used common fuckin’ sense. Does Clemson not teach that?