About Chiefs star Dwayne Bowe‘s pot bust Sunday in Riverside…
On one hand, it’s no big deal, on the other, it’s ridiculously stupid, the truth lying somewhere in between. So says comedy club impresario and sports scribe Craig Glazer.
“What a moron,” Glazer says. “The bottom line is Bowe was selfish. He knew he had a big game coming up and he could have stayed home and smoked pot. You know, if you’re going to be an idiot and you want to party, get on a plane – he’s a rich guy, he can afford it – and go somewhere you can do all that and nobody cares. But here he is driving along late at night in a flashy car with three big guys in it . He was asking for it.”
The flip side of Bowe’s pot bust:
“Well, it is just marijuana, which is a ridiculous law and part of the nation has legalized it,” Glazer says. “In and of itself, marijuana should be legal everywhere. However, it isn’t and Dwayne Bowe is one of the two most important weapons in this Chiefs team along with Jamaal Charles. And even though he’s not having a good year, him being out there means the other teams have to be careful because he’s a potentially dangerous receiver. But with him gone, the Chiefs already have an incredibly poor offense, so any hope of the team going very far in the playoffs would be unlikely, because he’s still helping the offense and doing things you can’t always see.”
And it’s not like other Chiefs players past and present haven’t or don’t smoke, Glazer says.
“I really think that’s one of the reasons Marty Scottenheimer‘s teams didn’t do very well in the playoffs,” Glazer adds. “Because the players partied way too much. And having been around the nightlife scene, I can tell you that on a regular, consistent basis, the majority of the Chiefs either smoke pot or do other illegal substances.
“It wasn’t a secret that Derrick Thomas had a drug problem. Conversely, Neil Smith didn’t do any drugs, to his credit. But he was the exception to the rule.”
“I heard from reliable sources that were friends of his that he would smoke bong hits in the car on the way to games in 2009,” Glazer says. “And he got a four game suspension in 2009 for using illegal (performance enhancing) drugs. That’s a huge suspension. Remember Tamba Hali only got a one game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse police last year. So what does that tell you about Bowe?
“Here’s what’s probably coming next. The league could bring him in for drug testing tomorrow and it would still be in his system. And if he doesn’t pass that test, he’s got another NFL substance abuse violation and they could take him out for most of the rest of the year and possibly the playoffs. So it all depends on how the NFL wants to play it. Because the Chiefs are a Cinderella story and while the league knows this is really not that big of a deal, if they remove him from the team, it’s going to make it an uphill battle for the Chiefs – a mountain climb.”
The flip side of a small town Riverside cop with a drug dog in his car busting Bowe:
“It wasn’t really that big a deal, the police officers had the option of taking the drugs and letting him go,” Glazer says. “I know they’ve done it before, but obviously they weren’t big Chiefs fans. And it makes for great water cooler talk back at the station.”
Platte County Landmark publisher Ivan Foley tweeted a different take:
“On Bowe’s arrest: ‘Everybody gets treated the same. That’s the way we do business.’–Major Chris Skinrood, Riverside Police.”