Da’Quan Bowers was arrested yesterday because he brought a loaded gun to LaGuardia Airport. Orlando has donated his time and services in defending Mr. Bowers! Listen to Orlando make his case in support for Mr. Bowers below…
This is hilarious…
‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested Monday and charged with possession of a loaded handgun at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Bowers, the team’s second-round draft pick in 2011, was arrested at an airport check-in counter after he alerted authorities to the presence of a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag, Queens District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Meris Campbell said.
He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, Campbell said.
New York has some of the most aggressive gun-control laws in the country. The Class C felony carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3.5 years in prison and a maximum of 15 years.
A conviction could derail his NFL career.
Bail was set at $10,000 and Bowers has an April 25 court date, Campbell said.
Bowers was released late Monday after posting bail, according to the New York City department of correction website.
“He alerted the authorities to his weapon because he was getting ready to go on the flight, but it’s illegal to carry a handgun in New York City,” Campbell said.
The Buccaneers issued this statement from general manager Mark Dominik: “We are aware of the situation and are gathering information. We will withhold comment until we know all the facts.”
Bowers’ attorney, Dennis Coppin, did not respond to a message late Monday.
The charge is the same one former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress faced in 2008 after he accidentally shot himself in the leg while at a New York nightclub. Burress eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser firearms charge and was sentenced to two years in prison.’