TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers is back in the news. Once again, though, it’s not his ability to rush a quarterback or stop a running back that has him making headlines.
This past weekend — the final free weekend before players report for training camp — Bowers was involved in an incident that resulted in the arrest of Farrah Franklin, once a member of the R&B group Destiny’s Child, on a disorderly conduct charge.
Bowers, who has a tenuous hold on a job with the Bucs as they prepare for the start of training camp, told police he flew Franklin to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the weekend, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Later Saturday evening, after Bowers, Franklin and fellow NFL player Ricky Sapp had been out drinking and returned to Sapp’s home, Franklin began “yelling and slamming doors and refused to stop,’’ Bowers told police.
That’s when Bowers and Sapp called the police. After finding Franklin lying in a neighbor’s yard and saying she had no place to go and was planning on sleeping in the woods, the report said, Franklin was arrested.
The AP report said Franklin was released from jail Sunday morning after she posted a $280 bond.
This is not the first time Bowers has made headlines off the field, In February, 2013, he was arrested at JFK Airport in New York on a charge of having a loaded .40 caliber pistol in a carry-on bag. Those charges were late dropped.