Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe spoke with reporters after today's practice and addressed his latest brush with negative attention. Bowe was quoted in ESPN the Magazine in its May 21 issue describing a practice in 2007 of Chiefs veteran players flying in women to be with players during a trip to San Diego.
Here's a transcript of Bowe's comments, in which he said several times that the magazine misquoted him. Note: The Pitch reported today that ESPN the Magazine possesses a tape of Bowe's comments.
Here's the conversation with Bowe:
Can you address your comments to the magazine?
Never miss a local story.
I’m going to say it one time and one time only: I apologize to the organization, the team, those guys who I put in a bind. My words was misunderstood and baseless and were said without malice. Everybody who know Dwayne Bowe know my personality, knows I’m a jokester, knows I like to have fun and stuff like that. Now, it taught me I got to take things serious and think before you talk because words can get you in trouble. I’m all about football now. That’s over. That chapter is closed. I’m doing great in football right now, and that’s all I’m looking forward to.
What did you mean to say?
That chapter is closed. It shouldn’t have even been a topic. My words are my words, and it was misunderstood. That’s all I was going to say about that.
But you were misquoted?
Definitely it was misquoted.
That’s not exactly how it took place?
Definitely not, but I’m not going to go back into that. The chapter was open, and now I’ve closed it, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.
So how was it taken out of context?
The way he took it was totally not the way that I said it. It’s over now.
Did stuff like that happen on the road?
Definitely not. Definitely not. We won that game, so if that would’ve happened, we definitely would’ve lost.
What’s been the reaction of your teammates?
They know that’s not my personality. And when they heard it, they were like, ‘D-Bowe.’ They were like, ‘OK.’ They all had my back, they all told me to hang in there. People take things for granted. People misuse stuff and misunderstand things. It fell on me this time. Now, my head is straight on football, so that’s all I’m going to.
Have you heard from ex-teammates?
No, because they know it was a misunderstanding.
Which teammates did you talk to?
I talked to a few guys. I talked to Eddie Kennison about it. He was like, ‘D-Bowe, you’ve just got to be careful.’ And I said, ‘I’m still growing. My personality is still the same.’
What about the actual interview? Did you actually talk to the guy?
I really can’t remember, man. That’s why I’m still stuck in a daze.
Did this take place a while ago?
I don’t even want to go back into that, man, to tell you the truth. It’s all over.
Have you spoken to anyone about being misquoted? Confronted anyone?
No, I just kind of left it alone. I’m just worried about football. Coach says I’m doing well, to see him on my side, that’s all I can ever want.
If you’re misquoted, why not go after them?
It’s just going to open up another can, so I just figured let it die down and squash it here and say I’m embarrassed that it got out, that it was misquoted, misunderstood and just go forward.
If you don’t remember the conversation, how do you know you were misquoted?
I’m just not going to go back into that. I’m all football now. If you want to talk about football, I’m open to any football questions. Did you guys watch me out there today? You can’t look back to yesterday.
Was your relationship with your teammates damaged?
Not at all. The guys embrace me. They say they know that’s not your character and just go forward.
What was the message from Todd Haley?
He just said, ‘D-Bowe, you know what you’ve got to do. This is not your first time getting into something. Get yourself out, do the right thing.’ I apologize to the (Hunts), my teammates and the guys I put in a bind.
Could this be the last straw for you?
You know what, I’m not even worried about anything negative. I’m all positive, football-wise. I’m worried about today.