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Dwayne Bowe apologizes for arrest, will start against Broncos

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Kansas City Coach Andy Reid said he cannot address the arrest of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, but Bowe will start against the Broncos in Denver Sunday night.

Bowe issued an apology Wednesday afternoon.

Bowe could be facing a suspension from the NFL after he was pulled over for speeding and police said marijuana was found in his vehicle.

NFL rules say no suspension is imposed until after a pending court case is resolved. If this is his first recreational drug offense, then he would face up to a four-game suspension. He was suspension in 2009 for four games after violating the league's performance enhancement policy rules, which are governed separately than the recreational drug policy.

Bowe's attorney reportedly said Bowe is innocent, and his court appearance is Dec. 18.

"It is a legal matter," Reid said. "We will let it run its course. Dwayne will play. He will start. There are rules and regulations put in place, and we will abide by the rules and regulations."

The Chiefs face AFC West rival Denver in a high-stakes showdown on Sunday Night Football. Reid said Bowe's arrest will not be a distraction, and they are focused on playing a great team in the Broncos. Bowe's teammates agreed.

Reid said he had spoken privately to Bowe about his arrest, but declined to reveal details of that conversation. Reid said Bowe is a team player, who doesn't want to bring any issues to the 9-0 Chiefs as they prepare to face the Broncos.

Bowe apologized in a brief statement issued Wednesday afternoon.

"I apologize to the Hunt Family, Coach Reid, my teammates and Chiefs fans for the distraction I have caused the team this week. Due to the nature of the pending matter, I am unable to make any further comment on the situation," Bowe said in the statement.

Bowe was pulled over for speeding Sunday in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside. Police said an officer smelled "a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle." He was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance, police said.

The Chiefs were on a bye week when Riverside police pulled over Bowe for speeding near West Platte Road and Northwest Business Park shortly before midnight Sunday. Riverside is a small town in the Northland.

Officers said Bowe's 2011 black Audi A8 registered a speed of 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. He apparently had just landed at Kansas City's downtown airport and was on his way home after an out-of-town trip. After the officer stopped Bowe, the wide receiver asked the officer whether the nearby Sonic was open then.

While questioning Bowe, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside his vehicle, authorities said Tuesday. The officer then requested Bowe and two passengers to get out of the vehicle.

"(The officer) detected an odor of marijuana coming out of the vehicle," said Riverside Police Department Major Chris Skinrood.

Once Bowe stepped out of his vehicle, the officer explained to Bowe that he had a drug dog with him and that the canine would alert to an illegal substance.

"Bowe stated that they had smoked a little while waiting at the airport," according to a police report.

The officer discovered a black bag with two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them. Bowe was placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance.

The dog alerted to a black backpack. Inside it, a container was found to have 4.2 grams of what was believed to be marijuana in it.

Police said one of the passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him.

After being arrested for possession of a controlled substance, police said Thompson was searched, and police found two hand-rolled cigarettes, containing what was believed to be 2.2 grams of marijuana.

Bowe and Thompson were both taken to the Riverside Police Department for booking on municipal charges. Both posted bond.

Bowe's Florida driver's license was expired. His insurance was also apparently expired. He initially said he did not have his driver's license with him, but it was found during the search. He also said his brother was involved in the placement of the marijuana among his possessions.

Bowe faces a fine of $75 to $500, and jail time of one day to six months if he is convicted.

A foundation in Bowe's name provides support services to grandparents raising grandchildren. Papa John's is a sponsor, but has pulled its ad promoting the foundation and a Dwayne Bowe pizza special.

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