Bowe Audio: Unreleased To Protect Others Named

K.C. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is in full backpedal mode after initially denying that he told an ESPN reporter about the team’s practice of “importing” groupies to the team hotel during road trips.

Dwayne Bowe

Eddie Kennison, Bowe’s teammate in 2007, told WHB-AM in Kansas City earlier this week that Bowe told him he never talked to anyone from ESPN about the story. Thursday, Bowe himself was asked by a K.C. reporter, “What about the actual interview? Did you actually talk to the guy?”

Bowe replied, “I really can’t remember, man. That’s why I’m still stuck in a daze.

Bowe made that statement after claiming to the same K.C. media gathering on Thursday that he was, “misquoted.” Bowe also added to the media that day that, “The way he (ESPN reporter) took it was totally not the way that I said it.”

Later Thursday, local Kansas City magazine The Pitch reported that Bowe was actually captured on tape making his claims about importing groupies to a San Diego hotel in 2007.

ESPN The Magazine editor Gary Belsky told The Pitch this morning that he has a tape of Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe telling one of his writers about veteran players flying groupies in for road games. Belsky even offered to play the audio file for Bowe or anyone within the Chiefs organization with a vested interest in hearing it.

ESPN has subsequently declined to release the audio to the public, leaving some to wonder about the veracity of Belsky’s claim.

Since The Pitch’s report though, I have confirmed through a source that the tape does indeed exist and that there’s a specific reason why ESPN doesn’t want to release the contents to the media.

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Bowe: Never Talked To ESPN About “Importing”

Eddie Matz of ESPN The Magazine recently reported that Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe told him that his NFL teammates would often “import” women to the team hotel where the Chiefs where staying during road trips.

Dwayne Bowe

“My rookie year (2007), we were playing in San Diego. You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room. The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing. Younger guys don’t have the money to do it. Anyway, these girls had the whole top floor.

“They know everything about us — first and last names, sisters and brothers, salary. This one girl was talking to me like she’d known me for years. ‘Hey, D-Bowe, how’s Grandma?’ I’m like, ‘How do you know my grandma?’ She knew that I talk about her every time I’m interviewed for a story. I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn’t care. She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other. Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook. That almost got me in trouble.”

Crazy stuff. One small detail though. Bowe told 2007 Chiefs teammate Eddie Kenison that he never told Matz or anyone from ESPN that story. Read more…