ESPN Sits On Audio Despite Another Bowe Denial

Eddie Matz of ESPN The Magazine reported last month that Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe told him that in 2007 his Chiefs teammates would “import” women to the hotel where the team was staying on road trips.

Dwayne Bowe

After Bowe’s story was published by ESPN, on May 26 former Bowe teammate Eddie Kennison told WHB-AM in Kansas City that Bowe told him he never talked to anyone from ESPN about the story.

On May 27 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 also claimed he was, “misquoted” and “the way he (ESPN reporter) took it was totally not the way that I said it.

After Bowe’s hedging denials, ESPN The Magazine editor Gary Belsky revealed that Matz had taped his conversation with Bowe and offered to play the audio file for Bowe or anyone within the Chiefs organization.

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

On May 28 I reported:

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.

I was told earlier today that while telling the story, Bowe mentioned names and details that ESPN felt shouldn’t be released to the public. The move was explained to me as protecting those named in the story and Bowe himself.

Based on Bowe’s subsequent, multiple contradictory statements in the past 48 hours in denying responsibility for the story, he’s eliminated any chance of anyone believing him about anything.

For that reason, ESPN made the right call in withholding the contents of the tape to the public.

That brings us to today.
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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…

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Chuck Liddell with ladies

• Meanwhile, ESPN’s HASHMARKS talks with NFL Films prez Steve Sabol, who remembers trying to sell a dozen seats to the first Super Bowl: “I was only able to sell two tickets for $6.”

• ODENIZED realizes Donyell Marshall hasn’t played in a while - but to hit the court without your jersey?

• THE MONEY SHOT is Sure they’re Right (Guard) with their selections of college basketball’s sweatiest coaches.

Chris Mottram of THE SPORTING BLOG learns that Larry Johnson’s not the only Chief with expensive tastes in jewelry, as Dwayne Bowe shows off his bling.

Dwayne Bow bling

• AWFUL ANNOUNCING thanks the Jimmy Kimmel Show for putting together a retrospective of Emmitt “Word” Smith.

• Clip ‘n’ save: Tom Hoffarth of INSIDE SOCAL runs down FOX’s Super Bowl Sunday schedule. (*Spoiler alert* - the festivities conclude with a very special episode of “House”.)

• LOSER WITH SOCKS uncovers a fashion faux pas among the Crimson Tide - Bear Bryant’s hat was not houndstooth.