Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has landed in the news just days before training camp is set to begin, but it isn't for his on-field exploits. Bowers was involved in an incident in South Carolina over the weekend that resulted in the arrest of Farrah Franklin, a former member of the R&B group Destiny’s Child.
The Tampa Tribune reported that Bowers, on the final free weekend before training camp, flew Franklin to Myrtle Beach, S.C. According to an Associated Press report, Bowers, Franklin and fellow NFL player Ricky Sapp had been out drinking Saturday evening and returned to Sapp’s home. Franklin reportedly began “yelling and slamming doors and refused to stop,” Bowers told police. That's when Bowers and Sapp notified authorities.
When police found Franklin in a neighbor’s yard, she was arrested for disorderly conduct, the report indicated. Franklin was released from jail Sunday morning after she posted a $280 bond.
This is not the first time Bowers has generated headlines away from the playing field. He was arrested at New York’s JFK Airport in February of 2013 for possession of a loaded .40 caliber pistol in a carry-on bag.
A four-year pro, Bowers played in 13 games in 2013 and was credited with seven tackles and a sack.
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