[Kansas City.com] Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe spoke with reporters after Thursday’s practice and addressed his latest brush with negative attention. Bowe was quoted in the May 21 issue of ESPN the Magazine describing a practice in 2007 of veteran Chiefs players flying in women to be with the 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.
Can you address your comments to the magazine?
“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 knows Dwayne Bowe knows 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.”
Maybe the meaning of Bowe’s words were twisted but, according to The Pitch who spoke with ESPN the Magazine’s editor, Gary Belsky, there is audio of what he said.
“We have no reason not to believe it,” Belsky says. “He was being honest. Players are honest with us and they know that we will deal with them fairly. We quoted him at length. We didn’t cut out anything that was significant or that would have changed the nature of the comments.”
Bowe says he can’t remember if he actually spoke to the writer of the article or not.
Bowe went on to deny that anything like that happens on the road. He said his teammates were OK with him.