NFL player arrested for carrying handgun into LaGuardia Airport

Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 18:05:58-05
Da'Quan Bowers

Da’Quan Bowers was arrested Monday after police found an illegal handgun in his luggage at LaGuardia Airport.

Police arrested a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player who arrived at LaGuardia Airport Monday morning illegally carrying a handgun, according to reports.

Da’Quan Bowers, who played defensive end for the Bucs last year, was carrying a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber gun when he approached the ticket counter, according to the Port Authority and Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Bowers was trying to board a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina, but was instead charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He is due in Queens criminal court tonight.

A former All-American player, the 22-year-old Bowers has played professional football for two years.  He was drafted from Clemson University.