We all know that ESPN claims to have audio proving Bowe's comments about the Chiefs "importing" women to hotel rooms in the past, but we haven't heard the tape for ourselves. ESPN claims that they would only allow Bowe to listen to the audio and not release it to the public. They also say that the story published was only a part of the story that Bowe told; there were more details of the hotel escapades and even teammates' names mentioned. Yet again, ESPN is saying that "we're right, but uh, we just can't prove it."
The only proof we have of this story is Bowe's poor choice of words when confronting local media, such as not implying that he was misquoted but that he could not recall if or when the interview even took place. I remember being in the locker room the day Bowe made himself available to the media after practice at OTAs and the puzzled look on my face when he seemed to have put his foot in his mouth.
Bowe's silence might be best course.
It might be smart on both ESPN and Bowe's part to not open a can of worms and just let this issue go, but of course, that'll be very hard to do. It was tough to convince myself to write a story on this because I think that whatever allegedly occurred in 2007 is three years late to be news in 2010.
However, what is not a moot point is the idea that the Chiefs need to move on, especially since Todd Haley insists that it's the only way for Bowe and the rest of his team to succeed. Now's the best time for Bowe to stay out of the public eye while ESPN is distracted with obsessing over LeBron James and Brett Favre's futures. Now is the time where Bowe can focus on solidifying himself as a premier receiver in 2010 and let his football skills do the talking.
At first, I was quick to assume that Bowe was the one to blame in the whole situation, but after a while, it seems as if ESPN is at fault for blowing the story out of proportion and grabbing more attention for themselves. For a prestigious sporting news organization to consistently attack a player, they should be ashamed; as for Bowe not listening to Haley and putting the issue to rest, he is just as much at fault.
You, me, Bowe, and ESPN all share one common attribute: we're all human. What this controversy proves is that no matter who you are, who you play with, or who you work for, we're all imperfect. We make mistakes.
Red Zone production will calm critics and help KC's offense.
Bowe will drop passes on the field because he doesn't have superhuman skills, and ESPN will report things from "anonymous sources" because they're hoping to beat out other media outlets to breaking news. Bowe and ESPN will say silly things because we all do every once in a while, and will do silly things because we're all inclined to do so.
Bowe is not the only professional athlete to have taken advantage of his lifestyle, and ESPN is not the only news outlet to have a questionable approach to reporting the news. What happened in 2007 happened. As for 2010, that's what we all need to focus on.