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NFL player accused of having gun at NYC airport

Tuesday - 2/19/2013, 9:26am  ET

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2012, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (91) walks off the field during an NFL football game in New Orleans. Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, after police found a loaded handgun in his luggage, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say they're gathering information after defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was arrested after a handgun was found in his luggage at a New York airport.

Bowers was arraigned Monday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and posted $10,000 bond. Team officials said Tuesday they won't comment until they have all the facts.

According to authorities, Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport as he was about to board a U.S. Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C. The .40-caliber weapon was found during a search of his carry-on bag.

Efforts to reach his attorney were unsuccessful.

Bowers played college football for Clemson University and was selected by the Buccaneers in the 2011 NFL draft.


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