New York Giants offensive lineman Michael Bowie has been charged with three misdemeanors in Oklahoma after an alleged incident this summer with his girlfriend.
According to the Tulsa World, Bowie has been charged with one count of domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury to property under $1,000; there was a warrant out for his arrest as of Saturday afternoon on bonds totaling $17,000.
Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Elmore said there was a fight between Bowie and his girlfriend that began over finances, but when his girlfriend made a remark about Bowie’s mother, the argument became physical.
Elmore said police reported that Bowie grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and threw her on the ground, then broke two televisions and punched a hole in her wall.
Bowie, who is 25 and hasn’t played in an NFL since his rookie year in 2013 (as a member of the Seattle Seahawks), is listed at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds. He was a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks out of Northeastern State in Oklahoma. Bowie has also been on the Browns’ roster.
A statement from the Giants acknowledged the team learned of Bowie’s situation on Saturday afternoon, and immediately notified NFL Security; the team will not bring Bowie to Cleveland, where they play on Monday night.
After their terrible mishandling of the Josh Brown situation last year – the Giants gave Brown a contract extension despite knowing the kicker’s history of domestic violence and only released him after the public outcry became too great – it would be easy for New York to cut Bowie, who isn’t a lock to make the roster anyway. Because of that cutting him would be a bit hollow, but it would at least be an acknowledgement they’ve learned from last year’s mistake.