One by one, from every corner of the locker room, Kansas City's players repeated the same line when the topic turned to teammate Dwayne Bowe: "No comment."
Chiefs coach Todd Haley took a similar approach, calling his flamboyant receiver’s latest distraction “an internal matter.”
No one, at least inside the organization, wants to talk about Bowe’s story, the one he told to ESPN the Magazine for last week’s edition.
Bowe, the No. 23 overall pick in 2007, told the magazine that teammates arranged for women they met on social networking sites to meet them at a hotel during a road trip to San Diego his rookie season.
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Calling it “importing,” Bowe said the women were flown in a few days in advance and took up an entire floor of the hotel. He said the women knew just about everything about the players.
Outside the team, it’s caused quite a stir around Kansas City, a juicy plotline for an ordinarily run-of-the-mill part of the offseason.
“Dwayne and I did have a long conversation and from this point on, we’ll leave it that, that it was discussed, handled internally and we’re moving forward,” Haley said Monday. “We’re worried about making progress as a team as we go forward and that’s what’s really important to me now.”
The players and coaches wouldn’t address the situation and Bowe wasn’t available.
COLD SUPER BOWL?
Ready for an outdoor Super Bowl in cold, possibly snowy weather? Thinking that new overtime rule adopted for playoff games should be used in the regular season, too?
NFL owners will discuss those things and more today in Irving, Texas.
The 2014 Super Bowl site definitely will be picked. It’s widely expected to go to the new $1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium that will become home to the Jets and Giants this season, although Miami and Tampa, Fla., also are bidding.
“I don’t see how it’s not played here,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “We’ve got the best city in the world. I think that’s indisputable. We’ve got arguably one of the top stadiums in the league, a brand-new stadium and it helps two teams.”
COURT REJECTS NFL
The Supreme Court rejected the NFL’s request for broad antitrust law protection, ruling that it must be considered 32 separate teams – not one big business – when selling branded items like jerseys and caps.
The high court reversed a lower court ruling throwing out an antitrust suit brought against the league by one of its former hat makers, who was upset that it lost its contract for making official NFL hats to Reebok.
American Needle, Inc. sued, claiming the league violated antitrust law because all 32 teams worked together to freeze it out of the NFL-licensed hat-making business and gave Reebok an exclusive 10-year license.
Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson is no longer relying solely on his uncle for contract advice. Johnson said he hired Kennard McGuire as his agent, but his uncle Andre Melton will remain a trusted adviser. … Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach spoke to the Cowboys, with the point of his story being this year’s club is good enough to win it all so they can’t let anything get in the way. … On a day when 70 mph winds blew during passing camp, Denver coach Josh McDaniels denied the Broncos were trying to deal one of their four quarterbacks. … A congressional committee criticized the NFL’s research into equipment, particularly helmets, questioning if player safety is indeed being given top priority in an “infected system that needs to be cleaned up.”