NFL player accused of having gun at NY airport

NFL player accused of having gun at NY airport

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2: Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers #91 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up on the field before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say an NFL player has been arrested at a New York airport after police found a loaded handgun in his luggage.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da`Quan Bowers was awaiting arraignment Monday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport as he was about to board a US Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C. Authorities say the loaded .40-caliber weapon was found during a search of his carry-on bag.

A Queens district attorney's office spokeswoman says Bowers will be charged in Criminal Court.

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

He's in police custody and can't be reached for comment by telephone. The Buccaneers haven't returned messages seeking comment.

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