For the second time in his athletic career Adarius Bowman’s future has been clouded by marijuana. The former Notre Dame High School star was arrested around 8 p.m. Tuesday night and charged with possession of 2.3 grams of marijuana in McMinn County.
Bowman was stopped on I-75 North by Officer Justin Hester of the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department, who had observed Bowman’s 2008 Cadillac Escalade going 80 mph in a 70 mph speed zone.
In the arrest report, Officer Hester stated he saw Bowman, who was alone in the vehicle, throw a small plastic bag out of his window as he pulled to the side of the interstate. The officer asked Bowman if the bag he threw from the window contained marijuana and Bowman responded, “yes it was.”
Bowman was placed under arrest and the arresting officer then found the bag containing a small amount of marijuana. The contents of the bag have been sent to a lab to be analyzed. Bowman was released from the McMinn County jail on $500 bond and is scheduled for arraignment this morning in McMinn County general sessions court.
“I’m so mad at Adarius, I don’t want to talk to him right now,” Bowman’s mother, Tara Bowman said Wednesday night. “I haven’t spoken to him since it happened. I know in my heart he regrets it, and he’s sitting somewhere hurting right now over it. I’m too mad that he’s done this again to even talk to him right now. It’s not the end of the world for him, but it’s certainly going to hurt his future, for now.”
The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Bowman, an All Big 12 receiver his junior season at Oklahoma State, has been projected as either a first or second round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. He set several records at OSU, including a Big 12-record 300-yard receiving performance against Kansas during his junior year. In only 24 games at Oklahoma State (all starts), Bowman finished as the school’s No. 4 career receptions and yardage leader.
Bowman was a three-sport all-state performer at Notre Dame, winning the Division II Mr. Football award twice. After signing with North Carolina out of high school, Bowman was dismissed from the team midway through his sophomore season, along with two other Tar Heels teammates, after being arrested for possession of marijuana.
Those charges against Bowman were later dismissed, but as a high-profile player, the stigma followed him throughout his two-year career with Oklahoma State. While at OSU, Bowman never ran afoul of the law, but in a recent interview with a national football publication, admitted that he was continually questioned about the incident by NFL scouts.
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