Eddie Matz of ESPN The Magazine reported last month that Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe told him that in 2007 his Chiefs teammates would “import” women to the hotel where the team was staying on road trips.
After Bowe’s story was published by ESPN, on May 26 former Bowe teammate Eddie Kennison told WHB-AM in Kansas City that Bowe told him he never talked to anyone from ESPN about the story.
On May 27 Bowe himself was asked by a K.C. reporter, “What about the actual interview? Did you actually talk to the guy?”
Bowe replied, “I really can’t remember, man. That’s why I’m still stuck in a daze.”
Bowe also claimed he was, “misquoted” and “the way he (ESPN reporter) took it was totally not the way that I said it.”
After Bowe’s hedging denials, ESPN The Magazine editor Gary Belsky revealed that Matz had taped his conversation with Bowe and offered to play the audio file for Bowe or anyone within the Chiefs organization.
Though ESPN subsequently declined to release the audio to the public, leaving some to wonder about the veracity of Belsky’s claim.
On May 28 I reported:
I have confirmed through a source that the tape does indeed exist and that there’s a specific reason why ESPN doesn’t want to release the contents to the media.
I was told earlier today that while telling the story, Bowe mentioned names and details that ESPN felt shouldn’t be released to the public. The move was explained to me as protecting those named in the story and Bowe himself.
Based on Bowe’s subsequent, multiple contradictory statements in the past 48 hours in denying responsibility for the story, he’s eliminated any chance of anyone believing him about anything.
For that reason, ESPN made the right call in withholding the contents of the tape to the public.
That brings us to today.