Giants offensive tackle Michael Bowie has been charged on one count of domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury to property under $1,000, according to multiple reports.
There is a warrant for his arrest after he reportedly grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and threw her to the ground before punching a hole in the wall and breaking two television, according to News on 6. Bowie reportedly responded to the news on Friday by saying "this is false," according to Tulsa World.
"We were made aware of the Michael Bowie situation Saturday afternoon," the Giants said in a statement. "We immediately notified NFL security. Michael will not make the trip for our game in Cleveland as we gather more information on this issue."
Bowie joined the Giants earlier this season after a stint with the Cleveland Browns. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.
Bowie was a player worth taking a chance on for the offensive line challenged Giants. He started nine games for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in 2013 before shoulder injuries -- one to each side -- ruined his next three seasons. There was no risk to bringing him to training camp. If he worked out, they'd have some experienced depth.
But the Giants can't take a chance on him anymore.
Maybe they're right to "gather more information," as they said in a statement after news broke that an arrest warrant has been issued for Bowie in Oklahoma for domestic assault. For the moment the only side of the story that's known comes from a police report that reportedly says he "grabbed his girlfriend by the neck … and threw her on the ground, then broke two TVs and punched a hole in her wall." And maybe Bowie has another version of those events.
But everything the Giants do now when it comes to domestic violence occurs in the shadow of their mishandling of the Josh Brown situation last year. They took his word for events he famously described as "just a moment" and did a shoddy investigation of their own. Then, as the media revealed more and more horrifying facts, the Giants were forced to release their kicker and try their best to cover their tracks.
They can't make that mistake again -- and though it shouldn't matter, they certainly can't do it for a longshot player at the bottom of their roster. The Giants need to prove to everyone they've learned from their mistakes, that they take domestic violence issues seriously. So unless they find proof immediately that none of this actually happened, they can't afford to let Bowie stick around on their team.