The Giants have announced they waived OL Michael Bowie following his domestic assault charge that the team became aware of Saturday.
Bowie turned himself into Tulsa County Courthouse on Monday as there was a warrant out for his arrest for three charges involving domestic assault and battery. He paid his bail set at $17,000, and has an arraignment set for Aug. 29.
"We have waived Michael Bowie," GM Jerry Reese said in a statement Wednesday. "As we have already stated, we were made aware of this situation on Saturday. The league has started to gather more information. That process will continue. The outcome of that process will determine whether there is another opportunity here for Michael."
A seventh-round pick by the Seahawks in 2013, Bowie has a Super Bowl ring from his rookie season. He was in competition to win a depth position on the offensive line.
The Giants also wavied OL Corin Brooks, and waived/injured wide receivers Darius Powe and Andrew Turzilli. Both Powe and Turzilli had hamstring injures.
To fill the roster spots, the team signed receivers Marquis Bundy and C.J. Germany and offensive linemen Richard Levy and Matt Rotheram.
The 6-foot-4, 215 pound Bundy was a free agent pickup of the Cardinals last season. He was on the practice squad most of the season before he put on the active roster for the final six weeks. He has yet to see NFL action.
Germany signed with the Rams after going undrafted this year, and was waived on Aug. 18. Levy also went undrafted and signed with the 49ers. The UConn product was released on Aug. 13.
Rotheram signed as a free agent with the Packers after going undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. He spent time on the practice squads of the Eagles and Lions last season. The Lions released him on Aug. 15.
This was a smart move by the Giants, and really their only choice in the wake of last year's Josh Brown fiasco. After standing silently by Brown through his domestic violence incident, and the release of damning evidence through the media, the Giants couldn't stand by another player accused of domestic violence and simply wait out an investigation to see if their faith was justified or misplaced.
That's especially true of a fringe player like Bowie. Yes, that's unfortunate. If he were a star, the Giants' decision would clearly have been different. But for a player battling for a spot at the end of the roster, the Giants couldn't afford the bad publicity that would've come with their support.
In some ways it's unfortunate - especially if Bowie is innocent. He loses a good chance to restart his career with a team that is absolutely desperate for offensive line help. But Reese did the right thing. He didn't slam the door. If Bowie is eventually cleared - or the NFL and the Giants decide they're convinced he's not guilty - don't be surprised if Bowie returns as a backup. If he's not cleared, the Giants don't have to explain why they sided with the accused again.