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OU's team chaplain Kent Bowles arrested

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    This is kind of sad, actually. Sounds like the guy is addicted to painkillers and needs help, not jail time.

    He's the Sooners team chaplain and the OU rep for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    He want to a program supporter's home and told the guy that there was a local car dealer who had agreed to make donations to FCA for each test drive. The guys left and Bowles stayed in his home (which seems weird). The guy also thought it seemed weird, so had a fellow resident watch the home through a mobile link to the home's security camera.

    Camera feed showed Bowles checking through the house and then stealing oxycodone and hydrocodone.

    Busted.

    http://espn.go.com/college-football...ooners-chaplain-arrested-drug-larceny-charges
     
  2. DrunkRalphie

    DrunkRalphie Well-Known Member

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    The NFL is currently being investigated for being incredibly loose with prescription painkillers. The NFL has turned their players into a bunch of addicts, I wouldn't be the least bit shocked if the same was true of college football teams.
     
  3. tsarbomba

    tsarbomba One Damn Dirty Ape Club Member

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    I don't see how you can blame the team for the addiction of a 45 year old preacher.
     
  4. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

    Lt.Col.FrankSlade Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure OU had a starting LB who OD'd on painkillers a few years ago.
     
  5. patebuff

    patebuff Downgraded to half a star Club Member

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    Please tell me you will be in the game day thread tomorrow?
     
  6. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    Jelly?
     
  7. DrunkRalphie

    DrunkRalphie Well-Known Member

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    Is the point I'm trying to make really that much of a stretch?

    This game we all love to watch is ugly in the shadows.
     
  8. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    Yeah, and there are locally aired commercials with Austin Box's mom talking about abuse of prescription medications.

    The man needs to get help.
     
  9. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

    Lt.Col.FrankSlade Well-Known Member

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    I've seen that commercial. Makes me wonder if OU football has a bit of a problem with the pain drugs.
     
  10. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Club Member Club Member

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    He better, this is stuff you don't screw around with. My aunt died due to pills, it's a sad thing to watch.
     
  11. Uncle Ken

    Uncle Ken Orr no morr Club Member

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    Why didn't you call 911?

    Signed,

    Rugged.
     
  12. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    See Drunk Ralphies post, the sport has a problem.

    No question that some programs and some pro franchises are probably way worse than others but it doesn't take a lot of looking to find issues with painkillers and football players.

    It is a sport that deals in pain. Win or lose you hurt after playing, play long enough you hurt all the time. Stop playing the game you still hurt.

    Combine that with a mentality of pop a pill and play through the pain along with the most effective pain meds being highly addictive and you end up with a lot of guys who can't stop.

    Nik and BEL are on the mark, the guy needs help.

    It isn't going to make society any safer or more productive to put this guy in jail. He (and many like him) needs help. Unfortunately we talk about terrible drugs like heroin and meth but in the long run these prescription medications can be addicting enough to make people risk their lives and futures to feed hard to break habits just like the "street" drugs.

    In the long run the drugs probably aren't much different than the street drugs. The difference is that the people who become addicted to them more frequently have the skills and resources to more effectively hide or mask their addictions.

    At the same time we as a society would go off the deep end about somebody providing street opiates to 18-24 year old college students but because the have a doctor in the building and the users are doing it so they can go out and entertain us we tend to sweep it under the rug when it is college football..

    Does OU have a problem with pain drugs. Most likely they do. Are they alone in that problem? Not even close. I would be surprised if the majority of major college programs, and many, many smaller college programs don't have similar issues. And as the money involved in the game continues to escalate along with the pressure to perform I don't think it's getting any better.
     
  13. Waldo

    Waldo Original Copy Club Member

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    we are a nation of addicts and I can tell you it is a problem in college and pro venues.

    buffson got lucky but many of his friends and teammates paid or are paying a price
     
  14. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    It was the team chaplain. I don't know that he ever played football. There are issues with painkiller abuse among football players, but I don't see anything that says that this has anything to do with that. I mean, if there was easy access by being around the program he wouldn't have to run a scam to steal them, right?
     
  15. MtnBuff

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    If he didn't play football, you are right about being around the program. The culture, the ease of access, would make it easy to get hooked and to supply the drugs until he was in so deep that he couldn't limit it to just what he got around the team.

    It is also very possible that it has nothing to do with the team. He could have been one of many who went to his doctor with back pain, a sore knee, or his dentist with pain in his jaw and left with the prescription that got him hooked.

    However he got into it two things come out. One is that as you stated he needs help more than punishment. Secondly just because they come from a pharmacy and have a doctors approval attached these painkillers aren't any less addictive and potentially life ruining that some of the things that we openly condemn. The loose usage of them in the game of football is potentially setting up many players for very difficult times later in life.
     
  16. BuffLuKe

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    Ha Ha, I was already up here by then. My sister was gonna take her to the grocery store and found her dead. My son's mom called me at work, wasn't a fun Thanksgiving. On topic, at least at the higher levels of football, sure pain killers are used more than they should be. I don't know if you could put a number of how widespread the abuse of them is, unless I missed that up above. I certainly knew guys that would use too much of some strong meds, on and off the field. Fortunately for me, any heavy duty painkiller won't click with me, literally makes me sick to my stomach. It's a situation worth looking into, imho, in the sports scene as a whole.
     
  17. DBT

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    I was taking hydrocodone for the kidney stone. Those things make you feel good! But I didn't get any real big high or anything. How many of those things does an addict pop at a time?
     
  18. Uncle Ken

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    You tell us, Mr. Happy-pants.
     
  19. BuffLuKe

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    That's the question, some folks take them pretty liberally. If it comes to the point it's no longer for pain, that's not good. I knew some that were taking like a damn cocktail all through the day, then we'd party that night. There is that part of it too.
     
  20. DBT

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    Those things scare me, man. I only took 'em for pain. But I could see someone poppin 3 or 4 for the effect. Oh, and they also make you really itchy, so, if you see someone scratching themselves all over......
     
  21. FlatironsBuff

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    I had the surgery on Thursday morning. Yesterday I decided to stop the Oxycodone and just do Advil. 6 hours later I decided that being on them for a couple days won't hurt me. Not ready to be off yet. Yikes!

    I guess some people are more susceptible to addiction perhaps? I have taken the various pills like that for surgeries and never have had the desire to continue them.
     
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  22. skibum

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    Apparently, one of the better treatments for chronic pain (and, at least during the season, this is what many football players endure - especially NFL players) is weed.

    But, if you test positive for that, the NFL will punish you harshly and instantly.

    Meanwhile, the third most abused drugs in the US (after tobacco and alcohol) are prescription painkillers, and more than one NFL & NCAA team doctor is being investigated and/or sued, and some of them may have their ability to write those prescriptions taken away because they are passing them out like candy...
     
  23. patebuff

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    My dog is popping pills? Ugh
     
  24. lvbuff

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    Only in Oklahoma...team chaplain? FCA is a joke and always has been.
     
  25. FlatironsBuff

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    And taking them anally apparently.
     

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