Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Bo Bowling is continuing on the road back from drug charges in the Canadian Football League. The Tonkawa native is a rookie on the Montreal Aloutettes' training camp roster.
"I've made mistakes, stuff I regret. But it has made me a better person," Bowling told the Montreal Gazette.
In February 2009, Bowling was charged with three felony counts of drug possession — one of the drugs was an anabolic steroid — and was suspended from the team. The charges eventually were dropped to where Bowling only faced misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bowling was given a one-year deferred sentence and spent 15 days in Payne County jail. He was ordered to complete 25 hours of community service and pay $750 in fees and court costs.
He has called the ordeal embarrassing and said he's ashamed. He denies ever taking steroids.
"That was somewhere I never want to be and never will be. I won't go back to where I was," Bowling told The Gazette on Monday. "I didn't know steroids were in my house. I admit to possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
"A lot was written that wasn't true, but I put myself in the situation," added Bowling, 23. "I know the person I am."
Suspended the entire 2009 season, Bowling lost his scholarship before summoning the courage to approach Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy about being reinstated. Gundy agreed, after approaching the school's athletic director.
Montreal general manager Jim Popp said he views Bowling as a receiver who was tough, ran good routes and did most things correctly.
"They handled all that cleanly,” Popp told the Montreal Gazette. “They disciplined him harder than most schools would have. He lost his scholarship and had to pay to go to school, working his way back. He had to work back into the school's good graces, but they speak highly of him.