It was his problem, he stressed, not the Cowboys'.
“I brought this (negativity) to Oklahoma State,” said Bowling, who rejoined the program as a walk-on, signed a conduct contract with coach Mike Gundy and athletic director Mike Holder upon returning and underwent weekly drug tests during the 2010 season. “It makes me feel bad that (Sports Illustrated wanted) to use me to make (OSU) look bad.
“I made Oklahoma State look bad. I was the one that put myself in those positions and got in trouble.”
Among the backlash, including from former star quarterback and current Cleveland Brown Brandon Weeden, Sports Illustrated issued the following response to Cleveland. com:
“The facts of the matter are that a team of award-winning reporters conducted a 10-month investigation that included on-the-record recorded interviews with 60-plus individual players from the Oklahoma State program,” spokesperson Scott Novak said. “Any attempt to discredit an individual reporter is an attempt to deflect the matter at hand.”
Former quarterback Josh Fields, who has been accused of being paid and participating in academic misconduct, has been one of the loudest Cowboy defendants this week, speaking with multiple media outlets and demanding on social media that the former teammate(s) who named him in the report come forward. There was clear annoyance and anger in his voice as he described Wednesday on Dan Patrick's radio show that he once invited Bond over for Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
But he also doesn't want to prematurely bash his former teammates used as sources in the story, based on the outrage many of those same teammates have since expressed.
“There's certain people who do something to get ahead,” Fields said. “Having played with some of these guys at Oklahoma State, I hope this story was twisted by the writer, for those guys' sake.
“You never know, but I can only go by what I'm seeing and hearing.”