Le’Veon Bell Suspended 3 Games By The NFL For Violating Substance Abuse Policy
Le’Veon Bell, the rising star of the Pittsburgh Steelers, may be forced to watch from the sideline for the first few games of the 2015 season. The running back will certainly appeal the ruling, but as of now, he is set to miss the first 3 games.
Bell has been suspended by the NFL for his violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The ruling follows the 15 months of probation that he received in a first-offender’s program stemming from his arrest last August on marijuana possession and DUI charges with his former teammate LeGarrette Blount.
The two of them were pulled over when a motorcycle officer smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle Bell was driving hours before a team flight to a preseason game in Philadelphia. Blount was already suspended one game, but his charge was only for possession, which he fixed with 50 hours of community service.
The United States is continuing to expand its view on the issue of marijuana and after two states’ legalization where NFL teams are located, how long will it take for the NFL to change its policy? It seems silly when the Seahawks and Broncos especially can’t even get away with it when it is legal in their state, since clearly it doesn’t give them better playing skills like steroids would.
Le’Veon Bell will be needed on the field throughout the 2015 season and at the end of the 2014 season, his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was even praising him as a possible candidate for the MVP Award, despite not being a household name for most people.
Over the course of the 2014 season, he gained 1,361 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. He was also the team’s second leading receiver with 83 catches for 854 yards.
He suffered an injury in their final game of the season and was unable to play in their playoff game against the Ravens, giving the Steelers a loss in a game where he was needed greatly.
Le’Veon Bell will likely be out for at least a couple games at the start of the season, but hopefully with the recent signing of former Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, the Steelers will not be in too bad of shape before his return to the field.