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Mike Tomlin: “Everything’s on the table” regarding Bell, Blount punishment


When wide receiver Santonio Holmes was arrested for marijuana possession in 2008, the Steelers sat him out of a game without suspending him.

Running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were both charged with the same crime last week with Bell also picking up a DUI that he never saw coming, leading some to wonder whether the Steelers would follow their own precedent this time around. Both played in last week’s preseason game because coach Mike Tomlin said sitting them down wouldn’t have been a punishment.

On Monday, Tomlin said that that “everything’s on the table” regarding that punishment, while adding that the team wouldn’t publicly disclose any discipline. He also said that Bell and Blount would be “dealt with swiftly,” although team president Art Rooney II sounded like a more deliberate approach was in the works.

“There are parts of this that are going to have to go through the legal process and the league review process,” Rooney II said, via “We’ll just have to deal with it as that process unfolds.”

The two players would also be subject to league discipline, although that’s not likely to come for quite some time as the charges make their way through the legal system.

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36 Responses to “Mike Tomlin: “Everything’s on the table” regarding Bell, Blount punishment”
  1. ctiggs says: Aug 26, 2014 7:41 AM


  2. olcap says: Aug 26, 2014 7:48 AM

    Why is league discipline not likely to come for quite some time?

    Didn’t they violate the league’s substance abuse policy???

  3. dickshotdogs says: Aug 26, 2014 7:49 AM

    What a summer. SMH

  4. troy43mvp says: Aug 26, 2014 7:51 AM

    If the NFL is involved you can ensure it will be swift. Just ask Josh Gordon…..

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 26, 2014 7:58 AM

    The fact that they were caught doing this on the day of a game is of most concern. It shows a real lack of commitment to their team.

  6. stoogy says: Aug 26, 2014 8:02 AM

    Tomlin should have been disciplined by the league and Rooney for stepping on the field deliberately last season. The standard is the standard and Tomlin sets a poor example.

  7. kd75 says: Aug 26, 2014 8:04 AM

    Without a positive test, I don’t see what anybody can be suspended for.

    “Yea sure, I had a bag of weed. Prove that I smoked any of it. My grandmother has Cancer and she needs it.”

  8. stoogy says: Aug 26, 2014 8:12 AM

    And by disciplined I mean suspended, not a 100,000 fine he laughed off and didn’t learn from. Bell and Blount will be suspended as Tomlin should have been for his deliberate actions in Baltimore.

  9. RegisHawk says: Aug 26, 2014 8:14 AM

    Put up or shut up. You don’t get any credit for saying “We are considering doing something”.

  10. eagleswin says: Aug 26, 2014 8:26 AM

    Including punishing them by playing the whole game? There’s a bunch of reserves who might go get arrested if that’s the punishment.

  11. dexterismyhero says: Aug 26, 2014 8:35 AM

    Including roller papers and a pipe?

  12. tebowbrokesteelers says: Aug 26, 2014 8:36 AM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs years ago the steelers have o winning seasons and 0 playoff wins. and now o standards as evidenced by this current charade. The players admitted what they did, they put innocent lives in jeopardy by driving under the influence, and now they hide behind the old “There are parts of this that are going to have to go through the legal process and the league review process,” Rooney II said, via “We’ll just have to deal with it as that process unfolds.”
    What a joke, as they let them start/play hours after the arrest and admission of guilt.

  13. democratsarestupid says: Aug 26, 2014 8:37 AM

    Unless your name is Ben Roethlisberger. In that case we support him fully. What a joke Pittsburgh is. When Ben returned from suspension they introduced him last and made a big spectacle of his return. The Steelers only take this holier than thou attitude when scrubs are the ones getting in trouble.

  14. citizenstrange says: Aug 26, 2014 8:43 AM

    Will the Steelers cut both players today? I don’t think Tomlin knows what “everything’s on the table” means.

  15. sbchampsagain says: Aug 26, 2014 9:09 AM

    More Mike Tomlin Gobbledegook talk.

  16. jtm12180 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:15 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I hope they DO suspend them week 1. Set the example for the rest of the league!

    When other teams players screw up, I want discipline, so I’m not going to be a hypocrite when it comes to my team

  17. 700levelvet says: Aug 26, 2014 9:16 AM

    I got high two hours ago, I’m not high anymore, oh you can get a DUI for smoking weed, (which is banned by his employer), I was on my way to split some atoms yanno… Stillers players are the personification of their ummm HC…Just refer to them as Harry and Lloyd now…

  18. steelcurtainn says: Aug 26, 2014 9:18 AM

    Just dock them a game against the Browns and move on with it. The steelers can still beat the browns with their 3rd and 4th string rbs.

  19. chiguy25 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:37 AM

    Unless Tomlin’s goal is to lessen the punishment in 2015 by preemptively suspending them now, it’s seriously just dumb to do anything. Let the players play, let the coaches coach, let the courts adjudicate. It ain’t that complicated.

  20. sportswright says: Aug 26, 2014 9:57 AM

    I’m guessing the release of Leveon Bell is off the table?

  21. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 26, 2014 10:02 AM

    Bell and Blount, as a strong supporter, here’s some advice:
    Enter into a pretrial program, and then have your mother/wife/gf go plead mercy to Roger asap. And then hope the Steelers F.O. does not issue any discipline and just sits on their hands until the league does something. It’ll work.

  22. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 26, 2014 10:05 AM

    Typical classless organization.

    Steelers will punish them like they did Ben and Tomlin – nothing. Hence the “we won’t publicly disclose it” BS.

  23. linemanguy74 says: Aug 26, 2014 10:06 AM

    Out the door maybe that would get their attention

  24. purpleguy says: Aug 26, 2014 11:09 AM

    This probably depends what table Tomlin is sitting at — I suspect the tables at the homes of his two RBs looks like the cover of High Times magazine.

  25. clashpoint says: Aug 26, 2014 11:21 AM

    …Also, anyone who thinks Tomlin did his on the field excursion on purpose is an absolute blithering idiot. I know you hate the Steelers, but being stupid about it is a poor way to express it. No one could ever get away with anything like that, there are far too many cameras watching, far too many people watching, and seriously, don’t be stupid.

    He was watching the play on the big screen instead of where he was going, and his own players gave him more crap for it than anyone else. He’s still the coach your players want to play for and don’t ever forget it.


  26. steellady412 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:25 AM

    Not condoning what these 2 guys did, but there seems to be a lot of finger pointing going on (and maybe rightfully deserved), but a lot of you commenters have smoked pot when you were not suppose to (whether you ‘re a pro-ball player on not) Stop acting as if you ALL are so innocent just because you have never gotten caught.

  27. pbastille says: Aug 26, 2014 11:28 AM

    He also said that Bell and Blount would be “dealt with swiftly,”

    Isn’t it already a little late for it to be swift?

  28. stoogy says: Aug 26, 2014 11:41 AM

    Keep telling yourself that clashpoint. Anyone that is not a yinzer or steeler homer saw what happened. Tomlin would have to be a blithering idiot to not realize he was standing on the field.


  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 26, 2014 11:43 AM

    And by disciplined I mean suspended, not a 100,000 fine he laughed off and didn’t learn from. Bell and Blount will be suspended as Tomlin should have been for his deliberate actions in Baltimore.

    What do you suggest40-50 lashes and 30 days of bread and water? Let’s get real here. Hate is one thing and reality is another, but you are are a drift without the latter.

  30. fumblenuts says: Aug 26, 2014 11:57 AM

    Mike Tomlin: “Everything’s on the table” regarding Bell, Blount punishment.


  31. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 26, 2014 12:00 PM

    Don’t pay attention to stoogy, he actually believes Brady has had more success than Ben over the last 10 years. He has no credibility.

  32. Umbra Aeternus says: Aug 26, 2014 12:21 PM

    Well, at least this team is going to do something about it. Not just say he is very sorry and forgive him like that. And cheer him up for saying he’s sorry.

  33. rrhess1529 says: Aug 26, 2014 12:25 PM

    Shouldn’t even be a thought screw up once your’e out to much money and to many other talented guys worth it. Soon it will be crack in the locker room..

  34. ssgmtk says: Aug 26, 2014 12:49 PM


  35. lawboy2000 says: Aug 26, 2014 12:53 PM

    Holmes was traded after his second violation.

  36. jiggyrose says: Aug 26, 2014 8:04 PM

    This would of never happened if Bill Cowher was coach. Ever since Tomlin has become coach the team, organization and disipline of the palyers has gone down hill. They will never win again as long as he is calling the shots. You cant coach and be their buddy at the same time.

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