The NFL is apparently talking to Le’Veon Bell about shortening his suspension for his DUI and marijuana arrest.
Of course, doing so would shorten the lifespan of the precedent they’re trying to set.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, the league and the NFLPA are negotiating a settlement to reduce the Steelers running back’s suspension from three games to one or two.
But doing so might create more problems for a league that already has issues getting punishments to stick.
Two games is their new standard for DUI arrests, and they can add more if there are aggravating factors. Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith got a game above the baseline, and he crashed his car into a light pole.
Bell was stopped on his way to the airport last year in the preseason, and told cops he wasn’t sure why he was getting a DUI, saying: “I smoked two hours ago, I’m not high anymore.”
Shortening the suspension to one game would seemingly take the teeth out of their new policy on drunk driving arrests, so it’s unclear if that’s a step the league is willing to take.