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Bryant’s latest violation may have come from something other than a positive marijuana test

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It was widely reported last August that the NFL suspended Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant because he failed multiple marijuana tests. His latest predicament suggests a violation for something other than a positive marijuana test.

The three possibilities are: (1) a positive test for something other than marijuana; (2) failure to cooperate with testing, treatment, evaluation or other requirements under the policy or failure to cooperate with the terms of his treatment plan; or (3) at least two separate positive marijuana tests.

The intermediate 10-game suspension applies only to a single positive test for marijuana while in Stage Three of the substance-abuse program. So with Bryant skipping from four games to a full year, it means he allegedly violated the policy without testing positive for marijuana, again.

Bryant has appealed the suspension. If the suspension becomes official, the NFL likely will release more information about what specifically caused it.

It could have been something as simple as missing one of the many tests he now has to take while in Stage Three of the program. Or it may have been a positive test for a banned substance other than marijuana.

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43 Responses to “Bryant’s latest violation may have come from something other than a positive marijuana test”
  1. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 12, 2016 4:00 PM

    I love the way the off season is shaping up.

  2. ldjred12 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:02 PM

    He must be hanging out with Manziel

  3. triggerdog says: Mar 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    I love the way this offseason is shaping up,Says a guy whose TE is suspended for the first 10 games commence to rioting.we love the way this offseason is shaping up.by the way we didn’t have to sign a sixty year old te due to ours being suspended or hurt. At least the steelers still have someone to throw to, can’t say the same about the trashy Ravens . Carry on

  4. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    Regardless of which of the scenarios proves out the cause is still the same. You just can’t fix stupid on that scale.

  5. xjippyx says: Mar 12, 2016 4:26 PM

    NFL is a joke when it comes to marijuana.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 12, 2016 4:27 PM

    I love the way the off season is shaping up. The Steelers are signing young players and the criminals are seeking out the ancient retreads. Looks like another 4-12 season for the boys from riot central.

  7. xsorethumbx says: Mar 12, 2016 4:30 PM

    the steelers need to go on the offensive and blame the urine collector. Take a page out of the Broncos and your Super Bowl MVP Von Millers playbook

  8. mongo3401 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:30 PM

    I love the way personal information is always leaked out. It’s nobody’s business but his why he did or did not fail a test.

  9. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 12, 2016 4:32 PM

    I don’t want this day to ever end. LOL.

  10. jetsfan136 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:35 PM

    Turning into the Jamaican Football League

  11. beavertonsteve says: Mar 12, 2016 4:36 PM

    Well technically you can test positive for cannabinoids without it being marijuana.

  12. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:44 PM

    Shout out the the DA on instagram who told me I was stupid bc I mentioned that Bryant who had multiple failed drug tests was opening taking pictures with Cookies SF a marijuana based product company. I specifically messaged this DA to delete his photo or get advising from his agent. This was about 3 weeks ago now this fool failed another Test bc he allowed a marijuana company to post pictures of him knowing he plays in the NFL.. Hope that DA sees exactly what I was talking about.. Poor advising and peanuts for brains!

  13. minneanderthals says: Mar 12, 2016 4:46 PM

    This is what the steelers have become.

    And this is why they’ll be stuck at 6 for the next few decades.

  14. triggerdog says: Mar 12, 2016 4:49 PM

    Even without him we will still sweep that pathetic buzzard team. Don’t worry the sun is already setting on that burned out, looted city called Baltimore . To their fans commence to rioting.

  15. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 12, 2016 5:00 PM

    No biggie. Look at the last two WC games. There were lots of TDs without Bryant. Oh wait.

  16. triggerdog says: Mar 12, 2016 5:07 PM

    No biggie since being bradyed out of the playoffs the buzzards have zero winning seasons, zero playoff appearances with many more to come. Carry on

  17. jgo304 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:21 PM

    Wow PFT I posted exactly why Bryant went to rehab & it go deleted.

    He’s failed multiple tests for opiates, he is addicted to “Lean” aka Syzurp.

    Thats why he went to the John Lucas for rehab/counseling. You don’t goto John Lucas for weed….

  18. mikeytoth says: Mar 12, 2016 5:29 PM

    Steelers suck anyway. Juicers and tokers. The whole lot of em

  19. r8rstacey30 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:39 PM

    What a shame. I like watching this talented kid play. Such great potential-just baffling the ways some of these guys throw it all away . I guess you can’t fix stupid.

  20. chaser44 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:40 PM

    For all thise complaing that its just pot, you do realize that even if its legal any private corporation can tell their employees no pot. Private companies in Colorado drug test and can fire employees for smoking pot. So your argument moot, nfl can say no weed and it means no weed. For the record i support legalizing it.

  21. abninf says: Mar 12, 2016 5:46 PM

    Well the league never discloses what drug produced a positive test. All we hear is what the players claim. Of course they all say it was pot because they know they’ll get sympathy from half the fans. Do you think it’s a coincidence we never hear of players busted for coke, crack, heroin or meth? Like, none of them do those drugs? Wake up.

  22. camcameronsucks says: Mar 12, 2016 5:49 PM

    Suspending players for smoking marijuana is so ass backwards I can’t even understand it.

    We’ll pump them full of cortizone shots, amphetamines, and pain killers but hey, NO MARIJUANA UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    We support getting you addicted to pain killers but don’t you dare think about staying out of trouble for a few hours while you’re baked on your own couch during the offseason….

  23. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:52 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 12, 2016 4:27 PM
    I love the way the off season is shaping up. The Steelers are signing young players…
    _____________________

    Let’s hope they are signing some that are smarter than the young guy they chose a couple of years ago that this article is about

  24. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Mar 12, 2016 6:10 PM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:00 PM
    No biggie. Look at the last two WC games. There were lots of TDs without Bryant. Oh wait.
    ———-

    The most recent one shouldn’t even have counted. It wasn’t until after the game that the officials remembered you had to have two feet down and control, before going out of bounds.

  25. triggerdog says: Mar 12, 2016 6:23 PM

    The sour grapes from these bungal posters make some sweet wine! Don’t think it’s the steelers fault they got to play Denver,if not for your stupid uncontrollable players heck who knows, that could have been you.but for what it’s worth, Boswell’s kick was good for sixty yards plus.

  26. trailerparkking says: Mar 12, 2016 6:45 PM

    Will the NFLPA run to his defense like they did for the child abusers, woman beaters, and cheats?
    Don’t hold your breath folks, mental illness and drug addiction aren’t on their radar.

  27. zigthepatsfan says: Mar 12, 2016 7:06 PM

    trailerparkking says:
    Mar 12, 2016 6:45 PM
    Will the NFLPA run to his defense like they did for the child abusers, woman beaters, and cheats?
    Don’t hold your breath folks, mental illness and drug addiction aren’t on their radar.

    or….the punishments for substance abuse are all carefully laid out so Rodger isnt abusing his power here

    but dont let that stop your uniformed rant. Makes this place more fun

  28. filthymcnastyog says: Mar 12, 2016 7:15 PM

    Players always say they failed for Marijuana or adderall because the stigma against them is so much less. When in reality most these guys are failing for opiates and Peds.

  29. realdealsteel says: Mar 12, 2016 7:57 PM

    We have a lot of wide receivers; just means Wheaton and Coats will have a chance now to be the second guy.

  30. sportsfan18 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:02 PM

    What does it mean?

    It means he’s an idiot.

    Leave the whole topic of pot and the NFL out of this argument. The fact is they still have rules about it.

    Players careers are short in the NFL and he’s wasting one full season of salary due to idiocy.

    He can’t get this year of money back. He isn’t going to pull down Tom Brady or Peyton money either.

    With so few years to make crazy money, he’s saying goodbye to a lot of money that he’ll never get back.

    So do all the others that choose to use pot.

    Those that use pot say it isn’t addictive. So, if it’s not addictive, there are no cravings for it. So they are intentionally choosing to use something they are not addicted to that could cause them to lose a lot of money, let their teammates down etc…

    WHY? A drug addict or an alcoholic can at least say they are addicted…

  31. officialgame says: Mar 12, 2016 8:03 PM

    Do they test for crack?

  32. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 12, 2016 8:10 PM

    Well, drugs are bad m’kay. So don’t do them m’kay. Because they’re bad m’kay. Drugs, I mean. They’re bad, m’kay.

  33. pappyjoe69 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:46 PM

    Knucklehead Bryant out, Sammy Coates in! Won’t miss a beat. Not to mention Ladarius Green!

  34. swineflooo says: Mar 12, 2016 9:09 PM

    Anyone surprised this is coming out of the PER factory known as the Pittsburgh Steelers

  35. gabrosin says: Mar 12, 2016 9:25 PM

    “triggerdog says:
    Mar 12, 2016 4:49 PM
    Even without him we will still sweep that pathetic buzzard team. Don’t worry the sun is already setting on that burned out, looted city called Baltimore . To their fans commence to rioting.”

    Just like the Steelers swept the Ravens last season when they were terrible… oh, wait, no, that’s right, the Steelers lost twice to a team that won only three other games by a total of twelve points all season. And then had to get help from the Jets to make it to the postseason. But sure, keep deluding yourself.

  36. thegeneral7694 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:50 PM

    @sportsfan18:

    Dude, “addiction” and “cravings” don’t even remotely mean the same thing. I have cravings for Taco Bell and pecan ice cream, but that doesn’t mean I am addicted to them. Marijuana is not physically addictive, but a regular weed smoker is still gonna have cravings. Now, can he refrain from giving in to those cravings without physical withdrawal symptoms? Absolutely, and to your point, that’s what Bryant should have done. But to say “no addiction, no cravings” is just incorrect.

  37. bradyakagod says: Mar 12, 2016 9:57 PM

    It’s a positive pot test and he is so dumb it’s like how Forrest Gump played football and they just handed him the ball and said run. That’s one of the differences between the pats players and the steelers players with the steelers players being as dumb as door nails and the pats being smart and hard working.

  38. icebowler says: Mar 12, 2016 10:03 PM

    The NFL should stop testing for anything that is not considered a PED. It’s just hurting “The Shield” with all of these non PED suspensions. Unless they are acting strange at work or are stupid enough to get busted with something in public, leave it alone. That’s what my employer does (after the initial hiring) and they know that they have a better workforce, with a lot less turnover, for having that policy. Of course, my employer is not involved with public safety (that is totally different). As far as I know, NFL players are not responsible for public safety on the field.

  39. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Mar 12, 2016 10:05 PM

    The Steelers already have Brown, Wheaton, Hayward-Bey, and Coates at WR and now Green at TE. So you will be disappointed ignorant haters desperate for any bad news to hang on the Steelers. They are loaded with receivers. But keep playing the denial game….it is all you have for your obsession.

  40. triggerdog says: Mar 12, 2016 10:30 PM

    Gabrosen,while the steelers did Lose two to the Ravens the steelers needed no help from nobody.just because the jets lost that is their problem. Bottom line the steelers took care of business while the jets didn’t, but sure, keep deluding yourself.

  41. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 12, 2016 10:31 PM

    Well that explains the Heyward-Bay signing although Bryant is 10 times better as a player. Maybe sign Boldin or Andre Johnson?

  42. gaffya says: Mar 12, 2016 10:52 PM

    I heard it was because HE MISSED 3 tests not that he TESTED POSITIVE again.don’t know how reliable the source but it explains how it skipped the 10 game and went to a full year

  43. bcvikings1965 says: Mar 13, 2016 4:37 PM

    chasser44, I agree with you completely. You talked about big companies firing employees where weed is legal, well, the NFL is a big company. They can discipline the players accordingly. camcameronsucks, this statement is for you. WEED IS ILLEGAL IN PENNSYLVANIA! Enough said. Painkillers are legal in the NFL and in the public sector.

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