Report: Martavis Bryant facing one-year suspension

AP

Martavis Bryant apparently hasn’t chosen football over marijuana.

Dejan Kovacevic of dkpittsburghsports.com reports that Bryant is “facing a season-long suspension.”

If this flows from the continuation of issues that Bryant said after serving a four-game suspension in 2015 “are behind me now,” it’s unclear why Bryant has skipped over the 10-game suspension and went straight to what would be, technically, a banishment with the ability to apply for reinstatement after one calendar year passes. It’s possible that, while facing a 10-game suspension for a violation of the policy, Bryant committed a separate violation.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, confirming the report, adds that Bryant’s agent says the suspension has been appealed. With final say for these infractions now possessed by an independent panel of arbitrators, negotiations between the NFL and the union can be much more meaningful.

If Bryant misses the full season, it would be a huge blow to one of the best offenses in the NFL, and it would possibly force the Steelers to try to find another mid-to-late-round receiving gem, a skill they have developed and perfected over the last decade with guys like Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, and Bryant.

Last year’s third-round receiver, Sammie Coates, would have a chance to step up. Or maybe they’d bring back Wallace, who was cut last week by the Vikings.

For now, the chase will begin for confirmation of the report from Kovacevic, who previously worked for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Elaboration also will be needed before the situation can be fully understood.

If Bryant, one of the best receivers in the NFL, misses the season because of marijuana, it will be even more reason for the NFL to take a serious look at the sensibility of telling players that they can’t consume on their own time a substance that is legal to use for all purposes in two of the 22 states in which the NFL does business.

111 responses to “Report: Martavis Bryant facing one-year suspension

  1. But, but he’s a BEAST. Right steeler? Watch this. ‘We don’t need him anyway, Coates is a Monsta’

  2. martavis bryan is a discuting example for children every where! just another selfish receiver whod rather smoke drugs then smoke DBs. he hsould never be aloud to play football again. or they should let him play but without a helmet cause his brain is already gone from all the dope. really really disapointed in this “man”. what happened to the days when nfl players were high character family men. sad what its become

  3. Let’s relax the leagues policy on federaly regulated substances to coddle a few drug addicts.. And when multiple players beat their wives and girlfriends we’ll roll back those disciplinary procedures as well.. Talk about inmates running the asylum.

  4. Argh! Martavis. That’s some very disappointing news coming
    on the heels of what was looking to be a great off-season for
    the Steelers.

    Hopefully it’s not as bad as it first appears.

  5. Just because some players are too weak to give up pot, even for the chance to make millions of dollars playing a game, that is no reason to change the rules on it.
    A little will-power and sacrifice is not too much to ask.

  6. Time to chop this guy. Shame. Can’t fix or teach stupid. Sammie Coats, get ready. Mike Wallace, keep your phone on.

  7. Its a shame the league considers marijuana something a player should be suspended for.

    Absolutely ridiculous. DUI fine that’s one thing. But smoking at home they should be ignoring at this point.

  8. If Bryant, one of the best receivers in the NFL, misses the season because of marijuana…

    Wow, Florio you must be smoking from the same stash.

    Overstating it for a 50 catch for under 800 yards and 6 TDs receiver a little bit.

    Those are starting to grow on trees (not plants) in the NFL these days.

  9. Your heart goes out to the guy if he misses a whole year for what is truly not a PED.

    That being said, yet another example of the drug having more of a hold on people then many would like to admit.

  10. I hate the Steelers, but this is just stupid. To suspend him for a year for smoking weed is draconian and overly punitive.

  11. Good!!!! If I pay top dollar for a game ticket then I want the best player for my ticket price. People who say smoking weed is not a big deal then you are be ok with getting garbage players for their money are good to go… I am not one of those people.

  12. This should help he pats get back to the Super Bowl if it’s a year suspension. Steelers fans wonder why thier team can’t get a full team together. It’s becuase of stuff like this and a clown for a head coach.

  13. Its the players fault for not passing the test. He knows he is under the microscope for it, and subject to mutliple tests after failing previously and the only person that needs to feel shame is himself.

    The league didn’t do this to let his team, and fans down… Bryant did.

    While its a REALLY stupid rule… its a rule, Emloyers can test employees… and for 400K plus guranteed, and 2.5 million dollars over 4 years… I feel it shouldn’t be the hardest rule to adhere too.

  14. Florio, you missed it on this one.

    You say the only way to keep these dudes from failing multiple tests is to stop testing them?

    “Welcome to the NFL. You are about to become a millionaire. The laws no longer apply to you.”

  15. The real travesty is that the NFL won’t recognize the real and beneficial MEDICINAL value of marijuana for its current players. Instead, they hand out OPIUM-based pain pills by the handful.

  16. Doesn’t matter if it’s legal in two of the twenty-two states the NFL operates in. It’s against his Employer’s policy and it’s illegal in the state he works in.

    Sit him down for the year. Next guy up.

  17. Well I really can’t say nothing about weed because a 10$/hour job will drug test you so with a job your making millions I say f##k weed get my millions then retire and smoke all I want after my job is over.

  18. Yet the team physicians will continue to push pain killers on to the players.
    The longterm effects of the the painkillers will be way more harmful to these players with their lives going forward. People call Marijuana a gateway drug and if you feel that way the same must be said about painkillers. Eighty percent of the people hooked on heroin became addicted to painkillers before ever thinking about doing heroin. I’ve smoked on and off. I for one could quit to play in the NFL but who are we to say the amount of pain these players to through. Marijuana is a safer alternative than painkillers.

  19. About tired of people being overly critical or calling him weak. You’ve no idea what he uses it for. Could be pain management, could be self-medication for mental illness. He could just like to smoke. The prohibition of a plant needs to end. I’d have been dead 30 years ago if it wasn’t for the plant.

  20. Well then they’d better build several hundred more federal prisons in those two states.

  21. Coates did look pretty good, but he just doesn’t have the upside of Bryant. Weakens are depth too. There’s no way Wallace is coming back. We don’t want/need him!

  22. He should be banned for life for being stupid. You know if you get caught you will be suspended but you still put yourself in that position.

  23. He’s not facing a one year suspension for smoking weed. He’s facing a one year suspension for being stupid. If a player is subject to the league’s substance abuse protocol and gets bagged then it’s not the $50 in weed that’s the issue it’s the 50¢ head

  24. Rules are rules that must be fooled… By everyone. The kid is throwing his future away…. Very sad but some knuckleheads are stubborn.

    And yes TedMurph he is a beast and not a cheater. Off the field he is a cheater like the Pats are on the field. Don’t judge Ted it makes your room temp IQbseem even lower.

  25. They have already altered the rules for the sake of the POS bungals .if you see burfict,pacman,and the fumbler thank them for adding to the twenty five years of playoff futility.carry on

  26. Pitiful. Every year more players are banned or blackballed from the game. Why the NFL commissioner doesn’t want to field the best league possible is beyond me.

    Skip the appeal. Get a lawyer.

  27. That sucks to hear as a Steeler fan. He makes the offense better for sure, but his absence doesn’t kill it.

    All the hate from the North trolls. Guess what, the only receiver in the North that’s not currently a Steeler who would sniff the starting lineup in Pittsburgh is AJ Green. All other wide outs in the North likely wouldn’t make the team, so they are covered. Wheaton and Coates will need to step up, Green will be a fine addition too.

    Bengalguy, guess someone still has hurt feelings over the playoff loss. After the departures from Cincy I would be more concerned about the Bengals winning the North in the near future then when the next time the Steelers will win it.

  28. Regardless of how I feel about pot, this is a big disappointment as a Steeler fan. Martavis knew he had to keep himself clean because of the NFL rules and his previous infraction of them, but if this is true it shows he couldn’t do it. That is just disappointing. It is really going to cost him a ton of money and opportunity. It was a very quiet offseason until now.

  29. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of cheaters. Test Joey Porter while you’re at it and keep Ben away from the ladies room….

  30. He didn’t have to test positive for marijuana again. It could’ve been alcohol. Once you’re at a certain step in the drug program you have to abstain from everything. Josh Gordon’s year long sit down was the result of champagne on a jet for a team Vegas trip. How does Florio not know this?

  31. Look I think it should be legal in every state but he is employed by a league that has ruled and he broke them. Not once but twice. The really bad part is that he just chooses to ignore that he is/was part of an offense that would’ve continued to provide financial protection for the rest of his life. Yah know when these kids get drafted and sign contracts and the first thing they say is they wanna buy their parents a new home. Well I hope it’s big because if he keeps making bad choices he’ll be moving in quicker than he thought.

  32. It is odd how a noticeable percentage of people smoke dope. Everyone calling for legalization tokes up on a regular basis. Otherwise they wouldn’t care. The NFL has weed on it’s banned substances list. If a grown man can’t go a little while without smoking pot, so they can pass the test, he deserves a suspension. Really, if you possess a weak enough constitution that you cannot stop smoking weed, you need your head examined. Weed must make people stupid.

  33. I see all the Browns fans stopping in to talk smack. I guess they have forgottten about Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel. Plus the fact that you’re a Browns fan and your judgement is already suspect.

  34. ampatsisahypocrite,

    Eat your crow slowly so you don’t choke homer. Sammy Watkins is and will always be superior on the field and in life fanboy.

  35. When will people learn?? Pot does not kill… ALCOHOL KILLS!! Get rid of this pot crap once and for all. It’s one of the best pain remedies you can find

  36. It funny how many hypocrites are on here talking about weed addicts but then go chug a beer or smoke cigarettes. Heck, if your fat from eating junk food you shouldn’t be talking. Do some research bosos. You have far worse issues then the average pot smoker using for medical purposes.

  37. I’ll never understand why the NFL feels it has a right to test for non-performance enhancing drugs. Isn’t it enough for them to say “We will have a clear list of fines and suspensions if you are caught by US authorities for violating laws related to the responsible and legal use of alcohol and drugs”? I get performance-enhancing stuff; state and federal enforcement aren’t going to monitor that, but why would the league create their own legal framework for other drugs and alcohol when they already exist?

  38. sbrannonjr says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:01 PM

    I see all the Browns fans stopping in to talk smack. I guess they have forgottten about Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel. Plus the fact that you’re a Browns fan and your judgement is already suspect.
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    Some guy on a team you root for does this and the mouth breathing crowd jumps in to attack your team. Don’t pretend Steelers fan doesn’t do the same to others, it’s a bad look and untrue.

  39. realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 1:54 PM
    martavis bryan is a discuting example for children every where! just another selfish receiver whod rather smoke drugs then smoke DBs. he hsould never be aloud to play football again. or they should let him play but without a helmet cause his brain is already gone from all the dope. really really disapointed in this “man”. what happened to the days when nfl players were high character family men. sad what its become

    Thumbs down just for making me have to drive to Home Depot and ask one of the guys out front looking for work to interpret your writing.

  40. realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 1:54 PM
    martavis bryan is a discuting example for children every where! just another selfish receiver whod rather smoke drugs then smoke DBs. he hsould never be aloud to play football again. or they should let him play but without a helmet cause his brain is already gone from all the dope. really really disapointed in this “man”. what happened to the days when nfl players were high character family men. sad what its become

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    Excuse me, who’s brain is gone?

  41. Steelers’ fans are getting exactly what they deserve. They spend all year taunting and bullying everyone else, mouthing off, putting down people because of where they live. Now the sad little apologists can hurl all the empty insults they want. Bottom line, you lost the only player who was able to get across the goal line in both of the last WC games. LOL.

  42. 1. It’s legally permissible for employers to drug test their people.

    2. Weed is still ILLEGAL at the federal level

    3. I keep hearing how weed never hurt anyone and it’s non-addictive etc yet every year NFL players throw away millions because they can’t seem to stop using it. Now am I supposed to believe that some 45k a year job is incentive enough to keep people from allowing it to be a problem for them when someone else who has millions to lose can’t?

    4. This pop isn’t for weed – had to be something else to go from a 4 game to a year while skipping the 10 game.

  43. This is a huge blow to our offense. Bryant was just coming on. Coates did look good against Denver though. I think with the addition of Green we should be ok but Bryants big plan abilities will be missed. I wouldn’t be surprised if we did resign Wallace. Get better Bryant ! Get your life straight.

  44. The guy wants to get high more than he wants to play football, it’s that simple. If the union wants to fight with the NFL to stop testing, then that is how you go about making the change – but just smoking and then claiming you’re a victim doesn’t really accomplish anything.

  45. teal379 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 6:24 PM
    1. It’s legally permissible for employers to drug test their people.

    2. Weed is still ILLEGAL at the federal level

    3. I keep hearing how weed never hurt anyone and it’s non-addictive etc yet every year NFL players throw away millions because they can’t seem to stop using it. Now am I supposed to believe that some 45k a year job is incentive enough to keep people from allowing it to be a problem for them when someone else who has millions to lose can’t?

    4. This pop isn’t for weed – had to be something else to go from a 4 game to a year while skipping the 10 game.
    ______________

    Spot on on each point. #3 is exactly what I was thinking. Pot heads always say it’s harmless, yet you have people throwing away millions because they can’t sit it down.

    Btw, what an organization the Steelers are running these day, eh? Multiple pot smokers, wife beaters, an (alleged) rapist, cheap shot artists, coaches that go out on their way to affect the game physically (Tomlin, Munchak, Porter) etc etc.

  46. Tebow, you are the biggest troll at this site. You literally troll every Steelers article. Also, I’m sure some undrafted rookie wr we sign in camp will exceed the talent of any wr Ozzie has EVER drafted.

  47. Personally? I think a three strike policy should be put in place. Three strikes and you are banned for life.

    Period.

    These kids have opportunities others can only dream of, and yet they do stupid stuff like this.

  48. At metalman5150,

    I see your point. If God created it, then it must be okay, right?

    Say…for example…Castor oil plant seeds…which happen to be the most poisonous seeds on the planet.

  49. Steelers’ fans are getting exactly what they deserve. They spend all year taunting and bullying everyone else, mouthing off, putting down people because of where they live. Now the sad little apologists can hurl all the empty insults they want. Bottom line, you lost the only player who was able to get across the goal line in both of the last WC games. LOL.

    Your are the same troll who said Pittsburgh was nothing but stale beer sweat and coal ash! Yet you accuse Steeler fans of putting you down because of where you live. Calling you a hypocrite or a troll is far to generous.
    For more than two years on a daily basis you have made it your goal in life to attempt to aggravate and insult The a steelers their fans and city. TWO YEARS is a large chunk of an adolescents life wasted on being ignorant and attention seeking. I pity you that this is what Baltimore has given you. You admire felons liars and rioters…. And you dare insult Pittsburgh? You need some help.

  50. What you and so many others miss is it’s against the law in most of the country and it’s against the NFL’s rules!
    I don’t care if the law and the NFL say you can’t have a beer on Sundays — if that’s the law and the NFL rule and it’s been told to you a thousand times that you can’t drink it, then you deserve a suspension if you do.

    How about this? Instead of whining that weed should be legal, how about we expect grown bleepin’ men to be able to obey the law and the NFL’s rule concerning it????
    These knuckleheads make a lot of money. Most of them make millions. It’s a sad commentary that they can’t refrain from getting high and take a chance on losing all that dough.
    And instead of partying and getting high, why don’t they spend more time with their wives or girlfriends and take care of their kids if they have them? How’s that for a moral concept? But the sad fact is, many of these guys have several children by several different women.

    If Bryant did this, he deserves to be thrown out of football for a year. It’s obvious he only cares about himself and doesn’t factor the team or his teammates into the equation.

    I, for one, am sick of hearing people make excuses for these guys. You break the NFL’s rules, it’s on you.

  51. All I know it that my job requires me to be drug-free including marijuana… most guys wouldn’t jeopardize a 100k/yr job and this goofball screws up his life and millions for a drag. Knucklehead.

  52. Let’s see… Florio is making the argument that the league should change its rules because one of the league’s best wide receivers will be missing the whole season. Ray Rice clocked his fiancée on his own time and he married her – he probably should have been pardoned. Really what difference does it make… sound familiar.

  53. ehsguy72 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 6:14 PM
    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 12, 2016 1:54 PM
    martavis bryan is a discuting example for children every where! just another selfish receiver whod rather smoke drugs then smoke DBs. he hsould never be aloud to play football again. or they should let him play but without a helmet cause his brain is already gone from all the dope. really really disapointed in this “man”. what happened to the days when nfl players were high character family men. sad what its become

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    Excuse me, who’s brain is gone?

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    *whose

  54. Burfict is a model citizen compared to this guy.

    Once again the Bengals re-establish the moral high ground over the Steelers. Of course the Steelers, led by their two favced ownership, set the bar pretty low.

  55. I don’t understand these players. They have the world by the tail, getting paid millions of bucks to play football. All they have to do is obey the law and stay out of trouble. Some players just can’t do it. Hopefully Byrant can gets help so his life is not completely ruined or cut short.

  56. ohand16

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    I wouldn’t pass judgement on him calling him names and such. This is actually a serious problem and bout with depression. I think its more that meets the eye here. You have no idea what he is dealing with it as well as none of us do. I know we all have teams we pull for and die hard fans but this goes beyond favorite teams and rivalries. I hope Martavis gets well soon. And I’m pulling for him. Hopefully he gets his life back on track. This is beyond football field now.

  57. No hate for the player. It’s the rotten fans who berate and attack other fans, acting so smug and putting down cities they’ve probably never visited. It’s great to see them eating crow, knowing that, without Bryant, all they can do next year is kick field goals. Good luck with that. LOL.

  58. Take a good look in the mirror tebow,and you will see another rotten fan.if you would not post like you do I would be willing to bet that these rotten people as you call them wouldn’t talk like they do either. Say what you want ,nofoolnodrool hit the nail on the head,nothing but the truth. Try it you may just see I am right.

  59. And all the steelers can do is kick field goals? Last I seen jumpball threw a whopping fourteen td’s with his twelve int’s . That’s something to really be scared of now ain’t it!all this for a twenty fifth place out of thirty two. I don’t see nobody scared of the Ravens, but I would rather the game played on the field instead of a computer. Carry on

  60. Idiot. If you told me I couldn’t eat pretzels while under a multi-million dollar contract you’d better believe I’d give up pretzels for a few years.

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s legal or illegal, if your contract says you can’t do something and you sign on the dotted line, you don’t do it. I hope his days of playing football are over for good.

    Enjoy smoking out in your forced retirement, moron.

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