NFL provides no update or timeline on Martavis Bryant reinstatement

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Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant will soon be reinstated. Unless he isn’t.

In response to multiple reports that Bryant’s reinstatement is imminent, the league office told the Beaver County Times that there is no “update or timeline” regarding Bryant’s return to the NFL.

That’s the standard position as to any potential return by any player who has been banished from the league under the substance-abuse policy, with the opportunity to apply for reinstatement after a year. And that’s because when it comes to reinstatement, the rules are there ain’t no rules.

As learned via the Aldon Smith reinstatement effort, the rules imply that a 60-day deadline applies for ruling on a reinstatement request. In reality, there’s no deadline. And there’s no standard that applies to the Commissioner, who determines in his sole discretion whether to reinstate the player.

So Bryant will be reinstated exactly when he’s reinstated. And the closer he gets to reinstatement, the greater the chance that something will happen to derail the effort — like it has both with Smith and Josh Gordon.

28 responses to “NFL provides no update or timeline on Martavis Bryant reinstatement

  1. How did the players mess up the last CBA so badly? At this point, they need to be saving their money in order to sit out and force the owners to remove Goodell when the next negotiations take place.

    In my opinion, the players shouldn’t even go to the CBA negotiating table until Goodell is removed.

  2. Dude has issues. NFL knows it and is wisely keeping him out of the league until he addresses them. Bravo to the NFL for keeping the well-being of the player first, for a change.

  3. And that’s because when it comes to reinstatement, the rules are there ain’t no rules
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    And not just reinstatement either. The league will take any actions or make any statements that will suit their agenda. In fact, they are actually at a point where they don’t even try to hide this fact. They don’t care. Goodell has been given free reign to treat the paying customers like idiots.

    The league must know their approval ratings are plummeting over the last several seasons and there seems to be no genuine effort to remedy that. The owners seem content since there are still enough paying fans to fill the stadiums every week.

    The long term health of the NFL is in trouble.

  4. So Bryant will be reinstated exactly when he’s reinstated. And the closer he gets to reinstatement, the greater the chance that something will happen to derail the effort — like it has both with Smith and Josh Gordon.

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    yep because they know the best way to test a junkie is stress them out and make them wait.

  5. MichaelEdits says:
    Mar 31, 2017 10:54 AM
    Since the Steelers won’t change to those uniforms, the NFL could at least make Martavis Bryant wear it every week.
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    They retired those uni’s last year.

  6. ktoast says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:16 AM
    ^^^^junkie? he smokes weed.
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    Funny how it’s always weed isn’t it?
    I’m not saying it isn’t or that he’s a junkie by any means but the CBA stipulates complete confidentiality when it comes to the substance contained in a positive test yet somehow the word always gets out that it’s just weed. Probably just a coincidence that players, agents and the league all know none of us really cares about weed. Yeah that must be it, just a coincidence.

  7. “’m not saying it isn’t or that he’s a junkie by any means but the CBA stipulates complete confidentiality when it comes to the substance contained in a positive test yet somehow the word always gets out that it’s just weed.”

    Have you ever known anyone who actually used heroin? I have.

    He might hide that and maintain his playing level for a brief time, but over any longer period he would be incapable of functioning at the NFL level and it would be obvious to everyone around him.

  8. ^^^^junkie? he smokes weed.

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    the guy cost himself hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary and endorsement money because he couldn’t stop smoking weed. Plus he was made to give up something he loves doing (football) not once, but twice, because he couldn’t stop smoking weed.

    I’d say that qualifies as being a junkie.

  9. Any man that trades millions of dollars for a dime bag is a complete fool and does not deserve any reinstatement at all. In fact, the only reward that comes close is the Darwin award.

  10. Putting aside the issue of legalization of marijuania, yes, it should be legalized, alcohol is legal and I assure you my boss and yours do not want us showing up at work drunk or hungover. There are residue effects to both. For a profession that requires maximum athletic performance, the NFL is well within their rights and concerns on this one.

  11. I posted an opinion on the CBA and Goodell’s disciplinary power on another article and I’ll comment further here. The CBA needs to be modified so pot/coke etc are not tested. Testing should only be for PEDs. The company I work for does not drug test me – what I do on my own time is my choice. If my performance at work suffers then there would be consequences. The NFL should be no different.

  12. melikefootball says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:26 AM
    Once more Gödel and his rules.
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    Goodell doesn’t set the rules, he enforces them. The NFL rules are largely established by Committees set up by the Owners. Before you go casting stones, have you taken a strong look at your team’s owner recently?

  13. Bryant’s status is irrelevant. He’ll either play, or not, who cares.

    The problem with the leagues hemming and hawing, is it holds the team hostage leading up to the draft. That is not a good thing to do to a team. No need to punish the team for the selfish act of one idiot. They should render a decision and let the Steelers administration properly prepare for the draft.

  14. As a Steelers’ fan, I hope Bryant can come back, and be productive. However, he would not be the first person, be it a sports star, or a regular Joe, that threw it all away because they couldn’t follow the rules. And, before the discussion devolves into a “it should be legal” argument…it isn’t, so it is what it is…follow, for get punished…it’s that simple.

  15. “he would not be the first person that threw it all away because they couldn’t follow the rules…follow, or get punished…it’s that simple.”.

    That’s very Orwellian of you. Not all rules are worthy of being followed. Use some independent thought, don’t be a sheep.

  16. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 3:26 PM
    “he would not be the first person that threw it all away because they couldn’t follow the rules…follow, or get punished…it’s that simple.”.

    That’s very Orwellian of you. Not all rules are worthy of being followed. Use some independent thought, don’t be a sheep.
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    Nope, not a sheep, a realist…if my employer has a rule, I follow it, or find another job…and, as said before, it’s that simple. If they want the rule changed, lobby to have it changed…until such time, be prepared to pay the consequences. Oh, and thanks for the advice, but I do quite well in the thought department.

  17. Won’t make a difference either way as the Pats will own the Steelers till Brady retires

    There is not going to be any crow left to eat in New England soon…..and if you are the first to starve I ll be the first to toast your arrogant butt.

  18. To all of the people saying “follow the rules or get punished”…..you are missing the entire point. Its estimated that as many as 80% of NFL players use marijuana, do 80% of players get suspended? What Martavis failed to do is scheme the system like 78% of NFL players do. This has nothing to do with it being illegal and everything to do with a stupid testing and punishment process. Id much rather have them smoking pot than getting addicted to opioid painkillers like so many do. Adopt the MLB rules and give em a slap on the wrist and let em play. Stop punishing them for not scheming the system as well.

  19. Won’t make a difference either way as the Pats will own the Steelers till Brady retires.
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    They own em because they beat the steelers at home as 6 point favorites. We’ll see who owns who when they come to Heinz field this year.

  20. Won’t make a difference either way as the Pats will own the Steelers till Brady retires.
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    They own em because they beat the steelers at home as 6 point favorites. We’ll see who owns who when they come to Heinz field this year.

    Brady’s career record against Pittsburgh is 10-3…that’s ownership

  21. damn people are dumb. somebody made a good point about it being another drug and harrisonhits2 immediately jumped to heroin cuz he knows people that used it lmao

    but of course amongst other idiots it’s a “good point”

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