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Le’Veon Bell suggests he’s not joking

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If Le’Veon Bell is serious about his “I may sit out the whole year” message via Twitter, he picked a strange day to float that notion. After retiring from football on the last April Fool’s Day, his 4/1/17 tweet was widely regarded as #fakenews.

Bell has since suggested that it isn’t.

On the first day of the fourth month, it’s unwise to take anything at face value. And it could be that Bell is trying to lure more people in before declaring that he was just joking.

If he’s not joking, he should be. With more than $12 million fully guaranteed and the market for veteran running backs far lower than $12 million per year, he should pounce on the money and hit the market in 2018 — or gladly accept a 20-percent increase for another season under the tag.

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37 Responses to “Le’Veon Bell suggests he’s not joking”
  1. patsxsaintsfan says: Apr 1, 2017 8:28 PM

    Thumbs up this comment if you would like to see them get rid of the franchise tag thumbs down if you want it to stay. In the next CBA the franchise tag will be addressed I can guarantee it.

  2. cpozsgai says: Apr 1, 2017 8:30 PM

    He probably won’t even show up for his urine test this year, let alone pass it. Great football player, but not much between the ears.

  3. cpozsgai says: Apr 1, 2017 8:31 PM

    BTW I hope he’s joking, and can stay off of the stuff long enough to make it to the first game of the regular season.

  4. skoobyfl says: Apr 1, 2017 8:32 PM

    Fools and their money….

  5. donbat67 says: Apr 1, 2017 8:34 PM

    Smokin weed again ?

  6. handsofsteelheartofstone says: Apr 1, 2017 8:42 PM

    How hard is it for a person to just shut their stupid mouths on social media. Especially when they make more money than 95% of the population. Ego-maniacs, the lot of them.

    Frankly, if you have a social media account of any kind, facebook, twitter, snapchat, whatever…you are a complete and total moron, thats all there is to it. the human race is dying right before our eyes.

  7. firstdownbrowns says: Apr 1, 2017 8:59 PM

    its still April 1…

  8. FlashPatterson says: Apr 1, 2017 9:00 PM

    handsofsteelheartofstone says:
    Apr 1, 2017 8:42 PM
    How hard is it for a person to just shut their stupid mouths on social media. Especially when they make more money than 95% of the population. Ego-maniacs, the lot of them.

    Frankly, if you have a social media account of any kind, facebook, twitter, snapchat, whatever…you are a complete and total moron, thats all there is to it. the human race is dying right before our eyes.
    ——————————————
    Hypocrit

  9. omegalh says: Apr 1, 2017 9:02 PM

    And the Earth is flat. We get it. You want attention.

  10. motleytrap says: Apr 1, 2017 9:14 PM

    “Frankly, if you have a social media account of any kind, facebook, twitter, snapchat, whatever…you are a complete and total moron, thats all there is to it”

    That’s very insulting. I use social media quite a bit, for the purposes of connecting with people around the world who have the same interests as mine I get a lot out of it, and that doesn’t make me a moron.

  11. therealtrenches says: Apr 1, 2017 9:15 PM

    If this isn’t a joke, then LeVeon is the only fool to see here.

  12. meximyke says: Apr 1, 2017 9:20 PM

    April fools jokes went out with the nehru jacket!

  13. clashpoint says: Apr 1, 2017 9:24 PM

    April fool’s jokes just don’t work anymore, let’s retire that holiday for something that involves cooking steaks and bacon.

  14. joshr99164 says: Apr 1, 2017 9:27 PM

    We all thought this was a joke because Florio posted it in a headline. Bell never said or implied it was a joke.

  15. krabballs says: Apr 1, 2017 9:35 PM

    LeVeon Bell can’t spell his own name.

  16. nyneal says: Apr 1, 2017 9:37 PM

    Bell was probably stoned when he put this on Twitter. So he doesn’t know if he was joking or not.

  17. Moudabo says: Apr 1, 2017 9:52 PM

    Seriously people, find a way to get your
    sense of humor back. You are becoming
    a bunch of curmudgeons.

  18. craigkintexas says: Apr 1, 2017 9:53 PM

    That is why it is called dope.

  19. THX 138 says: Apr 1, 2017 9:55 PM

    He is not worth the money or headache.

  20. rankster1950 says: Apr 1, 2017 10:03 PM

    As a steeler fan all I got to say is who the hell cares. Enough drama

  21. thesteelhurtin says: Apr 1, 2017 10:05 PM

    Well I hope he is prepared to do just that then or sign a long term deal. The Steelers will not negotiate with him if camp starts and he’s not there. They told Ward get to camp and responded to Franco wanting more money with Franco who? Good luck Bell it won’t work.

  22. mcniner55 says: Apr 1, 2017 10:07 PM

    pretty stupid to pass up a 12ml $ year as a RB these days…..

  23. kevpft says: Apr 1, 2017 10:13 PM

    Pittsburgh: “Hey, you’re a good player but you’ve been completely unreliable due to frequent injuries and suspensions, effectively sabotaging us at key times over the last few years. But here’s $12 million, which is $4 million more than any other NFL running back makes, and close to double or triple what most reliable running backs make”

    Bell: “This offer disrespects me!

    The rest of the world: “Huh?”

  24. steelcurtainn says: Apr 1, 2017 10:24 PM

    Best running back in football is going nowhere but the Steelcity. April fools is over.

  25. diehardfootballfan says: Apr 1, 2017 10:25 PM

    He a foooooolllllll!!!

  26. camdenyard says: Apr 1, 2017 10:38 PM

    He’s joking.

  27. denverscott says: Apr 1, 2017 10:41 PM

    There’s a reason Twitter starts with Twit, and smart people only keep a bogus facebook account to log onto other services that require it. People with real lives don’t care Ooh, Jane Smith just went to pizza hut! Oooh, look at my baby that just spit up on my new blouse! SMH.

  28. nagihcimwolves50 says: Apr 1, 2017 10:41 PM

    So far he has made 4 million in the NFL based on his rookie contract. He has been suspended and taxes probably take out at least a million (total over 4 years). So conservatively speaking he probably has made around 2.5 million. Zero chance he doesn’t play to make nearly 6X more than he has earned his entire career in 1 year.

  29. kissbillsrings says: Apr 1, 2017 10:44 PM

    12 mil to pull up lame when he’s needed most??
    He’s no fool… Just a thief!!!

  30. kevpft says: Apr 1, 2017 10:45 PM

    I’m sure the Steelers just want to see Bell play one whole season without major injury or suspension issues. He does that, they give him a contract. To get paid $12 million for that opportunity sounds like a sweet deal by any kind of human standards.

  31. ggreen657 says: Apr 1, 2017 10:55 PM

    When he saw that the Patriots had figured out a way to stop him in the Championship game, he quit. That was enough for me.

  32. stairwayto7 says: Apr 1, 2017 11:32 PM

    Draft McCaffery! Next

  33. 8oneanddones says: Apr 1, 2017 11:38 PM

    How many players have actually gone through with sitting out an entire year? Is there a list somewhere? I can think of Bobby Hebert and that’s it.

  34. dren88 says: Apr 2, 2017 4:33 AM

    He wants to hit that pipe

  35. sychosam28 says: Apr 2, 2017 8:03 AM

    What a baby!

  36. streetyson says: Apr 2, 2017 8:10 AM

    firstdownbrowns says:
    Apr 1, 2017 8:59 PM
    its still April 1…
    ——————————
    I don’t know when it was forgotten by most, but April Fools’ jokes traditionally were only legit in the morning (until noon), after which the joke was supposed to be on the joker (for being slow/late, or being dumb enough to think people hadn’t already wised-up after being pranked in the morning). Of course, that still applies to what most people think of Bell, and why most aren’t taking him seriously.

  37. jamaltimore says: Apr 2, 2017 11:53 AM

    Dude won’t play the full year and the Ravens will win the north. Book it.

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