Steelers getting antsy about Martavis Bryant’s status

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Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant was conditionally reinstated earlier this year. But he still hasn’t satisfied the conditions necessary to trigger his reinstatement for training camp.

As announced by the NFL in April, Bryant will be allowed to participate in training camp practices and preseason games provided that he demonstrates before camp that he has made arrangements to continue drug treatment in Pittsburgh. The fact that he still hasn’t been cleared to participate in training camp practices implies that he has yet to make suitable arrangements to continue drug treatment in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers apparently disagree. In a Tuesday online chat, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote this: “I don’t think some people in the Steelers organization are happy with the NFL for dragging their feet over the delay in reinstating Bryant fully. They believe he’s done everything they’ve asked.”

Bouchette tweeted a similar sentiment on Wednesday: “Ben [Roethlisberger] questions why NFL is taking so long to fully reinstate Steelers WR Martavis Bryant. Says he has done all asked of him.”

It’s not the first time the NFL has delayed making a decision regarding a reinstatement under the substance-abuse policy. With no clear deadlines that require decisions to be made by any specific date, the league can take as much time as it wants, without consequence.

The league also is privy to information that others aren’t. In past cases, apparent delays eventually have become a denial of the petition to be reinstated.

In other words, no news has become bad news in the past for other players. With Bryant, there’s currently no news, which also could eventually become bad news. Until then, the bad news is that he’s getting no work in advance of his potential return to football after missing all of 2016.

35 responses to “Steelers getting antsy about Martavis Bryant’s status

  1. “Ben [Roethlisberger] questions why NFL is taking so long to fully reinstate Steelers WR Martavis Bryant. ”

    Goodell spun his wheel and it told him to wait two months and spin again….

  2. One of the best young WR’s in the game who’s potential is being slowed by bologna league agenda.

    The whole country knows weed is about to go legalized in less than 10 years. Stop the witch hunt. The NBA doesn’t even test for it. Most states you will never see a jail cell for having a small amount on you. Time to bury the propaganda and let freedom ring.

  3. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Dont put yourself in the situation and you don’t have to worry about these things. This team cant get out of is own way and theyll continue to not live up to their hype. Soon Ben retires and they suck for 10 years. Bleak future for Steelers fans.

  4. This is what happens when a corrupt league office has absolute power. All the fans that were applauding GODell for going after the Dolphins, and Saints and Patriots, we told you your team could be next.

  5. Like it matters. It’s only a matter of time before he fails another test and is suspended again.

  6. Look, the Steelers need to clear Big Ben’s Rape conviction, then Bells drug convictions and Bryant’s drug convictions……why does anyone actually like this team?

  7. Please show us how the Steelers are a “protected” team. The fact is they were the whipping boys for goodell when he started this power trip. Harrison got suspended and fined 75k for literally running into the back of Bree’s late and not that late. Clark and Harrison were fined heavily and often. The NFL didn’t destroy evidence in our favor like they did for a certain team in NE.

  8. nopepper12 says:
    Aug 2, 2017 12:48 PM
    Look, the Steelers need to clear Big Ben’s Rape conviction, then Bells drug convictions and Bryant’s drug convictions……why does anyone actually like this team?

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    Holy Hell Ben got convicted of Rape? When did that happen? Bryant never got arrested for weed so you’re wrong there also. Haha nice try though.

  9. The NFL thinks harmlessly smoking weed is worse than beating your girlfriend (Ray Rice & Greg Hardy), murder (Ray Lewis) and cheating (Entire Patriots organization). Seems rational.

  10. “Look, the Steelers need to clear Big Ben’s Rape conviction, then Bells drug convictions and Bryant’s drug convictions……why does anyone actually like this team?”

    How many times does it need to be pointed out to you clowns ?? Ben was NEVER convicted.

  11. The league is blatantly putting him at risk if this is just a technicality. Unless he’s done something wrong he should be on the field preparing himself physically and mentally to play. Not being able to do so will make him vulnerable to injury. Of course this is not really a concern to the league because injuries are easy to treat with Vicodin, codeine, Percocet, and Norco. All this over some weed…..I think Goodell is the one suffering from CTE.

  12. @ grogansheroes says: Aug 2, 2017 12:39 PM
    This is what happens when a corrupt league office has absolute power. All the fans that were applauding GODell for going after the Dolphins, and Saints and Patriots, we told you your team could be next.
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    You can’t compare these situations to that of the Dolphins, Saints & PatriCheats. In those cases, they denied wrongdoing and refused to do anything to change. In this case, Martavis has admitted he made the mistake, taken ownership of rehabilitating himself & waited beyond the required time for being suspended. And for what? Pot…which shouldn’t even be illegal.

  13. “This is what happens when a corrupt league office has absolute power. All the fans that were applauding GODell for going after the Dolphins, and Saints and Patriots, we told you your team could be next.”

    So, you were the ones that told us our team could be next?

    When it comes to the Steelers, well, they were the only ones to vote “no” on the CBA that gave your GODell all that power.

  14. steeldominance says:
    Aug 2, 2017 1:01 PM
    Big Ben never had a rape conviction. Good try though.
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    Greg Hardy was never convicted either. Or Ray Lewis. But that doesn’t help your point, does it?

  15. cueghost says:
    Aug 2, 2017 12:00 PM

    Time to “you know what” or get off the pot.
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    Tell that to Martavis Bryant.

  16. Has nothing to do with what team a player is on, the league continues to be so inconsistent in all it does. Gödel and his boys won’t say a word on a certain jerk running back in Dallas because of HOF, what a joke. Player serve their punishment and Gödel still holds the ball and chain over their heads.

  17. Ben has never even been charged with rape, let alone convicted… still served a suspension

    Bryant wasn’t charged with a crime either, let alone convicted. tested positive multiple times… served multiple suspensions

    Bell was charged with DUI and possession. Failed to report for testing… served multiple suspensions

  18. melikefootball says:
    Aug 2, 2017 2:51 PM

    Player serve their punishment and Gödel still holds the ball and chain over their heads.
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    Some players, like Bryant, Alldone Smith, and Randy Gregory don’t learn anything from being suspended, and keep doing what they were doing, and end up with an indefinite suspension.

    If they like the devils lettuce so much, just do what Ricky Williams did, which was just accept it and retire.

  19. bigbenisabigbaby says:
    Aug 2, 2017 1:16 PM

    Greg Hardy was never convicted either. Or Ray Lewis. But that doesn’t help your point, does it?

    Cute if you want to draw the distinction between a conviction and pleading guilty. But Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar in 2000. Where’s the white suit?

  20. Here’s a bold, innovative idea…. don’t get in trouble in the first place!! And with Bryant it’s multiple offenses. He has no one to blame but himself.

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