Running back LeGarrette Blount’s relatively short stay in Pittsburgh included a Cheech-and-Chong moment with running back Le’Veon Bell. Blount and Bell were pulled over roughly an hour before the team was due to take off for Philly in advance of a preseason game. Authorities charged both with marijuana possession; Bell also was charged with driving while under the influence of marijuana.
According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Blount has resolved his case. With 50 hours of community service, the case will be erased from his record.
Blount was released by the Steelers after he expressed displeasure with his role. The Patriots signed Blount after he cleared waivers.
With the case resolved, Blount will now be subject to discipline under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The standard punishment for marijuana possession is a one-game suspension. It’s likely that Blount’s punishment won’t apply until the start of the 2015 regular season.
For Bell, his charges are still pending. By not resolving the DUI case before November 1, he faces a two-game suspension under the new policy. Under the old policy, he would have faced a two-game fine, up to $50,000.