Blount resolves marijuana charge

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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.

38 responses to “Blount resolves marijuana charge

  1. With the exception of dui the only reason weed is even still a crime in this country is the for profit prison system that pays off the politicians and judges.

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 10, 2014 11:15 AM

    Smoking weed doesn’t seem to be affecting LeVeon Bell adversely.

    /legalize it already
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    Even if they do legalize it country wide it will still be a no no playing in the NFL.

  3. Community Service, and then the charge will be off his record? Due to the latest punishment Goodell handed down for a misdemeanor to be dropped from a certain player’s record after community service, Blount should get 15 games+. Oh wait, I forgot, Goodell just makes things up as he goes, so it could be anywhere from 0-30 Games. Depends how much negative press the NFL gets.

  4. I work at a detox facility, and I can honestly say that every one of our doctors would legalize weed if they could. My co-workers and I think the main reason it’s still illegal is the insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies would lose a bunch of cash if it were legalized. Marijuana would make many antidepressants obsolete.

    Important note: There are still a lot of reasons to abstain, of course. Anyone diagnosed with schizophrenia or related disorders should stay away from pot, or any other psychedelics, even mild ones. Schizophrenics have enough issues with audio, visual or tactile hallucinations as it is. That’s just one reason why marijuana should have much stricter laws governing it than even cigarettes. That said, with the proper laws and structure applied, marijuana should absolutely be legalized.

    You can’t just SAY things like, “America’s a free country,” you have to actually DO it before it’s true.

    /soapbox

    Go Steelers!

  5. I agree completely with (dear god…) PillowPorkers. Goodell’s policy on player punishment seems to be based entirely on the amount of outrage in the press coverage. He doesn’t seem to have any moral compass of his own, he just shoots from the hip based on the amount of screaming on PFT, ESPN or whatever regional paper he happens to be reading at the moment.

  6. Blount won’t serve his suspension until it is most convenient for Belichick and the Patriots. Most likely against the weakest opponent they’ll face the entire year.

  7. Blount was released by the Steelers after he expressed displeasure with his role. The Patriots signed Blount after he cleared waivers.

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    “expressed displeasure with his role”

    …….sure, thats one way to put it. Quitting on his team and throwing a hissy fit because the #1 back was SO much better than he is, it became stupid to give Blount a lot of snaps, is another way…

  8. after reading the comments here, its easy to see that marijuana is called “dope” for a reason!

  9. denverdude7 says:
    Dec 10, 2014 11:39 AM
    Blount won’t serve his suspension until it is most convenient for Belichick and the Patriots. Most likely against the weakest opponent they’ll face the entire year.

    Ya, you’re probably right. But in the event that it doesn’t work quite like this, I’m sure you’ll be one of the first ones to admit you were wrong.

  10. Blount left Pittsburgh 3 weeks ago, and already his life is getting better. Imagine that…

  11. Here is one of the more recent discovered uses for marijuana: Pot reduces addictions to stronger drugs when they are taken simultaneously.

    For an example, consider someone recovering from surgery, where addictions to prescription pain medications like percoset, oxy, etc. often begin. Recent studies say that if those medications are taken when prescribed alongside marijuana, addictions to the pain relievers become significantly less likely. Marijuana’s also likely to ease the transition from narcotics to non-narcotics like aspirin or tramadol.

    Is it therefore really so hard to understand why professional athletes smoke pot?

  12. That’s the biggest problem with weed. It makes you sign contracts with loser teams like the Steelers. Just say no to marijuana and you too could play for a winning team.

  13. Patriots fans bragging and acting like the Steelers are hurting over letting Blount go. Did you watch football last sunday? We have this guy Le’veon, maybe you’ve heard of him.

  14. No way this guy does 50 hours of community service. He’s a look-at-me guy. Belicheat will get it reduced to an apology and Goodell will look the other way.

  15. Im Massachusetts having a small amount of weed has been pretty much ignored by cops for a long time except when a motor vehicle is involved. My advice to young people over the years has been to stay away from schools, playgrounds and driving around when toking. Cops get pissed if you flaunt it.

  16. “No way this guy does 50 hours of community service. He’s a look-at-me guy.”

    The “community service” will be a piece of cake because all Patriot players are involved with community service projects and groups.

  17. So Adrian Peterson can be suspended by the NFL BEFORE any sort of legal process, whereas Blount, whose legal process is now over, cannot be suspended until next season? Makes sense.

  18. Blount left Pittsburgh 3 weeks ago, and already his life is getting better. Imagine that…

    30 8
    Report comment. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see it was the best for both sides. The Steelers called Blounts bluff and removed a cancer and guess who straighten up real quick realizing his last chance was the Pats…no mystery here….just a trolls attempt for attention.

  19. Since the charges were applied & resolved this year, prior to the season ending, it makes no sense for the NFL to apply punishment next year. They should suspend him now…why wait? It’s funny how they rush to punish some who haven’t even been charged or convicted but not others who have already had their cases completed.

  20. “just a trolls attempt for attention”
    No, just an attempt for a laugh. At your expense. Which makes you mad, Jake. Thicker skin is recommended.

    And thanks for recounting the details we all knew, Captain Obvious.

  21. Stiller43 says:
    Dec 10, 2014 11:46 AM

    Blount was released by the Steelers after he expressed displeasure with his role. The Patriots signed Blount after he cleared waivers.

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    “expressed displeasure with his role”

    …….sure, thats one way to put it. Quitting on his team and throwing a hissy fit because the #1 back was SO much better than he is, it became stupid to give Blount a lot of snaps, is another way…

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    And yet still another way is…Belichick conspired with Blount to get him to quit on the team…in the hopes of picking him up for a playoff run.

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