Martavis Bryant: “My issues are behind me”

AP

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is back to work following a four-game suspension for failing drug tests.

“I am confident that it won’t happen again,” Bryant told reporters Monday. “My issues are behind me now.”

The Steelers knew Bryant’s suspension was coming and have had concerns about his issues, but the team was on board with Bryant training out of state during his suspension and spending time with ex-NBA coach turned counselor John Lucas.

“I really learned a lot about myself and how to keep myself out of trouble,” Bryant said of his experience with Lucas.

From a football standpoint, the Steelers welcome Bryant back. The team brought Bryant along slowly as a rookie, but after being inactive for the first six games he quickly became one of the league’s top deep threats. Bryant caught eight touchdown passes and averaged 21.1 yards per reception.

His presence should immediately boost an offense that has Michael Vick at quarterback for at least the next three games due to Ben Roethlisberger’s knee injury. Le’Veon Bell served a two-game suspension to start the season, and Vick played last week on a short week of preparation due to the Steelers playing on Thursday night. The Steelers play next Monday at San Diego, and Bryant should be a part of the game plan.

“Martavis looked motivated, looked strong,” Vick said of his first practice action with Bryant. “He’s very impressive right now.”

17 responses to “Martavis Bryant: “My issues are behind me”

  1. I’ve stated this before but I used to be one of those “Obey the rules or goodbye. We don’t need anybody who can’t obey rules.” types but the NFL should really change its pot policy.

    If you are busted driving drunk or high you should still be punished but to smoke pot in the privacy of your own home should not be a freakin’ death sentence and it’s just a real shame to ruin these young men’s lives.

  2. Hope he gets his act together. I just hate to see talented athletes flush their gifts down the toilet.

  3. So John Lucas’ counselling healed him.

    Most substance abusers realize that those “issues” can always come back to haunt you and its a good idea to be aware of it.

    Josh Gordon declared himself not needing treatment.

    The ol saying “One Day at a Time” is a staple in the recovery community for a reason.

  4. He had multiple offenses, so his first time caught…he got a warning. Learn the lesson. Just because you think it should be allowed, it is still illegal in most states.

  5. he’d be better off saying “it won’t happen again” as supposed to “i am confident that it won’t happen again”…
    big difference!!!

  6. “I am confident that it won’t happen again,” Bryant told reporters Monday. “My issues are behind me now.”

    I’ve heard that before. Most of the time it does happen again.

  7. I’ve been sitting on him on my fantasy roster waiting all year for him and then Big Ben gets hurt and I’m not sure he’s any good with Vick at qb.

  8. One way or another, its a friggin travesty to have a player banned 1/4 of the season for a drug that should not be illegal in the first place.

    It’s the same sentence somebody would get for using steroids or amphetamines, and the only thing the bud is going to help you win is a pie eating contest.

  9. Good luck young man, you have WAY too much talent just to throw it all away over weed. Find another habit, like catching 50 yard bombs from Big Ben every week!

    Speaking of which, guess this “Late Breaking Pro Football News” site hasn’t heard the new time table for Big Ben’s return yet?
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  10. He failed the substance abuse policy. They never said what substance it was. I am not sure why everyone is so positive it was marijuana? Whatever it was, it is a one day at a time process. It is nice to hear that Mr. Lucas was able to show Bryant some things to make those daily battles maybe a little easier to deal with. Good luck!

  11. youknowyourteamisgreatwhenthetrollscantstop says:
    Oct 5, 2015 3:59 PM
    Good luck young man, you have WAY too much talent just to throw it all away over weed. Find another habit, like catching 50 yard bombs from Big Ben every week!

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    How about every week except the against the Ravens 🙂

  12. Once a doper always a doper. But cheer up, he’s a good prospect for the Steelers Hall of Criminal Fame though the competition is fierce. LOL.

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