Steelers “very disappointed” in Martavis Bryant

AP

The Steelers have issued a statement in response to the one-year suspension of Martavis Bryant, and they’ve said they’re not happy with their young wide receiver.

In the statement, attributed to General Manager Kevin Colbert, the team makes clear that Bryant is going to have to earn his way back on the roster if he is reinstated a year from now.

“We are very disappointed that Martavis Bryant has put himself in this current situation of being suspended by the League,” Colbert’s statement said. “He is at a crossroads of his professional life, and he needs to understand significant changes need to occur in his personal life if he wants to regain his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler. We are hopeful that Martavis will take the necessary steps to develop the discipline in his personal life to become a successful player and a good teammate.”

If Bryant meets all the conditions of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, he can be reinstated in 2017. The Steelers, however, sound like they’ll have to be convinced to take him back.

61 responses to “Steelers “very disappointed” in Martavis Bryant

  1. Football aside, hopefully this kid can get his life back together. From what I’m hearing this isn’t a recreational drug problem, but instead is self medication for mental health issues. I’d much rather see him get his life on track than get back on a football field, if I have to choose between the two. Obviously, if he can manage to do both, all the better.

  2. This is a nice statement and all, but just like the Browns with Josh Gordon, once he’s eligible they’ll forgive all of his transgressions because he’s good at catching footballs.

  3. Gee, I thought he was battling “depression,” and that this was really a medical issue and not a character issue like his lawyer said. Why is Pittsburgh “disappointed”?

  4. A full year with nothing but time on your hands.

    Yeah, that should straighten him out.

  5. But pot isn’t addictive. He can stop anytime he wants. He didn’t want all that money and fame anyway.

  6. He should switch to the CFL. With Canada about to decriminalize marijuana, he can smoke all the pot he wants.

  7. The hypocrisy is laughable. Every team in the league does this. The league just singles out the Steelers every year because they can’t beat us on the field. Sure enough, we’ll be back in the playoffs and back to making all you cry your eyes out, and we’ll be back in this situation again next offseason because you can’t stand it.

  8. His situation, body type, and abilities remind me a lot of former Bengals WR, Chris Henry, who tragically passed away at a young age. Hope he can get right and turn things around. Depression is horrible. If marijuana is keeping him afloat maybe a career in the NFL isn’t what’s best for him right now.

  9. Before he finds out if he can ever be a Steeler again, he’s got a ways to go to see if he can ever even play again. It’s a season suspension now but a 10 game suspension if he wins his appeal. If can’t play at all next year, things are going to look pretty grim for his future.

    His first step will be treatment though. Good luck to him and his recovery. I hope he makes it, just like I hope Josh Gordon eventually does too. Pittsburgh is the city of Rocky Blier and Tommy Maddox among others, and coming back from adversity is a Steeler trait.

    Go Steelers!

  10. Oh please. The league doesn’t target the Steelers over this kind of stuff. Bryant had question marks all over him before he was drafted. It’s why he dropped so far.

    Listen, I think it’s stupid the NFL tests for pot when it doesn’t enhance performance and marijuana is slowly heading towards being legalized in many jurisdictions.

    BUT if you know the league tests for it and considers smoking pot a suspendable offense, you’re an idiot for smoking it and deserve whatever penalty you get.

  11. This is your career Bryant. This is where you will make the money that could last you a lifetime. Just be disciplined enough to put the dope away so you can reap the rewards of being a freak athlete. Its an opportunity most people would give their right arm for, not that you give a crap about that, you entitled punk..

    Way to squander it.

  12. Didn’t they drop Santonio Holmes before the ink was dry on the suspension?

  13. “if he wants to regain his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler.”

    Oh, please. Get off your thrones Pittsburgh management and fans. Your organization really isn’t that classy considering who they’ve signed and kept on. Half of your fans weren’t around before the 2008 SB either so come off it already.
    I’m tired of hearing how this organization is the “class” of the NFL when they really aren’t.

  14. I feel a boatload of frustration about this issue, have whether it was Josh Gordon or Justin Blackmon. I cannot understand the holier than thou attitude of the league.

    If a guy is driving an 18 wheeler or carrying a firearm, or similar circumstance, then the employer should test and deal with issues. But for a player? It is a crime most places, let the police deal with it. Why is the NFL sticking it’s nose in it. Why are they testing for it. My company doesn’t.

    I don’t smoke it. Never worked for me. Like a beer or whiskey though. Have three teenagers. I know they are dealing with exposure to it. Making some good judgements, some bad. It is life. Why destroy a guy’s career over it?

  15. Don’t kick too hard Pittsburgh…. Guy is in a bad place right now. He didn’t hurt anyone worse than he did himself.

    I’m sure he knows that right now.

  16. It’s amazing to me that with players getting suspended left and right for violence and drug offenses, so many of you still think Cam Newton’s dancing makes him the most evil man on Earth.

    Also, as a person who has been diagnosed with depression, I can tell you that if you are depressed, a downer like pot is the LAST thing you should be consuming. It will only drop you lower. Bryant should see a doctor and get some medication that will get his brain chemicals back into balance. Pot will never do that.

  17. This guy dropped like a lead lined parachute draft day because of his problems. 2nd round talent; fourth round pick.

    If he never plays another down in Pittsburgh, they may have actually gotten a good return on a 4th round pick. Not like 6th round Antonio Brown, of course.

    He had two good years and then it all went up in smoke.

  18. jm91rs says:
    Mar 14, 2016 3:36 PM

    “This is a nice statement and all, but just like the Browns with Josh Gordon, once he’s eligible they’ll forgive all of his transgressions because he’s good at catching footballs.”

    Hmmm, try to convince Santonio Holmes of that.

  19. Tell me I heard this wrong last week.

    The league does not test for MJ use in season because the players may use it as part of their pain control.

    Is that right?

    If so, they can weed whack all season and develop the habit/addiction, then you test them in the offseason?????

    If true, that’s ridiculous. That they actually would not test them when they are getting paid???

  20. The next collective bargaining agreement should exclude the harmless herb. Its the 21st century and everyone agrees its harmless.

  21. The Steelers won’t fool around with Bryant. If he doesn’t get his act together and come back ready to focus on football only, they will get rid of him.
    It doesn’t matter how talented he is, they will dump him. Look no further than Santana Holmes and Plexico Burris for proof.

  22. Incidentally, when the Steelers traded Santana Holmes to the Jets, they got a 5th round pick for him.
    They then traded that pick to the Cardinals for a 6th round pick. The player they drafted with that 6th round pick was Antonio Brown.

    Talk about stepping in dog stuff and coming out smelling like a rose!!

  23. Hearing the Steelers are going to hold a player accountable for their actions is like hearing Donald Trump wants peace with brown people all over the world.

  24. By the end of the 2016 regular season Bryant will have missed 20 games due to substance suspensions and played in 24. How do the Steelers count on him going forward? This ‘1rst class’ organization doesn’t have the nerve to dump him, like they should. They have him at 2 more yrs @1.5 mil. That’s because he slid to the 4th rnd, because of red flags the ‘1rst class’ steelers ignored.

  25. I like Pittsburgh and the football they play, and I quite enjoy watching Big Ben, Brown, Bell and Bryant.. but the fans…your almost on NE level of obnoxiousness so I don’t feel too bad for ya.

  26. If he wasn’t depressed before he is now. Guy smokes weed to medicate the depression he can’t control and the owners throw stones at him for it. Stay classy Pittsburgh. This kid needs to be diagnosed and helped and all they REALLY care about is the on field production.
    Seriously, good luck Martavis, not too late for ya kid.

  27. Seems to me the Steelers said the same thing last year when he was suspended for 4 games. Another example of star players getting chance after chance.

  28. tavisteelersfan says:
    Mar 14, 2016 4:04 PM

    I feel a boatload of frustration about this issue, have whether it was Josh Gordon or Justin Blackmon. I cannot understand the holier than thou attitude of the league.

    If a guy is driving an 18 wheeler or carrying a firearm, or similar circumstance, then the employer should test and deal with issues. But for a player? It is a crime most places, let the police deal with it. Why is the NFL sticking it’s nose in it. Why are they testing for it. My company doesn’t.

    I don’t smoke it. Never worked for me. Like a beer or whiskey though. Have three teenagers. I know they are dealing with exposure to it. Making some good judgements, some bad. It is life. Why destroy a guy’s career over it?

    ———————

    I get what your saying, but everybody has some kind of rules with their job. and in the NFL the rule is no smoking weed. So why cant he just not destroy his own career and put down the bong to make millions of dollars?

  29. Losing 8 million to smoke weed?? Are you friends with Ricky Williams? Taking millions from your family’s future is as about as selfish as you can get. This is not the example you want to set for your daughter Brooke and you are far from the man who won the Joe Greene Great Performance Award in 2014. Get your life together.

  30. as they said again today on ESPN…this failed test is NOT FOR WEED. Which is why they skipped the next step of automatic 10 game suspension due to the serious “hard drug”

  31. I trust all football fans are disappointed in the Steelers. Not long ago, Nick Boyle was suspended for 10 games and the Steelers’ fans mocked the Ravens mercilessly. This time, fans should take the high road and hope that Bryant cleans up his act and lands on a team that can keep him on the right path.

  32. drunkraider: You are on point. I am focusing on why the NFL has these rules about weed usage. It seems unbalanced, destroying a player’s career over weed use. Notice, he, Justin & Josh penalties exceed Greg Hardy’s.

    Within the constraints of today, your question is key. I have heard that Bryant is dealing with depression issues. As you know, in that situation some hit the bottle, he hits the bong. I bet that is a common root cause.

    Sadly depression often leads to suicide and severe drug addiction, well beyond weed; opiates. It often destroys families. Destroying a career and missing out on the millions is, well, just another sad output. I have a hard time understanding the league piling on.

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