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.