Report: Le’Veon Bell faces four-game suspension, currently appealing

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The Steelers may have to start the season without running back Le’Veon Bell.

Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a missed drug test, Dan Graziano of ESPN reports.

Under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, players can be disciplined not only if they test positive, but also if they do not make themselves available for a test.

Bell has had limited success appealing a suspension once before: He was initially suspended for the first three games of last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy after he was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI, but he appealed and got that suspension reduced to two games.

If Bell doesn’t win this appeal, he’ll miss the first four games of this season, against Washington, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Kansas City. With Bell out, the Steelers would rely on backup running backs DeAngelo Williams and Fitzgerald Toussaint.

The Steelers have already lost one important offensive player to the substance-abuse policy, as receiver Martavis Bryant is suspended for the entire season.

149 responses to “Report: Le’Veon Bell faces four-game suspension, currently appealing

  1. Can’t put down the weed for the few years you are going to make stupid money playing in the NFL? You deserve the punishment you are asking for.

    Dummy.

  2. He’ll probably still lead the league with only 12 games – he’s that good.

  3. Can’t see how LB can miss a drug test after all thats happen to him in the last 2 years. Story sounds a little fishy to me. In any event, what’s different then last year, D-will will just step in and the Steelers won’t miss a beat.

  4. Look at it this way – he may last the rest of the season if he misses the first game with the Bengals. They pretty much break him.

  5. Where are all the holier than thou Squealer fans defending all their upstanding (ped) players?

  6. Ok fellas put you pitchforks away. He may very well have been avoiding the testers because he wouldn’t pee clean. But the NFL is pretty ridiculous sometimes about you “making yourself available” for a drug test at any old time they feel like. So I’d wait for more facts to come out before crucifying the guy.

  7. That’s disappointing. This is the most talent we’ve had on offense probably since I’ve been alive, and two of our best players are now going to be out due to drug suspensions.

    That being said, I’m frustrated that he would get himself suspended, but I’m not too worried about him missing 4 games. Deangelo Williams was great last year, as long as he is available all 4 games I think we’ll be fine.

  8. cribbage12 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:28 AM

    Dude should get his house in order in all ways before proclaiming to be the best.
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    That was the PEDs talking.

    And James Harrison was all ready with his camera to record it.

  9. tokyosandblaster says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:27 AM

    Drug addict. Always broken.

    So glad the Packers didn’t draft this loser.
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    The only thing the guy you drafted is addicted to is French fries. At least Bell can play when he isn’t suspended.

  10. This league says it’s okay for grown men to assume the risk of traumatic brain trauma, but not the risk of smoking marijuana. It’s time to change NFL to NIL–the No Integrity League.

  11. “Drug addict. Always broken.”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    To be fair… marijuana should be legalized and bell’s injury was VONTAZE BURFICT induced.

    That said… due to the pittsburgh steelers history… leveon bell is probably juicing, too.

    APPEAL DENIED.

  12. He’s just trying to extend his career. More tread on the tires when he signs his next big contract and he wants to be healthy. Pretty smaht for a stoner.

  13. This should give the Harrison apologists something new to blame on Roger Goodell, somehow.

  14. Because Marijuana is SOOOO dangerous. One two yard run into the line puts you at much more risk than all the weed you can possibly smoke…the serial liar Goodell should try it , maybe he will loosen up a little and show a human side.

  15. THIS is why NFL team should not give guaranteed contracts to players.
    Bell is an absolute idiot. He was suspended before and did not learn his lesson and who will pay the price? The Steelers, his teammates will pay the price for his STUPID decisions.

    Clearly Bell values drugs, or not getting caught or tested for drugs, over the salary and perks of an NFL career.

    I hope the Steelers run him into the ground when he comes back, and give him a lowball offer b/c a druggie will always value drugs over everything else.

    The media will side with Bell of course, and they will vilify the Steelers for not being “empathetic” to an idiot who just wants to get high.

  16. Well, Le’Veon – simply hand over all your personal information to the leakproof NFL, such as texts, emails, brousing history, and phone records, and they will consider your appeal. Obviously, if you are uncomfortable with that, you must be hiding something. Its a fairly routine request by all employers.

  17. Bryant and bell are a couple of imbeciles. Steelers had a chance to go a long way this season, and they still might but we really needed these 2 guys to perform and stay healthy. Wouldn’t mind a bit if the steelers waived them. They’re just not dependable.

  18. Talented back, but his running style with have him injury prone for years to come.

    Throw in his big mouth and immaturity, and voila, you have a good Steelers player. lol

  19. If it was possible, it would be fun if all the suspended guys this coming year signed with a CFL team and tore it up for the first month. Brady at QB, Josh Gordon and Bryant at the wide outs, and Bell as the RB, no one would stop that.

  20. Testing for marijuana is so dumb. I can have it now delivered to my house or business in under 30 minutes with a batch of cookies totally legal and I live only a few blocks from the White House.

    Leave it up to the team if they think a guy’s off the field actions hurts his role on a team when it comes to marijuana.

    But also with the rules being what they are ,you only have a few years to play in the league, you have to play by Rogers rules. Get your money while you can.

  21. Well, Le’Veon – simply hand over all your personal information to the leakproof NFL, such as texts, emails, brousing history, and phone records, and they will consider your appeal. Obviously, if you are uncomfortable with that, you must be hiding something. Its a fairly routine request by all employers.
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    There’s a difference between not handing over information and destroying evidence.

  22. benchokeshischikin says:
    “..Bell fears Burfict…”

    I guess you’re not aware that Burfict is already suspended for the first three games…

  23. benchokeshischikin says:
    “..Bell fears Burfict…”

    I guess you’re not aware that Burfict is already suspended for the first three games…

  24. Remember when Bell and Blount were both caught with weed before training camp?
    Remember when the liberal media made excuses saying that illegal drug use should be made legal so people/players can use drugs whenever/wherever they want?

    I should’ve made a bet back then that Bell would re-offend, b/c players ALWAYS re-offend.

    Bell and Bryant are idiots who have thrown away their careers for drugs and are not worth big money deals.

    IF the Steelers sign these 2 clowns to new contracts, I hope there is a clause that if the player is suspected of possessing, using, or in the company of someone who is in possession of or use of illegal drugs, then that players signing bonus is immediately seized by the Steelers and their contract is null and void with any money that counts against the salary cap is refunded to the Steelers.

    That way ALL of the risk is on the player b/c if they screw up, they are done and the Steelers get their money back.

  25. There are so many marijuana advocates here, when the article doesn’t even say he was doing marijuana… It was a MISSED drug test, not a failed one. You people will take any article with the word “drug” and use it as a platform to preach your beliefs about legalizing marijuana. Lay off the weed, it’s clouding your vision and preventing you from reading… He’ll probably successfully get it appealed anyways.

    Last year one his problems was a DUI. Does that not deserve some discipline? Is that not wrong?

  26. Just think what this kind of suspension amounts to if he ever gets the $15 mil per year he wants.

  27. Let’s see…..4 game suspension for failure to pass a drug test. 4 game suspension for being accused (No proof) of “More probably than not” Generally aware” of an equipment violation. Sounds fair to me.

    What a joke the NFL has become.

  28. They just need to legalize the WEED and get it over with… They will make more money that way especially if they started to grow their own strain… IJS…

  29. In America people are allowed to walk around with guns but smoking marijuana is strictly prohibited. Do people even realize how much this clogs up the criminal justice system?
    Legalize it already.

  30. There is no bigger Steelers fan in the world than myself, but I can honestly say there is no way in the world I would invest a large sum of money in Bell. Between the knee issue, and the pot problems…no way…

    Sadly, he is a million(s) dollar talent with, apparently, a .10 brain.

  31. No wonder he fell so far in the draft. He probably interviewed as dumb as he sounds and acts. He better hold on to the money he makes now.

  32. Maybe the knee isn’t healed and he doesn’t want to admit he hasn’t recovered on time?

    Solid backup in place, no need to risk your career here.

    No need for an angry preconceived hateful comment. It’s football.

  33. If the NFL said they don’t want their players eating jello, no amount of arguments by would-be message board experts would change the fact that a player caught eating jello would get disciplined. Get over it.

  34. trailerparkking says:
    Jul 22, 2016 10:08 AM

    In America people are allowed to walk around with guns but smoking marijuana is strictly prohibited. Do people even realize how much this clogs up the criminal justice system?
    Legalize it already.
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    this is the first time (and possibly the only time) I agree with you

  35. Let them smoke weed! Martavius Bryant, leveon bell, and josh Gordon are some of the most exciting players in the league! The nfl fans are the ones who are suffering because of these suspensions

  36. I can only imagine the paranoia one must go through high as a kite thinking about losing millions of dollars due to a random drug test.

  37. Bell gets busted for weed, DUI, or failing to adhere to the requirements for testing.
    Why is this an issue for the NFL?
    Simple. The NFL, and its franchises, are brands.
    When a player gets caught with drugs, gets a DUI, beats a woman/child, does something stupid in public, supports terrorist groups, etc…..it tarnishes the NFL brand and the brand of the team itself b/c the player is under contract with the team, and ostensibly the NFL, so when the media reports on an event such as this they will say “Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell…” which makes it look like the Steelers advocate whatever stupid thing the player did wrong.
    Instead the media should say “Le’Veon Bell suspended…” that way everyone can blame Bell himself, not the Steelers, not the NFL, and not Roger Goodell.
    The media makes it seem like somehow the Steelers failed Bell by not monitoring him 24/7 to keep him out of trouble (that’s the NFLPA’s job but the media is buddies with De Smith so they refuse to report on anything the NFLPA does).

  38. savethebs says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:35 AM

    Ok fellas put you pitchforks away. He may very well have been avoiding the testers because he wouldn’t pee clean. But the NFL is pretty ridiculous sometimes about you “making yourself available” for a drug test at any old time they feel like. So I’d wait for more facts to come out before crucifying the guy.
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    The NFL never lets the facts get in the way of a good ol’ suspension.

  39. savethebs says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:35 AM
    Ok fellas put you pitchforks away. He may very well have been avoiding the testers because he wouldn’t pee clean. But the NFL is pretty ridiculous sometimes about you “making yourself available” for a drug test at any old time they feel like. So I’d wait for more facts to come out before crucifying the guy.

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    You are really lacking common sense. I mean, how foolish can you be? “Random” means just what it says. What is the NFL supposed to do, call Bell and tell him he is scheduled for a drug test three months from now?????

    Here’s the deal. Bell knows the rules and can’t follow them either because he’s too stupid or he just doesn’t care. He is getting this suspension because he’s already violated league rules. So — it’s clear he just doesn’t get it.
    So — throw him out of the league and let him struggle to make it in the “real” world and see how he likes it.

  40. I love when Broncos or Steelers fans immediately claim it’s “weed”, and then we later learn

    You have to test positive at least 3 times for weed to get any attention in your direction, so this is likely a lot more than just weed, folks.

    Von Miller has been using roids for years and the NFL has all but ignored it, with their fans claiming it was “just for weed”.

    Nope.

    ROIDS

  41. Well, that will drop him out of the first round of fantasy drafts now. I wasted a 2nd round pick last year on him and so I’ll be dropping him further this year. Maybe in the 4th or 5th…

  42. Bell is an injury prone rb who cannot stay away from weed. He is also one of the biggest crybabies in the league. I cant wait to hear his new rap about dodging random drug tests that he is subject to due to his first drug suspension. He is an absolute moron like his teammate martavis Bryant. Both believe that they are above the league. Where are all of the Steelers nation fans supporting this idiot like they did when this original story came out a few months ago. All of them were bragging and saying that there is no way this was a true story and that they would have the best rb tandem in the league this season. However, when it is all said and done, we know the league will allow him to get away with it because of the love affair between Goodell and the Rooneys. If he does get suspended though and they miss the playoffs, the fans will use this as the excuse that caused them to not make it. Also I am waiting for the excuses that in some way this is Vontaze Burfict’s fault and he is the reason Bell missed the tests.

  43. Take it all the way to the SCOTUS Bell. Sue the despot Goodell. Tomorrow it could be your team folks. The fans have the power, boycott the league!. Crowd fund a billboard!. All this over probably. 01 BAC? #freebell.

  44. he has no 1 to blame but himself. as a Browns fan watch Josh Gorden dance the same dance. are the rules azz backwards,you bet. but they are the rules. hard to feel sorry for any of them.

  45. Time to trade this guy. What’s his value sitting at home? He needs to go hang with Gordon and Manziel. Pittsburgh is becoming America’s druggie team. The Pittsburgh Joints.

  46. If the definition of addiction is the inability to stop, in spite of adverse consequences, don’t repeat offenders, like this guy, help make the case that weed is addictive? Unless, maybe he just doesn’t like making millions playing football.

  47. no wonder he ” backed off his contract demand” ….hes lucky he didnt get fired…….you and I would be looking for new jobs……..shmuck city

  48. His appeal doesn’t stand a chance because he was given leniency last year after an appeal, then he went out and pulled the same stupid shenanigans this year.

  49. “But the NFL is pretty ridiculous sometimes about you “making yourself available” for a drug test at any old time they feel like.”

    Seriously? It’s like (exactly) being on probation. If your PO wants you to pee at any given time you have to or face jail/prison time. In this case suspensions. Don’t abuse the rules and you never have to worry about it.

  50. What’s much worse than the four games this season is the likelihood that he’ll be suspended for the entire season next year.
    ———
    So you’d like to ignore his first 2 seasons and focus on only the 3rd?

    And you’d like to ignore the fact that he ran all over the Vikings at home last year?

    And he rushed for more yards in 2 Packers/Vikings games than Adrian Peterson?

    SKOLOL

  51. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 10:30 AM
    I love when Broncos or Steelers fans immediately claim it’s “weed”, and then we later learn

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    Use your brain — it’s not far-fetched.

    Bell was arrested two years ago for possession and driving while being high. That, in conjunction with other recent Steelers league discipline associated with weed (Bryant, Blount, all the way back to Santonio Holmes), probably leads most people to think this is weed, too. No clue what the hell the Broncos have to do with anything.

  52. trailerparkking says:
    Jul 22, 2016 10:08 AM

    In America people are allowed to walk around with guns but smoking marijuana is strictly prohibited. Do people even realize how much this clogs up the criminal justice system?
    Legalize it already.
    ========================================

    That’s easy. Conservatives prefer guns which kill people over weed, which doesn’t kill people. If PFT readers are so against the NFL’s policy of following the law, then stop voting for ultra conservative and religious fanatic politicians who are against weed (and alcohol).

  53. so… he misses a drug test and gets suspended. fine.

    but

    mr ghetto trash eye poking average at best cb talib is still eligible for the season after the gun incident?

    i was hoping the bias this league shows towards that shthole donkeys team would start to decline after they gave them the win for the manning swan song storyline, but it appears bucktooth elway has strong throat skills.

    WWNFL. As crooked as wrestling.

  54. It says he missed it must be on purpose and he’s hiding something. Like the Steelers of the 70’s didn’t know steroids created unfair advantages. History of cheating take your 4 games Bell. That’s how it goes around here right folks?

  55. tokyosandblaster says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:27 AM
    Drug addict. Always broken.

    So glad the Packers didn’t draft this loser.
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    Even with 4 games less he’s still better than Lacy.

  56. seabrawk12 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:30 AM
    Le’Veon – here’s a tip.

    Don’t destroy your cell phone and they might listen to your appeal.
    ___________
    Not even after they explicitly tell you they don’t need your phone. That way they can say, “Ha ha! Got you! We lied again!”

  57. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:32 AM

    He’ll probably still lead the league with only 12 games – he’s that good
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    It isn’t about stats…it is about the team…guys like you don’t understand that.

    If you draft him in fantasy then fine…but when you lose your number 1 back because for the second time he is caught doing drugs, well your team now has a problem.

    It is about the team not the player… this guy thinks only about himself…not his team

    When he and Blount got caught… then they cut Blount… he comes back to New England and has stayed the course and stayed out of trouble.. why because it is about the team… simple really…. this kid doesn’t get it and neither do you. I bet your a millennium baby

  58. He has to be one of the happiest players in the league that they lessened the punishments for drug test failures (or failure to take a drug test). This is his second time now he has violated the policy. Had he been under the old rules he would be out 10 games but since they lightened the punishment on pot smokers, he will only miss 4 games. I can only reinforce what others have said here, don’t run your mouth about anything, how good you are, how good your team is, and bad mouthing other teams. Just shut up and take your drug test, fail, serve your suspension but next time you fail you will be hanging with Johnny Manziel in Mexico somewhere.

  59. irongoats says:
    Jul 22, 2016 11:29 AM
    Like the Steelers of the 70’s didn’t know steroids created unfair advantages.

    *******************************************************************************

    Just to be more specific for you since you conveniently mis-stated it, I think you meant “the Steelers offensive line of the 70s as well as up to half of the league at the time.” You’re welcome.

  60. David Decastro and Antonio Brown Please report to HR to pick up your new contracts and signing bonuses.

    Le’Veon Bell please report to Coach Tomlin’s office and bring your playbook.

    Running backs who can’t stay healthy for a whole season and pass a drug test are a dime a dozen. 15 mil a year? LOL

  61. Looks like we may have another Ricky Williams here. Next thing you know he will quit football so he can smoke weed. SMH!!!

  62. “That’s easy. Conservatives prefer guns which kill people over weed, which doesn’t kill people. If PFT readers are so against the NFL’s policy of following the law, then stop voting for ultra conservative and religious fanatic politicians who are against weed (and alcohol)”
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    Yes we do! First of all guns don’t kill people. People kill people. So let’s criminalize guns and let criminals that want to kill as many people as they can, smart move!!! Liberals never consider how responsible gun owners can use their guns to protect lives not just to murder people! Casualties in mass shootings would be much less if somebody had a gun to stop the carnage. Ever wonder why these sociopaths choose to go “hunting” for victims in gun free zones?!!!

  63. I’m glad the steelers have “problems” Suspensions of four games with no proof of wrong doing, now Steelers Nation will see how rediclous Roger Goodell’s power is.

  64. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:32 AM
    He’ll probably still lead the league with only 12 games – he’s that good.

    Maybe he will be will the team win and go to the Superbowl with him missing 4 games?

  65. Idiot. Whatever happened, I guarantee you he put himself in this position.

    I’m over him AND Martavis (and all morons in this league).

    Bring the hammer, Goodell. Let the suffering begin.

  66. So let me get this straight……a DUI offender/drug abuser who is a repeat offender gets 4 games, the same as Brady who was never even proven to have done anything wrong? to call this suspension moronic would be an understatement

  67. wtfisgoingonoutthere says:
    Jul 22, 2016 10:54 AM

    What’s much worse than the four games this season is the likelihood that he’ll be suspended for the entire season next year.
    ———
    So you’d like to ignore his first 2 seasons and focus on only the 3rd?

    And you’d like to ignore the fact that he ran all over the Vikings at home last year?

    And he rushed for more yards in 2 Packers/Vikings games than Adrian Peterson?

    SKOLOL
    ________

    What in the world are you talking about?

  68. Drugs,peds,cheaters:

    Manziel,Sheldon Richardson,Brady,burfict,mart Bryant,randy Gregory,…………among others. Fans and teammates must be glad they can rely on these guys to be stand up guys

  69. It will be a good day for the league when they stop testing for cannabis. Until then, players need to handle their affairs responsibly. Your teammates and fans are counting on you.

  70. “I’m glad the steelers have “problems” Suspensions of four games with no proof of wrong doing, now Steelers Nation will see how rediclous Roger Goodell’s power is.”

    Don’t forget Roethlisberger was never even arrested and was suspended 6 games (shortened to 4), I think Pitt is well aware of Roger long before the Pats.

    Two strikes for Santonio Holmes and he was out. I hope the same goes for Bell and Bryant and his nonconforming ways. He is of no use to anyone if he can’t follow simple rules.

  71. What an idiot. Seriously, I agree that weed should just be legalized but right now it’s not so you reap what you sow (or smoke).

    That said, in week 15 and 16 he will have 4 less games of beatings under his belt. He will be fresher than the rest of the RB’s playing at the end of the season.

  72. I think D Williams just became even happier that the Steelers got problems of their own….
    Bwaaaa Haaaaaa Haaaaaa
    Love the karma on this!!!

  73. WHY! Why do you guys mess with drugs. Are you that entitled? Is it ego? I would be a tackling dummy for 60k a year and not fail ONE drug test……just saying

  74. I’m a Steelers fan but this guy is such an idiot if this is true. Especially considering this is a contract year. Cant get dumber than this.

  75. rideforjesus says:
    …. this kid doesn’t get it and neither do you. I bet your a millennium baby
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    Yikes, all that because I think he’ll still win the rushing title. I know all about team, like that the steelers team usually starts the season slow anyway, so Bell being out the first 4, with a more than capable backup, won’t hurt our chance at all at a post season run. If anything, it’ll help having a fresher Bell down the stretch. And I don’t even know what a millennium baby is, and I also think punishment for smoking weed is stupid.

  76. Remember his post on 4/20 about how he was given a drug test that day?
    This guy is his own worst enemy!
    I still like the fact he told the cops he didn’t know driving while on pot was illegal.
    Maybe it really doesn’t more harm than good?

  77. belicheckisgod says:
    Jul 22, 2016 12:06 PM

    I’m glad the steelers have “problems” Suspensions of four games with no proof of wrong doing, now Steelers Nation will see how rediclous Roger Goodell’s power is.

    They were the only team to vote against the cba so we gotta give them credit where credit is due

  78. steelcurtainn says:
    Jul 22, 2016 11:25 AM

    Go ahead get your kicks in now but what are you PFT posters going to be saying when’s he’s mvp of the superbowl? Exactly!

    MVP of the superbowl in Madden 2017 is that what your trying to say

  79. There’s a difference between not handing over information and destroying evidence.

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    no there isn’t

  80. 8 career 100 yard games going into his 4th year. Why does this guy get so much credit?

  81. That’s easy. Conservatives prefer guns which kill people over weed, which doesn’t kill people. If PFT readers are so against the NFL’s policy of following the law, then stop voting for ultra conservative and religious fanatic politicians who are against weed (and alcohol).

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    You liberals are so good at labeling people. I am against legalizing weed other than for medical reasons, and I am not a religious fanatic, nor any other kind of fanatic.
    The reason is simple. You liberals are hell bent on destroying any sense of morals and values in this country and you never stop. Today it’s marijuana, tomorrow it will be something else.
    And I know plenty of people who own guns (I do not, by the way). They are law abiding, hard working people who never get in trouble or hurt anyone. If you think making more gun laws is the answer to stop these nuts who kill people, I have a bridge to sell you. It’s liberal rubbish spoken by people who still believe you can rehabilitate serial killers.
    My father, who was a Pearl Harbor survivor and put a career in the Army, said it best. He said, “liberals are like flies, they eat crap and bother people”.
    If this country is to get back on track, it must stop pandering to every wacko group which has an agenda. Beyond a doubt, most of those groups are liberals who can’t see the forest for the trees.

  82. Labeling people? Who qualifies anyone t0 inflict their morals and values on anyone? Because someone told you, or you decided that’s the real America? Keep your morals and values to yourself and live your life.

    Yes, law abiding or not, banning high capacity magazines and assault weapons will save lives. Only a moron would argue otherwise. You don’t need them to defend your home or hunt a moose.

    Country back on track? Who decides what the track is? Every train wreck the country suffered in the 20th century was caused by conservatives and solved by Liberals(Great Depression, Bush Recession, New Deal, Civil Rights, Women’s rights, etc)

  83. seabrawk12 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 9:56 AM

    There’s a difference between not handing over information and destroying evidence.

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    Only gullible dupes considered the telephone to be “evidence”. The telephone was the personal property of someone that wasn’t charged with a crime. The NFL was never going to get it so how can it be evidence?

    The NFL already had all relevant information from 2 other phones and a printed log of Tom Brady’s telephone. There was no unknown information that was relevant. That’s a second reason that there was no evidence to “destroy”.

    An extremely wealthy person wants the latest smart phone and can afford one. He wipes the data off the old phone, which is what intelligent people do. The NFL was never going to receive his personal telephone. The NFL had no right to examine a personal telephone.

    Some must think that NFL is a law enforcement agency that could have demanded his phone if it wasn’t “destroyed”. Some must also believe that in America people are obligated to surrender their privacy rights and prove their innocence to someone accusing them of something.

    Only clueless people think that someone should turn over personal property to prove innocence. That’s not how it works in this country. Whoever is claiming that you did something wrong must prove your guilt with available evidence. Welcome to America.

    The NFL used the media to market the sensational word “destroyed” and led many to assume that the phone contained evidence of something so gullible people were duped.

  84. Brady was suspended for being generally aware that the ball boys more probably than not tampered with FBs. Only at the appeal hearing, after the NFL knew that science blew their case out of the water, did it become about Brady ‘destroying’ his cell phone,which they said they didn’t need, after Wells said Brady cooperated fully, that they already had the records for, that Brady had no obligation to turn over. Moved the goalposts and changed the narrative, instead of doing the right thing. Because the CBA said they could, and they were incapable/unwilling(due to other owners jealousy) of admitting their mistake. That’s what happened, period.

  85. What a cheater! That’s what Von was right? A PED using cheater! This is stupid. Hopefully one day society will realize how harmless this drug is. Legal drugs kill more people than illegal drugs. So why are they legal? Cuz the government wants a legal monopoly to sell poison and lock their competition in jail. And they make tax payers fit the bill for the countless legal proceedings and incarceration of otherwise peaceful people. Everyone gets screwed on the Drug War.

  86. Bell is damaged goods so early in his career. He is an injury bag and keeps getting suspended. I will not be drafting him in the first round of my fantasy draft.

  87. As a Steeler fan, I have to say that Bell must be as dumb as they come. No excuses can be made. Even if you disagree with the rule about weed, it is the rule. AB is the most important player for the Steelers to sign as they have to keep him for the rest of Ben’s career since they are the best tandem in the league. DeCastro is next. Bell, he has a lot of growing up and proving to do before any big money is invested in him, again under the current rules about weed. Idiot.

  88. He did not miss a test, he skipped the test and for good reason. These guys are told by agents, personnel staff and 20 others the date time and location of test and you can bet the words ‘be there’ are spoken so this missed test story is total crap.

  89. Steelers Fan here, Bell should be suspended. You cannot fix stupid. All the damn talent in the world, money hand over fist, and you can’t follow the rules.

    He deserves what he gets . . . .the Steelers’ should cut his sorry butt.

  90. Dude probably was taking something to help his healing process. Without his drugs, he was probably missing regular season time anyway. My question is since this is a 2nd offense in 2 years, why only a 4 game suspension?

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