Report: Le’Veon Bell missed “several” drug tests

AP

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell claimed last month that he never missed a drug test. He reportedly missed more than one.

Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network that Bell missed “several” drug tests.

Bell was already in the NFL’s substance-abuse program and was suspended for the first two games of last season in connection with a 2014 arrest for marijuana possession and DUI. Players who have never violated the policy are generally only tested for drugs of abuse once a year, but players who are already in the policy, like Bell, are subject to many tests.

Bell is appealing the suspension, but realistically, it’s hard to see why he would win an appeal: The NFL’s drug-testing policy makes clear that players are required to make themselves available to drug testing, and a player who misses several tests has clearly violated the policy. Missing one test could be a miscommunication. Missing several tests is a lot harder to explain away.

84 responses to “Report: Le’Veon Bell missed “several” drug tests

  1. As for Bell, there is a possible slight upside to him being fresher (and conceivably healthier) – with an additional four games to rest, mend, train and prepare.

    Another potential upside is Bell’s leverage for his contract has been severely undercut – and will cost Bell millions (presumably saving the Steelers those same millions – provided Bell doesn’t sign elsewhere).

    However, the downsides are that Bell has shown that his judgment is terrible; that he is dishonest, that he is a me-first guy instead of a team-first guy; that he can’t be trusted; and that he has a real problem that looks like habitual addiction.

    In addition, Bell is now “under the microscope” – meaning more tests, and his next suspension will be for the whole season “Martavis-style.”

    Now, every moment in any Steeler season — we not only risk losing Bell to injury, but to him taking a puff of the kind bud.

    Not only all of that. Bell didn’t simply miss one test. According to these latest reports, Bell actually missed “several tests.”

    All of these ominous factors point to this latest series of development around Bell being a gargantuan risk factor for the rest of Bell’s career, however short it may be.

    My recommendation: simply have the Steelers test Bell themselves, every 48-72 hours. I realize that marijuana stays in one’s system for much much longer than that – so that much testing would be unnecessary. However, the (hoped for) effect would be to make Bell understand there is no “skipping tests,” that he will assuredly be tested and monitored constantly, and to thus, keep Bell as vigilant as he is capable of being – knowing his whole world will all come quickly crashing down if he blows hot.

    Also, if I’m Pittsburgh – his next contract (if there is one) – contains conspicuous and unmistakable language that eviscerates the amount of money he is due if he tests hot again.

  2. The guy is playing the ‘abuse’ positiion (RB) in the NFL. He should be allowed to use a naturally grown pain medication.

    I don’t want to hear it’s illegal blah blah. Big pharma has lobbyists keeping it illegal.

    The abuse is the NFL suspending a guy who won’t be able to walk in 15 years. Maybe tbey are doing him a favor.

  3. From all the player testimonials about the NFL’s drug testing, you have to be a special kind of moron to test positive on them.

    The NFL literally tells you when they’re coming and only tests you ONCE for the entire year. So all you have to do is not smoke for a month before hand and you’re all good and on your way to a big time contract and setting yourself and your kids up for life. There are actually weed parties after the test so it’s not like the NFL is even actively trying to enforce this.

    But then there’s LeVeon who apparently didn’t get the memo.

  4. backintheday99 says:
    Jul 23, 2016 12:18 PM
    The guy is playing the ‘abuse’ positiion (RB) in the NFL. He should be allowed to use a naturally grown pain medication.

    I don’t want to hear it’s illegal blah blah. Big pharma has lobbyists keeping it illegal.

    The abuse is the NFL suspending a guy who won’t be able to walk in 15 years. Maybe tbey are doing him a favor.

    —-

    Agreed. Weed does nothing to weirdly improve althleticism, so why test for it at all? I realize weed is still illegal at the federal level. However, the NFL could totally skirt that by simply saying they will no longer test for weed, only PEDs. That way they could have their legal deniability while still trying to keep athletes honest. And it would probably be a lot cheaper since they wouldn’t have to test for weed, by far the most common used substance, anymore.

  5. Of course he did …this elusive behavior has now become the facorite
    spring/ summer dance. What do you think Ro McClain was doing
    while he was in Alabama? He certainly wasn’t in a courtroom over
    his alleged custody dispute. He was avoiding his random tests.
    My understanding is that the NFL is actually working with players like
    Bryant of the steelers. A positive test or a few misses will be excused if the player shows an effort in his recovery. I believe that even if a player slips up but then agrees to in patient rehab …the NFL may not suspend.
    Bottom line, it takes more than a few misses to get tripped up.

  6. Soon he will realize what we all know already……….Running backs are replaceable.

    What an idiot this guy is.

  7. This is the same Ian Rapoport who just had to walk back the “6-8 weeks” timeframe on the J.J. Watt injury? That guy?
    PFT and every other media outlet still playing the “report” of someone else’s “report” = news. Dont u ever learn?

  8. Goodell, Rooney’s puppet, will reduce the suspension…4 games for missing several tests is way too soft

  9. There’s no excuse for ‘missing several tests’
    after he saw what happened to his teammate,
    Martavis, and his own suspension last year.
    They are forcing the Steelers to move on
    from these two, very talented, but dopey duo.

    How very disappointing … SMH

  10. Can’t leave the wacky terbacky alone??? Smoking dope and skipping rope??? Waste of time and talent.

  11. Either follow the rules and make millions of dollars
    or be unemployed.

    The choice is yours.

  12. Serial Spleefer.

    Now they have to rely on a 33 yr old RB to carry the load. I give Dwill till week 5 before he breaks down. Then he’ll get hooked up with Dr Rydze and be all fixed up.

    Steelers* = Tainted* Titles.

  13. hakunamangata says:

    The NFL literally tells you when they’re coming and only tests you ONCE for the entire year. So all you have to do is not smoke for a month before hand and you’re all good and on your way to a big time contract and setting yourself and your kids up for life. There are actually weed parties after the test so it’s not like the NFL is even actively trying to enforce this.

    But then there’s LeVeon who apparently didn’t get the memo.
    ________________

    Bell was already in the substance abuse program and has a previous suspension for a violation. He is subject to random testing. Apparently he is not the only one that missed a memo

  14. “Commissioner called. He said if you miss Friday’s drug test, don’t bother coming in Monday.”

    “Woohoo! Four day weekend!”

  15. To the guy who thinks RBs are easily replaceable, that is true — to a point.

    However, truly elite among-the-best-in-the-game RBs are not *easily* replaceable. That’s why the Hall of Fame RB is distinguished from the journeyman washout RB.

    By the way, in your stints as an NFL GM – how many NFL RBs have you drafted, and where can I google your awesomeness?

  16. If I had to pick one team expected to go to the playoffs that is going to fail miserably it is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    The season hasn’t even started and they will be missing one of their top 3 players for 4-8-maybe 16 games. It wasn’t bad enough he was coming off an injury.

    8-8 and they miss the playoffs is very possible for this team.

  17. drfeelyouup says:
    Jul 23, 2016 12:05 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Eat it Squealer fans!

    -Love Browns fans everywhere

    First….browns fans are not everywhere. Second, steelers still swept the browns last year without bell. Taste that.

  18. To everyone saying he should be allowed to get high, get a clue. If they make it okay, then players are going to get high before, during, and after games at an alarming rate. The product would tank into an even more unwatchable mess. Sure it might be hilarious for a week or two, but the novelty would wear off quick.

    If Bell doesn’t have enough personal accountability to make his drug tests or not get high, well he doesn’t deserve the honor of playing in the league while getting paid millions of dollars in the process plus having countless other opportunities available to him like sponsorship. Simple as that.

  19. I’m a disappointed Steelers fan. Hip-hop and smoking weed ain’t necessarily bad things, but when you rap that you want $15 mil and then miss several scheduled drug tests, it’s a wonder why so many fans still pay top dollar to see these immature, undisciplined players play football on Sundays. These guys don’t respect the fans who support them, their teammates and, most importantly, themselves. Like Chuck Noll once said about a few troublesome players, “It’s too bad we can’t live their lives for them.”

  20. It’s amazing how many professional athletes are druggies and drunkards. Imagine how much better they would be if they lived a clean life.

  21. Wasn’t there reports of this in winter and spring that were quickly swept under the rug?

    It seems like smoke indicates fire in a lot of these nfl stories.

  22. How smart is this guy? Misses test to get a 4 game suspension opposed to having to sit out the year maybe if they really discover what he’s doing…….brilliant. When does he get a “real” suspension is the question?

  23. The young man is most likely addicted and yes, people can get addicted to pot. Not most people but if you have the addictive genetics you can.

    Use in the face of negative consequences is one of the signs of addiction and he is manifesting this.

    Dude needs rehab.

  24. Marijuana is very harmful if smoked. There is absolutely no medical benefit to inhaling smoke. Do you really need a doctor to tell you the harmful effects of your lungs inhaling smoke???

    Now there are medical benefits provided by THC administered in other forms, but we know the pot head dipsticks in the NFL or commenting here on pft want marijuana legalized for smoking purposes…not for it’s medical benefits.

    Since you can’t tell if a player is harmfully smoking it to get high or taking it in pill or liquid form for medical benefits, don’t expect the NFL to legalize it anytime soon.

  25. Well, I’ll wait until the final verdict is in before rushing to judgement. Too often these reports are wrong and this reporter in particular isn’t known for his accuracy. Sure doesn’t look good right now, though.

    Worst case? The Steelers still have decent depth and for once are in a good enough cap position they can afford to sign someone as needed. This is where the devaluation of the running back in the era of the pass works in their favor. Hope for the best but plan for the worst, right?

    Go Steelers anyways!

  26. Who gives a crap if it doesn’t enhance performance, shouldn’t be illegal, is legal in some states or if it even is an effective medical treatment — the NFL bans its use. If the NFL banned milk, the solution nonetheless remains the same — don’t drink the damn stuff. Anyone that gets a 5 on the wonderlic could figure that out.

  27. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Eat it Squealer fans!

    -Love Browns fans everywhere
    ———————————————————
    It’s not the Steelers’ fault that they’ve been quite successful against the Browns over the past four decades.

    Perhaps you should redirect your frustration at the Cleveland organization instead.

  28. If Bell missed several tests we would’ve heard about it a long time ago. The league doesn’t let those things slide. This is likely from a new and recent incident.

  29. manzeil, gordon, and bell are unbelievable. They are throwing millions away for drugs! It’s not fair they were blessed with that talent and they just waste it.

  30. I don’t understand why every player doesn’t file his retirement papers at the end of every season, and then file to unretire just before training camp.

    That way they’re not exposed to any discipline or drug tests by the NFL during the off-season.

  31. Until the NFL is ready to give repeat offenders of the drug policy a lifetime ban, there will be situations like this horrible man continuing to play in the NFL and abusing illegal drugs.

    Step up, NFL. Everyone should get one chance. Violate it again and you are banned for life from playing in the NFL and you will have to repay every penny of guaranteed money you received to date.

  32. pierrepoint1 says:
    Jul 23, 2016 5:02 PM
    I don’t understand why every player doesn’t file his retirement papers at the end of every season, and then file to unretire just before training camp.

    ________________

    Would you want Ed Werder living in a tent off the end of your driveway?

    Teams don’t like those circus’ just like the one Favre caused in GB.

  33. Amazing how everyone always assumes it has something to do with pot. Under the terms of the CBA the league can not state what substance a player flunked for. So of course players, agents, ‘friends’ or some other ‘source with knowledge’ puts pot out there because no one cares about players using pot.

  34. What a selfish nitwit.
    Outside of Goodell and his minions, pretty much no one thinks smoking weed is a heinous crime. But rules are rules in a workplace.
    He is letting his teammates down and he’s surely cost himself millions of dollars. Who’s going to give giant guaranteed money to a guy who’s one joint away from a year-long suspension?

  35. Where are the morons that say he is better than Lacy?

    Lacy has better stats AND no suspensions.

    This year the gap widens

  36. Football is the ultimate team sport.

    Those guys work hard, give up their bodies in an effort to win, get to the playoffs and do well there.

    This guy and others in his boat are crappy teammates.

    Guys busting their hind ends and doing what it takes to win and be there for their teammates…

    And then guys like this do stuff like this.

    They are NOT being there for their teammates.

    They’re being selfish, showing their teammates, brothers that they can’t be counted on, can’t be trusted to be there for them, with them.

    Yeah, this dude IS talented but talent doesn’t matter when you’re not on the field.

    Can’t believe leaders on the team wouldn’t say get rid of him, we can’t trust him to be there for us so get someone we can trust.

  37. I’m having trouble seeing how this happens. Is a team not notified when a player misses their first test? That would be strange. And once a team gets such a notification, if they do, I would expect them to be all over said player to make sure they don’t miss another one.

    Which leaves me thinking that either teams aren’t kept in the loop enough, or the Steelers are just ineffective, and either scenario seems odd.

    But it would help explain why some players who seem to need more of a support system aren’t getting it from their teams.

  38. Hey…he was stoned and forgot.
    ————————————-
    He had the munchies too . . . was out till 3 a.m. at a McDonalds, scarfing down Big Macs, fries and chocolate milk shakes. He got up too late to take the test.

  39. Absolutely right. The guy is totally destroying his market value-that has already took a hell of a knock with his injury history, he knows he’s going to be regularly tested. Time to get off it. Why can’t he?? Pretty easy to work out.

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    themarkus42 says:
    Jul 23, 2016 2:21 PM
    The young man is most likely addicted and yes, people can get addicted to pot. Not most people but if you have the addictive genetics you can.

  40. realtruthteller100 says:
    Jul 23, 2016 5:41 PM
    funny how johnny football who hasnt failed a test cant find a team, but this bum wants 15 million dollars.

    ————————————————-

    Johnny Boy is suspended for 4 games for violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

    Not that any team will pick up that train wreck ever again.

  41. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 23, 2016 9:54 PM
    bigggggg time Packer stock holder chiming in! our RB ate himself out of the league will Bell smoke himself out?
    _______________________

    Getting more and more delusional I see, and even if Eddy did eat his way into a bad season, he can always diet and lose weight, while Bell will have that cloud above his head.

  42. If he is correct in what he is saying about never missing a drug test, then produce some documentation. I’m quite sure he signed for the test and received a copy. So Bell needs to put or shut up and take his punishment.

  43. i just don’t understand how a professional athlete can be this stupid. in the nfl, like almost any other place of employment, skipping a mandatory drug test is the same as refusing a breathalyzer during a traffic stop…you’re automatically assumed to have failed the test. if he was on vacation outside of the country or something, then i could maybe understand, but just blatantly not showing up is asinine. you’re better off trying to cheat the test

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