Le’Veon Bell says he won’t be missing games

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is indeed facing a four-game suspension for missing a drug test. But Bell continues to insist that he hasn’t missed a drug test — and that he won’t be missing any games.

In a comment to an altered photo on Instagram of Bell wearing a gas mask with a bong, Bell said from his verified account that “I’m not gonna miss games, trust me.”

Many will scoff at the proclamation, given the lingering perception that Commissioner Roger Goodell retains final say over all player disciplinary issues. In 2014, however, the league agreed to use a panel of neutral arbitrators for all punishments arising under the substance-abuse and PED policies. So Bell will have a chance to have a truly independent party assess whether the league’s conclusions are warranted.

Of course, that will become harder if, as NFL Media reported over the weekend, Bell has missed several drug tests.

Stop me if you’re heard this one before (actually, don’t bother because I’m going to say it again anyway): The substance-abuse policy has a clear confidentiality provision that is supposed to keep people from knowing that a player is facing a suspension until the suspension has been finalized through the appeal process. With NFL Media confirming the initial ESPN report regarding the suspension and with NFL Media advancing the story by reporting that Bell missed multiple tests, the NFL — which owns and operates NFL Media — is violating its own policy. And no one seems to be bothered by that. Ever.

It should bother Bell, his agent, the league, the Steelers, and the NFL Players Association. Bell’s case should have been handled no differently than any other situation in which a guy faced a suspension. If he prevails on appeal, no one ever would have known that anything was amiss.

That has happened in plenty of cases over the years. If Bell ultimately wins the appeal, it’s what should have happened in his case.

55 responses to “Le’Veon Bell says he won’t be missing games

  1. “I’m not gonna miss games, trust me.”

    Ya, because you’re the trustworthy type.

    What’s wrong with this guy?

  2. He’s right! Just like I never miss a Chiefs game. At home, on my couch, watching my flat screen.

  3. Well I hope he’s right, but I’m not optimistic. His monetary value will diminish quite a bit if he’s suspended, it doesn’t matter how good you are if you screw up so much you aren’t even allowed to play. I’ll hope for the best – but I’ll still expect the worst.

    Go Steelers!

  4. As evidenced by the completely one-sided officiating in the Bengals-Steelers wild card game last season which caused a player meltdown, the Steelers will once again prevail (unlike the Pats.)

    #cheaters

  5. “With NFL Media confirming the initial ESPN report regarding the suspension and with NFL Media advancing the story by reporting that Bell missed multiple tests, the NFL — which owns and operates NFL Media — is violating its own policy. And no one seems to be bothered by that. Ever.”

    All you people cheering framegate and Brady’s suspension here’s a little warning for you.

    The league will now willfully ignore any policy or provision of the CBA that it wants to whenever it wants to.

    Now as the targeting falls on teams other than the Pats lets see how you like it.

  6. The NFL has proven that it is immune to any consequences arising from their owns media leaks. Is there any doubt of this?

    Please Le’Veon, turn over your phone so that they can leak all your personal emails, texts and communications. You can trust the NFL to be fair and impartial and keep confidential matters secret…

  7. Even if this is one big misunderstanding (eyes roll) and he won’t be facing any suspension, his arrogance speaks volumes. This guy does himself no favors running his mouth on social media. I can’t believe Tomlin hasn’t put a boot in his a$$ yet. The organization at best is disappointed that he is bringing negative attention and at worst is disgusted that another distraction that is taking away the team focus. Is he even worth this constant headache?

  8. Picture this. I have no horse in the race on the Brady suspension. But, the fact is the league is suspending him for cheating (they say), affecting the outcome of games, through a conspiracy to doctor balls. And for that they give him a four game suspension.

    Then you get a guy who is accused of smoking pot. Four games.

    Hmmm. How whack is that?

  9. “Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately, Leveon.”

    “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.” /slowdrag

  10. Sounds to me like Bell has a lawsuit against the NFL media arm. Bell may be planning to resolve it by having the NFL throw out his 4 game suspension.

  11. He won’t be missing any games. He has a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket so he can watch any game from weeks 1-4.

    Sounds like a perfect opportunity for a commercial to me.

  12. tavisteelersfan says:
    Jul 25, 2016 9:58 AM

    Picture this. I have no horse in the race on the Brady suspension. But, the fact is the league is suspending him for cheating (they say), affecting the outcome of games, through a conspiracy to doctor balls. And for that they give him a four game suspension.

    Then you get a guy who is accused of smoking pot. Four games.

    Hmmm. How whack is that?
    ——–

    actually you do have a horse in the race. that horse may benefit from a different lane to run because of Brady’s suspension.

    to state otherwise is disingenuous

  13. If he did in fact miss multiple tests, yet believes he’ll get off with no suspension, then this guy has some major entitlement issues. I’d be worried about how hard he plays once he gets paid.

  14. @flaccodelic says:
    Jul 25, 2016 9:58 AM

    “Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately, Leveon.”

    “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.” /slowdrag
    ===================================

    Bam!!! You win!!

  15. I’ve got a great idea that makes it easier on the fans (US) and the NFL and maybe even the player: Suspend him for 8 games and give him a get our of jail free card for the next test he fails.

    I mean if he is going to do this annually, be pro active and suspend him for next years violation too so at least he doesn’t screw up plans for the team next season. LOL

  16. 345snarkavenue says:
    Jul 25, 2016 9:46 AM
    sure sounds to me like the initial report should have been:

    Le’Veon Bell missed 11 of 12 drug tests.

    27 5

    Ignorance rears its ugly head yet again.

    The lack of concern by the Steelers should indicate they know much more than the snarkie trolls posting here.

  17. I have an idea that would benefit everyone. With a guy like Bell, why not suspend him for 8 games and give him a get out of testing free card so that he doesn’t have to miss another four games next season? That why his team and can prepare for him to play the entire season. LOL

    Kind of a pre anticipation penalty

  18. “Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately, Leveon.”

    “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.” /slowdrag

    Lol

  19. I would wager that the “leak” came from his own camp. Of course, the media will blame the NFL, which is exactly what his agent wanted: to change the focus from him missing tests to the Big Bad Corporation. Must be racist!

  20. The Cowboy’s have two starters suspended 4 games apiece (as they should) but Bell damn well better be next

  21. Do these people realize they are employed? And paid as an employee?You make great money, why be an idiot? I don’t get it…

  22. “I’m not going to miss games, trust me”

    -leveon bell (November 1, 2015 after the Cincinnati Bengals DESTROYED pittsburgh’s post-season)

  23. “I’m not gonna miss any games” could be entirely true and just how he means it or how you interpret it. Meaning maybe he’ll be banned but he won’t be *missing* the games..

  24. I don’t think that decision is up to him. However, how does the NFL get away with leaking this information? It seems to me the NFL front office is a trainwreck.

  25. Why should anything the NFL does bother us? Any fan with half a brain wouldn’t put anything past the corrupt NFL Head Office. Only a fool would be the least bit surprised by them doing something shady. I’ll be more surprised to see them doing something,, anything, on the up and up. I’m not holding my breath.

  26. This guy becomes less likable every time he opens his mouth. Glad he’s a Steeler, so I don’t have to try.

  27. this program is pretty simple… A+B=C…. A: you’re in the abuse program… CHECK. B: You missed drug testing….. C. You are suspended

    So either the leaks are false or he is high. My hunch is he will miss 4 games, Probably 17 next year. Dude can count the millions lost already. These guys are just plain stupid!

    GO STEELERS!!!

  28. ridnaway says:

    As evidenced by the completely one-sided officiating in the Bengals-Steelers wild card game last season which caused a player meltdown, the Steelers will once again prevail

    —————–

    Cincy fans are a rare breed. After the complete and total meltdown the Bengals had in that game, the only thing they talk about is how it’s everyone else’s fault that they lost.

  29. Nowharrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 25, 2016 9:51 AM

    as the targeting falls on teams other than the Pats lets see how you like it.
    *********************************
    Not for nuthin’ but my Patriots aren’t the only one’s, just the latest. It should read :
    as the targeting falls on teams other than Washington, Dallas, New Orleans, Kansas City, NE, etc. , let’s see how you like it.

  30. Bell must be high if he thinks he is getting off….. oh yeah, he is, that’s the whole reason for this.

    Ravens fans don’t care about Bell. What are his stats against the Ravens? Look it up, nothing to fear there. Like Ravens players, the RAvens want everyone to be there so the Squealers don’t have any excuses. I would say if Big Ben and Bell couldn’t beat Ryan Mallett last year as the Ravens QB, Bell would be the least of my worries. Oh yeah, how have the Squealers fared against baltimore recently. 3-7 I believe in the last 10 games. Yep, we are just so mad bro…

  31. tavisteelersfan says: Jul 25, 2016 9:58 AM

    Picture this. I have no horse in the race on the Brady suspension. But, the fact is the league is suspending him for cheating (they say), affecting the outcome of games, through a conspiracy to doctor balls. And for that they give him a four game suspension.

    Then you get a guy who is accused of smoking pot. Four games.
    =======================================

    Not even remotely the same thing whatsoever. In order to get a 4 game suspension, Bell had to have had multiple failed (or missed) tests and suspensions. The NFL has given him numerous chances to simply obey the rule of the contracts he and the NFLPA signed. He didn’t and deserved to be punished more each time he continues to violate the rules.

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