Pessimism swirls regarding Le’Veon Bell’s chances on appeal

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Yes, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has vowed to not miss any games after reportedly missing several drug tests. No, no one beyond a very small circle should have even known about the potential suspension until the appeal process had concluded.

Regardless, the cat has escaped from the bag — and based on information PFT has gathered there’s a strong sense Bell won’t be escaping the suspension.

Even with neutral arbitration now available in suspensions arising under the substance-abuse policy and the PED policy, none in the know believe Bell has a strong chance to win the appeal.

It’s been suggested that Bell changed phones and didn’t receive notice of the tests. If that’s his defense, it’s hard to imagine it flying. For a guy in the program, surely an obligation exists to notify all appropriate persons of a change in cell service. Otherwise, a guy could avoid testing simply by buying a new phone.

Bell’s appeal possibly will be finalized before Week One. For now, the smartest move for the Steelers will be to assume that DeAngelo Williams will once again carry the load early in the season after Bell makes his exit following the fourth preseason game.

49 responses to “Pessimism swirls regarding Le’Veon Bell’s chances on appeal

  1. He learned the blame the phone defense from Brady. It didn’t work out for him either.

  2. Unless someone is paying for my phone service and I agree to carry and use it for business, they have no right to my cell phone or my cell phone number, if I don’t wish to give it. Before cell phones, you had to send a certified letter. They still exist. I’m tired of people hacking and abusing technology along with personal freedom.

  3. SCOTUS SCOTUS SCOTUS! Sue em in civil court! Goodell better watch out if he comes to our stadium!
    Heh, yup. THAT’S what fans of some un-named teams sound like. Stupid eh?

  4. “no one beyond a very small circle should have even known about the potential suspension until the appeal process had concluded.”

    Goodell and his lying, corrupt cronies will violate any aspect of the CBA they feel like. What a vile bunch they are.

  5. Changing phones doesn’t mean changing phone numbers. Also doesn’t mean you have to miss any notifications….if you have a clue, that is.

    I’m sure he’s a “Tomlin Guy”

  6. Great! He’s one of my keepers in Fantasy Football. Steeler fans, is it worth holding onto him, even if he misses the first four games, or do I get rid of him for being an idiot?

  7. Changing phones might work for the first test.

    Miss that one and I’m guessing that the league contacts the team to see if they know where their player, under contract, is or how to get a hold of him.

    At that point – the excuse no longer works.

  8. This is why you root for the team instead of the player. If it wasnt for football, this guy would be washing windows during the day and selling drugs at night. PS. I am the biggest Steeler Fan there is.

  9. .
    As a Patriots fan, I get zero satisfaction out of Bell’s suspension.

    The NFL’s position : Why smoke weed when the league makes addictive opioids, like Oxycontin, available 24/7?
    .

  10. His appeal basically hinges on if he updated his phone number with the drug testers. If he filed a new phone number but some clerk never updated it, he should win. If he never notified anyone, suspended.

  11. Going by the idiots nfl logic… fell phone shenanigans =4 game suspension. So…. 4 games for drug violation + 4 games for phone violation = 8 games. Right Roger???

  12. Why did he change his phone number? Was he getting crank calls from some joker telling him he wanted a cup of his urine?

  13. To all you heads out there that think pot is not addictive and should be 100% legal- THIS is typical addict behavior.

  14. burfictisabeast says:
    Jul 27, 2016 8:01 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does Mr. Rooney
    ————–
    No meaningful wins since 1990. Keep on trolling. It’s all you got.

  15. If Bell passed the mandatory drug tests imposed
    by a judge following his arrest, and over his 15 month
    probation period – then the NFL should take that
    into account.

    If he took the court ordered tests and came out clean, then
    obviously he didn’t have any reason to intentionally dodge
    the NFL’s drug testing squad.
    A four game suspension, and a big step towards his career
    coming to a premature end, for an omission to give the NFL
    your new phone number seems harsh for something this trivial.
    It’s not the what this rule was meant to punish.

    If it was an oversight – just an innocent omission, then
    the NFL should let him off with a warning to him and
    to others, that going forward, players need to notify the NFL
    and give their new numbers. Punishment should fit the crime.
    In this instance, doesn’t look like Bell did anything terribly wrong.

  16. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 27, 2016 8:19 PM
    “no one beyond a very small circle should have even known about the potential suspension until the appeal process had concluded.”

    Goodell and his lying, corrupt cronies will violate any aspect of the CBA they feel like. What a vile bunch they are.

    I know that you’re not referring to the Brady case because a PANEL of judges ruled that he in fact followed the CBA in a completely legal manner. In fact, their ruling didn’t concern cell phones or psi at all. It was strictly speaking of his authority concerning the CBA. Try another argument.

  17. Leveon Bell is so dumb he’s actually kinda fascinating. He wanted 15 million a year so he wrote that into a rap song and released it as a legitimate attempt to get a better deal instead of going through his agent.

  18. Don’t worry Steeler fans…….

    Bell will have a word with Tomlin,
    who will have a word with Rooney,
    who will have a word with Goodell.

    …..and all this will go away.

    …..that’s how things roll round here; special rules for the yellow and black…… Bell plays week 1.

  19. You basically would have to had been kidnapped by the Russian mafia in today’s tech world to miss any type of notifications when someone is desperately trying to reach you. Reading another article they say the league goes over and beyond to accommodate and to locate these players when it’s time for testing so good luck trying to convince someone with the “I changed phones” excuse …😒

  20. The pessimism has been swirling for me since he decided to be a rap star (like every other athlete).

    I realize the genre requires no actual musical ability, creative notions,-or even being literate, but his focus should have been on football.

    He’s dead to me

  21. When he changed phones, did he do like Tom Brady and destroy the old one?

    Back in my day, our excuse notes to the teacher were much more creative. And signed by Epstein’s mother.

  22. This is the mental giant that told the cops:

    “I smoked pot two hours ago, I am not high anymore” or something similar.

    Some players care about football and winning and some just care about the money and getting high.

  23. “no one beyond a very small circle should have even known about the potential suspension”

    — Really? So you don’t think he told any friends or family about it? Who then went and told someone else. With information like that, someone’s going to make a phone call to possibly make a few bucks.

  24. “Moudabo says: Jul 27, 2016 10:25 PM

    If Bell passed the mandatory drug tests imposed by a judge following his arrest, and over his 15 month probation period then the NFL should take that into account.

    If he took the court ordered tests and came out clean, then obviously he didn’t have any reason to intentionally dodge the NFL’s drug testing squad.

    If it was an oversight – just an innocent omission, then the NFL should let him off with a warning to him and to others, that going forward, players need to notify the NFL and give their new numbers.
    ========================================

    I don’t think you know what probation means. It means there’s zero tolerance for further transgressions.

    It wasn’t just and oversight. Reports were there were multiple missed tests. In the Olympics, which has the toughest testing standards in the world, a missed test is considered a failed test because too many people were dodging tests, just like your guy Bell.

  25. You don’t know what the terms of his probation were, they aren’t the
    same for everyone. I’ll bet neither the court, nor the NFL ever mentioned,
    ‘Le’Veon, you’ll have to notify the NFL if you change your phone number.
    If you fail to do so, it will count as another major strike, and a doubling of
    your suspension and associated punishments.’

    If the NFL testers couldn’t reach Bell, they could have asked the Steelers FO
    or heck, even contacted Bell over Twitter if they needed to, rather than wait
    until he missed ‘several tests’ , tests that he didn’t even know about.
    The guy didn’t go underground – we was making bad rap songs.

    The bottom line is there is no evidence he toked up, but there may be evidence
    he passed drug tests which the court had ordered, and that’s what counts.

  26. Pessimism isn’t the only thing swirling. We’re watching a once promising career swirling down the toilet.

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