Le’Veon Bell admits he has known since March of missed tests

AP

When word first surfaced that Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was facing a suspension for a missed drug test, Bell denied knowing anything about it. He was lying.

On Thursday, Bell admitted that the NFL notified him in March that he was facing discipline for a missed test. That contradicts what he said in June, when he claimed he had absolutely no knowledge of such discipline.

I don’t know what you are talking about,” Bell said, two months after the NFL had informed him. “People are going to say what they want to say on the Internet. It is people who really have nothing to do. I don’t get upset or let it bother me.”

Mark Madden, the Pittsburgh radio host who tweeted in June that there was a “pretty strong rumor” Bell was facing a suspension for a missed test, writes today, “Le’Veon Bell lied.”

That’s exactly what Bell did, and it was foolish. He could have simply said, “The NFL’s drug-testing policy is confidential, so I won’t talk about it.” Instead, he lied.

60 responses to “Le’Veon Bell admits he has known since March of missed tests

  1. He could have simply said..
    “The NFL’s drug-testing policy is confidential, so I won’t talk about it.” Instead, he lied.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………

    Right, had he said that I am sure the media would have gave him privacy. They always play fair. If they get something wrong they apologize right away. (tongue in cheek).

  2. I’m so sick of this story… I’m not a supporter of marijuana and never will be. And I’m blown away by ignorant spoiled NFL players and the ways they feel they are above the law… Bell is a great talent and I have been a fan since being drafted but he is weak minded just like Bryant…

    That being said I hope Pitt moves on from Bell after the season and we can find a player who appreciates the opportunity to play for a championship team… Till then I’m 10000% comfortable riding the season out with D Will!!

  3. Or maybe he was surprised that a reporter, knowing full well that the program was confidential, clearly had information about the process and had no problem talking about it.

    What he should do is refuse to talk with reporters at all because reporters have their own agenda and it does not include what is best for Mr. Bell. But he can’t do that because the NFL insists that he make himself available to reporters.

  4. Who cares? No one is a fan of Bell because of his “reputable character.”

    And when he plays again, no one is going to say, “Man, this guy is a great RB, but I wish he hadn’t lied.”

  5. I wonder how he passed tests while in college, does this become an issue when they become professionals. Are tests in college a joke and aren’t they given randomly.

  6. I hope Mike Tomlin gives him the some of the phrases he’s known for when the Steelers play like crap..you know…the ones like “we’re men”, “we’ve got to own this.”

    Come on Bell, get it together, and own it…again…

  7. manderson4150 says:
    Jul 29, 2016 7:24 AM
    I wonder how he passed tests while in college, does this become an issue when they become professionals. Are tests in college a joke and aren’t they given randomly.
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    They aren’t even given randomly in the NFL. Players know when they’re coming. Its the idiots who get caught.

  8. folkcrusader says:
    Jul 29, 2016 6:48 AM

    What he should do is refuse to talk with reporters at all because reporters have their own agenda and it does not include what is best for Mr. Bell. But he can’t do that because the NFL insists that he make himself available to reporters.

    No, he should refuse to talk with reporters because he’s a moron and when he opens his mouth he says dumb things. He’s just another guy too stupid to be able to live by the NFLs rules. He should go find another job that will let him do whatever he wants…if he can even get another job.

  9. Steelers fan here. I’m sure he was advised not to talk about it to anyone, especially the media. He’s not bright enough to say that it’s a confidential process, so he lied.

    Also, telling a less than truthful statement to the media is not a lie.

  10. This is the genius that told the cops he wasn’t driving high because he smoked weed two hours ago.

    Good luck in the real world.

  11. Character flaws are harder to fix than simply losing some weight. Still think Bell was a better choice than Lacy?

  12. Hahaha, you really expect Le’Veon Bell to say the word confidential?

  13. DaveKShape says:
    Jul 29, 2016 7:07 AM

    Who cares? No one is a fan of Bell because of his “reputable character.”

    And when he plays again, no one is going to say, “Man, this guy is a great RB, but I wish he hadn’t lied.”
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    a lot of people care – Steeler fans can live in denial all they want but the legacy of Mike Tomlin is a rapist qb, heavy drug use by players, and low character coaches. For all his tough talk Mike really does not have much control over his team.

  14. “telling a less than truthful statement to the media is not a lie.”

    On what planet?

  15. he’s a kid. people forget that sometimes, however when you are hands down the best running back in the world, we’ll young people don’t always know how to handle everything that comes with that. give him some time to figure it out and he will, martavis too, the Rooneys can be strict, but they are also not totally incapable of understanding or forgiving. They want five guys on the current offensive roster to retire steelers and be enshrined in Canton, and all 5 are capable of doing so if they apply themselves and listen to Arthur Rooney.

    1. Ben=first ballot if he retires tomorrow
    2. A.B.84 =POTENTIAL 1ST BALLOT
    3. MAURKICE POUNCEY=HANDS DOWN BEST CENTER IN THE GAME SINCE HIS 1ST GAME IN THE LEAGUE.
    4 AND 5 MARTAVIS BRYANT AND LEVEON BELL= SKILL IS UNDENIABLE BUT THE ???ARE PAINFULLY OBVIOUS

    steelers fans, true stillers that is, will be patient with the current roster because they see it has clearly the most talented all around team we or any other team has ever had.

    2016 Steelers WILL BE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS, AND THE ARGUMENT WILL EXIST THAT THEY ARE ONE OF THE MOST DOMINANT TEAMS IN NFL HISTORY.

    YOU ALL SAW IT HERE FIRST.

  16. Here is what every team needs to do.
    Put 1 million dollars in one briefcase and 1 joint in another. Go to every team and do a seminar. Ask them….do you want the money or do they want to smoke the dope????
    Maybe that will illustrate the choice.

  17. Ben lied about what happened in a bathroom.
    Harrison lied about the supplements he takes.
    Tomlin lied that he “didn’t realize he was on the field” to try and trip Jacoby Jones on a KO return.
    Polamalu lied that he actually uses Head & Shoulders on that luscious mane.

    Bell is just a product of the system. A system of systemic liars.

  18. Hey the commish lies why shouldn’t the players? The only issue is Roger does not have to answer the an arrogant SOB like himself so there is no outrageous penalty for him. Realistically he should be rewarded for lying, Roger has been.

    NFL stands for
    Non Functioning Liars

    NFL stands for
    Now Favoring Lies

  19. This is one of the places that haters come to when they tire of hating on Brady and the Patriots.

  20. I at least respect his honesty. Unlike Tammy and his “yet to lose weight” deflator.
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    Still can’t over that beating Brady put on the Seahawks in SB 49 in the 4th quarter huh? This article has nothing to do with TB or the Pats, yet you still had to go there.

    That’s the whole point here…..Bell was not honest. He lied and got caught. What don’t you understand about the situation? Brady, on the other hand, testified under oath, and now that all the facts are out anyone with a brain knows the entire episode was a farce, and to this day there is no evidence the balls were manually deflated.

    Time to move on cupcake. I’m sure the Seahawks “dynasty” will flourish again this year.

  21. guypatsfan says:
    Jul 29, 2016 9:27 AM

    This is one of the places that haters come to when they tire of hating on Brady and the Patriots.

    ________________________________

    Even still, there are Hatriots stragglers left who have to make it all about NE…..on an article about Leveon Bell……weed…..and lies…
    So sad they have nothing better to do with their time..

    “…seabrawk12 says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:35 AM

    I at least respect his honesty. Unlike Tammy and his “yet to lose weight” deflator…”

    He freakin lied you dope. Did you read the article?
    Ironic a Cheathawk fan would be calling out NE.

    Seattle is the NFL’s west coast PED capital of the league.

    Seahawks*

  22. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:32 AM

    a lot of people care – Steeler fans can live in denial all they want but the legacy of Mike Tomlin is a rapist qb, heavy drug use by players, and low character coaches. For all his tough talk Mike really does not have much control over his team.
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    Don’t forget the dog killing, former felon QB.

  23. Its really pretty simple. Legalize the stuf, and all this crud goes away. What would the media ask players then?

  24. “Polamalu lied that he actually uses Head & Shoulders on that luscious mane.”

    Funniest thing I have seen on here today! Good on you!

  25. Glad the Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard instead of Bell. While Gio has already signed his second contract Bell sits and the bench and serves his second suspension.

  26. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:32 AM
    perhaps the alternate headline should be “NFL promise of confidentiality is a lie”….
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    Like that would be news…

  27. The onus is on his mother……she needs to give him a good slap up sides the head.

    Is weed a good trade off for millions of dollars over the next several years? He keeps going and he won’t be in the NFL.

  28. mibengal says:
    Jul 29, 2016 10:00 AM
    Glad the Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard instead of Bell.

    ———-

    So are the Steelers….

  29. “Wow, Steeler employee standards have really fallen.”

    Looks consistent to me…

  30. I’m disappointed he wasn’t smarter with this whole drug test situation. But I’m still ecstatic he’s on our team as he’s the best RB on the planet, hands down.

  31. Reviewing the comments is eye opening. What many fail to recognize
    is the fact that in an extremely large portion of minority homes
    marijuana is a norm. It is part of everyday life. Fans need to
    understand this. Just like drinking beer is a part of other portions of society. Marijuana use is a fabric of many houses where three generations partake. So it has become the norm.
    I am not taking a side but it must be pointed out. I used to be in favor
    of decriminalizing weed. I have felt in the past that the impact of
    charges for possession was unfairly affected in the black community.
    Where young black males were arrested for smoking weed on the corners
    while kids of higher income smoked weed with impunity in frat houses.
    The increased strength of marijuana is a concern. Is it now more addictivrive? With the use of marijuana at younger ages is it addictive?
    Not sure what the answer is. Not sure if smoking a joint after playing an NFL game is worse than drinking. I do know the pain of playing
    is brutal as is stress. It is not easy to play a brutal game on a Sunday and work all week to recover in order to play at a high level. Playing on a Thursday is brutal. Perhaps we all would smoke weed to relieve pain and stress after playing two games in 5 days.

  32. The guy will probably be punished. It is sad he lied but it isn’t uncommon. Bashing the Steelers organization seems gratuitous.

    Bell thought the information about his missed tests was confidential because it is part of the CBA and he could lie without fear of it being discovered. Then the NFL happened and the info leaked out because of integrity.

    It’s like when Goodell lied about sworn testimony because he thought the testimony was confidential. Then Berman happened.

    These incidents are about individual character.

    I look forward to when he can play again, he is fun to watch and that is what the NFL should be about.

  33. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:32 AM
    perhaps the alternate headline should be “NFL promise of confidentiality is a lie”….
    ______________

    Like that would be news…

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    The real problem is the confidentiality… The real issue is Bell is getting very close to pissing his NFL career away. Where is LeGarrette Blount when you need him to help a young player out…Oops that didn’t work either.

  34. maverick2560 says:
    Jul 29, 2016 11:13 AM

    Reviewing the comments is eye opening. What many fail to recognize
    is the fact that in an extremely large portion of minority homes
    marijuana is a norm. It is part of everyday life. Fans need to
    understand this. Just ….blah, blah, blah…Playing on a Thursday is brutal. Perhaps we all would smoke weed to relieve pain and stress after playing two games in 5 days.

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    uh, 3 things-

    1 – I’m not a racist because I think Bell’s an idiot.

    b – white or black, poor or rich, if you can’t control your imbibing of mind altering substances, legal or not, you have a problem.

    III – he missed his test during the off season so the whole Thursday night game stuff doesn’t really fly.

  35. “What many fail to recognize is the fact that in an extremely large portion of minority homes marijuana is a norm. It is part of everyday life. Fans need to understand this.”

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    I heard this exact same logic about Michael Vick and dogfighting.

  36. Steeler’s team MVP for 2016 – DeAngelo Williams.

    Great signing by Steeler’s brass. He is going to save your season while this clown is trying to figure out if he wants to be a pothead or if he wants to play in the NFL.

  37. Ban this jerk for life.

    Make him an example of dishonesty and unethical conduct. Doing drugs is just icing at this point.

  38. Right now, what we know is he missed some tests early this year.
    We also know he was tested on 4/20 of this year and results
    came back clean because he wasn’t suspended for failing a test –
    but only missing some tests.

    This suggests that from at least early March to April 20th ,
    Le’Veon was clean. Presumably, he has continued to pass tests
    since then. Let’s not brand the guy as a hopeless pothead.

    The guys work ethic has never been questioned, and he is in
    phenomenal shape, other than the bum knee.. Sure, he may have
    done some dumb things, but let’s not make him out as being
    some lost cause to be discarded.

  39. Ok, raise your hand if you ever or still smoke weed. Now keep your hands up if your employer does not permit smoking weed. That’s what I thought. Just a bunch of hypocrits and Steeter hayers filled wit jealousy While the rules are the rules, I frankly don’t understand why the league even continues to test for weed. It is clearly not a PED, and is currently legal in several US states. The NFL knows many players use weed recreationally, and if they don’t they are dumb. Players pass one drug test then can smoke their brains out as long as they don’t get caught. What a colossal waste of time.

    Certainly us Steeler fans are disappointed in Bell and Bryant bease they are young and extremely talented. But it’s next man up and Williams can get the job done. Nobody can stop Ben and AB, period.

  40. Geno should worry about how Burfict and Jones can all of a sudden control their goon tactics and not cost the Bungals games, and they are passing their drug tests whIle being stupid.

  41. Bell has missed two (losing) post seasons in a row. He missed the first two games last season and it looks like he’ll miss at least the first four games of this season. So, tell me again why he supposed to be so great? If Bell is great, then Bryant should be in the Steelers’ HOF.

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