Le’Veon Bell says three missed drug tests were “on me”

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said his three-game suspension was his fault, and that he was done talking about the situation.

Bell just posted a 61-second video on Twitter about his three-game suspension, saying “this is the last time I’ll speak about it.”

He apologized to Steelers fans for the missed time, saying he “never purposely missed any drug tests, I never failed any drug tests, and I haven’t smoked since December 2014. I want you to understand that.”

Bell explained that after having surgery in November, he was unable to get to the team facility for random tests in December and January. He said he slept through a test in April on a Saturday morning “at 5:37.”

“I was sleeping and that’s on me,” he said.

Bell also promised: “You will get a better person and a better player out of this.”

As part of the negotiation between the league and the NFLPA, he was able to stay at the same level of the league’s substance abuse program, which means another missed test or failed test would result in a four-game ban rather than a 10-game suspension.

But if he’s a man of his word, that shouldn’t be a problem.

30 responses to “Le’Veon Bell says three missed drug tests were “on me”

  1. As Woody Allen famously said, “80% of success is showing up.” To bad LeVeon couldn’t be bothered to show up for his drug tests.

  2. Men don’t use the “I slept thru it” excuse. Honestly this guy is just lying through his teeth now, to his own die hard fans no less. Steelers should draft a better back next year and move on from this clown.

  3. Why would they give a drug test at 5:37 in the morning on a sat? Plenty of other times through out the week to do it. The other two you have to make, no excuses. This only favors the steelers in negotiations of a new contract. Bell will be back stronger then ever and will be a steeler for the long term when its all said and done.

  4. “This will be the last time I speak about it…”

    Wishful thinking, Blaze.
    In today’s hyper Media NFL, no one is letting you off the hook that easily.
    Nice try, Blaze

  5. Liar. The only reason you miss three drug tests is because you were on drugs and think that missed tests is better for PR than failing them.

  6. Yes he lied and is stupid . But we make mistakes and hopefully from it . Now if this excuse or a positive test comes down the road . He would be a moron and does not want to play football or be in the league . Talk is cheap and actions speak louder . It would help with negotiations . However we all know some other team will offer dumb money that he will pounce and smoke his heels to sign . Especially is they win it all this season .

  7. Leveon is in trouble. He got caught with weed once then failed three drug tests and yes fail is the correct word. I think weed should be legal and drug testing does more harm than good however if you ever had to take one as I did for a job then you know that if you skip a drug test it will be counted as a failed drug test. Period. Again drug testing is usually stupid but if you are going to do it you then you have to have that rule or people will find ways to beat it. You need to do it randomly as well. You are trying to catch people after all.

    True addiction is genetically based and once activated is a lifelong condition that must be managed thought diligent work. Talk to an addict. It ain’t easy and usually someone has to hit rock bottom before they will seek help. Leveon has had four instances of negative behavior with respect to drugs. That is very suggestive of a pattern. Guys, he was in a contract year where he can earn tens of millions of dollars and he skipped three… THREE…drug tests.
    Leveon may indeed just be immature with this weed smoking and will hopefully grow from this, but I bet he’s in trouble and is addicted. I hope that I am wrong.

  8. bringmemysoiledfool | Aug 19, 2016, 5:29 PM EDT
    Men don’t use the “I slept thru it” excuse. Honestly this guy is just lying through his teeth now, to his own die hard fans no less. Steelers should draft a better back next year and move on from this clown.

    Clown maybe, great running back…..absolutely. Hard to find…absolutely. You really don’t know much about football.

    Bell maybe a knucklehead about smoking dope, but you really don’t much about football.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Aug 19, 2016 6:46 PM

    bringmemysoiledfool | Aug 19, 2016, 5:29 PM EDT
    Men don’t use the “I slept thru it” excuse. Honestly this guy is just lying through his teeth now, to his own die hard fans no less. Steelers should draft a better back next year and move on from this clown.

    Clown maybe, great running back…..absolutely. Hard to find…absolutely. You really don’t know much about football.

    Bell maybe a knucklehead about smoking dope, but you really don’t much about football.

    So what exactly is the poster saying that shows he doesn’t know about football? Seems like a pretty spot on assessment if you ask me.

  10. He should have just issued a big apology and left it at that. I didn’t care for him seemingly trying to blame the missed tests on his surgery or sleeping in (which is a pathetic childish excuse). He will sit the 3 games and then he will have his chance to prove he is a reliable and durable teammate. I hope he does just that.

  11. Seriously…….. OF COURSE THEY WERE ON YOU.

    Is that supposed to be ‘manning up’??? NO.

    Stop being a meat head pot head. Play FOOTBALL and CASH HUGE CHECKS before they go up in smoke.

    I mean, that’s REALLY not that hard to grasp is it?

  12. smart move by him for intentionally mising the drug tests . . . i mean missed drugs tests and failed drugs tests make look the same to the NFL brass, but to the general public it looks a lot better to have missed a test then failed a test.

  13. NEWSFLASH… even if weed was LEGAL… teams could prohibit it’s use just like any other employer… and probably would.

    If you want to toke and give up your cash… you should be stoned.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Aug 19, 2016 6:46 PM
    Clown maybe, great running back…..absolutely. Hard to find…absolutely. You really don’t know much about football.

    Bell maybe a knucklehead about smoking dope, but you really don’t much about football.
    +++++++++++

    Meh, it’s not like a lack of knowledge ever slowed you down. In fact I recall you assailing someone else for pointing out folks should take the time to educate themselves on a subject before posting on it.

  15. A little late to man up now. After unequivocally denying a suspension was coming. Then denying a single missed test, let alone 3. You get no credit for saying it’s “on you” after the fact.

    Fifteen a year he rapped. Methinks he was predictiong games suspended not millions.

  16. “On me”

    Ya think ????

    It was only 3 of them…..

    He should have gone with the en vogue ” I was held up at gunpoint with a gun to my forehead excuse”….that one always works.

  17. IDGAF What any of you “Holier Than Thou, ULTRA RESPONSIBLES” Have to say, that 5:27 in the AM drug test call on a Saturday like he’s on Parole is BS and PURPOSELY Trying to get a guy caught up! The other 2 he clearly was F’N Up but that in itself should have gotten him a reduction in missed games.

  18. At 5:37 in the morning JJ Watt is already at the gym working out. That’s why JJ will be a candidate for the HOF and Bell will be a candidate for food stamps at age 33.

  19. polegojim says:
    Aug 19, 2016 7:22 PM
    Seriously…….. OF COURSE THEY WERE ON YOU.

    Is that supposed to be ‘manning up’??? NO.

    Stop being a meat head pot head. Play FOOTBALL and CASH HUGE CHECKS before they go up in smoke.

    I mean, that’s REALLY not that hard to grasp is it?
    ___________

    It was too much for Ricky Williams to grasp. In a few years Bell will be saying how he’d be a Hall of Famer if weed was legal. Another wasted career in the making.

  20. schmitty2 says:
    So what exactly is the poster saying that shows he doesn’t know about football?
    ———————————
    Maybe this? “Steelers should draft a better back next year ….” Just like that, huh? Go draft a back better than the best back in football. That’s some real solid football knowledge.

  21. Next man up, and let’s all forget about Bell for a while. He can forget about a new contract this year, expect a stern “let’s wait and see” attitude from Pittsburgh for the rest of this season, and probably a huge discount on his next contract no matter where he plays.

    I think he’s the best all-around back in the NFL – when he actually plays. Not being on the field because of injuries is one thing, but not playing because he’s kinda stupid is quite another. Next man up.

    Go Steelers!

  22. @iseek11… that’s the very sad part. Self damaging behavior externalized.

    What Ricky and obviously Bell don’t get, is legal doesn’t matter. Don’t smoke weed in the NFL. Retire rich and then you can do what you want.

    I wonder if they assign these guys counselors when they act this foolish… and getting worse?

  23. I thoroughly enjoy witnessing the deterioration of the Steelers franchise. Tomlin is a joke. Ben is getting old and is always hurt. Drafts are getting worse. Troy, Keisel, Heath, Hines and Ike, the guys that were capable of going deep into the playoffs are all gone. They haven’t drafted Ben’s replacement and time is running out. The defense is atrocious. They only have 4 really good players and the rest probably wouldn’t even be starters on most good teams.
    Ahhhh…music to my ears. The Steelers of 1945-1971 are slowly making a comeback and that is a song we can all dance to.

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