Agent: Martavis Bryant “clean” and “on a mission”

Getty Images

The agent for suspended Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant disputed a report yesterday that his client had applied for reinstatement (though that’s a technicality since he’s about to).

More importantly, he said Bryant has himself on a better track after a year off following multiple failed drug tests.

Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, agent Thomas Santanello said they were still in the process of submitting the paperwork to the league, but that’s largely a moot point since any comeback wouldn’t be until the 2017 season anyway, and they hope by March so he can participate in the offseason program.

“He’s doing great, phenomenal,” Santanello said. “I talk to him every single day and he’s great. He’s on a mission to come back too.

“He’s clean. He’s working out four days a week, watches film. He’s in the best shape he’s ever been in. He’s added 10 pounds of solid muscle. He’s a new person.”

That’s good news, because the old person was a bit of a headache for the Steelers, whose frustration with him was clear.

But his talent is likely enough to convince them to give him another chance, after he averaged 21.1 yards per catch as a rookie and caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns last year despite a four-game suspension.

18 responses to “Agent: Martavis Bryant “clean” and “on a mission”

  1. So, dopeheads – if cannabis is so safe and non-addictive and doesn’t mess with your head, how come so many pro-footballers screw up multiple chances (including rehab programs and suspensions) and destroy their multi-million dollar careers all because they can’t stay off it for a few years? Your view of “harmless” spliffs is 30yrs out of date – I smoked a few back then (to try to help with chronic leg pain – it didn’t work) but the modern stuff is far, far stronger.

  2. Imagine, if you will, an 11 personnel lineup with Ben, Bell, AB, Bryant, Eli Rogers in the slot, Ladarius Green at TE.

    That’s a very real possibility next year in Pittsburgh.

  3. If it’s weed that’s kept Martavis from playing, then it’s a damn shame that he even needs to consider himself “Clean” in order to play in this this league. That being said, good for Martavis on getting in line and following the suspect rules that the league puts out. He’s got the skill set to make bank, and be a great contributor.

  4. Hope this guy can figure it out. He may be even faster than Antonio Brown. Having him with Brown and Bell would be almost impossible to stop. Glad the Pats don’t have to worry about him this weekend though

  5. I read the headline and was really thinking he might be headed to Indonesia to spread his faith, or build houses, or hospitals, or something. Never-mind, he just wants to get paid to play football again.

  6. I’m going to change. This is the last of this sort of thing. I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m going to be just like you: the job, the family, the big television, the washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electrical tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisurewear, luggage, three-piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing the gutters, getting by, looking ahead, to the day you die.

  7. streetyson says:
    Jan 18, 2017 9:01 AM
    So, dopeheads – if cannabis is so safe and non-addictive and doesn’t mess with your head, how come so many pro-footballers screw up multiple chances (including rehab programs and suspensions) and destroy their multi-million dollar careers all because they can’t stay off it for a few years? Your view of “harmless” spliffs is 30yrs out of date – I smoked a few back then (to try to help with chronic leg pain – it didn’t work) but the modern stuff is far, far stronger.
    ____________________
    I agree that a player should be able to abstain if there’s millions of dollars on the line. I smoke marijuana occasionally, and I’d like to think that if I were an NFL Athlete, I’d have the mental fortitude to not smoke during my time while the rules prohibit it.

    However, your logic is flawed and outdated, and I assume it is the same logic that keeps the Rules in place by those who make it. The NFL is keeping an arbitrary rule in place for outdated reasons, but MORE IMPORTANTLY – the penalties of violating this rule are so harsh that it’s ridiculous. Full year suspensions for violating a law that in most cases would earn you a ticket similar to a speeding ticket is beyond egregious. “But follow this rule because it’s the rules and if you don’t then YOU’RE the immature one who can’t handle a simple infraction when it puts millions of dollars at risk.” Combine all this with the double standard of prescription opiates being tossed around locker rooms like candy – drugs that are closer to heroin than they are alcohol, and I’m always going to side with the player who gets suspended for Marijuana.

    You can keep calling everyone ‘dopeheads’ for doing something you don’t understand. Time will be on the side of Marijuana, just like time (and I assume you too) is anti on the Alcohol Prohibition era. I’ll say it again, your logic is flawed.

  8. How is Martavis Bryant, who smokes weed in the privacy of his home, suspended for the AFC Championship Game…

    Yet, Michael Floyd, found passed-out drunk in his vehicle at a red light, with a blood/alcohol level 3x the limit, allowed to play in the AFC Championship Game?

    Only in Goodell’s NFL

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.