Report: Martavis Bryant has not missed or failed a drug test

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The situation surrounding Raiders receiver Martavis Bryant remains unclear a week after a report that the team was bracing for another suspension. But a new report says Bryant has not missed or failed a drug test.

Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports that Bryant hasn’t been notified by the league that he is facing discipline, and didn’t fail or miss a drug test.

That comes on the heels of a previous report from Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Raiders are wary that a new suspension for Bryant may be imminent. Bryant missed the entire 2016 season for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

It is possible for a player to violate the substance-abuse policy without failing or missing a test. For example, when Bryant was reinstated following his 2016 suspension, he reportedly was required to work with a clinician regarding his offseason activities. Failure to do so could be considered a violation of the substance-abuse policy even if he hasn’t failed a test.

The Raiders sent a third-round draft pick to the Steelers to acquire Bryant this offseason.

32 responses to “Report: Martavis Bryant has not missed or failed a drug test

  1. Bryant’s career: 16 games started & 20 suspended. Maybe just missed a programed activity, but
    any team he plays (well, rosters) for, has to always be braced for possible indefinite suspension.

  2. The NFL needs the Raiders to get better real quick before the move to Vegas! Thanks Roger!!!! lol

    -Raider fan

  3. The NFL Gestapo needs to give it a rest already. Violation for failure to meet with a clinician? And they keep wondering why the casual fan popularity continues to drop. Eliminating kickoffs, can’t lay a finger on franchise QBs, what is a catch, or how a player is classified as being defenseless.

  4. They told him that if he has even one positive test result, he’s gonna have to rock the Mark Davis hairstyle for an entire year. Bryant, having self-respect and all that, has wisely opted to stay on the straight and narrow.

  5. Wow, he certainly deserves a medal for not failing a drug test.

    This reminds me of that Chris Rock skit. “So whaddya you want, a cookie?”

  6. Out of no where Las Vegas is the source for raiders news…..they are no 30-1 if it is true or not.

    Go Raiders!!!

  7. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bryant did something to put his season in jeopardy. He proved he wasn’t that smart when he was suspended while on the Steelers and wasn’t doing what he needed to do in order to be reinstated. He’s just not very bright.

  8. Nathan says:
    June 21, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    You really think Roger can’t come up with something if he really wants to?

    ——————
    …..And have it all disappear so there is nothing if he wants that instead.

  9. Let’s be real. Who really cares if NFL athletes smoke refer? The fans certainly don’t. Canada just legalized it and pretty much every election cycle more States are doing the same. The domino has fallen. Ride the momentum or be crushed.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    June 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    Goodell cheating again. Comical.

    Some teams are simply protected
    **************************************
    Yes, because we know the league just loves the Raiders.

  11. Very risky move by raiders, who can ill afford to swing big for such and asset when there are other glaring needs in the draft that a 3rd rounder could have helped fill.

    Raider4Life but not a fan of many of our risky moves under Reggie. Carr and Mack fell to us, not by skill.

  12. Martavis is a beast if he keeps his head on straight, don’t believe just watch his rookie highlight reel and stats, dude had over a 21 ypc average his rookie year.(if you do, you’ll see why most of us Steeler fans are wishing it could’ve turned out better)

    Hope he does, cause it’s good for us, the entertained.

    Steeler Fan.

  13. I grew up in Broncos Country, but I’m an objective journalist with Predominantly Orange. Anyway: the Raiders took a major risk here. If it pays off, they deserve the plaudits. The AFC West is going to be crazy. Personally, I see the Chargers as the team to beat. They have the best QB, sorry Raiders fans, I would trust Rivers over Carr right now. Case Keenum? Who knows? It should be fun to see what happens.

  14. Same as last time. No question Martavius told the press he had not missed or failed any tests. But. He missed two. He just did not know that he missed them.

    The key gap here is, story one, bracing for a suspension. Story two, no missed or failed drug tests. The latter is not a synonym for the former. There are other reasons for a suspension. Such as last time, missed tests he did not know were scheduled. Or, something completely different … another type of suspension violation.

  15. Same as last time. No question Martavius told the press he had not missed or failed any tests. But. He missed two. He just did not know that he missed them.

    The key gap here is, story one, bracing for a suspension. Story two, no missed or failed drug tests. The latter is not a synonym for the former. There are other reasons for a suspension. Such as last time, missed tests he did not know were scheduled. Or, something completely different … another type of suspension violation.

  16. if the NFL was going to find anybody guilty of anything it would be the Raiders so that proves he’s innocent!

  17. Trump is a draft dodger who hates POWs and children says:
    So did you think of this name after you cried election night ?
    I am so looking forward to this NFL season.

  18. “The NFL Gestapo needs to give it a rest already. Violation for failure to meet with a clinician?”

    I mean, if it was part of his conditions to be reinstated…then yeah, it makes it sense that he would be suspended. What possible other thing could Martavis Bryant have to do that is more important than abiding by whatever clause that let him back on the field? That’s a better question.

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