Le’Veon Bell “not apologizing for what I believe is right”

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Well, this is different.

Le'Veon Bell posted two tweets back-to-back written upside down.

The first reads: “Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & worried about what I’m doing. Don’t judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn’t what you’d do. But most people don’t take the the time to just simply read between the lines & that’s clearly on them.”

The second reads: “I’m not apologizing for what I believe is right for myself, family, and the rest of my peers, period. Also if you’re really finding the time to figure out what I’m saying, you’ve proved my point.”

So are we supposed to “just simply read between the lines” or are we not supposed to take “the time to figure out what” he’s saying? Or does it really not matter what he says at this point?

Bell has until Tuesday to show up and sign his franchise tender. Otherwise, he can’t play for the Steelers or anyone else in 2018.

He is back in Pittsburgh though not with the Steelers.

67 responses to “Le’Veon Bell “not apologizing for what I believe is right”

  1. Well Steelers are indeed better off without him. Was a bit cynical myself but now they have a human interest story in that of James Conner. You go kid!

  2. Sign by next week or see you LB and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Your not going to get what you or you agent THINK you deserve. That train has went by. You gambled and lost. Sincerely, a long time Steeler fan.

  3. Does Bell get drug tested when he shows up? Defiant tweets aside, he has a history of substance abuse while his actions seem illogical. Is it possible that this “holdout” is the result of an attempt to avoid drug related suspension? I have no idea what the procedures are but if they use hair for history of drug use he may come in shaved bald.

  4. Bell is a typical punk/rapper-wannabe who’ll be out of the league by 30. Plus his math skills aren’t the greatest – when you forego $800+k a week to hang out in Miami. Stupid is, as stupid does.

  5. The Steelers created this mess. If the Steelers valued Bell enough to tag him two years in a row then why wouldn’t they just sign him to a contact in the first place?

  6. People need to do what makes them happy.

    If he wanted a different outcome he could have had it.

    Just because it may be wild and doesnt make sense to us, isn’t a reason to get upset.

    I have said it tons, elite RBs are luxury i todays NFL, and they arent worth the investment

  7. Sorry Bell, this is the price of fame. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Some of these guys want people hanging on their every word via twitter, istagram, whatever, but then they don’t want people “judging” their actions. So, yeah, we don’t get what you don’t get about it…get it?

  8. Bell, go and actually work a real job. A grocery store clerk is allowed more contact than players at practice. Let me know how you feel in 2 weeks.

  9. Well bell go to hell Conner is putting up better numbers so show and you can ride the bench and get paid don’t show and ride the couch and don’t get paid either way you ain’t playing lazyeon Bell.

  10. Bell’s comments are confusing, it sounds like this player thinks he’s got one over on the franchise that drafted him, stood by him during his suspensions for substance abuse THEN some how thinks the organization is just going to forgive and forget,sing kumbaya then send him on his merry way to FA no harm,no foul? if that’s the case then he is truly delusional…

  11. Im genuinely curious. Why do fans side with the owners who charge 10 bucks for a low quality hot dog and like 10 French fries over the players who give us all of these moments that make football great?

  12. Bell lost the PR battle by not explaining his decision and laying out what his plans were for returning to the team. He opted for mystery and a few social media posts. If you feel strongly in what you are doing then why not explain it so that fans understand and perhaps other players can learn from whatever example you feel you are setting?

  13. It’s not the 3rd testament. It’s just fargin football. Grass is greener. Do whatcha gotta do. geez. Maybe Bellecheat, and the Brady bunch can get him to ‘do his job’. I bet he won’t like it though.

  14. Bell and his agent have completely botched what should have been the payday of a lifetime. Bell knows that he completely FUBARed this opportunity but has too big of an ego (and is too much of a head case) to admit it.

  15. After seeing what happened to Earl Thomas I am 100% on Bell’s side. The guy gets a ton of touches every season so why would he let the Steelers run him in to the ground just before a big pay day? Everyone on here acts like they would do but reality is you probably wouldn’t. Trash the guy for being a moron and a crappy (both of which are true) but don’t hate him because he wants to maximize his earnings. Because all that tells us is your jealous.

  16. In 1980, John Riggins left the game for a year at age 30, only to return and announce, “I’m bored, I’m broke and I’m back.”

  17. Kuruz1968 says:
    November 7, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    It’s not the 3rd testament. It’s just fargin football. Grass is greener. Do whatcha gotta do. geez. Maybe Bellecheat, and the Brady bunch can get him to ‘do his job’. I bet he won’t like it though.

    ______________________________

    Why bring the Patriots into this?

  18. Pittsburgh isn’t missing anything about him aside from his paycheck. They are at 5-2-1 atop the AFC North. They won’t likely get a bye, but they’ll be in the playoffs with a home game likely… about the same as any other year. No big loss for them and their replacement for Bell is great (so far). Often he looks a lot like Bell, which makes me wonder how much of Bells greatness was Bell and how much the O-line he played behind???

  19. He was / is entirely within his rights not to sign the tag, and to pass up 855k a week. Personally I find this foolish like many people here, and I think he’s cost himself more than he can ever make up.

    He’s made enough to date so maybe he just doesn’t care about the money as long as he’s been careful with the millions he’s earned so far. If he hasn’t he will someday in the not too distant future be wishing he’d made those additional millions while he could.

  20. A smart shyster lawyer needs to glom on to this and sue the nfl for irrational contract behavior due to cte – that’s really the only thing that makes sense.

  21. I am yet see one of the commenters who feel LeVeon or any other player is greedy, ever comment on the owner in the airconditioned who sips wine like a Roman while the gladiators fight, hit and bleed beneath in the circus.

  22. From those tweets one thing’s for sure. This guy’s still smoking the green stuff.
    Since you’re in this deep dude just stay away until next year.

  23. Why do so many fans,the majority, get so unglued, get irate at players holding out for what they believe in? Is because the player can make more $$ in a year or 2 than what some fans make in a lifetime? Or because the player doesn’t have a “real job” ? How about getting irate at the owners & front office’s actions? Are you mad, writing angry comments when a popular player gets cut with 2 years left on his deal? How about a little anger when a guy is waived with a injury settlement $$ because he can’t play as result of a career threatening injury?

  24. says:
    November 7, 2018 at 8:44 pm
    I am yet see one of the commenters who feel LeVeon or any other player is greedy, ever comment on the owner in the airconditioned who sips wine like a Roman while the gladiators fight, hit and bleed beneath in the circus.

    Yeah, pretty sure gladiators weren’t paid millions.. and another thing… English dude

  25. He doesn’t have to sign anything if he doesn’t want to play for what they pay he has every right to stay home

  26. rav3nbav3n says:
    November 7, 2018 at 8:07 pm
    Im genuinely curious. Why do fans side with the owners who charge 10 bucks for a low quality hot dog and like 10 French fries over the players who give us all of these moments that make football great?
    ———————————–
    I don’t think anybody is siding with ownership, I think most are opposed to a player going to unconventional lengths to become a free agent while avoiding playing for his team. I’m all for players trying to get paid, but not sitting out.

  27. Bell i spot on. Good for him not returning to the Steelers who were attempting to wear him out and shorten his playing career. Lots of other teams want Bell’s services, and are willing to sign him to a contract. It’s no one’s business but Bell’s, and critics need to get a life.

  28. It cracks me up to see folks on here bitching about $14 hot dogs, and blaming the owners for not sharing enough revenue to keep guys like Bell happy! Any guy making 14 million annually guaranteed at any job, should pretty much be set for life, even if he only does that job for a few years. Yes, the reality of how much NFL owners make off this game is alarming, and astounding, but lets not pretend that the upper pay level players like Bell, are in any way suffering, or struggling to make ends meet! I feel much worse for the guy making the “rookie minimum” who is making an impact in this league, but may not last long enough to garner a higher salary, because of what this game can do to even the best athlete.

  29. I’ll put in my two cents worth. I don’t believe that any of the multi million dollar professional athletes are worth the kind of money they are making, regardless of the sport they are in. It is simply a game. Thats it. Yes they can get hurt, and injured, and all of that, but in the end it is still just a game. Heck, even I broke my collarbone in my high school football days. Injury is a simply a risk associated with playing a game. My particular idea of someone who should earn millions…well…think: military, law enforcement, first responders, doctors saving lives, etc. Having said that, I say good for the athletes if they can earn the kind of money that they do for playing a game. That is why this is america. Isn’t it great! But, in the process, be grateful/gracious and thankful about it…Le’Veion’s stance (whatever it may be) is not conducive to and does not allow him to appear gracious, and that is why people are siding with owners and not the player in this case.

  30. someone tell Le’Veon Bell enough! with alledgedly trying to pave the way for other rb’s to get paid Gurley got a contract fitting the elite rb and OPOY he is who by the way has never been suspended by the league and appears NOT to be a team distraction… other current and future rb’s will get paid on an individual basis Bell playing the martyr doesn’t seem to be working out

  31. you’re a public figure…yes, people have an opinion of you based on your decisions, it’s how life works.

    Grow up, say what you mean, and stop sending cryptic tweets. People are likely NOT trying to figure out what you mean with your gibberish.

    if we’re honest, the only game he makes a difference in so far this year is the 1st Browns game. he likely doesnt fumble in the 4th quarter to give them the momentum to eventually come back and tie….other than that, unless he can rush the passer or play defense, we’re not missing him.

    also, Gurley set the RB market, and you’re NOT far and away better than him so there’s that. i really cant see the pats or ravens giving him the kind of money he insists he wont play without, but i guess we’ll all see.

  32. His body, his mind, his future
    A man has to protect himself and his family
    He works hard, he will get what he will get and he will earn every penny
    Sad he is not in football, he makes any team better

  33. I like the owners. They bring me football. The cost is simple…what customers will pay. Same charge as a concert or broadway type show. If it was a bunch of laveon bells we wouldnt have football.

  34. Does anyone think there is a team crazy enough to overpay this system RB?

    His gimmick is to stand still while his fantastic line mauls people and then he runs.

    You think that works behind a mediocre O-line without Antonio Brown getting doubled on every play?

  35. Don’t we all wish we had the means to allow nine million to sit on the table as you want all to feel for you.. Bell choose to not show yes that is right as the is the NFL teams to say good luck in your next phase of life. My family would know I cared about their lives and allow the money to sit Yes we all see your side.

  36. I’ll say it again, Bell should have signed the $70million contract he was offered and the Steelers lucked out when he didn’t. Fans talk about Seahags Thomas but if Bell got injured if he played this year he still would have collected $12 million just as Thomas is getting paid while out with broken leg. Bell isn’t doing this for his peers, some who make in a year what he was offered to make in a game, he’s doing this b/c of ego and thinking he is the best in the game but Conner playing just as well as Bell has ever done shoots that down.

  37. titimium says:
    November 7, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Why do so many fans,the majority, get so unglued, get irate at players holding out for what they believe in? Is because the player can make more $$ in a year or 2 than what some fans make in a lifetime? Or because the player doesn’t have a “real job” ? How about getting irate at the owners & front office’s actions? Are you mad, writing angry comments when a popular player gets cut with 2 years left on his deal? How about a little anger when a guy is waived with a injury settlement $$ because he can’t play as result of a career threatening injury?

    ——–

    These are just my thoughts.

    1. I don’t become unglued. I just typically agree with the owners.

    2. In most cases, Bell’s case not included, a holdout is someone who is still under contract. People that side with the players keep bringing up Earl Thomas which is nothing like Bell. Thomas was under contract for another year meaning he had signed and was getting paid. That is like you or I saying I am not coming to work until you pay me more. Yes, I realize that their jobs are different, however most of these players are divas who want to say that they are the highest paid or that they want respect and that is the only way to get it. It comes down to a dick waving contest where they think they have the biggest dick. Case in point Aaron Donald, he wanted a provision that he wanted to be the highest paid no matter what – do if someone gets paid more his contract automatically goes up. Sorry – I can’t side with ignorance / arrogance like that – whichever term you choose to use.

    3. Bell’s case is different because he isn’t under contract so he can hold out all he wants. However, don’t make it sound like the Steelers are the evil empire. They are using provisions from the CBA that both the players and the owners agreed upon. The players negotiators realize that there are no more than 32 possible players that can be franchised at any one time and typically less than 1/2 are in any given year. They didn’t like the tagging system so they negotiated it to have limits and to have serious ramifications towards the end. So Bell is so mistreated, talk to the players, they agreed to it. He should play the game better, Cousins just showed him how to do it. Cousins won that argument and got what he wanted. Bell should’ve done the same. He cost himself millions. He won’t make up that money and now that he has shown a willingness to leave the team hanging (whether you agree or disagree the owners / alot of fans do think that), with the devaluing of RBs, and most importantly the emergence of Conner replicating his numbers his value has tanked. So I don’t care that he didn’t sign (not a hold out as he wasn’t under contract), I just think he is an idiot for misplaying this situation. He missed out on a contract year to showcase because the Steelers wouldn’t tag him for a 3rd year.

    4. When a player gets cut with time left on their contract, it is usually due to under-performance or their contracts make it cost prohibitive to keep them. While it is a bummer, it is also a bummer to think a player that is no longer worth the big contract is potentially stopping a team for winning. I don’t watch the NFL for the players, I watch for my team. As the players remind us every chance they get, their career expectancy is short.

    5. When a player gets waived with an injury settlement because they have a potentially career-ending injury. This is a little overstated. That settlement is typically the rest of the year’s salary. And if the injury is career ending then the player wouldn’t be getting paid anyway. None of the sports pay the player after they retire. Injury is part of the game, they need to understand that when they sign the contract. It is sad, but it is what it is.

    Overall, I expect from the players what I expect from myself. However, I do realize that there are differences so I factor that in. The main thing is that I am about my team. If a player jeopardizes that, yes I will side with the owners because I care more about my team than I do any specific player. Every once in a while I will side with a player if I think they are truly getting wronged, however I truly don’t see that very often. I think they get coddled way to much.

  38. Hey Leveon,

    Maybe when you come back Conner can teach you how to pound the ball into the end zone
    for 7, instead of dancing around in the backfield and settling for 3.

    Our red zone is clicking, and the clock is ticking, for whom the Bell tolls.

  39. I think the way he has handled this has not helped his case with getting a big contract from another team. In fact, I believe he has hurt his position and will get FAR less than what he thinks he’s going to get. Buyer beware because he’ll whine about not getting what he thinks he’s worth and will complain about being used too little or not enough. Regardless what happens, he’ll whine about something. Does a team really want a whiner like this guy who was easily replaced by a second-round pick (Conner). This guy is going to be in for a rude awakening and will regret all that money he threw away this year when he’s broke a year after he retires.

  40. Sorry, LaVerne LaBelle, but a REAL MAN would have been honest and stated his complete intentions so that he doesn’t string his team and teammates out for the duration of “what you think is doing the right thing.”

    You are a donkey’s rear.

    You are a punk.

    You are a disgrace.

    Now disappear.

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