Steelers players divvy up Le’Veon Bell’s stuff

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Running back Le'Veon Bell hasn’t been on the field with the Steelers all season, but he maintained a place in the locker room.

At least until Wednesday.

Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers players removed the want-away back’s name from over his locker, and are currently “plundering” it.

It’s not uncommon for players to leave gear there year-round, and for extra cleats and team-issued gear to pile up there.

But as players pick through the debris which will almost certainly never be used by Bell in Pittsburgh again, it’s more than just looting.

If you heard the comments from his offensive linemen earlier in the season, or coach Mike Tomlin yesterday (“So be it”), you know that many of them moved on long ago.

Now that his name’s no longer on the wall, and his belongings have been dispersed, he’s really gone.

98 responses to “Steelers players divvy up Le’Veon Bell’s stuff

  1. Kinda sad. I guess he didn’t even have one friend left in the entire organization that would grab his stuff and send it to him. Ju Ju will be selling the cleats on eBay.

  2. It’s not his property.
    It’s team issued gear that was in his possession while he was there, but that he does not actually own.
    Since he is now longer a part of the team, it’s the team’s property.

    Let’s say you drive a company car. If you quit or lose your job that car is no longer yours and employees can and will do whatever they want with it.

  3. Whew. I was wondering if we had any updates on this. It’s been hours since I heard anything about Le’Veon Bell. I’m glad we now know what happened to his extra gloves.

  4. The Steelers can’t overlook any of their opponents – at this point in the season especially. All of this locker room drama is going to come back and bite them, like it has in the past time after time again. The number one topic this week for them should be preparing for the Jags. You know, the same team that beat them twice last season…

  5. Bell is such a horrible guy. Not accepting what the team and CBA makes him accept. He should play football for free so that the Rooney’s can have more money to represent Pittsburg with. I wish I was him so that I had to accept a contract that paid me less than I was worth.

  6. He’s never gonna earn that money back in his career. No team is gonna pay him what the tag was,… $14.5 mil. And that’s 1 year off of his expected lifespan as a player.
    Is he suffering from too many head injuries ? Personally I think he’s stupid for doing it this way. Sure you made a point,… but you also screwed yourself in the process. Dumb !

  7. footballseasonrules says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    The Steelers can’t overlook any of their opponents – at this point in the season especially. All of this locker room drama is going to come back and bite them, like it has in the past time after time again. The number one topic this week for them should be preparing for the Jags. You know, the same team that beat them twice last season…

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    I’m sure the Jags would like to make a statement against a top team.

    question is, will they?

  8. Sweatpants World says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    Maybe he left his jock behind for the defenders….That was an easy one.

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    Anything goes on ebay.

  9. I guarantee you he will not fair as well with a different team. He’s no Adrian Peterson. James Connor is just as good if not better. And he’s not a Diva.

  10. Sweatpants World says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Maybe he left his jock behind for the defenders….That was an easy one.

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    I bet no one took his jock because they couldn’t carry it….there fixed that for you.

  11. In the words of Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores ,,,,,Sail on sugar good times never felt soooo goood !

  12. “I hope people are burning their Bell jerseys”.
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    If they are, they are industrial strength dumb. As dumb as the people who burned their Nike gear after the Kaepernick commercial. “Oh, I’m going to burn this jersey that I paid $175 for.” Idiotic.

  13. My first and final comment on Bell; he played this wrong. The Steelers really did offer him a fair over-market-value contract for $70 million over 5 years. He will not get any offer close to that, no team will want to lock that much money into a 27 year old RB for that amount of time, especially with rookies coming up yearly who can be signed for 1/20th of that price – and they can use that money to sign a group of other players. Well…maybe the Jests will do it, because they’re idiots.

  14. cardinealsfan20 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    If they are, they are industrial strength dumb. As dumb as the people who burned their Nike gear after the Kaepernick commercial. “Oh, I’m going to burn this jersey that I paid $175 for.”
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    It’s hard to tell which is more pathetic. Buying football jerseys, or burning football jerseys.

  15. Jake Cunningham says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    James Connor is just as good if not better. And he’s not a Diva.
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    If he ever gets franchise tagged we’ll find out if that’s true.
    It’s funny, a team plays hardball and they are being shrewd but a player does it and he’s a diva and a quitter. In reality both sides are going about their business. The truth is this isn’t your high school or college team. We are talking about billionaire owners and millionaire professional athletes, it’s only a sport to the fans.

  16. After everything said actions speak more he must not of been liked by very many guys in that lockeroom. That may not bode for him in FA with teams.

  17. nodiosmio says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    It’s not his property.
    It’s team issued gear that was in his possession while he was there, but that he does not actually own.
    Since he is now longer a part of the team, it’s the team’s property.

    Let’s say you drive a company car. If you quit or lose your job that car is no longer yours and employees can and will do whatever they want with it.

    142 19 Rate This

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    Yes but anything personalized like his jersey couldn’t be pillaged by other players unless personalization is removed.

  18. Jake Cunningham says:

    November 14, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    I guarantee you he will not fair as well with a different team. He’s no Adrian Peterson. James Connor is just as good if not better. And he’s not a Diva.

    23 15 Rate This

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    James Conner is good and having a tremendous year …..but your delusional if u think he is better than Bell. A better value…yes….better player…..no

  19. The deal with his next team is probably done and he knows he’ll make enough to make up for sitting out. If he promised teammates he’d show and then didn’t, don’t blame them for being made. I hope the Steelers uncover something to claim tampering just to make things interesting.

  20. James Conner is good and having a tremendous year …..but your delusional if u think he is better than Bell. A better value…yes….better player…..no

    Statistically speaking, James Conner is doing things in his FIRST year that Bell never did.

    Let’s give James 4-5 seasons and come back and revisit this conversation.

  21. patriots123456 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    How did Eli Manning get into the Steelers locker room undetected?

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    He didn’t. IDK where he got that stuff.

  22. sportsblogger7 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    Kinda sad. I guess he didn’t even have one friend left in the entire organization that would grab his stuff and send it to him. Ju Ju will be selling the cleats on eBay.

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    Oh god, come on. There are videos of it. People are joking and laughing. Bud Dupree even wished Bell good luck, genuinely. Weird how the article doesn’t mention anything about that.

  23. There’s got to be other story lines in the NFL other than non-stop Le’Veon Bell updates!

    There’s really nothing else to the story until free agency.

  24. tinye67 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    There’s got to be other story lines in the NFL other than non-stop Le’Veon Bell updates!
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    You said it. I’d rather hear about Justin Tucker’s opera career than anything more about Bell. Enough already

  25. Sweatpants World says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Maybe he left his jock behind for the defenders….That was an easy one.

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    I bet no one took his jock because they couldn’t carry it….there fixed that for you.

    Assassin, wow. I can’t believe this didn’t get more love.

  26. This is pathetic. All these guys are making atleast 200K per. They would be willing to be seen stealing items from a former team mate?

    Proof of the terrible culture people have spoken about in Pitt.

  27. “There’s got to be other story lines in the NFL other than non-stop Le’Veon Bell updates!”

    “You said it. I’d rather hear about Justin Tucker’s opera career than anything more about Bell”.
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    Apparently you guys are unaware that no one is forcing you to read (or comment on) the Bell updates.

  28. “ramrene says:
    November 14, 2018 at 5:17 pm
    Statistically speaking, James Conner is doing things in his FIRST year that Bell never did….”

    That would be true if it were Conner’s first season….It’s not. Bell had 2200 yards from scrimmage in his 2nd season. No way Conner will come close to matching that. Conner is more than adequate in today’s game.

  29. He’s team Leveon good for him. I don’t know if I could have passed up 14 million but it’s his right under the collective bargaining agreement to do what he did. He cost himself money but he did what he thought what was right for him.

  30. “After what he (Bell) did to this city and team, Steelers players can plunder if they choose to.
    I hope people are burning their Bell jerseys.”

    Personally I think Bell was a fool for passing on the 14.5 mil and a chance to showcase himself in the playoffs. However he did nothing outside of his rights in the CBA. People can be disappointed he didn’t play this year of course, but he’s done nothing wrong.

  31. William Rando says:
    November 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    That would be true if it were Conner’s first season….It’s not. Bell had 2200 yards from scrimmage in his 2nd season…

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    Well, Conner also didn’t get anywhere the opportunity in his first year that Bell did (244 reps for Bell vs 32 for Conner). So, if comparing this year for Conner to Bell’s first year doesn’t make sense, neither does comparing Bell’s first year to Conner’s first year.

  32. That kinda feels dirty digging through another man’s belongings behind his back. Here’s an idea…pack his stuff up and, you know, mail it to him? Wasn’t he your teammate? Sheesh.

  33. Man, some of you people have never worked in an office environment, especially in a large business. Regardless of the reason for someone leaving, his/her office is getting stripped as soon as they are gone. We’re talking desk, credenza, chairs, scissors, paper clips, pictures, and the like. Essentially everything that isn’t nailed down, and some that is, if the departing person had a hammer.

  34. bell is a grown man who should be allowed the ability to handle his own business. the behavior of the steelers players has been eye-opening to me. imagine if you were negotiating a contract & your coworkers were hounding you the entire time to hurry up & settle

  35. this article is so misleading. They make it sound as if the Steelers were just taking bells belongings. According to the steeler players, “Of course, this is all good-natured ribbing that’s become common place in the locker room. A group where no one is safe. If you can be made fun of, you will be made fun of.“You can turn a joke into anything [around here],” Anthony Chickillo told Fowler in an ESPN article last year.That was referencing all the drama of 2017. Antonio Brown’s anger, Martavis Bryant’s Instagram/trade comments (the team clowned him for it), the national anthem debate. All of which was internalized, handled, and the locker room became closer because of it. Anthem controversy aside, these issues are much bigger to the public than they are to the team.

  36. Lets see……14.5 million is more than many of the lower to mid-level players will make in their whole career….and LB could have garnered that in one season, and then moved on to his big pay day elsewhere. Anybody who thinks he is admirable for standing by some sort of principle, should have their head examined….I cannot even imagine how his agent may have presented the 2018 season and his other options to him, but the man is a damned fool for listening to them on this one…..long after he is done with the biggest opportunity of his lifetime, his agent will have moved on to another group of young and promising prospects, and LB will be learning from his mistakes, every time he looks at his “net worth” portfolio…..

  37. Couldn’t expect less from a team that exploited Bell through 4 years and wouldn’t pay him an extension as wr’s elite money.
    They’ll do the same with Conner, Stay classy Steelers!

  38. You can value yourself as you wish, it doesn’t mean someone has to pay you that. If you feel slighted, move on. That’s what he did, but it’s a good idea to take your stuff before you quit. They didn’t pillage, they were giving the equipment guy a little help.

  39. He’s a beastly running back, always ganked my team’s defense for 150 yards plus rushing and scored clutch touchdowns to salt games away.

    Surely Seattle or the 49ers will want to keep pace with the Rams and ink him to a big contract next year.

    Hope you do great Le’Veon (in the NFC).

  40. He had 14.5 mill guaranteed, he will get three times as much in free agency, what does everyone on here not understand?

  41. amurdora says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    Bell is such a horrible guy. Not accepting what the team and CBA makes him accept. He should play football for free so that the Rooney’s can have more money to represent Pittsburg with. I wish I was him so that I had to accept a contract that paid me less than I was worth.
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    The CBA is agreed to by the players in the union. If there was no union, players would have less overall power and probably would be paid less. He would have been the highest paid running back in the league this year. Is 14.5 million dollars over one year similar to playing for free?

  42. I wonder if Bell will be picked up by a team with the right “system” to allow him those lofty stats or one that has to play by the rules and not adjust ball pressure on the sideline during the game.

  43. Last night I took my granddaughter to a mall In Kingston, NY, and the mall is like a ghost town. There are hardly any stores which haven’t closed down. When that happens, many people lose their jobs and the ripple affect is felt in the surrounding area.
    Le’Veon Bell turned down 14 million dollars a year. When I think about those two things, it really brings the reality of what the NFL is to the forefront. Players like Bell are so privileged to have the skill to play in the NFL. I realize they work hard and there is a risk for them, but there are risks in hundreds of other jobs, too.
    It’s really mind boggling to see so many people struggling just to put food on the table and these guys are so out of touch. The woman who checked us out was probably in her 60’s and I told her how sorry I was to see her lose her job. She almost started to cry and said she doesn’t know what she is going to do. You could see the desperation on her face.
    So sit out Le’Veon and feel sorry for yourself, too. But maybe take a walk through a mall like we did last night and look around. It might shock you into reality.

  44. dryzzt23 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    After what he (Bell) did to this city and team, Steelers players can plunder if they choose to.
    I hope people are burning their Bell jerseys.————_—————–_——-
    Life must be rough there….. meanwhile children in Africa still starve and suffer from disease.

  45. bigdansinput says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:11 pm
    Lets see……14.5 million is more than many of the lower to mid-level players will make in their whole career….and LB could have garnered that in one season, and then moved on to his big pay day —————————————–
    Not defending Bell but he could suffer a career threatening/ending injury on any given Sunday so….

  46. People forget he missed 7 games for a torn MCL and 4 games for smoking Pot on his way to the game.
    Steelers stuck by Bell and STILL offered him “Guaranteed” 33mill paid out over 2 yrs. he was one toke away from Suspension for a year!

  47. In the six seasons since they acquired him, the Steelers have one just to postseason games. Come to think of it, that’s all that Antonio Brown has won too. My team, the Pats have won 12 in that span, if you’re keeping track…

  48. Bell burned the lockerroom bridges because of his horrible egotistical attitude during this whole mess. He thought he was going to be the “savior” of the team this year and assumed the Steelers would start off losing without him. He publicly underestimated the value of his other teammates, and ignored them when they were reaching out to him. The STeelers proved they don’t need him on the “team”. He screwed himself on the lockerroom relationships, and I assume there is a high probability he will do that in his next lockerroom.

    Yes he is a very good player, but no I won’t miss him being a Steeler.

  49. First of all i am not a fan of Me-Veon Bell, however when Bud DuPree comes on camera and starts fiddling with Bell’s stuff that is downright childish and he is a snake too.

    Bud DuPree has been invisible since he became a Steeler, he was on camera more yesterday than i notice him on the field………total 1st round bust.

  50. People always say if you don’t want to work as a football player, then don’t. If you don’t like your contract, then why’d you sign it? You have a choice. Now, someone exercises that choice and people just complained about how he is greedy. Yeah, its a lot of money, but so what- the guy made a choice that he has every right to.

    I am usually side with the owners, but other than “shut up, take what you’re given and go out there” are you people looking for here?

  51. nodiosmio says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    It’s not his property.
    It’s team issued gear that was in his possession while he was there, but that he does not actually own.
    Since he is now longer a part of the team, it’s the team’s property.

    Let’s say you drive a company car. If you quit or lose your job that car is no longer yours and employees can and will do whatever they want with it.

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    Not all of it. Apparently he had suits in there too. Doubt those were team issued. Either way it’s still a bad look. Not like o-linemen wear the same size as him. What are they doing with that stuff?

  52. mlhigh says:
    November 14, 2018 at 9:32 pm
    The Pittsburgh Vultures.
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    Coulda went the easy route…Pittsburgh Stealers.

  53. Boy for everyone wanting this story to go away there sure are a lot of comments on here.
    I believe Bell will be a good player but will never be as good as he was at Pittsburgh. Without that offensive line and Brown and all the other great talent around him he won’t have those kind of stats.

  54. And if any of those players are in the final year of a contract and has an injury enjoy sitting on the couch with no pay next year. What a bunch of chumps!

  55. I love it how these players turn on each when it comes to contracts. None of these clowns better ever have a disagreement with management on their contracts otherwise they are hypocrites. It’s a business. This is a business, act like it! They aren’t Bell or the GM, so maybe just maybe they should stay out of it and not act like babies about it.

  56. whodatalien says:
    November 14, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    the steelers keep proving theyre collapse proof
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    Steelers being good is good for the NFL. The Steelers have a lot of fans nation-wide, thanks to their steroid-infused dynasty of the 70’s. If you watch them week to week, you’ll notice that their o-line gets away with holding on nearly every play. That’s why it doesn’t matter who their RB is. LeVeon Bell, washed up DeAngelo Williams, James Connor, it doesn’t matter who they throw in there. They all will excel. Before you brush me off as some hater, let this post jostle around your noggin for a bit. The Steelers get away with more dirty hits and holding than any franchise because who wants to see a bad Steelers team? It’s bad for NFL business.

  57. If Bell wanted his stuff he could have just come in the locker room and got it plus saying goodbye to his old teammates. That alone would have showed his character forgetting all this money stuff.

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