Steelers’ Bell suspension reduced
PITTSBURGH >> The NFL on Friday suspended Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell for the first three games of the season for missing multiple drug tests, a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Bell initially faced a fourgame suspension, but it was reduced to three games following an appeal to the league. Bell offered an apology in an Instagram post shortly after the suspension was announced, a post he later deleted.
“I’m not the perfect person,” Bell said in the post. “I’m not going to say I act like a perfect person. I make mistakes. I want to apologize for everything I put you guys through the last couple years. It’s been a frustrating run for you. It’s been a frustrating run for me.”
This is the second time Bell has faced discipline from the league. He sat out the first two games of the 2015 season as punishment for his arrest in August 2014 on DUI and marijuana possession charges following a traffic stop.
“We are disappointed Le’Veon Bell has been suspended three games to start the 2016 season,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.
“We will continue to support Le’Veon, but we acknowledge this mistake has put the team in an unfortunate position. We will continue to work with Le’Veon to help him eliminate distractions in his life so he can reach his full potential as a member of our community as well as a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
NFL didn’t have enough info to punish Brown
The NFL said it was unable to speak with Josh Brown’s former wife and had “insufficient information to corroborate prior allegations” of domestic abuse against the Giants kicker, resulting in its decision to issue a one-game suspension for violating the personal-conduct policy.
In a statement released Friday, the league said Brown’s former wife, Molly, declined to cooperate during its investigation. The NFL said it “made a decision based on the evidentiary findings” of one incident, Brown’s arrest on May 22, 2015, on charges of fourth-degree assault/ domestic violence. The charges were dropped by the district attorney five days later.
The NFL said it was aware that Brown’s former wife told police in King County, Wash., that Brown had exhibited 20 previous instances of abusive or threatening behavior.
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