Steel­ers’ Bell sus­pen­sion re­duced

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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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