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Emily Diana
02-08-2015, 03:58 PM
-Steelers' Le'Veon Bell gets 15 months of probation for pot-

"Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program stemming from his arrest on marijuana possession and DUI charges with former teammate LeGarrette Blount.

Bell's driver's license will also be suspended for 60 days. But under terms of the program, he can petition the court to have his arrest record expunged if he completes the probation.

Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. said Friday that Bell likely faces up to a two-game NFL suspension.

Bell, 22, and Blount, 28, were arrested Aug. 20 after a motorcycle officer in Ross Township, a suburb just north of Pittsburgh, smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle Bell was driving hours before a team flight to a preseason game in Philadelphia. ...

Blount, who faced only a marijuana possession charge, had that dismissed last week after completing 50 hours of community service.

As part of the sentence imposed Friday, Bell must have a drug and alcohol evaluation, follow any recommended treatment and spend 12 hours one weekend at a safety school for those charged with drunken driving, Del Greco said.

He must also pay more than $2,000 in court costs and will forfeit 1/17 of his salary for each game he's suspended, Del Greco said." ...

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steelers-leveon-bells-gets-15-months-probation-pot-162320007--nfl.html

broncoslover115
02-08-2015, 04:51 PM
How come Blount didn't seem to receive any suspension or ramifications by the NFL? Bell will receive 2 games but why isn't Blount receiving any consequences. I've wondered that since this happened.

fallforward3y+
02-08-2015, 09:26 PM
He didn't get a suspension because they expected it from a guy with the last name of 'Blount', lol. I think it was because Blount wasn't driving, Bell got the DUI because he was driving, so he had a worse offense.

It's good to see suspensions being handed out for DUI though, I think people forget that it isn't necessarily a 'victimless crime' with seemingly a 'no big deal' attitude about it. There's rarely a whole lot of doubt about whether they are guilty or not in a drunk driving type of case imo, which is a good thing to me.

Bell for his own sake should try and avoid these things for his own sake as well. A suspension is bad for all athletes, but he should especially try and enjoy the likely few years of his career, and not have to sit it out. The Steelers seemingly overuse him big time, and while a player could be effective that way, their career will likely be short.

Honestly, I don't even expect him to go the year without getting an injury.