City Sports Report

Le’Veon Bell And LeGarrette Blount’s Not So Smart Decision

Le'Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount await their fate after their run-in with the police (picture courtesy of www.nbcphiladelphia.com)

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the best organizations in the NFL. They are known for their toughness, fairness and for the class that the organization and its players handles itself. This week the Steelers stellar rep took a hit because of two players. Running backs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell were stopped recently and the officer that stopped them found twenty grams of marijuana. As a result, Bell and Blount were taken to the police station where they were charged with possession of marijuana. Bell also had an additional charge of DUI added to his slate. And just like that, the focus for the Steelers went from getting better this preseason to staying focused amid the distraction. Both Bell and Blount played in Thursday night’s scrimmage, but we all know something is coming down the pipeline for them.

Bell and Blount may be the latest to get in trouble in the NFL, but they will certainly not be the last. But when you do things you know are wrong and get caught, what does that say about you as a player? The rules and law specifically say that recreational use of marijuana is illegal in every state but Colorado and Washington. But yet these two were so cavalier about their use of it that they rode around in a car with 20 grams. To me, it tells me these two, who made a mistake, did not value the opportunity they had as NFL players. If they even valued that opportunity, they would have never put themselves in the position they are in now. Unfortunately, more and more professional athletes think like these two did in their situation. Apparently they were oblivious to what you can and cannot do or they simply did not care. Either way, they now are having to deal with the consequences of not following the rules.

Going forward, expect these two to receive some sort of punishment. Where the punishment comes from will now be the big question. The owners of the team, the Rooney family, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin don’t seem to take too kind to these types of issues. Besides the issue with Ben Roethlisberger that happened a few years back, you can never really recall a Steeler bringing a bad light to this team. In Big Ben’s situation, the league punished him and the Steelers did not. But with things the way they currently are (the NFL allows the team to set a punishment before they decide to step in), I expect the Steelers to step in and swiftly place punishment upon them. It’s pretty obvious that these two placed their own selfish acts above the team. And as punishment, they should be on their own, away from the team. And not only that, they will probably be suspended without pay when they get their punishment. All this for a failure to use judgment. In the end, I hope they learn their lesson and grow from this situation. But putting “I” before team never works out in the end. And in this instance, their acts may end up costing their team. The team was counting on these two as their top two running backs and now they are looking at losing them for a period of time because of one bad decision.

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