Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell Thursday spoke for the first time about the four-game suspension that was announced last week for reportedly failing to show up for a couple of drug tests.
Bell said he was sorry for the situation, but otherwise didn’t go into much detail about the situation surrounding the suspension other than he was hopeful it would get overturned.
“I want to apologize to Steeler Nation, all the fans and players and coaches for being a distraction to this whole situation,” Bell told reporters (via ESPN.com). “I don’t, obviously, want to be a distraction, but this whole situation, the appeal, is going to run its course.”
Coach Mike Tomlin said he expects the team to hear back on Bell’s appeal in mid-August, and here’s hoping that Bell has enough of a case to get the suspension overturned.
The running back rushed for 556 yards and three scores last season before he was injured in week eight against the Bengals, and he missed the rest of the season.
At the end of the day, Bell has been confident that he’s going to not miss any games in 2016 – now it’s up to the NFL and their appeal process to see if they agree.
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