Last week Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers was pulled over for DUI. Teammate LeGarrette Blount was in the car with him. The cops smelled weed and found 20 grams of it in Bell’s Camaro. Despite the charges, neither the Steelers organization nor the NFL–which has proven less than draconian under Roger Goodell in disciplining players–has taken disciplinary measures against either player. Maybe they agree with Bell, who told the cops: “I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high.” That’s before he tried to set the record straight by saying: “I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?” Excellent question!
Bell took advantage of the leniency and had a whopper of a game on Sunday. In an opening day 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Bell had 206 total yards and a touchdown. Dodging tackles Bell showed the kind of creativity on the field one sometimes associates with, you know, pot-smoking artists. Was Le’Veon Bell high during today’s game? There’s really no reason to think he wasn’t. It works for him. (And there’s no penalty for it.) Last year Bell set a franchise record for total yards by a rookie back, eclipsing the record of Pittsburgh Steelers royalty Franco Harris. That’s after missing the first three games of the season. 20 grams, by the way? You work up to that. Le’Veon Bell is not a rookie stoner.