Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell got some good news on Friday when he learned his four-game suspension for his second violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy had been reduced to three games.
Hours after the announcement, Bell posted a video to his Twitter apologizing to fans and explaining why he had gotten suspended.
“First and foremost I want to apologize to Steelers nation for everything I put you guys through the last couple years,” Bell said. “It’s been a frustrating run for you, it’s been a frustrating run for me and I’m genuinely sorry for not being on the field and being available for you guys and helping the Steelers win ring No. 7.”
Bell went on to emphasize that he has never failed a drug test or purposely missed a drug test. He added that he hasn’t smoked since December 2014. He explained that he was asked to take a drug test last December and January following his surgery for a torn MCL in November. Bell admitted that he slept through a test scheduled for a Saturday morning at “5:37 a.m.,” this past April.
“I can’t sit here and blame anybody else for missing my test,” Bell said. “But I just wanted everyone to understand I never personally tried to avoid or evade any drug tests. I don’t have any problems. After this whole situation is done you will get a person and a better player out of this.”
You can watch Bell’s entire video statement below:
use this video for all your stories & for interview purposes…this is the last time I'll speak about it… pic.twitter.com/Cp0F2OACkT
— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) August 19, 2016