Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, took to social media over the weekend and suggested he’ll win his appeal.
On Instagram, Bell responded to a post that poked fun at him.
“I’m not going to miss games, trust me.”
“…I’m gonna win the appeal…ppl have no idea what happened, but don’t worry… let’em hate. When I end up missin no games at all, ppl for sure gonna try to love me again and I’m only ridin with my LOYAL fans.”
Bell’s appeal is expected to be heard sometime during training camp before the regular season begins.
ESPN reported Friday that Bell is facing the suspension for a missed test, not a failed test. The NFL Network reported it was missed tests. Either way, the NFL views a missed test as a failed test. Thus, the suspension that is under appeal.
If the suspension is upheld the Steelers will lose to Bell to a drug suspension for the second year in a row. He missed the first two games last season after pleading guilty to a DUI.
Bell also took to Twitter on Sunday to express condolences to former Michigan State teammate Mike Sadler, who was killed in a car accident.
Some of the responses to that tweet indicate Bell’s loyal fans are dwindling.
“Stay offffff the WEED” was one response.
“how could you do this is us”
“You gotta straighten up, Pittsburgh’s relying on you, your in a contract year and were playing for a Super Bowl.”
“get ur act together… or it’ll soon be R.I.P. to your career as a steeler.”
Bell has yet to be interviewed about the suspension and appeal. He’ll report to Latrobe with the rest of his teammates Thursday, when he could choose to face reporters and get it out of the way.