Steelers Still Gathering Information Following Bell, Blount Marijuana Possession Incident

Pittsburgh Steelers PR Man Burt Lauten has now issued a short statement following running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount being found in possession of marijuana Wednesday afternoon after they were pulled over in Ross Township by a motorcycle officer who smelled the drug coming from their passing automobile.

According to 93.7 The Fan, charges have not yet been filed, but both players will likely face misdemeanors in the incident. Both are also expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail.

The station also reports that Det. Brian Kohlhepp said Bell allegedly admitted the bag of marijuana was his after the officer found it in plain sight during the traffic stop.

Blount reportedly flew with the team to Philadelphia, while Bell was reportedly left behind in Pittsburgh, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It is unknown whether or not Blount will be allowed to play Thursday night in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

It is unknown if Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will address this situation prior to the game as he might choose instead to wait until his post-game press conference to do so.

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  • steeltown

    Found it in plain sight…. good grief

  • Aric Brown

    Le”Bakefield ???

  • s.s.

    What a punch in the gut.

  • steeltown

    Too soon

  • Ryan Roberts

    too soon indeed-

  • Tiger Jimmy

    Steeler’s official counsel ESQ guy probably busy Making Phone Calls, lots of ‘em.

  • Steelers@2010

    Idiots! Dump both of them, selfish, just selfish!

  • Tito Marin

    Le Dumb & Le Dumber

  • pittsburghjoe

    The thing that really stinks about this is that it may cost someone other than one of these two guys a job.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s the problem with athletes smoking weed! They’re not real stoners, so they don’t know all the tricks of the trade! Vent should’ve been on and bag stashed away! Even lighting a cigarette to mask the smell or hold up if a cop drives by. Nobody teaches these kids anything about the real world!

  • Dom

    Blount not being arrested is surely good news. Means he will nearly definately be able to play week one no?

  • Crowned

    Unless the team wants to be “noble” and hand out there own suspensions. Which I’m sure they will do, just to piss me off.

  • Dom

    If it was at ILB or another position of depth they may do that, but I can’t see it when we are so thin behind these two.

  • steeltown

    Its likely they both play week one… it could be a while before punishment is handed down… unless the Organization enforces early punishment

  • Jason

    They will both play week 1 unless the Steelers decide to suspend them. All these people thinking bell will get 4 games are nuts. 1 at the most. Blount likely nothing

  • steeltown

    I’m thinking (hoping) one game as well

  • Dom

    Thank goodness. Our depth behind these two is shockingly bad. We may of had to give redman a call :S

  • Taylor20

    Knuckleheads yes, but good for Bell for standing up and taking it. One RB out on his first league discipline is much better than both. He saved Blount (…well one blunt at least)

  • cp72

    Dbowe got one game for possession correct?

  • steeltown

    maybe Larod Stephens-Howling…

  • Dom

    Him and Dri, that’s some top notch typical steelers backs there, Ground and pound etc.etc.

  • cp72

    Thought the same thing.

  • Tiger Jimmy

    how so?

  • Jason Vancil

    Don’t Le’veon “Cheech” Bell and LaGarrette “Chong” Blount make enough money to have their weed delivered to them?

  • bustedknuckles

    Alleged

  • steeltown

    If the Team is forced to carry an extra RB on roster, that they wouldn’t have previously

  • michael young

    I was hoping for our backfield to lead the league in YPC this season…….not THC.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    I know we need both of them and I HATE the fact this went down. I’d be happy for the organization if they doled out their own punishment though. Bell needs to learn RIGHT NOW! We don’t need our own version of Josh Gordon. I love the kid and he has a bright future in the Burgh. I don’t ever want to read this about him again. He’s better than that. Blount is a veteran it’s disappointing to me that he couldn’t keep Bell out of trouble. Some mentor he is. Steelers won’t tolerate this stupidity on a regular basis. They are forgiving, however, they’ve proven time and time again that no one person is bigger than the team and they’ll trade a superbowl MVP for a 6th round pick

  • john

    they must have graduated from LeHigh university

  • Steelers12328882

    Wow. Can’t believe this happened. So selfish. Such an amazingly smooth offseason completely ruined. There goes the running game. We’ll also be carrying a 4th RB now too which puts someone else out of a job.

  • ApexSteel

    Go away.

  • Taylor20

    …Blount has a target he wears on his jersey every game too. lol

  • Dom

    Are you actually serious?

  • Dom

    Might not get a suspension mate.

  • Steelers12328882

    Really? Just got home so have no clue what happened. Guess I’m expecting the worst.

  • Dom

    Thought the exact same as you, But I’ve been told it’s probably one game for Bell and none for Blount

  • Jeff

    You really couldn’t have said it better… Major gut punch

  • steeltown

    Its too early, hard to tell what will happen. I believe in the past possession has been 1 game suspension

  • steeltown

    That’s still speculation

  • Mark Milkowski

    Bell and Blount, whose name alone should be a giveaway in regards pot should both be suspended by the team for 1 game Blount and 2 games for Bell. We set ourselves apart as being a no nonsense team then we need to make this painfull stand…

  • Dom

    But fairly well thought out speculation :P

  • Dom

    And it all depends on whether the Steelers decide to dish out any discipline

  • sweetleb

    brownies are also a nice option.

  • Steelers12328882

    Right. Steelers will want to send a message. I have nothing against people wanting to smoke pot, but c’mon there’s no need to be driving around doing it!

  • steeltown

    I would be ok with that.. but not when the League would then also dole out their own punishment on top of it

  • walter mason

    It appears Bell may be the guilty one. Im surprised.

  • bustedknuckles

    Blount charged with nothing. Keep calm and legalize it.

  • Steelers12328882

    The real problem is not that they don’t know. It’s that they don’t care.

  • Steven Vincent

    Man! So stupid! I mean, what were these guys SMOKING??? oh…..wait….never mind.

  • Steven Vincent

    LePot Bust

  • bustedknuckles

    I just read that he was not charged at all.

  • Dom

    That’s what I meant sorry, was a bit frantic as I just came on to the site and all this info hit me at once.

  • bustedknuckles

    Let’s just chill out and get the facts. Blount was charged with absolutely nothing. If it was that ladies herb, neither should bell. Relax.

  • bustedknuckles

    Depending on the specifics on the law, Bell may have to take a possession hit because it was his registered vehicle. But when that lady tells the judge that it was her herb, he may slide.

  • Nolrog

    I just hope this doesn’t mean our whole season will go “Up in Smoke”!

  • Myster E

    Christ smoke at home and don’t drive!!!!!!!!! Idiotic!

  • Addison

    I’m guessing they aren’t playing tomorrow

  • Buccos9

    I agree completey – selfish jerks. They all know the league treats it harshly. This could jeopardize somebody else’s ability to make the roster if we have to keep an extra RB that should not otherwise make the team.

  • T R

    Well looks like Blount can be the innocent bystander LOL using innocent loosely.. it was Bells weed. and Bell was the only one tested. RT?

  • lookwhoitis

    yeh u rite!

  • bustedknuckles

    Herb>pain pills. Pain pills =

  • steelster

    If blount played for the broncos or seahawks he wouldn’t have been arrested. Bell still would have

  • bustedknuckles

    At least nflnetwork is still slurping Clevelands second string qb. Not much coverage of these alleged charges.

  • steelersfan

    Two birds with one stone-pun intended

  • steelster

    So the pot party for the first game is at josh gordons house or bells or blounts. They will have to smoke on it.

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Idiots…look if you are in the spotlight and want to get stoned then do it at home. Its like they have no common sense.

  • Mark Milkowski

    Correct me if I am wrong but with Santonio, didn’t our own self suspension exclude him from League suspension?

  • IckyD

    Just keep the damned windows up and the A/C on re-circulate!

    Amateurs.

    Unless Blount is angling for the #1 RB spot and set Bell up by leaving the windows down and not eyeing for the law…

  • IckyD

    Nonsense.

    Is that you, Ozzie Newsome?

  • IckyD

    Le’ft Bell-hind….

  • Bvrsty

    on the other hand, it IS against the Browns… might be an easy decision to internally suspend them for the first game…

  • IckyD

    Unless either has a prior drug arrest or test falure this *should* only amount to fines and league-mandated testing.

    No suspensions should occur, especially in light of the Ray Rice mess…

  • IckyD

    They’ll both play Week 1 on….

  • IckyD

    No suspensions for first-timers either.

    This almost isn’t news….

  • IckyD

    Wil Johnson is a surprise waiting for a shot…

  • IckyD

    I doubt any suspension after the Rice debacle…

  • IckyD

    Bell was a man and accepted his responsibility w/o lying or acting shady.

    No suspensions for misdemeanor 1st-time offenders…

  • IckyD

    Boo.

    ;-p

  • J&LSteeler

    i get sarcasm, but, that sounds ignorant! i haven’t forgotten…

  • Rufus Benard

    It will impact the team, that’s for sure. It’s really a shame.

  • Steelers@2010

    Very selfish; with so much riding on the line, why would you sacrifice the season like that? Anything could have happened, anything. I’m sorry, I can’t respect someone that’s an idiot like that. Those guys are role models whether they like it or not. This the 3rd preseason game, a dress rehearsal to the regular season, and this is what they do? What about the other 51 players? I guess Ryan Clark was dead on point.

  • steelster

    Why were you surprised about clark talking about steelers doing pot my guess is half the nfl does pot

  • walter mason

    I woke up and its still here.

  • greeny

    Stupid mistake but and put the team in jeopardy but come on guys. The problem is the inconsistency with the NFL’s discipline. Plus it’s a little bit rednecky there and black people get pulled over for being black. I find it hard to believe that is bike cop smelled pot and that is why he pulled them over. Why did the cop pull them over in the first place? Were they speeding?
    The Ravens organization has seen the entire video including the punch of Ray Rice and they didn’t levy any additional discipline to Rice which we all know is far more serious than smoking hippy lettuce.

  • greeny

    Wrong. Pot is worse than domestic violance in the eyes of GODell

  • walter mason

    im not sure if he saved a blunt. I think the cops got the whole bag.

  • walter mason

    wishful thinking

  • walter mason

    I doubt half the NFL drives around smoking with an ounce in plain view.

  • Tullydew

    It’s time the leaders of this country and the NFL grow up and act like adults. Weed is less harmful than alcohol and is already legal in 2 states not to mention legal in many other states w/ a prescription.
    That said, driving under the influence if found guilty shouldn’t go unpunished. Bell made a mistake and should pay the consequences. I’m sure this will drag out until found guilty. Jim irsey hasn’t been suspended or fined yet for his DUI and possession of illegal drugs (which are far more addictive and dangerous than weed). Let this play out and not make any harsh decisions until the fact are known and guilt is proven.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Nope. Santonio was suspended by the league for 4 games. That was the main reason he was traded in the first place.

  • 20Stoney

    Yes they are idiots. They aren’t going to dump either of them though. That only happens to bottom of the roster guys.

  • 2443scott

    has there ever been any kind of drug use before with either one of these guys in there past…i think maybe this isnt the first time either used it ..one because when first time users use you always hear they did it in private not driveing around ?? …i am surprised only 1 was left behind

  • walter mason

    I was a RB for the Steelers, but then I got high…

    Heres for all you pot supporters
    Afroman

  • Rosco

    I read that all three of them (bell blount and the girl) admitted to being owners of the bag, atleast blount owned up to the problem. He could have easily said it wasnt his and had Bell take the whole wrap. I hope this is a learning lesson for leveon. Better now than later. ALSO we have a young team and Tomlin needs to use him as an example. Doghouse for Bell. Hopefully this puts the rest of the roster on notice.

    P.S.
    I heard HoJo was a running back in 2nd grade.

  • DoctorNoah

    Who wants to bet they get more suspended games than Ray Rice? #hypocrisy

  • Steelers@2010

    No, you go away! Those guys make all that money and they can’t go four months without getting high? Oh yea, I apologize, ur probably a Pot head too.

  • joed32

    That was for his second offense though.

  • Andy Pappas

    The stupidity of some of these athletes just makes me shake my head. They have the world at their feet yet they do this stupid s***

  • Jason

    I’m glad you aren’t running the organization.

  • steeltown

    repeat offender

  • Louis Goetz

    Like Santonio Holmes

  • ApexSteel

    Whether or not I smoke doesn’t matter. The suggestion is dumb. “Let’s cut the only two feature backs on the roster.” Yeah because that’ll help right??? Maybe we can get Rashard Mendenhall to come out of retirement he can lead this team!

    They’ll be gone for one game tops. Try to stay away from any tall bridges until then.

  • ApexSteel

    Holmes had three prior arrests for weed and a pending suspension. Not the same situation.

  • Louis Goetz

    When there’s a criminal case involved the NFL now waits until the case is over before Goodell hands down punishment. Thank Tank Johnson who was suspended but then acquitted. Also, under the new CBA the NFL has exclusive jurisdiction over substance abuse issues.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Yes, I agree, it’s pretty stupid for the two of them to have done this, to have put themselves in this situation, but what’s even stupider, by far, is the retrograde, puritanical attitude towards recreational drugs that underpins America’s “war on drugs,” with the legal system and the prisons crammed with people who are hardly threats to society. (There’s a racial/racist component to it as well, but this isn’t the place to go there.) To me, this biggest problem is that they were driving under the influence (probably). There’s the danger, the threat, and for that they deserve to face punishment. As for the drug itself, I really don’t care — unless, of course, it impacts their performance. Marijuana — so what? But if they’d just gone to a bar and had a few drinks, no problem, right? Such hypocrisy, such stupidity.

    Otherwise, let’s not forget that they’re both young, Bell especially. Sometimes you just make bad decisions. Hopefully they do what they need to do and learn from this whole incident.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    And yes, compared to what many other NFL players have done, not least Ray Rice, this is nothing.

  • mlc43

    It’s nothing until they do it and crash into a car full of people. I myself have no problem with recreational marijuana use, I do have a problem with driving under its influence.

  • joed32

    He also got 4 games in 2009.

  • mlc43

    Agreed, this doesn’t need to be career ending or a reason to remove them from a team, but there does need to be some form of punishment. I would be think a 1 game suspension for both or a 1 game for Blount and 2 for Bell (since he was driving) would be fair. Of course, we need to find out all the facts first.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    I agree. As I say above, it’s the DUI that troubles me here, not the drug use.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    I’m thinking nothing for Blount and maybe one game for Bell, though fines would perhaps be more appropriate. We all know what Rice got, after all.

  • mlc43

    Yea..while many want to, we can’t base things on what Rice got. That was a joke and a travesty of justice. Letting them off because Rice got off isn’t right, though.

  • bustedknuckles

    The players should only be punished if they are convicted. Even then, this situation, as embarrassing and boneheaded as it seems, should be a springboard for conversations in Pennsylvania and around the country to allow these athletes to medicate naturally and to remove the stigma associated with ganja. Marijuana does not harm anyone. It is a natural pain remedy. It works well. Pain pills, which every nfl player in every city eat like candy are extremely dangerous to their bodies, their minds, and everyone around them. Stop trying to fry these young men over something that is virtually harmless. Stop it Steeler Nation. Support.

  • mlc43

    It makes you high. It impairs your driving. Recreational use is fine, but driving while doing so is hazardous, irresponsible, and not mention, criminal. That being said, it’s still difficult to impossible to determine if a person is actively high from the pot while driving…hence the difficulty here.

  • bustedknuckles

    And to everyone everywhere, never ever drive with marijuana in your vehicle. Never ever burn marijuana in your vehicle. Lock your medicine in a safe while in your vehicle. Be smart.

  • Jesse Murray

    Incorrect not for first time offenders. They wont be suspended by the NFL, they’ll be fined for 2 games.

  • srdan

    Ha that’s where I went!

  • srdan

    My guess is the steelers suspend them longer than the league. I would expect two games for Blount, maybe 3 for bell.

  • srdan

    That’s maybe the league rule. He still gotta go talk to Rooney.

  • srdan

    You’re talking about the league. These guys still have to go talk to old man Art.

  • BFB

    At least these guys have synergy! We need that is a backfield!
    Don’t panic!

  • BFB

    Spoken like someone who knows! Stupid athletes! Too dumb to smoke pot correctly!

  • BFB

    I too hold professional athletes to a higher standard than the rest of society. Who would not expect young, immature, pampered individuals with millions of dollars to behave better than your average citizen. I mean they should be on the pedestal, right? We did elect them after al….oops, I guess they are private individuals who work in a high visibility job. We therefore have a right to expect more! My kids depend on being able to set their moral compass based on their observance of the athletes! Our society demands it!
    Calm down n’at.

  • BFB

    Stop, you are killing me. Can’t quit laughing at you wit.
    Open mike at the comedy club tomorrow…..

  • BFB

    Heck, with all of the experts and soothsayers on here I guess I can just not wait for league, team, of law enforcement “officials” to provide any useful information.

  • Louis Goetz

    Are you arguing with me or agreeing with me? Holmes was a #1 wide receiver and just a season removed from being a Superbowl MVP when the Steelers cut ties with him. You’re pretty much at the bottom of the roster when that’s your resume and your team isn’t only refusing to extend your contract, but trades you for a 5th round draft pick.

  • 20Stoney

    He is telling you San Antonio isn’t a valid comparison because he was a long time problem. If it makes you more comfortable I ll revise my statement and say that only happens to bottom of the roster guys unless they have been a constant problem and run out of chances.

  • Steelers@2010

    Everybody has an opinion dude.