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.
From Burt Lauten of Steelers PR “We are aware of the reports and still gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time.
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) August 21, 2014
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.