You may not believe what Le'Veon Bell told cop about his Blount-cruise
AUG 22, 2014 10:58a ET
Apparently Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was under the influence of ignorance on Wednesday when a police officer pulled over he and teammate LeGarrette Blount hours before a preseason game.
The players admitted to the officer that a 20-gram bag of marijuana -- which may or may not be a drug if you ask Bob Saget or the states of Colorado and Washington -- belonged to them. Both were charged for drug possession and Bell, who was driving, also caught a DUI charge.
Bell further admitted, per the police report obtained by WPXI, that he had smoked "about a minute ago" before clarifying, "we smoked within the last two hours."
The officer told Bell that because he was smoking marijuana, he could not operate a vehicle and could possibly get a DUI. Then Bell said this (emphasis added):
"I didn't know you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I'm not high anymore. I'm perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to make it to my game?"
The last one is a question he will have to take up with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Bell also had his blood drawn at the police station. Those toxicology results ought to help answer whether Bell had smoked a minute or hours before the stop and whether he violated Pennsylvania's drugged driving law.
Anyhow, the officer inquired about this game, Bell said: "I have to be on a plane at three to be in Philadelphia. I play for the Steelers."
Indeed Bell is a football player, not a lawyer, but now he should remember at least that one nugget of information about driving after smoking.
Suspensions of some length are coming for Bell and Blount, who combined for 16 carries and 55 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.