Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was in court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing on the drug charges and DUI that he is currently facing as a result of him being pulled over and arrested in Ross Township back in August after a motorcycle officer smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle.
Bell, who could face a two-game suspension under the NFL’s policy if convicted of the DUI charge, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and his legal team is attempting to get the running back entered into a first-offender’s program that could possibly result in charges being dropped and his record expunged.
“He’s charged with drunk driving and possession of a small amount of marijuana that was found in the vehicle,” said Bell’s attorney, Robert DelGreco, according to Jackie Schafer of WTAE-TV.
Bell, who was forced to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation before his Wednesday preliminary hearing, has also been complying with the league’s drug and alcohol program that requires him to submit to a a weekly urinalysis if deemed necessary.
DelGreco also said that he believes Bell is “dedicated to becoming a better person.”
The league isn’t likely to take disciplinary action, if any, against Bell until all of his legal matters have been finalized and that could take a little while.
As for fellow Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount, who was with Bell and also charged with marijuana possession during the traffic stop, his preliminary hearing has been postponed until December.