Pittsburgh Steelers All Pro running back Le’Veon Bell recently had a very candid interview with ESPN reporter Josina Anderson and the former second-round draft pick had some interesting comments in regards to marijuana use.
“One, weed is not important. It’s something that I can easily say bye to,” Bell told Anderson when asked what he’s learned over the course of the last year. “If I want to do it later on in my life, then I’ll enjoy it later on. I love the game of football. I don’t want anything, whatever it is — performance-enhancing drugs, marijuana, alcohol, women — that could get me in trouble and make me miss football. I’ve been playing for 19 years. I started at 4½. It’s not something I want to give up any time soon.”
Bell unfortunately will have to give up the first three games of the 2015 season unless his recent suspension is reduced during his upcoming appeal. Anderson was asked how that process is going and also what the Michigan State product thinks about the length of it.
“I don’t really want to fight the length,” Bell told Anderson. “At the end of the day, I made a mistake. I’m just going to have to do my time, whatever the final decision may be.”
Judging by the comments that Bell has made ever since he was charged with a DUI and marijuana possession last August, it appears as though he’s learned his lesson. He later told Anderson that he wants “to be remembered” and that he wants “to change the game.” In order for him to reach both of those goals, he’ll need to stay on the field and out of trouble with the league office.
Bell is well on his way to becoming one of the Steelers greatest running backs of all-time as he already has 3,474 total yards from scrimmage in his first two years in league. That’s 483 more that soon-to-be Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis had during his first two seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Rams.