It was reported earlier on Thursday that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Ian Rapoport just reported on NFL Total Access that failed marijuana tests is what led to the league taking action against the former fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson.
“I’m told that Martavis Bryant is facing this four-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substances of abuse policy,” said Rapoport. “This is for failing several marijuana tests. He is appealing, but I’m told that they are in the latter stages and Martavis Bryant should find out his fate of whether or not he gets his suspension reduced possibly even this week. Of course it’s going to be before the first game.”
Rapoport went on to say that Bryant was suspended a couple of times at Clemson for a variety of disciplinary matters and that’s what led to him being moved down, and in some cases completely off, several NFL team’s draft boards in 2014.
In my opinion, Bryant will be lucky to get any kind of suspension reduction, but stranger things have happened. At the very least, I’m relatively sure that he will be sidelined for at least the first two games of the 2015 season.