On the same day his suspension went from four games to three, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell released a video to apologize and also offer an explanation for missed drug tests.
“First and foremost, I want to apologize to Steeler Nation for everything I’ve put you guys through the last couple years,” the former Michigan State star said in the video. “It’s been a frustrating run for you, it’s been a frustrating run for me, and I’m generally sorry for not being on the field and being available for you guys and helping the Steelers win ring No. 7.”
After sharing the video on social media, Bell seemed to delete it not much later.
use this video for all your stories & for interview purposes…this is the last time I'll speak about it… pic.twitter.com/Cp0F2OACkT
— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) August 19, 2016
Bell, who will be eligible to return Week 4 against Kansas City, said he’s made mistakes by not showing up for drug tests — but said he’s never purposely missed a drug test or failed one. He added he hasn’t smoked since December 2014.
Bringing up the missed tests, Bell said after getting surgery in November 2015, he missed tests in December and January because he couldn’t get to facility.
“That’s on me. I put all the blame on myself,” he said.
Bell said he missed an April test scheduled for 5:37 Saturday morning because he slept through it.
“I can’t sit here and blame anybody else for missing my tests,” Bell said. “But I just want everybody to understand I never purposely tried to avoid or evade any drug test. I don’t have any problems. After this whole situation is done, you will get a better person and a better player out of this.”
Here’s another grab of the video.
— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) August 19, 2016
While at Michigan State, Bell rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 TDs in his three-year career. He had a huge 2012 season, picking up 1,793 yards and 12 TDs.
When he’s on the field for the Steelers, Bell is one of the NFL’s best RBs. In three seasons, he’s rushed for 2,777 yards and 19 TDs in only 35 games.