Reports surfaced last Friday that Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was facing a four-game suspension for a missed drug test. A day later, it was reported that Bell missed several drug tests. Bell will appeal, but history suggests he faces long odds and the expectation is that he'll miss the first month of the season.
But Bell, who made his Instagram and Twitter accounts private in the wake of last week's news, was still active on social media over the weekend. After Instagram user stillgot6 posted a Laremy Tunsil gas mask Photoshopped onto Bell's body with the caption, "All you can do at this point is laugh," Bell responded in the comments from his verified account.
"I'm gonna win the appeal ... [people] have no idea what happened, but don't worry ... let 'em hate, when I end up missin' no games at all, [people] for sure gonna try to love me again and I'm only ridin' with my LOYAL fans!! I appreciate you bro."
A year ago, Bell was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season for DUI and marijuana possession. And last month, a Pittsburgh sports radio host first floated the idea that Bell could be facing another suspension.
"I don't know what you are talking about," he said at the time. "I am fine. I haven't missed any drug tests, failed any drug tests. I can't keep talking about the drug test. I probably already said too much about it so I really can't keep talking about it. People are going to say what they want to say on the internet. It is people who really have nothing to do. I don't get upset or let it bother me."
Now, with training camp just days away, Bell maintains -- on Instagram, anyway -- that he'll win his appeal and will be available when the Steelers face the Redskins on September 12.