ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news just a short time ago that Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers is appealing a four-game suspension for substance abuse. As I write this, the substance which was allegedly abused by Bryant is not known but if this is for marijuana use, it’s a bit much for the first offense.
Common sense may tell us that this was more likely PED use considering that Bryant packed on 20 lbs between the end of last season and the beginning of camp. Quite frankly, I really don’t care what Bryant abused and neither should you.
What you and I should be concerned about is the lack of common sense by Bryant. The Steelers knew when they drafted Bryant out of Clemson that there were already a few red flags behind him but they chose to believe they were in fact, behind him.
Obviously, Bryant wasn’t paying much attention to his teammates during his rookie campaign in 2014. All he had to do was look at the superstar running back in the backfield for all the motivation he needed to stay clean. Le’Veon Bell made a poor choice and every damn player on that team should have learned a lesson from it but somehow it went right over Bryant’s head.
The Steelers are now likely facing the prospect of having no Bell, no Maurkice Pouncey and no Martavis Bryant when they take the field in New England on opening night. What a positive message to the nation that will be with two of our star players both suspended for substance abuse.
Don’t be a bit surprised if Tom Brady is under center for the Pats either which will make Bryant’s pending suspension all the more stunning.
I wasn’t perfect when I was in my early 20’s either but I sure as hell knew the difference between right and wrong. Regardless of what Bryant is being suspended for he screwed up big time. While he may feel the punishment, his teammates will feel the affects of not having him on the field.
What a week in the Steeler Nation.