Pittsburgh Steelers Le'Veon Bell Escapes Jail After Drug Charge & DUI- NFL Star Scores Probation: Likely Two Game Ban

By Jaymz Clements (jaymz.clements@mstarsnews.com) | Feb 07, 2015 09:30 AM EST
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Pittsburgh Steelers star Le'Veon Bell has been given a 15-month probation after his drug charge and arrest for a DUI and possession of marijuana with former teammate and newly-crowned Super Bowl champion, New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount. Bell will reportedly be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 NFL season. As a first time offender, 22 year old Bell had his license suspended for 60 days, but can have his arrest record expunged after completing his probationary program.

The charges stemmed from an August 20 bust in Pittsburgh's Ross township where Bell and Blount were pulled over by a motorcycle officer who smelled marijuana coming from the car Bell was driving. The pair were reportedly driving just hours before a flight to play a the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason game.

Blount and the Steelers parted ways in November after Blount complained about playing time and walked off the field during a loss to the Titans. The running back then signed with his former team the New England Patriots, proving instrumental in their Super Bowl run, scoring three rushing touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Bell has been entered into "the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, non-violent offenders after appearing before Common Pleas Judge Robert C. Gallo."

As ESPN report, Bell's Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. explained that the running back "likely faces up to a two-game NFL suspension" for the bust.

They add that Bell will undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, as well as make sure any recommended treatments are followed, and will have to spend 12 hours one weekend at a safety school for those charged with drunken driving, according to his lawyer.

ESPN add that Bell will also be forced to pay $2,000 "in court costs," and for every NFL game he's suspended, "will forfeit 1/17 of his salary."

"I think it would be fair to say that he was relieved to have the hearing, eager to comply with the court's conditions, and hopefully he will do so in a way that he'll earn a dismissal and his expungement," his attorney said.

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