When athletes get in trouble on the field or in their personal lives, they are quick to post some sort of an apology. Typically, the apology is released by the team, the player’s agent or social media. Even though Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount’s crime is hardly the worst the NFL has seen this year, their basic apology simply is not good enough.
Bell and Blount were cited for possession of marijuana after being pulled over by Ross Township Police in Pittsburgh a couple of nights ago. Since Bell was driving the vehicle at the time police stopped them he will also receive a ticket for driving under the influence.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount was quick to offer an apology:
“I’m sorry for the distraction that I caused my team. I just want to apologize to my team and my coach and my organization for causing that distraction.”
Being a distraction is one thing, which is exactly what the arrest is with less than two weeks until the regular season kicks off, but Bell and Blount are the No. 1 and No. 2 running backs on the depth chart. They are supposed to set an example for the younger players. More importantly, Bell is the starter and one of the leaders on offense. He simply cannot be getting in trouble with the law during such a critical time in the preseason.
The reason the apology is not good enough is because we all expected the apology. If these two men truly want to show remorse, they must do so on their own time instead of something that is expected of them. Clearly, the Steelers have no intention of throwing down a punishment, which is why it is up to Bell and Blount to do so themselves. As ridiculous as that may sound, it will show the Steelers fans and the NFL that they truly are sorry for being a distraction.