Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told police that he "didn't know that you could get a DUI for being high," according to the official criminal complaint in his case, obtained by WPXI in Pittsburgh.
Bell, teammate LaGarrette Blount and a female acquaintance were arrested Wednesday night in Pittsburgh and charged with marijuana possession after police detected an odor of marijuana emanating from their car. Bell, who was driving the vehicle that police pulled over, was also charged with DUI.
More from the police account of the arrest:
I informed Bell that because he was smoking marijuana, he could not operate a vehicle and could possibly be DUI. Bell replied, “I didn’t know that you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?” I asked him what game he was going to and he replied, “I have to be on my plane at three to be in Philadelphia, I play for the Steelers.”
Bell and Blount both played in the Steelers' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, which the Steelers lost 31-23. Each player apologized for the "distraction" they had caused the team, but didn't say anything further.
The pair is now subject to discipline from the NFL. According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, the Steelers can also punish each player on their own if they choose, and the team is likely to consider doing so.
Bell is in his second season with the team after Pittsburgh drafted him in the second round last year. Blount was signed by the Steelers last offseason after playing for the New England Patriots last season.
- Ben Estes