An attorney for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said he will waive his right to a preliminary hearing on marijuana possession and driving under the influence charges, according to the Associated Press.
Bell and Steelers teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested Aug. 20 outside of Pittsburgh when an officer smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle they were in. Both players admitted to buying and smoking some of the marijuana and Bell said that he “didn’t know that you could get a DUI for being high.”
The two played nearly all of the Steelers' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles the next day.
Bell, 22, apologized for his actions and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Bell’s punishment would be dealt with internally. Both Bell and Blount could still face discipline from the league.
Because Bell waived his scheduled hearing, he must now plead to all or some of the charges or stand trial.
Bell is second in the NFL with 542 rushing yards and also has 28 catches for 251 yards this season for Pittsburgh (3-3), which plays the Houston Texans (3-3) next Monday night.
- Scooby Axson