Le’Veon Bell admits to smoking marijuana before NFL games
Former Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell has spent the last couple of years on the outside looking in for his NFL career.
Despite that, Bell spiced things up by admitting that he used to smoke marijuana before games.
“Looking back on this, that’s what I did,” Bell said via ESPN. “When I was playing football, I smoked, bro. Even before the games, I’d smoke and I’d go out there and run for 150, two [touchdowns].”
Bell’s admittance was followed by his criticism of former New York Jets head coach Adam Gase.
“Bro, we get to New York, and that’s when you instantly find out that head coaches make a huge difference,” Bell said. “As soon as I get to New York, I find that out like the first week. … Bro, the team wasn’t that great, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like if Coach [Mike] Tomlin [of the Steelers] was coaching that team, we win nine games at least. It’s to the point where [ex-Jets quarterback] Sam Darnold don’t even know like the actual line’s protections because he’s so confused about our offense because the coach is confusing him.”
Bell and Gase bumped heads during their time together in New York. Gase wasn’t on board with the Jets signing the former star running back that occurred before becoming the head coach.
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Bell’s performance with the Jets was below the elite standards that he showcased with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He posted 863 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 17 games over two seasons.
Ultimately, the 31-year-old’s time in New York was brief and marred by injury and subpar production.