Le’Veon Bell unloaded on the NFL last month over its drug-testing program and said he is not going to submit to another test for the remainder of the season, and we are now going to find out just how serious the star running back is.
On Friday, Bell shared a photo of an HGH testing notice he received from the NFL. It stated that he must report to the drug testing room “immediately,” but Bell hinted on Twitter that he was not going to cooperate.
No matter how he feels about the testing program, it would be a surprise if Bell refuses to cooperate. Failure to submit a sample to a collector is considered a positive drug test, which means Bell would be subject to a potential suspension.
The NFL tests players for performance-enhancing drugs on a random basis, and they have had the legitimacy of the program questioned many times in the past. Carolina Panthers defensive back Eric Reid believed he was being targeted last year because of his role in national anthem protests, which led to both the NFL and NFL Players Association released a statement confirming there was evidence Reid’s name was randomly pulled from a computer program.
While playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, Bell was suspended for two games after he was charged with possession of marijuana and DUI. Then, in 2016, he was suspended for four games after missing a scheduled drug test.
Bell has pushed back against fans who say the tests are a result of those incidents, saying last month if officials want to test him for marijuana, then he can “easily pee in a cup.”
If Bell fails to report to the test, he will likely face suspension.