Cook: Bell’s punishment fits the crime


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook thinks Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell deserves exactly what he got from the NFL on Wednesday – a fitting three-game suspension for his arrest while driving under the influence of marijuana.

And he has no one to blame but himself, not former Steeler LeGarrette Blount, who was with Bell on that day. For his part, Blount the passenger only received a one-game suspension.

“The villain is Bell, and Bell alone. He’s a grown man who should have known better. He deserves everything he gets for playing the fool in August by smoking the marijuana and driving his black Camaro down McKnight Road on his way to the airport for the team’s flight to Philadelphia for an exhibition game the next night.

He let down his coaches, teammates and the Steelers organization in a big way. They will pay a significant price at the start of next season because of his selfishness.”

One aspect of the punishment Cook doesn’t agree with is that Bell can play the fourth game of 2015, but won’t receive a paycheck. “There is no way he should play for free. If he is allowed to put on a uniform and put his body and career on the line, he should be paid. This is America, right? A day’s work for a day’s wages.”

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