User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Steelers' Bell, Blount admitted buying pot

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount told police they ''pitched in'' to buy a bag of marijuana with a female friend shortly before they were pulled over - and Bell acknowledged smoking some, though he told the officer who pulled them over he felt OK to drive, police said in court papers.

Advertisement
The criminal complaints against Bell, 22, and Blount, 27, were made public Friday morning. The complaints charge Bell, Blount and 21-year-old Mercedes Dollson, of Elk Grove, California, with possessing a small amount - or less than 30 grams - of marijuana. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence.

A motorcycle officer in the Pittsburgh suburb of Ross Township pulled over Bell's Chevrolet Camaro when he smelled marijuana coming from it around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the complaints said.

At first, Officer Sean Stafiej wrote, ''Bell told me that he did not have any marijuana in the vehicle.''

The officer said he then asked Bell, whose ''eyes were red and glassy,'' and the others whether they had smoked pot that day.

''It was about a minute ago,'' Bell replied.

When the officer asked what he meant, Bell said, ''We smoked within the last two hours,'' and shortly thereafter all three occupants told the officer ''they just picked up the marijuana and that they each pitched in to buy it.''

Advised that he would be charged with driving under the influence, Bell said, ''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.''

Bell continued, explaining, ''Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?'' the officer wrote. After that, Bell told the officer he played for the Steelers and had to catch a 3:00 flight to Philadelphia. The Steelers played the Eagles on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

The officer said Bell did not appear capable of safely operating the vehicle, so he had him taken to the hospital for a blood test. The suspected marijuana and Bell's blood were to be submitted to the Allegheny County crime lab.

Police said they seized about 20 grams - or three-fourths of an ounce - of marijuana in a plastic bag found in the car's console.

Online court records don't list attorneys for the Steelers or their friend. A district judge mailed out the complaints Friday and scheduled a preliminary hearing for all three on Oct. 15.

Team spokesman Burt Lauten said Friday that the team had no comment on the charges.

Coach Mike Tomlin's called the incident ''detrimental to our efforts'' after Thursday's 31-21 exhibition loss to Philadelphia.

Bell and Blount both played, but Tomlin said he can't say what will happen now.

''Obviously, we have some things to do regarding the matter moving forward, but not a lot to say regarding it at this point in time,'' Tomlin said.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Lawrence: Week 3 Preseason Trends
Rogers: Saturday's Preseason Tips
Rogers: Sunday's Preseason Tips
Sportsbook: Season Prop Bets
Sportsbook: First Coach to be Fired
Sportsbook: NFC West Win Totals
Mejia: Dinero Talks: Preseason Week 3
Sportsbook: NFC South Win Totals
Sportsbook: NFC North Win Totals
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
5-1 G-Plays, 6-1 +515 L7 Picks
4-0 Preseason Record
4-0 Guarantees, 2-0 Totals TY
2-0 G-Plays, 6-2 Picks This Year
10-4 Over/Under Record TY
5-2 Last 7 NFL Selections
2-0 Friday, 3-1 L4 Guarantees
9-3 L12 Over/Under Plays
3-0 Record L3 Selections
4-2 L6 Preseason Picks
4-2 Picks This Year
5-2 Last 7 NFL Picks
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks - Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans
2016 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Marc Lawrence + 505
Jimmy Boyd + 400
Don Anthony + 388
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 300
Kevin Rogers + 290
Don Anthony + 288
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Jimmy Boyd 100 %
Marc Lawrence 78 %
Don Anthony 75 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Pritchard + 400
Marc Lawrence + 390
Don Anthony + 205
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 567
Bruce Marshall + 337
Stephen Nover + 200
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 290
Antony Dinero + 262
Gary Bart + 261
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership