Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for missing drug tests, but on Monday took to social media and said he will appeal if suspended and is confident he will win his appeal.
"I'm not going to miss games, trust me," he posted on Instagram.
ESPN first reported on Friday that Bell, 24, faces a four-game suspension for missed drug tests. According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, a player can miss up to two drug tests without forfeiting games, but a third missed test triggers a four-game ban. The second missed test results in a fine of two game checks, but not the ability to play in those games, according to ESPN.
Bell was placed in Stage 2 of the league's substance abuse program last season after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and DUI during the preseason. He was suspended the first two games.
Players in Stage 2 of the program go through more rigorous testing and can be tested up 10 times each month. Any failed or missed test in Stage 2 can lead to a four-game suspension.
In June, Bell told the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, that he had not failed or missed a drug test.
"I'm fine," Bell told the newspaper during minicamp. "I've missed no drug tests, I haven't failed any drug tests. I'm completely fine."
Bell commented on an altered picture of him wearing a gasmask attached to his helmet on Instragram and said:
"I'm gonna win the appeal ... [people] have no idea what happened, but don't worry ... let 'em hate, when I end up missin' no games at all, [people] for sure gonna try to love me again and I'm only ridin' with my LOYAL fans!! I appreciate you bro."
If he is suspended, his appeal would most likely be heard before the season begins.