PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Despite being caught in possession of marijuana on Wednesday, Steelers’ running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount made the trip to Philadelphia and played against the Eagles tonight.
It all came in the immediate aftermath of a traffic stop in Ross Township Wednesday afternoon, where both were found to be in possession of marijuana.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the issues during his post-game comments.
“I have no reaction other than the statement that we released. We’re aware of it. Obviously, that conduct is detrimental to our efforts. They’ll be dealt with appropriately,” he said. “From my perspective, in terms of their participation tonight, I didn’t view it as punishment to send them home to be quite honest with you, to not play in this preseason game. I’d rather them play more than anticipated than to remove them from the game, so that’s why we took the stance that we took tonight. Obviously, we got some things to do regarding the matter moving forward, but not a lot to say regarding it at this point in time.”
Charges have now been filed against both players, Ross Township Police say.
Bell is facing possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of marijuana counts. Blount is charged with possession of marijuana. Also, the woman they were with, now identified as Mercedes Dollson, 21, of the state of California, is charged with possession of marijuana.
All charges are misdemeanors.
According to Ross Township Police, it all started around 1:30 p.m. along busy McKnight Road when a motorcycle officer, who was stopped at a red light, smelled marijuana coming from a black Camaro.
“It was strong enough that it got his attention at the red light,” said Ross Township Police Det. Brian Kohlhepp. “As they continued forward, he identified the specific car that the smell was coming from. I would think it’d be pretty strong.”
Police say Bell was driving, Blount was in the front passenger seat and Dollson was in the back seat of the vehicle.
Investigators said a Ziploc-style bag containing about 20 grams of marijuana was found on the console.
93-7 The Fan Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette from the Post-Gazette joined “The Cook and Poni Show” from Philadelphia to detail the latest on Bell and Blount.
Shortly after his interview, he tweeted that both Bell and Blount are expected to play against the Eagles.
As of now, #Steelers coach Mike Tomlin plans to play both RB Bell and Blount tonight vs. Eagles. Wd be a “reward” not to in a preseason G.
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 21, 2014
Listen to the interview below: