Pittsburgh Steelers’ receiver and former Clemson Tiger, Martavis Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
This past April Bryant was conditionally reinstated. It was thought he would be fully reinstated by the beginning of training camp, but that was not the case.
Bryant is still not allowed to take part in practice with his teammates until confirmation by the NFL is given.
Here is what Bryant, Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, sports writers and other media members are saying about the former Tiger’s current situation:
“I don’t know… what’s going on, but goodness, you’d think he’s paid his dues,” said Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. —Reported by Ryan Wilson from csbsports.com.
“The league’s in charge of that and what we’re going to continue to do is cooperate fully as we have and wait for them to instruct us what to do next. I knew there was a possibility of it, because there were some conditions based on his reinstatement and they’ve been really consistent in that regard. And Martavis and we all have been working extremely hard to adhere to it,” said Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. —Reported by Ryan Wilson from cbssports.com.
“I don’t think some people in the Steelers organization are happy with the NFL for dragging their feet over the delay in reinstating Bryant fully. They believe he’s done everything they’ve asked,” –Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“WR Martavis Bryant rode by on a cart, wearing a smile. I asked when we’d see him on the field. He said, “I’m close.” —Aditi Kinkhabwala from the NFL Network and NFL.com.
“Upon his conditional reinstatement in April, Martavis Bryant was made aware it was only the beginning of a process toward a return to being a full contributing member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We have been informed by the NFL that Martavis is still in the process of being fully reinstated. Until that time, Martavis will be permitted to take part in off-the-field team activities at training camp, but he will not be permitted to practice or play in any games.” –Statement released by Kevin Colbert, General Manager of the Steelers.
“Ben Roethlisberger said he and Martavis Bryant had a good talk, believes Bryant should be reinstated b/c he’s done everything NFL asked of him.” –Jeremy Fowler, ESPN senior NFL writer
“I was young and I made bad decisions that every young person does…me being out this whole year helped me grow up. I changed a lot of things in my life; how I go about my ways,” said Martavis Bryant. –Reported by Jacob Feldman from si.com.
“Now that Bryant is here—his locker, he says, went totally untouched in his absence—all he can do is stay sober and ball out, like he did during a one-on-one drill that first week at OTAs, when he got a jump on a cornerback and bolted by him for a long reception. One field away, offensive line coach Mike Munchak gushed, “That’s pretty.” –Jacob Feldman from si.com.
“Really excited to see how long the NFL drags out the Martavis Bryant full reinstatement! Whatever you do, don’t make it simple or logical!” – Jon Ledyard, NFL Draft analyst for FanRag Sports and NDT Scouting LLC
“Antonio Brown met up with Martavis Bryant late in practice. Bryant worked out on adjacent field.” –Joe Rutter Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sports.
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