New York Jets: Le’Veon Bell unhappy with repeated “random” drug tests
By Justin Fried
New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell tweeted out his annoyance with the NFL on Wednesday in a response to frequent drug testing he has been subject to.
New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell may be in the midst of a career-worst season in his first year with his new team, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has been disappointed with his time in New York.
Bell has been a model teammate and an exceptional leader completely shedding any unjust labels he had accumulated before his stint with the Jets.
But the former All-Pro running back did make headlines on Wednesday for a tweet he sent out regarding repeated drug tests for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) he had been subjected to. Bell voiced his displeasure with the NFL in the following tweet.
I done had 5 “random” HGH blood test in 10 weeks…@NFL I’m not doing another after today, whatever y’all lookin for it obviously ain’t there & I’m not about to keep allowing y’all to stick me with those dirty ass needles..find the players who really do that HGH BS & get off me..
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) November 20, 2019
Bell claims to have been selected for five random HGH tests over the first 10 weeks of the season which would be an incredibly high rate for any NFL player.
Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, five players from eight NFL teams are selected at random each week starting in the preseason. Players are then required to submit a blood sample which Bell points out is done using a needle.
At least part of the issue at hand does seem to come with Bell’s apparent dislike of needles. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the 27-year-old had the following to say about the incident.
“I can drop all day. If they want me to pee in a cup, I can do that all day. I just don’t want needles. You can keep that away from me. I don’t want nothing to do with needles.”
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To his credit, Bell seemingly does have a gripe considering he’s been selected far more than the average player would be. That said, his anger may be a bit misguided.
Cimini also reports that neither the NFL or NFLPA have any say in the frequency in which certain players are tested as per the latest collective bargaining agreement.
Whether fans choose to believe that or not is their own prerogative.
Head coach Adam Gase was asked about Bell’s tweet and subsequent comments and he seemed to laugh the incident off later stating that it was “out of [the team’s] control.”
While Bell insisted that he would refuse to take a sixth test if asked, doing so would technically be in violation of league rules and could result in a fine or even a suspension. Still, he seemed lighthearted about the issue when asked by reporters.
Whether you believe that Le’Veon Bell has been targeted by the NFL or not, he and the team better hope that he isn’t selected again because it could ignite this issue even further.
Fortunately, he does have the laws of probability on his side.