There are some players who you see just squandering talent away. For many, it isn’t an issue on the field, like a bad attitude, but something off the field which keeps them from being able to reach their full potential and help their respective teams on the field.
We all know the names. Ray Rice, Randy Gregory, Greg Hardy, Josh Gordon. The list could go on, but one name which will always be on this list is former Steelers and Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant.
For those who didn’t hear of Bryant’s dismissal from Oakland, this after they sent Pittsburgh a third round pick in return, it was due to a pending suspension for the troubled wide out.
This per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a year-long suspension for his latest violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a source told ESPN.
The NFL is reviewing the matter and could issue its ruling as early as this week, according to a source.
With this potentially being Bryant’s third suspension in four years, it could mark the end of his NFL career. It would be a challenge for Bryant to return from another suspension, though he will be entitled to counseling from the NFL Players Association.
ESPN reported earlier this month that Bryant violated the league’s drug policy at some point during the offseason.
The NFL has already shown they will allow players to work their way back from situations like this, rather than issue a permanent, or indefinite, suspension — see Josh Gordon — but it is a long road back for the player.
Bryant certainly has some demons, and despite your own personal feelings on the league’s substance abuse policy on drugs like opioids and marijuana, the policy is the policy. And now Bryant will be forced to watch, compared to play, for what could be the entirety of another NFL season.