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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell responds with class to racist tweet

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' all-pro running back, Le'Veon Bell, had more to deal with than just a surgery this week.

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There are times when fans say really nice things on Twitter, and times when fans do the exact opposite on Twitter.

Le'Veon Bell saw a ton of support from Steelers nation and fans across the league who felt for the first team All-Pro running back when he tore his MCL against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8, an injury that ended his season early after he had already made several spectacular plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Bell appreciated the kind gestures and words from many people, there are still those that will be negative to the ultimate extreme.


There are extremely disgusting people in the world like "MVSWaggyP2" and then there are classy successful individuals such as Le'Veon Bell. While there would be no reason to blame Bell if he went after a person who made such a racist and hateful remark, having the grace to shake off that kind of hatred shortly after suffering a serious injury that has ruined your year of professional competition and taken you away from being able to help your teammates in a playoff campaign is an admirable act on his part.

In the past, other Steelers' players have had to deal with serious "trolls" on social media and have gotten pretty aggressive in their responses; Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Mitchell both have had encounters with fans on Twitter who sought to get a rise out of them and they responded in their frustration in the past.

This week, Bell provided a response that showed he would not be bothered by the racist remarks of someone that should mean less than nothing in his life, all while still exposing to the world just a small tad of what African-American athletes still have to deal with in 2015.