As news of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant facing a one-year ban from the NFL, more details of what caused the ban are being released. Per Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Bryant not only has a problem with marijuana, but had several missed drug tests -- which count as failed tests -- which cause the NFL to move the suspension from 10-games to a year long ban.
Bryant's agents, although stunned, plan on appealing the suspension, but also added the young wide receiver is planning on entering rehab.
"We're all stunned, me included," Bryant's agent Brian Fettner said. "We clearly miscalculated the issue. His isn't a party issue. It's a coping issue and a depression issue, and he's got to take care of it."
In terms of how the agent feels about his client's issues, it was rather simple. However, while most believe this is simply a marijuana issue, Bryant is also being treated for depression.
"This is the biggest cry for help I've ever seen. And that hurts. It hurts us to see," Fettner said. "He's 24 years old and he's got to get right, whatever it is.
"If you talk to anybody's family that has depression, they will be talking about these same things - the (despondence), the withdrawal, the head-in-the-sand despair - just trying to cope."
If Bryant isn't able to get the help he needs during this suspension, he could find himself in rare company of players who have been banned indefinitely by the NFL, the most notable of whom would be former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.
"This is a long road to earn people's trust back, but honestly, we can't even worry about that right now," Fettner said. "You've got to get him healthy."