The vast majority of Pittsburgh Steelers fans have made up their minds regarding Le'Veon Bell and his expected 4-game suspension to start the 2016 season.
And who could blame them?
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
However, Bell recently responded to a photoshopped picture of him wearing a gas mask, similar to the one used by Laremy Tunsil prior to the draft, while running with the football. It wasn't the picture which is worth noting, but what Bell wrote as a comment which has spiked fans' interest.
"I am not going to miss games, trust me." Bell wrote. "I'm gonna win the appeal...ppl have no idea what happened but don't worry...let em hate. When I end up missin no games at all, ppl for sure gonna try to love me again and I'm only ridin with my LOYAL fans!!"
Bell seems confident his appeal, which the NFL said they will hear before the regular season begins, will not just be heard, but will be overturned. Players can say what they want, but Bell did see his 3-game suspension in 2015 reduced to 2-games, but for this particular suspension to be reduced, it would have to involve him having a legitimate excuse for missing the drug tests which caused the league to slap the 4-game ban on him in the first place.
Could this happen? It could.
Is it likely? History says it isn't.
Again, for Bell's suspension to be reduced, or eliminated, he would have to prove to the NFL there was a serious reason why he missed a test. If the league doesn't buy his excuse, the 4-game suspension would stand. However, if nothing else, Bell's comments shine a light on the fact an appeal has yet to be heard, regardless of what your predisposition of Bell, and the situation, may be.