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Le’Veon Bell sentenced to 15 months probation in marijuana case

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell settled the legal issues stemming from his August arrest for marijuana possession and DUI on Friday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Bell was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, non-violent offenders after appearing before Common Pleas Judge Robert C. Gallo.

Under the terms of the program, Bell’s record will be cleared if he remains out of trouble during 15 months of probation. During that period, Bell must abstain from drugs and alcohol, complete any recommended treatment and take a safe driving class. His drivers license has also been suspended for 60 days.

“He’s relieved to have the matter finally resolved with the opportunity to earn dismissal and expungement,” Bell’s attorney Robert Del Greco said. “I expect Le’Veon will not be a repeat offender.”

Bell now faces possible league sanctions for his plea. Had Bell reached a deal before November 1, he would have had a better chance of avoiding a league suspension but the new substance-abuse policy calls for a two-game suspension for players found legally responsible for driving under the influence.