After remaining relatively silent on the issue, the Steelers addressed Martavis Bryant’s pending four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, as he reportedly tested positive for marijuana.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert had the following to say in a team-issued release:
“We are disappointed in Martavis’ actions that has led to his four-game suspension. It is a disappointment to our entire organization as well as our fans, but we will continue to support Martavis during his suspension. It is very unfortunate his actions have put our team in this situation to begin the year, but we are confident he will learn from his mistake and return in excellent shape in Week 5.”
Reports have surfaced that the Steelers were aware of Bryant’s failed test in spring, which led to the drafting of rookie Sammie Coates.
Following the Steelers game in Buffalo last weekend, Bryant also addressed the pending suspension for the first time to reporters.
“Honestly guys, it hasn’t been officially ruled yet so at the appropriate time when they come to a final decision, I’ll comment on it,” Bryant said. “I am just focused on the team and working hard at practice to get better.”