March 2016 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Steelers Won't Cut Martavis Bryant

Mar 21, 2016 1:13 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans on cutting Martavis Bryant.

Bryant is suspended for the 2016 season for a violation of the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.

"He has to do what he has to do from a league standpoint," Kevin Colbert said. "He has to do what he has to do from a personal standpoint. We have to prepare for what we have to do without him in 2016. After all that is taken care of, we will revisit it. As of right now, as Art Rooney II said, we support him. But in all honesty, what happens is totally up to him."

The Steelers have depth at wide receiver even without Bryant in the form of Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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Martavis Bryant Won't Appeal Year-Long Suspension

Mar 14, 2016 3:14 PM

Martavis Bryant has been suspended for a minimum of one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Monday.

Bryant decided not to appeal the suspension.

Bryant's suspension, which is without pay, begins immediately, the NFL said.

He was scheduled to earn $600,000 in 2016.

The suspension is related to NFL drug testing.

ESPN

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Martavis Bryant Faces Yearlong Suspension

Mar 12, 2016 9:05 PM

Martavis Bryant is facing a yearlong suspension from the NFL, his agent confirmed.

The suspension is related to NFL drug testing, a source told ESPN. Bryant's agent, Tom Santanello, confirmed Saturday that the talented receiver plans to appeal the suspension.

Another of his agents, Brian Fettner, told USA Today Sports that Bryant, who served a four-game suspension last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, is fighting depression and plans to enter rehab Sunday for evaluation.

"We're all stunned, me included," Fettner told USA Today Sports. "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.

"This is the biggest cry for help I've ever seen. And that hurts. It hurts us to see. 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."

After returning from his four-game suspension, Bryant had a productive 2015 season for the Steelers, hauling in 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games.

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