The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be without one of their top wide receivers for at least the next season as the NFL has officially announced that Martavis Bryant has been suspended for one year.
The suspension stems from multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
NFL official announced at least 1-year suspension of Martavis Bryant. Will cost him $600K. Steelers will be credited with that on cap
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) March 14, 2016
The suspension will cost him $600,000 in salary. It was also revealed that he would not appeal the suspension, and it’s expected that Martavis Bryant will enter rehab during his time away from the team.
According to the USA Today, via ESPN, Bryant’s agent, Brian Fettner, said that the receiver is battling depression, which has led to his drug use.
“This is the biggest cry for help I’ve ever seen, and that hurts,” Fettner told USA Today. “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.”
Hopefully his time in rehab will allow him to get all of the help that he needs to overcome any personal demons he may have, and he’ll be able to get back to playing the game he loves in the near future.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA Today Sports.