What's Buzzing:

Shutdown Corner

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell paid his own way to fly to game after arrest

Shutdown Corner

(In the original post, a photo of Steelers defensive back Devin Smith was incorrectly identified as being Le'Veon Bell. The error has been corrected.)

Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't hold up their team charter flight for Le'Veon Bell while he was having blood drawn following a marijuana possession arrest.

So not only did Bell, the team's second-year starting tailback, get charged with marijuana possession and likely a DUI (that's why he was having blood drawn), he had to book a flight, go through security with the common folk and squeeze into a regular airline seat on the way to Philadelphia for the team's preseason game on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette confirmed that Bell wasn't on the team charter but made it to Philadelphia on his own. No word on whether Bell kept asking for extra dry roasted peanuts the entire flight to cure his munchies.

One would assume coach Mike Tomlin didn't send a limo to pick him up at the airport either.

Whatever one thinks about marijuana, whether it should be legal and if the NFL punishes those who use it too harshly, the Steelers can't be happy with Bell and fellow tailback LeGarrette Blount, who were both arrested on Wednesday and charged with marijuana possession. Blount made the team charter flight because he was charged only with possession, not a DUI like Bell.

[ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ]

The crime might not be that big of a deal, depending on your views, but the timing raises questions. The two running backs and a female companion were pulled over after an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to ESPN.com. That came at about 1:30 p.m., less than two hours before the Steelers' flight for their game against the Eagles was to leave.

Again, no matter your views on marijuana, smoking it less than two hours before you have to get on a flight for your job is frowned upon by most companies.

If the Steelers let the NFL handle any discipline that comes from the case, it's unlikely to be settled this season. Even though the duo might avoid suspension for this season, if the team doesn't punish them itself, Steelers officials are likely to ask more than a few questions to their top two tailbacks about the incident.

- - - - - - -

Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

View Comments (368)
  • Kamworor wins Kenyan trials but will skip African event

    World champion Geoffrey Kamworor won the Kenyan Cross Country trials on Saturday but pulled out of the team for next month's African Cross Country Championships in Cameroon, saying the event did not fit in with his preparations for the Rio de … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • Golf: Schwartzel on course for victory on his 2016 debut

    South African Charl Schwartzel is poised to mark his first appearance of the year with a win after taking a one-shot lead in the Tshwane Open third round on Saturday. The 2011 U.S. Masters champion bagged an eagle and three birdies in a … More »

    Reuters - 9 minutes ago
  • Bencic, Vinci reach St. Petersburg final

    Bencic, Vinci reach St. Petersburg final

    Belinda Bencic of Switzerland beat Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-4, 6-3 in a battle of 18-year-olds to book a St. Petersburg final against Roberta Vinci of Italy, who earlier in the day downed Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. Bencic came under … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Man United loses 2-1 at Sunderland after late own goal

    Man United loses 2-1 at Sunderland after late own goal

    A late own goal by goalkeeper David de Gea consigned Manchester United to a 2-1 loss at Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday, dealing another blow to the team's ambitions of finishing in the Champions League qualification places. Anthony … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Schwartzel on course for victory on his 2016 debut

    Schwartzel on course for victory on his 2016 debut

    South African Charl Schwartzel is poised to mark his first appearance of the year with a win after taking a one-shot lead in the Tshwane Open third round on Saturday. The 2011 U.S. Masters champion bagged an eagle and three birdies in a … More »

    Reuters - 22 minutes ago