Pittsburgh Steelers star Le'Veon Bell will spend 15 months on probation but will have the marijuana charges against him dismissed if he successfully completes a court program, a judge declared.
Bell was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time offenders of nonviolent crimes on Friday morning after appearing in front of Common Pleas Judge Robert C. Gallo in Pittsburgh.
In addition, Bell will have to abstain from drugs and alcohol during the period and complete a safe-driving class. His driver's license will be suspended for 60 days.
"He's relieved to have the matter finally resolved with the opportunity to earn dismissal and expungement," said Bell's attorney Robert Del Greco. "I expect Le'Veon will not be a repeat offender."
But while Bell's legal troubles appear to be coming to an end, the running back could still face discipline from the NFL. "I cannot predict the outcome, but the guidelines would suggest maybe a one- or two-game suspension," Del Greco said.
Bell and former Steelers teammate LeGarrette Blount were arrested back in August after being pulled over by a police officer who thought he smelled pot. Both players were charged with possession of marijuana and Bell also was charged with DUI.
Blount, who won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots on Sunday, recently had his charge dropped after he completed 50 hours of community service.