What’s next for Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers with WR’s ‘conditional reinstatement’
Martavis Bryant was granted conditional reinstatement by the NFL on Tuesday, allowing the once-rising star wide receiver to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But what does that mean?
Firstly, it means Bryant was cleared by the NFL and NFL Players Association medical director and advisor, that league commissioner Roger Goodell and his representatives met with Bryant, Bryant agreed to the terms of his reinstatement and was cleared to return.
The exact conditions of his reinstatement aren’t known, but the NFL substance abuse policy does make many of the following steps pretty clear for Bryant and the Steelers.
Stage Three forever
Bryant will remain in the last phase of the league’s intervention program for the rest of his career. He will have to maintain a treatment program created for him by the league medical director, currently J. Richard Spatafora.
What the Steelers can do
A lot of it’s informal. And the substance abuse policy largely keeps teams in the dark on player’s status in the intervention program unless the player himself or his agent – if authorized – lets the club know about any violations of the policy or changes in a player’s treatment plan.
A team-affiliated doctor who the Steelers would’ve already designated as their “Team Substance Abuse Physician,” however, can consult on and help arrange for Bryant’s ongoing treatment.
That doctor would also be informed of any changes to Bryant’s status in the intervention program, though that’s moot at this point. Any other violation of the league’s substance abuse policy would result in another indefinite suspension.
The same team substance abuse physician also has to examine Bryant before clearing him to return to contact drills and game play. That examination can not include a drug test.
Bryant has to keep the league medical director and advisor informed of an address where he can be reached at all times as well as a phone number.
That way, he can be tested randomly. And while he can’t be tested for that 10 times in a calendar month, a text, voicemail or letter delivered to the number or location given to the medical director and advisor by Bryant does count as notification of an upcoming test.
If Bryant leaves the country, he still has to maintain notice of an address where he can be found and a number where he can be reached.
Remember, missed tests are failed tests as far as league policy is concerned.
What not to do
- Smoke, or otherwise ingest, pot
- Use any of the NFL’s other substances of abuse
They are cocaine, synthetic marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, PCP and MDMA.
- Miss drug tests
Again, because Bryant is in Stage Three for the rest of his career a failed test also means another indefinite suspension from the league.
Bryant has two years remaining on his rookie contract.
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