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RB Le’Veon Bell Apologizes For Comments About Chiefs; Still Says He Wouldn’t Return To Franchise

Unhappy running back Le’Veon Bell is back in the headlines, one day after he put out on social media that he would “never play for (Chiefs coach) Andy Reid again … I’d retire first.”

Bell is regretting those comments today, saying that he should have kept the comments quiet instead of posting them on social media.

“I’ll admit that’s somethin I could’ve and should’ve kept to myself & I apologize about that and that only… but I don’t regret what I said, because that’s how I feel,” Bell tweeted.

“so you can love me or hate me, I’m gonna be fine regardless … I’m just giving you a small version from my point of view on why I said what I said …”

The running back joined the eventual AFC Champion Chiefs last season after he was released by the New York Jets. He played only two games in New York since the team and running back could not see eye to eye.

In 2020, Bell played in nine regular season games for the Chiefs, rushing for 254 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but for the most part, he was highly ineffective. Bell has never been the star back that he was while a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With the Steelers from 2013 to 2017, Bell rushed for 5,336 with 35 touchdowns. He also pulled in 312 passes for 2,660 yards — an average of 8.5 yards per catch — with seven scores.

After leaving Pittsburgh, his relationship with the New York Jets lasted less than two seasons. He ran for 789 yards and three scores in 2019, and was released two games into 2020.

Bell has never given any reason given for his issues with Reid and the Chiefs, but something didn’t mesh right. However, Bell has spoken out about not wanting to return to the Chiefs in 2021.

Bell’s deal with Kansas City is up, meaning that he can ink wherever he wants.

There are plenty of teams that would love a player with the talent that Bell has, but his off-the-field issues and what comes out of his mouth are two major reasons teams might simply stay away from him.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. Yeah, somebody probably told “everyone loves Andy” so he had to revise and say “something was said” which is a clear insinuation these days and get that “card” ready to play.

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