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December 12, 2019 4:24 PM UTC

Le’Veon Bell’s Bizarre Bowling Night Is Proof the Jets Must Trade Him

Le'Veon Bell joining the Jets created all kinds of hype, but he has underperformed and disrespected the team so much he needs to go.

  • Acquiring Le’Veon Bell was supposed to be a gamechanger for the Jets offense and quarterback Sam Darnold.
  • But the run game has gotten worse.
  • Not only has he failed to produce, but his bowling night shows his focus is not where it should be for a guy getting paid $52.5 million.

When the New York Jets acquired Le’Veon Bell during the off-season, the move was expected to be a game-changer for the Jets. He was supposed to be that running threat that would take the pressure off Sam Darnold while also giving him an outlet in the passing game.

But he has been none of those things for the Jets this season. Instead, he has been nothing more than an overpaid, underperforming disappointment with messed up priorities looking to play the victim.

Le’Veon Bell’s Bizarre Bowling Night Has an Equally Bizarre Excuse

Bell ended up not playing in last week’s 22-21 win over the Miami Dolphins. He wasn’t injured but had a bad enough case of the flu that the team sent him home Friday to keep from infecting anyone else.

Common sense, at that point, would tell most people to stay home and rest. But Bell is not most people. Rather than take care of his body so he could ensure he didn’t suffer any setbacks heading into Week 15, he went bowling Saturday night until 1 AM.

Yes, bowling.

There have been no reports of him drinking or doing anything inappropriate. But, when you are too sick to go to work, that doesn’t mean you go out and play all night. It means you do what you need to in order to take care of your body, so you don’t miss any more time.

After signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract, you would think that is the least Bell could do. But instead, he went bowling because he had family visiting and they were bored (via ESPN):

They weren’t sure about my energy and hydration, so they held me out of the game. But they advised me to get out of the house and move a little bit. I had a lot of family and friends there because they were expecting me to play. Everybody was at my house, just kind of looking at me. I felt better, I felt a lot better, so we went out bowling and had fun.

This Is Why the Jets Need to Trade Him

Bell didn’t break any rules. No one has reported him doing anything questionable, so, in a way, there is nothing for anyone to be mad at.

But the whole situation looks bad. If Bell felt good enough to go out bowling till late in the night, he should have at least showed up to the game and cheered his teammates on from the sideline. Jamal Adams was on crutches, but he was still there.

Had Bell at least recognized that maybe this whole mess would go away. But, instead, he joked about bowling a 251.

There is nothing for the Jets to punish here because he didn’t do anything wrong. It just looks terrible, not necessarily for the organization, but for Bell.

It appears like he doesn’t care about the team or the game. Had he shown a little remorse, it wouldn’t look as bad—but he showed none. If he was producing this season, no one would care.

But he isn’t.

The fact that he recognized being spotted as his only regret goes to show he knows he shouldn’t have been doing it.

He is a “me-first” kind of guy. He always has been and always will be. His focus is not on being the best running back he can be. For $52.5 million, it should be.

The Steelers were smart to let him walk when they did, and the Jets will be smart to trade him in the offseason (if they can).

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.

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