Davone Bess appears to tweet out photo of marijuana; Browns will investigate
Wide receiver Davone Bess may find himself in some hot water after tweeting out a photo that includes what appears to be marijuana. Bess, who signed a four-year, $14.18 million contract with the Browns last offseason, finished the season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, reportedly while dealing with a family issue.
The Browns said in a statement, via Cleveland.com: “The team is aware of the photos and looking further into the situation and will deal with the matter internally.”
In that same Cleveland.com report, league spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment on any possible punishment that could come Bess’ way.
We da real dons! pic.twitter.com/AdlYCuCsEK
— Davone Bess (@davonebess) January 16, 2014
Ironically, Bess worked his way into the starting lineup early in 2013 only after Josh Gordon was suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. There’s not any precedent for an NFL player to draw a suspension over a tweet — Gordon likely would have to test positive for a banned substance to draw any substantial punishment from the league.
However, he’s certainly put himself at risk for an in-house penalty, as well as increased attention from the league’s drug testers in the coming season.
Bess’ contract structure means that the Browns would not save any money by releasing him prior to the 2015 season.