Posted January 16, 2014

Davone Bess appears to tweet out photo of marijuana; Browns will investigate

AFC North, Cleveland Browns
NFL has no precedent for suspending a player over a tweet.

The NFL has no precedent for suspending a player over a tweet. (William Purnell/Icon SMI)

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.

 

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.

82 comments
rodp236
rodp236

Rename them the Cleveland  blunts'. Can anyone remember the last time Cleveland had a good team?

CraigBoylstein
CraigBoylstein

That team has clearly gone to pot


The Cleveland Greens

gunter
gunter

Where is the editor?  Bess' problems is not the way to write.  BESS'S PROBLEMS.  Tune in.  Get a clue from an English expert.


Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

I never get these guys.  Give it up for 10-15 years, make millions, then smoke all day everyday after retirement.  Seems pretty simple.  

lgkiii
lgkiii

You'd think he would've clicked with WEEDen.

salvaje50
salvaje50

The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

Davone don't listen to the haters.  You know it isn't weed, just a mall bag of oregano.  SMH

tonybot3
tonybot3

Get rid of him.  Cleveland is likely drafting a WR in the first round anyway with one of their picks.

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

trade him to the broncos or seahawks so he can smoke all he want!

Doug1
Doug1

"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."  Methinks you meant Bess, not Gordon.

x72
x72

Legalize it

DAN B1
DAN B1

traded for devone bess, got devone worst

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The best thing about smoking pot (or so I've been told) is that unlike alcohol, and certainly unlike cocaine, is that NOBODY that is stoned wants to fight.  You just say, 'Hey man, don't worry about, okay', and go about you business. 

ChiefG
ChiefG

Trade him. He can't catch a football to save his life.

Might be all the smoke he gets in his eyes :)

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

I live in Denver and since weed has become legal.....I havnt noticed any difference....in anything..whatsoever.  However, the roads bridges, and schools will all be properly funded next year and thats awesome!  GO BRONCOS


Joe R2
Joe R2

He should have tweeted a picture of a much more dangerous substance like a bottle of whiskey, bottle of pain killers, or a pack of cigarettes.  Nobody would've cared...

Joe R2
Joe R2

Nothing wrong with smoking herb, but why tweet it?  Dumb dumb dumb

M20
M20

What an idiot. Smoke your pot, but don't Tweet photos of it, moron.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Pot is still illegal (in most states) because of the big money the alcohol and pharmaceutical lobbyists throw around.

Ryan19
Ryan19

@x72 Because of your post, I am listening to Legalize It by Peter Tosh as I write out this comment.   I haven't listened to this song in quite so time.  Thanks for that, good sir.  

Ryan19
Ryan19

@Rickapolis Not necessarily true.  When I'm stoned I usually get in a couple fights every time. And I beat those bags of chips senseless.  They never stood a chance. 

muser
muser

@espnrefugee0218 Is it cheaper through the new retail options? How is the former distribution organization accepting it's new competitors?

EdgarMartinez
EdgarMartinez

@espnrefugee0218, Maybe MJ consumption will increase by 5%, but for the most part, the people that are smoking it were smoking it before it became illegal.

muser
muser

@Joe R2 Joe...it's not an either/or argument. I have $1000's on hard liquor in my home and probably 10 dozen beer and 100 bottles of wine. I consume those because I like a cold beer with a steak or on the patio on a nice day. I'm a bourbon nerd and collect it. 


Weed is strictly for getting wasted. No other purpose. Nobody savors the flavor like with a nice glass of wine. 

EdgarMartinez
EdgarMartinez

@Joe R2Nothing dangerous about a bottle of whiskey or a pack of cigarettes, unless you're doing something dangerous while doing them.

EdgarMartinez
EdgarMartinez

@Joe R2 This just shows why the Browns have been a joke for so long. A culture of idiocy.

EdgarMartinez
EdgarMartinez

@NoQNoSuperBowleven if it was legal in most states, it would still be against NFL policy, and still moronic for someone in the league to tweet pictures of it.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@muser @Joe R2 Wine tastes like vinegar, but no one "savors" vinegar because it doesn't make you drunk.  No one would give a crap what wine tastes like if they didn't drink so much of it getting drunk in the first place.  



Ryan19
Ryan19

@muser @Joe R2 If by wasted you mean they use it to open their mind and enjoy the beauty of the world around them, then I guess I can agree with you.  But is that really a bad thing?  

Jon1
Jon1

@muser "Wasted"? You've obviously lived a sheltered life.

Ryan19
Ryan19

@Babbaloey @NoQNoSuperBowl Who is please and where are these facts he provided?  I must have missed them.  Were those facts for or against pot?  

EdgarMartinez
EdgarMartinez

@espnrefugee0218@EdgarMartinezI meant *legal*

muser
muser

@unitcaptain11   I see that you're saving your most convincing and insightful points for later....