Le'Veon Bell barred from attending Steelers fan's prom
March 16, 2017 4:32 PM
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.
By Adam Bittner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Le’Veon Bell may not be going to the prom after all.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the running back’s highly publicized date with a Steelers fan in Wisconsin, agreed to via Twitter over the weekend, is being complicated by officials at the fan’s school district. And they’re citing Bell’s 2014 arrest on marijuana possession and DUI charges as justification.
Waukesha School District spokeswoman Terry Schuster said Bell could attend the public events with 17-year-old Waukesha West junior Ava Tarantino, but she said district policy bars from the dance guests who have been involved in drug, alcohol or violent criminal incidents.
"You can Google Mr. Bell," Schuster said, an apparent allusion to the 2014 incident that earned Bell a two-game suspension. District policy also bars guests who are older than 19.
Bell, 25, has completed his probation program related to those transgressions. He’s also served not one but two suspensions related to the incident. (He missed time in early 2016 after missing subsequent drug tests.)
Nevertheless, the school district is, as of now, limiting his participation in the prom to “public events,” such as the grand march beforehand.
Bell agreed to the date after Ava’s tweet asking him to the prom received more than 2,000 retweets. Bell had challenged her to get 600 and confirmed he’d attend after the tweet crossed that threshold.
The Journal Sentinel reports Bell was planning to bring his mother and girlfriend with him to Wisconsin to help Ava with her makup, and that Ava’s father, Jim, is hopeful the family can work something out with the district.
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