Le'Veon Bell
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New York Jets star Le’Veon Bell issued a special apology for his year-long absence to fantasy football players who saw their seasons ruined.

It normally wouldn’t be a good sign if a member of the New York Jets is apologizing to the owner. Le’Veon Bell presented a humorous exception.

The running back took to Twitter on Monday to issue an apology for any inconveniences his 2018 absence may have caused to fantasy football owners. Bell sat out the entire season after clashing with Pittsburgh Steelers management about his contract situation.

As a result, those who drafted Bell for their fantasy football teams lost a major contributor. Bell extended his “overdue” sympathies to the unfortunate players.

As one of the NFL’s most accomplished running backs, Bell was likely chosen at or near the top of many fantasy drafts. Even with the uncertainty surrounding his Pittsburgh situation, many felt he could return midseason. Other players were simply done in by automated draft settings. Such options often simply select the highest-ranked available player.

Responses to Bell’s apology ranged from humorous to vengeful. Others were indifferent.


Bell would eventually find contract stability with the Jets, inking a four-year, $52.5 million deal this offseason. While some fantasy experts sent Bell down their running back rankings, he is nonetheless expected to be a high, valuable pick in many drafts.

The Jets are hoping he can provide second-year quarterback Sam Darnold with a workhorse running back to lean on.

The Jets open their preseason slate on Aug. 8, as they battle the New York Giants (7:00 p.m. ET, WNBC).

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