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Le'Veon Bell: 'I Don't Regret' Saying I Won't Play for Andy Reid Again

Blake SchusterContributor IJune 14, 2021

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Free agent tailback Le'Veon Bell stunned many around the NFL by saying he'd rather retire than play for head coach Andy Reid again. In case it wasn't clear the first time, the former Kansas City Chiefs reserve reiterated that stance in a tweet on Sunday. 

Le'Veon Bell @LeVeonBell

I said what I said & I don’t regret at all what I said...for those who have a PERSONAL PROBLEM with me because of what I SAID, that’s fine...you have your right! just understand I ALSO have MY RIGHT for how I feel about MY PERSONAL problem with dude because of what HE SAID to me

Bell, who played nine games for the Chiefs in 2020, said he loved his time in Kansas City and admitted commenting on RapTV's Instagram thread wasn't the right place to air his grievances, but he also can't change how he feels about his former coach. 

Le'Veon Bell @LeVeonBell

never did I say I didn’t enjoy my time in KC, because I loved my time there, and was probably the closest locker room full of players I ever been around...I enjoyed my teammates, the city, food, the fans, just about everything in KC...

Le'Veon Bell @LeVeonBell

I’m not about to get all into depth on why I feel the way I do, but I have my right to feel the way I feel...the ONLY thing I would change is commenting how i really felt on social media...

Le'Veon Bell @LeVeonBell

I’ll admit that’s somethin I could’ve and should’ve kept to myself & I apologize about that and that only... but I don’t regret what I said, because that’s how I feel...

Le'Veon Bell @LeVeonBell

so you can love me or hate me, I’m gonna be fine regardless ... I’m just giving you a small version from my point of view on why I said what I said ...

Bell started two games with Kansas City while totaling 254 yards on 63 carried for two touchdowns with the AFC champions last year. He's yet to agree to terms with a club for 2021. 

Nor did Bell specify what led to his discontent with Reid or what the coach may have said to mislead the former Pittsburgh Steelers star. 

The tailback did see progressively fewer and fewer snaps throughout his time in KC. He saw fewer than 10 rushing attempts in seven of his nine regular season games with the Chiefs, and carried the ball just twice in a playoff matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Bell was then inactive for the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills and did not play in a Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The 28-year-old agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $1 million with the Chiefs. 

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He hasn't been able to find anything similar on the open market. It appears even if Kansas City did want him back, the tailback wouldn't even consider it. 

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