The last year for Martavis Bryant has been all about getting himself right, by focusing on himself and his new family. Along the way, he gained some much needed perspective by coaching receivers at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada. After some prodding by his agent, Bryant sold his house in Los Angelas to relocate to the much quieter setting in Nevada, to help him avoid unnecessary distractions during his suspension. Apparently the time away has done Bryant a world of good because he has never looked so healthy, or sounded so clearheaded as he did during his recent interview with Sports Illustrated. Bryant is thankful for the family, friends, and fans who have supported him throughout this process, which helped motivate him through it all.
On January 28, 2017, Bryant began the process to return to the NFL by applying for reinstatement. Provided that Bryant met all of the conditions for reinstatement by March 29th, Roger Goodell, should have rendered his decision two days ago. In a similar case involving Josh Gordon, Goodell was late making his decision because it was suspected that Gordon relapsed, which turned out to be the case. In Bryant’s case, he appears to have done everything needed for reinstatement, and then some. Just a few days ago, an inside source within the NFL said that a decision to reinstate Bryant was imminent. The NFL responded with a denial, and that there was no timeline for a decision.
If Martavis Bryant has done anything that would put his reinstatement at risk, it would certainly have been reported by now. The lack of any such news makes Goodell’s silence, and violation of the league’s own rules for reinstatement that much more curious. Step 5, listed below, clearly states that if Bryant fulfilled his requirements in a timely fashion, along with everyone else involved, Roger Goodell must render a decision within 60 days, which was by March 29, 2017.
1. Within 45 days of receipt of the application, the player will be interviewed by the medical director and the medical advisor, after which a recommendation will be made to the commissioner with regard to the player’s request for reinstatement.