Bryant was an avid marijuana user and spoke about his withdrawal symptoms while the Steelers carried on without him.
“I would get frustrated,” Bryant said to Jacob Feldman of Sports Illustrated. “I’d yell, ‘Why can’t I sleep!?'”
Bryant has been conditionally reinstated for the upcoming season and is awaiting full reinstatement from the NFL.
The wide receiver was forced to attend league-mandated drug counseling as a provision of his suspension, and said he learned from the dire experiences of others around him.
“Seeing other people’s situations, I saw mine wasn’t as bad as I thought,” Bryant said. “Two people in my rehab died this year. One lady was at home using heroin and didn’t wake up – in front of her daughter.”
Bryant appears to be thriving during training camp and the Steelers are hoping he’s put his past behind him as the team gears up for another deep playoff run.
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