On Tuesday, Jets head coach Adam Gase addressed a New York Post report from Monday that said RB Le'Veon Bell was out bowling the night before the Jets took on the Dolphins despite being sick with the flu.
Bell had already been deemed out for the game because doctors said he was still contagious. Gase said that's why Bell wasn't at the team hotel, so he was free to go about his Saturday night however he pleased.
Gase just wishes it was a night in for his running back.
"I mean, that wasn't his fault that we said he was still contagious. That's what the doctors told him," Gase told reporters. "I'd rather him not be [out], I'd rather him be at home just getting better. That will be a conversation we'll have."
"What am I gonna discipline him for? I can't tell him you have to stay in your house" - Adam Gase says the optics are bad with the Le'Veon Bell story but he won't be disciplined pic.twitter.com/bRV5M4tg0k- Jets Videos (@snyjets) December 10, 2019
When asked if he agreed it wasn't a good look for Bell, Gase said, "Yeah, I would say so." But the Jets won't be reprimanding him publicly, with Gase saying there is no reason to discipline No. 26.
"What am I going to discipline him for? I can't tell him you have to stay in your house," Gase said.
Gase affirmed that Bell did want to play leading up to the game, but wasn't healthy enough to do so. He added that the dynamic back should be returning this week ahead of the Thursday Night Football matchup with the Ravens.