Le’Veon Bell barred from attending fan’s high school prom
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will not be allowed to attend a fan’s high school prom after agreeing to do so following a Twitter bet, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The reasons the Waukesha School District laid out for why Bell cannot escort 17-year-old Waukesha West (Wisc.) junior Ava Tarantino are two-fold, the first being he’s too old to attend. Per district policy, individuals older than 19 aren’t permitted to attend prom.
The second reason is a bit more damning: The district bars individuals from prom dances who have been involved in drug, alcohol or violent criminal incidents.
Bell was arrested on DUI and marijuana possession charges in August of 2014. He was sentenced to 15 months probation in February, 2015. The Steelers star later was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season, a punishment later reduced to two games upon successful appeal.
Waukesha School District spokeswoman Terry Schuster alluded to Bell’s run-in with the law in 2015 when explaining the decision.
“You can Google Mr. Bell,” Schuster said. “We have to be equitable in the way we treat our students. We don’t even know if this is a real commitment.”
Tarantino is a life-long Steelers fan. She invited Bell to her prom and he agreed to attend if she could wrangle up 600 retweets of the invite. Tarantino’s tweet garnered over 2,000 retweets.
welllll, a deal is a deal @avatarantino26 ……see youu at your prom
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) March 12, 2017
Tarantino said recently that Bell agreeing to attend her prom “means the world” to her. She once met Bell in 2014, about the same time of her original Twitter prom invite.
Bell had planned to bring along his family, including his mother and girlfriend, to the prom. Tarantino is allowed to file a request to allow Bell to attend, Schuster said. But unless successful, it’s a no-go for her NFL superstar prom “date.”