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Stiff suspension for Ben

Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Ben Roethlisberger's suspension for four-to-six games is about right. But you have to wonder how the league will sell this one to the NFL Players Association.

After all, he hasn't been charged with anything, except being stupid.

There were no formal charges in either case of alleged sexual misconduct against Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is free by the laws of the land, even if he isn't by the rules of the NFL.

For that reason, I thought the league would allow the Steelers to handle the suspension of their quarterback.

As it is, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is ready to slap the suspension on Roethlisberger for violating the league's conduct code.

I understand it. But at the core, other than stupidity, why is he being suspended? There wasn't even arrest. What he did is deplorable -- if true -- but who can prove it true without a court case.

Essentially he is being suspended for drinking with girls in a bar. If that's the case, most of the NFL should sit out four games.

The suspension is bad news for Steelers fans. They will have to play a quarter of the season, unless the suspension is reduced, without their two-time winning Super Bowl quarterback.

The winner in this is Byron Leftwich.

The Steelers traded a seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay Tuesday to get Leftwich, who was the backup to Roethlisberger for the 2008 season.

He knows the offense. The players in the locker room like him. He will be fine.
As for Roethlisberger, here's hoping losing a quarter of his pay and hurting his teammates helps change him.

I doubt it will.

 

 

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2010 1:43 am
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

While no charges were filed or made against Big Ben he has broken the conduct rule of the NFL and not once but twice for the same infractions thus the extended suspension.  While I understand it's not his fault that she was under age, you can't expect men to go around and check id's on there own in any bar it is his fault for placing this women in the situation he did.  After the fact suspension what I would like to know is what role the off duty officers hired by Big Ben played in this fiasco and if they were getting orders from more then just Big Ben.  And if the players association is smart they will let this slide to avoid bad press and possible protest from women's rights groups.  Whether that is a form of blackmail or the democratic way it will happen.



Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2010 10:01 am
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

I'm a Steeler fans and never thought I'd support a Cowboys fan but I agree with you 100%! Goodell should change his name to BADell. He's punishing Big Ben for every bad boy in the NFL. Steeler fans have turned into some of the biggest morons in the country, believing every word the media reports. Geez, don't get me started about morons. They can all kiss his @$$ when he wins #7. Every player in the NFL is now supposed to be PERFECT. You hear that guys?! Yell



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2010 12:13 am
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

Get real, moron.  Just because he wasn't charged because the DA felt that the intoxication would preclude getting past the reasonable doubt threshold doesn't mean he wasn't guilty of rape.  Most reasonable people reading the full police report would conclude he probably raped the girl.  While probably isn't good enough in criminal court, it should not stop Goodell from spanking bad Ben hard.  Let's also not forget that Ben's boys destroyed the surveillance tapes and cleaned the bathroom before the real cops showed up.  Bad Ben should keep his mouth shut like he is and be happy he's not in jail.  You are one of the enablers that let entitled jocks have their way.  Grow up.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:32 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

You people all live in fantasy land.  THere is not one athlete on the planet, that doesn't put them selves in that same situation.  Most just don't get caught or pay the people off.  Every friday night in every college in America there are underage girls drunk in a dorm with johhny football hero.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2010 8:51 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

If you rob a store and get caught on the surveillance cameras but the store owner doesn't want to press charges, the DA is still going to press charges.  The perpetrator doesn't just get to go free.  Otherwise, you could just pay off or otherwise intimidate the victim so that you don't risk jail time.

The reason there is no case is because there is no evidence.  The witness was really drunk and gave conflicting statements.  She also told Ben she was "Down to Fuck" and reports are she went with him into the bathroom.  Even though she admittedly reported it, there was no DNA evidence at all.  There was no evidence of any kind, no struggle, no DNA evidence. 

Why would you waste government resources, on the taxpayer's dime, going after that case?  It's a shitty case.  My daughter wouldn't be out whoring in some night club getting drunk and acting like a slut.  She has better morals and has been raised better than that.  This young woman was not.  Either was Ben.  They're both clowns, they deserved each other actually.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Cleanup Effort is OVERDUE

Ben has had ample time to demonstrate his character.

It is CONSISTENTLY the nature of a person the world does not need.

Shame will fall on the NFL and the STEELERS.  Ben should have to pay the price of that shame.

A full year's suspension would not have been too much.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 3:23 pm
 

Ahh yes, the double standards of Prisco

So not only does Prisco think that QB's deserve special attention on the field, but it seems he thinks they deserve special treatment off of it as well.  Every argument Prisco made a few years ago justifying the suspension of Pacman could be made for Big Ben.  
Avoid stupid situations and you won't get in trouble, it's as simple as that for every NFL player, and most of them get it.  Those who don't, deserve to be suspended.  I thought Chris Henry and Pacman Jones deserved their suspensions a few years ago, and I think Big Ben does now.  
Prisco though, his hard-on for Quarterbacks obscures and skews his perception of the rest of the game.  Let's just get a little consistency when we write, please Prisco.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

The victim was given shots to drink til she was intoxicated.....her friends realized she needed to be looked after for protection because she was no longer able to do it for herself.  She was targeted because of this...separated from her friends....led down a hallway to wait for Ben....when her friends realized what was going on and tried to intervened, they were stopped by the bodyguards... when it was all over.... the intoxicated girl came back, being intoxicated...she couldn't remember what had happened... EXACTLY what EVERYONE was counting on... so YES...the story is bound to change as an intoxicated girl...being victimized while intoxicated...tries to remember what happened.....do you think she was sober the whole time and remembers everthing?   Ben was a predator...taking advantage of her while she was intoxicated and in no condition to remember or make rational decisions.  Does intoxicated persons deserve to be molested?  Do they deserve to be taken advantage of while in that condition as "punishment" for making a mistake and drinking a bit too much?   NO!  Kids make mistakes....but don't need to be victimized while in that condition.




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

The police "lost" evidence?? Sources please. The girl only came to the police after being dragged there by her friends. Paid off???? Proof please. Gotta love people who make stuff up or are too dumb to read the accounts of what happened. It's he said, she said and nothing more. End of story.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2010 12:42 pm
 

With underage girls and cop cover ups come on!!

How can you possibly say his conduct wasn’t criminal? Just because there wasn’t an arrest or the fact that the girl he molested was so drunk she couldn’t keep her story together or even the fact that the medical examiner said there were some bruises and cuts to the girls vaginal area but not rape…Come on, what coffee are you drinking. The local police covered this up so quick is ridiculous. Why else would one of the officers resign? Why wouldn’t the off duty cop/body guard let the girls to their friend? If they can do it to S. Holmes they damn better do it to Ben!!



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