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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: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

Not here to argue the case or punishment, just your complete lack of knowledge of football.

Agreed that he didn't play well at all in their 1st superbowl win, but keep in mind how early in his career it was.    And also remember that he made a superbowl saving tackle(admittedly that he threw) that no other QB in the NFL could have made.     He was a very raw player, but still very talented with a very strong will.

But now don't try to say he played badly in the 2nd superbowl win.    The only reason Arizone was in that game at all was due to key defensive letdowns.   He drove the field and single handedly made a couple 3rd down conversions that were nothing short of sensational.    Oh, and threw a perfect pass to Holmes for the game winning TD.

Rag him for his personal choices and character flaws, ok.   But don't try and bash his football skills.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

I say he did not get enough. Regardless if he is not getting chrages against him, his behavior speaks for itself. If you do not cut it in the bud now. His A$$ is going to end up in prison or someone is going to get hurt.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:23 pm
 

Guilty until proven innocent

The NFL has just opened themselves and the Pittsburgh Steelers up for a very large law suit. Suspending Big Ben for any amount of time is an admission of guilt and 6 games just increases the amount of money going to be paid out. Nobody, including Rothlesburger  himself denies he is an idiot but the last time I looked, that isn't a crime. Like many pro athletes (see Tiger Woods/Kobe Bryant to name a few), he is a rich horndog. The difference between Ben and Tiger is that Tiger paid off his "whores" before they cried rape, Kobe soon after, and Ben, the NFL and the Steelers will be paying after he wasn't even charged. I don't know if Ben is going to fight the suspension or not but I think if he does, he wins easy. I keep reading posts that say with all his money he could have all the women he wants. This is true but imagine if one of those high paid hookers  cried rape after their "session". Maybe Ben should ask for a receipt to protect himself. Here is a question to ponder, isn't it possible that the "victim" and her friends new that Ben frequented this establishment and came up with a plan that one of them would screw him and then all of them would split up the money? I can see it now, all the women Rothlisburger has been with in the past filing a class action lawsuit claiming rape. Why not, he is an accused rapist? Come to think of it, I think Ben might have touched me inappropriately when he was in Detroit for the Superbowl. Where do I join the lawsuit?  From now on all athletes will need a signed disclosure before having sex.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

PanthersFan,

Uh....acutally no, they can't just suspend a player for whatever they want.  That's why they have guidelines in place to dictate when a suspension is warranted.  The Personal Conduct Policy is very nebulous, I'll grant you, but it is not carte blanche for the commissioner to suspend anyone at anytime as you suggest.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

Good for Pete Prisco. Can't imagine anyone at ESPN saying this. All they know how to do is to suck up to Roger Goodell who is a self aggrandizing, sanctimonious, all about me guy.



Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

Vick got a shorter suspension for a Federal CONVICTON (not allegation).  Exactly what system is Goodell using?



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

Are you a complete moron or just a part time one?  Of course the police want to portray him as guilty.  THAT'S THEIR JOB!!!!!  Oh the DA thinks Roethlisberger got away with it?  Really?  What a shock!!!  Show me any prosecuting attorney that doesn't think the person their investigating is guilty.  Go ahead.  I'll wait...............................

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Wow, what a surprise.  And you honestly think the team would be better of with Leftwich!?!?!   HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!  I'll grant you that he played like a$$ in his first Superbowl, but he played really well in the second.  You might want to check your facts before you open your mouth.  Of course, given that you come across like a sheep who is just willing to follow the herd, I doubt that you ever will.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

You can suspend someone for "bad conduct" because that someone gave their assent to the NFL conduct policy by collecting an NFL paycheck. If a player doesn't like it, he can go play football elsewhere or do whatever else he is qualified to do.

An analogy would be that it's not illegal to mouth off to your boss, but it can still get you fired.

As for rival teams "getting chicks to scream lies just to get someone suspended," there are still laws against slander, defamation and conspiracy. If we've learned one thing about Roger Goodell is that he would certainly investigate any situation. If any team would do something so stupid as to conspire to have a player suspended for their team's own benefit, if proven, that team would be liable for any compensation the targeted player lost while mistakenly suspended as well as any fine the league saw fit to impose (which would include money as well as precious draft picks). In essence, such an infraction would be on par with or worse than Spygate which costed Belichick roughly $500,000 and the Pats a first round pick.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

KingBDC, you do realize that the NFL is a private organization and can do what it wants. The NFL is NOT part of the judicial system. They can suspend anyone whenever they want to.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

I think you spelling "Roger Goodell" like "Rodger Godell" makes YOU a BIGGER moron than him.


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