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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

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:41 pm

Class act

The reason he wasn't arrested is because the cop who investigated was too busy posing for photos with this scumbag to remember that he was supposed to be investigating an alleged sexual assault. Apologists like Prisco who tout the "He wasn't arrested so why are we punishing him?" line are examples of why these guys keep doing this crap. No one ever holds them accountable for anything. More quality journalism Pete, keep up the good work.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:40 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

"Essentially he is being suspended for drinking with girls in a bar."

No Prisco, he's being suspended because of some very serious allegations made not just by the alleged victim but by other witnesses--allegations Rothlis
berger has done little to deny except to say nothing happened.  Well Pete and Ben, if all that lurid activity in the police report did not happen, then I would say its time to lawyer-up and clear your name.  What the heck, you've got until mid-way throught the season to work on it. 


Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:37 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Pete, tell the girl's father that Big Ben didn't do anything wrong.  The guy is shady and shady circumstances are always surrounding this guy every where he goes.  He obviously has issues.  I understand that the Tahoe incident and Georgia incident are unrelated and separate, but the fact remains that his name seems to always pop up in bad places.  Motorcycles without helmets, having sex with girls on the verge of blacking out in bathroom stalls with guards at the door, mouthing off to Terry Bradshaw, being interviewed when it looks like he hasn't seen a bottle of shampoo for months......  a character is forming and it's not just a "stupid" one.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:33 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

I'm a Cowboys fan so, I pretty much hate the Steelers.
However, I do not understnd how you can suspend someone for "bad conduct".
So, if anyone screams about a player now, its bad press for the NFL. Therefore, you're violating the NFL Conduct Policy.
I can't until the playoffs. Rival teams will be getting chicks to scream lies just to get someone suspended.
I think Rodger Godell should be fired. He is the biggest moron of all time.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:29 pm

Idiotic Editorial

The only reason Ben wasn't charged was because of how byzantine the Georgia law is on the subject. If it happened in PA or NY or CA or Colorado this would still be open.

I'd fire him if he worked for me.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:23 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

I can see it now... "Prisco is a Steelers hater" or "Big Ben didn't do anything wrong" blah blah blah.  When all else fails, people tend to fall back on moronic insults.

The Steelers are a proud organization, and well they should be. The conduct policy, like it or not, is keeping the NFL from becoming the NBA.

Ben was caught drinking with underage girls and although it's a "he said/she said" affair in Georgia, there's no doubt something went wrong. Ben didn't fight the Steelers about taking his punishment and I doubt he's going to complain about this. Fact is, he's lucky and he knows it.

I don't see the Steelers losing those four games, especially with Tampa and Buffalo on the schedule but it will keep him fresher for the end of the season possibly. Either way, I hope this sobers his judgement.

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