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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: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2010 12:38 pm

Ben drank with underage kids!!!

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!!

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:53 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

Let me explain it to you tool, this is not the first time this has happened it is the second. The case is still open on the other one. The girl brought all of this to light with the police, her friends told the same story. Then the police "lose" some evidence. Then the girl refuses to testify against Benny boy. She was paid off. It doesn't take a genius to figure this out. People are not stupid, he has made his team him self and the NFL look bad. That is why he is getting suspended. I know you are a Cowboys fan but even you should get why this is happening.  

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:42 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

Any moron citing the DA's self-serving press conference or police report as evidence of guilt is even dumber than I think they are.

Like the old adage goes, a DA can indict a ham sandwich if he wants to - mainly because grand juries are merely rubber stamps for holier-than-thou prosecutors looking to move up in the political world.  So if the DA can't even get an indictment, this case was WEAK, WEAK, WEAK from the get-go.

As for the brain surgeons on here who are calling for a longer suspension for a man not even CHARGED of a crime than others who have actually been CONVICTED of a crime.... Well, you remind of the morons in Salem who executed "witches" despite the lack of any evidence.

Goodell's move was just a cheap PR move to prove he could be tougher on a white QB than has been with black athletes.  And if anyone can't recognize that, they're even dumber than the good elders of Salem. 

And by the way, the conduct policy does not include accusations.  Goodell's previous suspensions actually involved at least an arrest or charge.  This action clearly stepped over the line.

Something like the Mensa members who have coinvicted Ben and have no clue what due process means.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:30 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

Actually, you must be unemployed because what you said is false. Ever hear of unions? Ever deal with a union?

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:25 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

People from Baltimore have a real inferiority complex.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:23 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

You must be unemployed, because any company can fire an empoyee for bad conduct. Its why they put it in wrighting and you sign it. The reason rules like this exist is because more and more people lack self control these days.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:22 am

Most of the stuff...

I see posted here is people convicting Ben based on their own opinions. That's not how things work in this country people. There's no evidence he did anything wrong other than be a drunken moron..just like the girl. End of story.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:20 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

Ben drank with underage girls who had bracelets on saying they were legal to drink. Do you card every girl you buy a drink for in a bar? Plus, there's no evidence he bought any drinks at all.
This case is about two drunken morons who hooked up in a bathroom. That's all we know and that's all we'll ever know.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 11:17 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

I think the term "young lady" is a stretch there. I know one thing--I'd be concerned if my daughter was in a bar doing shots while wearing a nametag with "DTF" on it----"Down to F---".
The facts of this case are that it's he said, she said. The girl changed her story, witnesses are contradicting one another. You cannot convict someone on things that "may" have happened. Period.
Should have been 2 games and that's it.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:50 am

Stiff suspension for Ben

I am a lifelong Steeler fan, however I do believe that Ben's suspension is justified. Personally, I think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time....more than once. He needs to change his lifestyle.

That being said, for all of you who assume this girl or her friends are telling the truth, I ask you to read the following article

I found it particularly inetersting to hear the thoughts of a sorority adviser.

Don't get me wrong here. I am not condoning this type of behaviour. Without all of the facts though, everything else is speculation, and who are we to pass judgement in this case?

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