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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: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:27 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

the steelers play the bills in week 12 einstein

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:25 pm
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:25 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

the steelers play the bills in week 12 einstein

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:15 pm

Good job Prisco

Prisco cuts to the core here, and gets away from the politically correct line that too many have adopted. Was Ben an idiot for putting himself in a situation -- YES.

So, the Steelers should suspend him a game, and warn him if there ever was a REAL charge levied against him, he'd be in big trouble.

But 6 games? For not being EVER charged of ANYTHING?

That's crazy, and puts the NFL going down a weird path.

Thank you, Prisco, for having the guts to look at the issue without being colored by the she-said/she-said/she-said/she-said

police reports that even the DA couldn't charge Ben with.

Goodell acting like Sherlock Holmes -- and the Judge and Jury -- on players personal lives WHEN THEY AREN'T CHARGED, is not "American."

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:12 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Best Article Prisco's ever written. This whole thing is a joke, so he had a few drinks with a 20 year old then she found out who he was a year later and wanted some of his money. Ben should say screw the Steelers and refuse to ever play for them again, demand a trade, and then require Roger Goodell read the U.S. Constituion before "HE" is allowed to supend people for drinking at legal age bars with hot chicks like any stud QB would and should.

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:06 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Wow, a Cowboy fan with sense. I agree that GoodAll is a moron, and that all NFL players will be exposed to unfounded accusations.

Let's see Mike Vick, charged, sent to prision for heinous crimes and suspended 2 game by Good-All.  Big Ben, not charged in any crimes.  Sure he displayed bad judgment in pursuring a drunk floosey wearing a "DTF" (Down to f&*k) t-shirt. 

Mr Goodall and his empire of hypocrisy is a sham.  If the /Rooneys are that compelled to trade him, I will get rid of my season tickets and quit watching the NFL

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 9:43 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

I am flabbergasted by the amount of people who devalue and euphemize the story into one which Ben was just drinking with an underage girl, versus the "alleged" rape that occurred.  If you want to turn a blind eye, fine, but keep it to yourself, these are real people who got hurt.  We are not talking about a misdemeanor here.  Rape is a felony, and whats worse this may be a scenario where an off duty state trooper "detained" the "alleged" victim.  I realize that there are people who try to suck celebrities into a situation just to cry foul later and collect a big payday, but does this seem like one of those situations to you, considering the behavioral pattern that Ben has set previously?  I'm not saying you have to buy this girls side of the story, but what I am saying is that Goodell bought it, and I am sure he has the real story.  People coming here to defend Ben is ridiculous.  He effed up, and that's that.

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 9:18 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Explain how he get 6 games and Toyko Holmes gets 4 and he is guilty of something? And for drinking with a underage girl should the bar not take responsiblity for that? Or everytime you go out and are drinking in a bar you better ask the girl for her ID. If he was found guilty then he should be hung out to dry but what is he gulity of?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 8:47 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Big Ben is a lucky SOB. Getting 4-6 games by Goddell was nothing. The NFL did their own investigation and with some of the sordid details that emerged, this jackass is lucky that he isn't going to rot in prison for the next 25 years. If this happened in a city and not some hick town in Georgia, Big Ben would be screwed right now. The Rooney's are cool with the penalty and they invested tens of millions of dollars in this guy. The city of Pittsburgh and the team are the one's getting hosed by Big Ben's actions. He should get traded to NFL purgatory, the Oakland Raiders. I'm a Patriots fan and pretty much hate the Steelers too, but even I will say that the fans and the team deserve better than this dumbass.

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 8:29 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Prisco misses the point Goodell is making. This isn't about being charged with a crime. For Goodwell this is about Roethlisberger's behavior off the field. Perceptions matter and the uproar over that night reflects on the NFL brand. If Roethlisberger was some mild mannered accountant I can guarantee he'd wouldn't have a job. Period. Where I work my company reserves the right to fire me/discpilne me for questionable behaviour outside the office.  That questionable behavior isn't defined. Before anyone starts to play the "but he wasn't charged" card I suggest you take a close look at your employee handbook.

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