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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:37 pm

Byron Leftwich the winner?

Unless I'm mistaken, wouldn't Dennis Dixon be the winner in this situation? Mike Tomlin loves the guy, he played well for them last year, and I seriously doubt that the Steelers would start Leftwich over him. Thoughts?

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

"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."

You forgot to mention the fact that the girls were underage! Roethlisberger is supposed to be a professional and should not be supplying alcohol to minors.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:07 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Essentially he is being suspended for drinking with girls in a bar! Are you serious?

I read portions of the police report & "Big Ben" did far worse than drinking with girls.

He systematically had his bodyguards "cruise for chicks" to drink w/ Ben & block dudes from Big Ben's exclusive festivities for the need to minimize a sword conference, i.e. completion/distractions.

At one point he bought a round of shots for college girls, some of whom (including the alleged victim) were under age. Obviously, it is the bars responsibility to enforce drinking age laws, but Ben new the score. Prior to the shots consumption Ben said, "Here are drinks for my bitches".

It gets worse: After he got the girl completely blotto, he has her ushered into an employee bathroom, where he pulls out his junk in front of an unsuspecting vulnerable girl & proceeds to engage in sex, all the while the girl kept saying no. By now as men, we know that NO means NO!

The situation gets worse when his body guard shields the victims friends, who were concerned at what they were witnessing from intervening during Ben's latest conquest.

This is a clear cut case of a self entitled professional jock/jerk who roles with his posse (enablers) and allows his drunken state to drastically alter his perception of right & wrong with no regard for the consequences.

It is clear that Big Ben has issues with women. You throw in drunkenness and his issues blossom into a pattern of destructive behavior, which appear to be in need of clinically based changes in his behavior, judgment and decision making.

After all of this is over, Big Ben may thank Goodell for not only a wake-up call, but much needed serious behavioral changes that may make him a better person & no longer a threat to unsuspecting women/girls.

I pray that he gains valuable insight in this process & appreciates the opportunity to change; so he never goes through another sorted incident that could result in a prison sentence, which is far more devastating than a 4-6 game suspension.

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:05 pm

Does this make Prisco a hypocrite?

Santonio was charged and (I believe) convicted/plead guilty of a couple misdemeanors.  Ben was accused of a couple felonies and I am sure there was a ticket or two for his motorcycle mishap.

Pete was quick to point out that Santonio was punished/traded for his share of troubles and tended to agree.  He even questioned Ben's antics.  I will say that he did not post his opinion on what should happen to Ben.  He only asked if "Ben was next." 

So back to my title - Does this make Pete a hypocrite for understanding Holmes' trade with no suspension but backing Ben saying the penalty was too stiff?  Or does Pete have it right and I am the idiot since Holmes was never suspended and just traded while Ben stays and takes the suspension?

I will make it fair.  My views are "See ya Holmes.  Go play for a team that allows that behovior until you are suspended.  And hey Goodell, nice call.  Now does anyone have a first round pick for a proven QB with a pitiful off field track record?"  And yes, I am a Steelers fan!

Go get 'em Pete!

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:40 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

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.Way off base. This suspension had nothing to do with the "Proud Organization of the Steelers". This was What you do? Im a do Worse.. Why Cause Im the Commish. Point blank and period. This has got nothing to do with the NFL preventing its league from BECOMING the NBA, so please off that.. If anything Im sure Goddell caught wind of what Pittsburgh might do and he said, this is what I will do.

The NFL will never be like the NBA, cause despite the issues that follow... Stern has done a good job balancing the good with the bad. He manages a league where the players do make the sport. Goddell inherited a league thats made by the owners and the marketability of the sport in the NFL and somehow the players are still struggling to make face, but when guys like Ben do the things they do or Pacman Jones, it makes it easy for the Commishner to be how he is and do the things he does and why there are Player Unions to fight these decisions, which guaranteed they will. You compare the histories of these leagues and its apples to oranges and therefore Goddell wouldnt last five minutes as a Commishner of the NBA, as Stern wouldnt like 5 minutes as the Commishioner of the NFL.

Goddell is flexing the NFL hammer and thats really all it is cause he has the luxury of the sport not being Individualized he can suspend someone like Big Ben whos negative image and alledged actions is detrminental to the face of the sport. The conduct policy has a loophole which in the end is strung around Goddells finger because he can ultimately still punish you for idea or the inevitablity that you did something that broke the conduct code. The structure of the NFL still makes it a point that the athletes are in an uphill battle to maintain a sense of importance in the league. Where the NBA there status was established from day 1 and they have been courted since Day 1. Stern pampers his prize product the athletes. He knows he can never make the game of basketball bigger than the Athletes who play the game today. That is why he relies heavily on many of the old school players to have intergral part in the marketing and development of these star players. Goddell pampers the Prize Sport. 

I dont have a problem with his suspension, and I dont have problem with the Union fighting it and I dont have a problem with the fact that your for the suspension, but I got a problem that you trying to throw the NBA out there like that to make the comparsion that Godell got it right with this. Nah.. dont think so.

Right about now I wanna see the older Steeler QB's from back when get up in Ben's grille if this is a proud Organization who obviously can not control him. The NFL Football Players is way wilder than the NBA.. we just give em a pass cause the sport is physical and therefore its in the nature. Thats the stigma. So please .. lets not make that comparison.. 

Keep it Football. and let Goddell drop the hammer for the RIGHT REASONS. "HIS REASONS" .. He dont need no NBA to tell him how runs things over there..  

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:31 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Hooray for Goodell. The sooner these dunderheads realize playing in the NFL is a priviledge and not a right they will start acting like men instead of the whining, pampered babies they are. Ben obviously has fallen into a pattern and maybe this will help him pull his head out of his ass.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:23 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Well, I see you are a 49ers fan!  Now us Steeler fans will now find out what you have been able to experience for years now since Mr. Esquire(Steve Young) retired, a sub par quarterback.

There is no doubt he has made bad decisions.  Everyone is correct in that, but what I can't understand is all of the hypocracy that is going on in this nation.  Prisco said it when he said that all of the NFL should be suspended for four games now for partying with college girls.  Heck, you try and go to a Steeler game and all you see is beer cans and drunks everywhere.  Hypocrits!!!

Flat out Roger Goodell has too much power.  Something our country strives on, Democracy, we seem to forget how tyrants rule, but can look at Goodell and see how it can be.  Goodell is a TYRANT.  I do also understand that the Rooney's conspired with him to come up with this punishment, I get that, but there was no charges filed on Roethlisberger.

With this being against the league's personal conduct policy, then I guess the next time any conduct, whether a fight on the field, an endzone dance, or questioning referees should be punishable by four games.

Ridiculous.  Gerry Glanville said it right on NFL one time.  The NFL stands for NOT FOR LONG and with the way this tyrant is ruling the land, it will be that for sure, NOT FOR LONG!!

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:19 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

I am not sure if I agree with you on everything in your post, but I certainly agree with your "he hasn't seen a bottle of shampoo for months"  statement.    :)

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:57 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

you dont understand how he can be suspened for bad conduct? are you that dumb? this is an employer, a place or work, any other place of work like a office job, nurse, doctor you do something like this or even a lesser offense and they can fire your ass, its a privelage to play/work in the nfl, its not a right, people need to remembe this, he put a black ey on the league and now he is being punished, its called the personal conduct policy, not the ive been charged with a crime policy, and this is not somthing that is new

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:56 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

I can see why you say that considering all the low lifes that have played for the cowboys.

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