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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: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Wow, Did you read the police report Prisco?

"suspended for drinking at a bar with girls"?  Really?

Multiple witnesses gave sworn statements that Roethlisberger raped the college girl...that she said "no" and Ben pulled out his penis, followed her into the bathroom and locked the door behind him and proceeded to rape her.  Then the girl found the first police car she could after the incident. 

That you brush these accusations off as nothing says a lot about you personally.  The victim would not identify herself and still will not so she and her friends and the police reports all seem quite credible.  It's not her fault the investigators did not prosecute and that doesn't mean the incident didn't happen.  They could not collect enough DNA (sperm) from the girl and it's tough to convict beyond a reasonable doubt without physical proof or an admission in rape cases.  Poor Ben?  Give me an f-ing break.

The reports are here, in case you didn't bother to check them out - http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archiv

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Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

He committed date rape. The girl, wait...underage girl(which he supplied alcohol to, let's not forget) was obviously drunk and he took advantage of her. And though we'll never know, I'm sure there was a payoff, because why else would her family ask that the charges not be persued.
Let's remember that for date rape(not to be confused with a forcible rape...i.e. sex without consent), all that needs to be proven is the victim 1)had sex, and 2)wasn't aware...or simply claim they weren't aware of their actions(drunk).
It was stupid and arrogant for him to put himself in that situation.




Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

"Essentially he is being suspended for drinking with girls in a bar."  What a flip, moronic, dismissive assessment.  This idiotic comment actually prompted me to set up an account so that I could respond.  No, that is not why Roethlisberger is being suspended.  He is being suspended for plying intoxicated underage girls with additional alcohol, having his hired muscle isolate one of those girls in a remote portion of a bar, and having intercourse with her right there in the bar.  At best, he had sex with a clearly inebriated underage girl in a public place while a hired goon stood guard.  At worst, he raped a clearly inebriated underage girl in a public place while a hired goon stood guard.  Either way, this behavior is disgusting, whether or not it was proven to be criminal. 



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:14 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

As long as we're taking accusations at face value, wasn't this girl in one of those Girls Gone Wild videos? That changes everything, doesn't it? Party girls are always looking for an adventure. We don't know what really happened, or the true history of the girl, but a standup girl who had been wronged should want to take the matter to the full extend of the law and nail the bstrd if he did what has been stated. That is, unless she had something to hide (Spring Break was a blur, maybe?) or unless Ben bribed her to give up the accusation, of course. Hush money turns people into greedy cowards, or so it seems.



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

Prisco you are a true idiot. He's done nothing more than "Drinking with girls in a bar." Wow, might be a bit of an over-simplification? Half the NFL drinks with girls in bars, but most of them don't take underage girls into bathrooms, have security block the door, get accused of sexual assault, have a civil case filed for rape, etc etc.

This is a step in the right direction. Requiring a criminal conviction before sanctioning these idiots is too much. This will send a message far greater than suspending Vick or something like that will.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:06 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

You all are wrong about Vick getting a shorter sentence than Ben. Michael Vick was suspended for the entire year prior to going to jail with no pay so you are incorrect that Ben's suspension was longer than Michael Vick's. Ben's suspension can also be reduced to 4 games if he completes the course which Goodell has mandated.

If you want to be angry with anyone, be angry with Ben for putting himself in such position. What was a 28 year old man doing in a college town? He was a hour and a half away from Atlanta where he could found hundreds of beautiful women who were of age and he would not have needed to corner a 20 year old girl in the restroom. He has enough money that he could have hired a limo to take him into Atlanta.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:01 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

"has done littel to deny except to say nothing happened?"  How the hell else does he deny it you simpleton? 



Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

I agree with you.  Even if you believe in the best case scenarios, it still warrants a suspension.  The NFL is a business and I couldn't get away with this at my job without at least a suspension to be evaluated or canned outright.  the commissioner has done EXTENSIVE research not only into this situation but in Ben's character all together.  If you have known Ben at any point in your life you were interviewed.  Read the Georgia report and the best case scenario is still bad.  This is good for the NFL and it is good for Ben too.  Us fans do not want the suspensions to scare people as much as we are tired of seeing athletes get away with murder, or rape.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

i like what the nfl did with him nfl players are held too higher standards because their a pro in the sport they do and little kids look up too them like with vick kids wanted to be just like him now people still prolly dont like him or even think he should be back in the nfl. ben has had this happen twice now something should of happened the 1st time but nothing did if you ask me i think he should get 8 games maybe then he'll realize that being stupid even if a court drops your case will come back to bite you.



Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:54 pm
 

Stiff suspension for Ben

Totally agree.  Whether he likes it or not, responsibility comes with his job and that includes being an upstanding member of society.  He has shunned his responsibilities IMO.  I'm still not so sure I agree with the suspension though.  It's a pretty gray area.


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