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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 4, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:52 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Just reading through half this thread is proof positive that some sports fans are complete dolts.  You knuckleheads need to get off this "he wasn't charged with a crime" nonsense.  The NFL isn't a court of law.  You don't have to break the law to get in trouble, you just have to break their rules.  He agreed to abide by the conduct policy when he signed up for the league.  It's the NFL's discretion on who to punish for whatever the "infraction" is.  They can punish him for being an idiot just like your boss at your job can do the same thing.  Get over it.  And some of you idiots out there are blaming everyone else from the girl, to Roger Goddell, Ben's bodyguards, etc.  I know some of you have want to have Big Ben's baby, but get a life.   

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:52 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben Rapesagirlberger

Let's face it.  The only reason why the charges are not being filed is the victim for whatever reasons asked that charges not be filed.  She has refused to make anymore comments and it looks like she was paid off for her silence.  Without her testimony the case can not proceed. How Prisco just ignores the obvious is beyond me. Then again Prisco and his opinionated writing is a class act just like Ben. Just because Prisco does not get fired or suspended for the drivel he types out, he thinks he is a good writer.  To say he was essentially suspended for drinking in public bars with girls is a joke. He was suspended for getting a girl drunk and taking her back into a private room seperated from where her freinds could not get to her and behaving inappropiately. He has stained his reputation again. Let us hope Ben can learn from this and mature and avoid future controversial actions on his part.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:51 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Big Ben isnt just suspendid for this one incident its the third time in four years his name is tagged to trouble two times sexual assault . If this was his first offense then I can see but last time I checked was'nt it or correct me if im wrong  going into the same bathroom with the opposite sex not allowed publicly?

Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:47 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

6 games not 4

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:42 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

" Vick got a shorter suspension for a Federal CONVICTON (not allegation).  Exactly what system is Goodell using?"

As we have witnessed, the NFL personal conduct policy can, for better or worse, be applied at the discretion of the commisioner.

In Vick's case, he went to jail for 21 months when he should have been an MVP candidate, lost the $100m contract he had w/the Falcons (including tens of millions he'd already earned) and lost his endorsements in what was arguably the most shameful fall from grace by a widely-celebrated athlete (until Tiger Woods).

So while his NFL suspension after he was released was relatively modest, I think it's fair to say that he paid the price for his actions and a significant suspension would have been overkill.

In Ben's case, he could have learned what stupid behavior was when he nearly died in the motorcycle crash. He didn't. Whatever the truth may be stemming from last year's rape allegation could also have been a wake up call. It wasn't. That's what makes the facts of the most recent incident so troubling. And by facts, I don't mean rape b/c a criminal court will not have the opportunity to make that deterimination. However, we can start by factually stating that he provided copious amounts of alcohol to minors. Not the worst thing in the world, but my guess is that would be enough to draw the ire of Roger Goodell. Not necessarily to the tune of a 6 game suspension, but I bet, merely on that, Ben would not have escaped some suspension. But the encounter did not end with the alcohol and the rest is a combination of fact and two sides of the story with neither side putting Roethlisberger in a particularly flattering light.

And one other thing that I believe weighed on the Commisioner's mind was that while last year's incident and this most recent one have been made public, the question remains concerning the possibility of other incidents that will never come to light. And before anyone objects to that statement, ask yourselves what's the ratio, in your own life, of bad things done to times caught doing those things.

The Commisioner is the man in charge of a billion dollar organization that caters to families across the globe on every Sunday from September to February (if not all year) and it cannot have one it's most celebrated members either doing those things which Roethliberger has consistently done or is alleged to have consistently done. And when the law does not see fit to pursue punishment, as it did with Michael Vick, then at the discretion of the Commisioner, punishment must follow.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:39 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Agreed. I text 5 of my friends after the punishment was announced and asked them this question. "How long would you be suspended if your boss found out you were accused of getting a girl drunk and having a henchman escort her to a secluded place where you could come in and expose yourself to her?"  That isn't even bringing up the allegation of rape! All of them said they would be fired, especially if it had been more than once.

This guy has serious mental problems. That's some nasty stuff.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:37 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Well I assume Goodell asked Ben some good tough questions and Ben must have answered them.  Was she drunk and near passing out? Uh huh.  Did you have sex with her in the womens room?  Uh huh.  Did she say stop?  Ummm


Ben obviously needs his Attorney to do all his talking.

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:37 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

Bad journalism...plain and simple.  Prisco should be ashamed of himself.

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:29 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

My above comment was supposed to be in responce to this post:

Posted on: April 21, 2010 1:49 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

The scrub should have been suspended for the entire year. Did you not hear the DA's press conference? It is quite obvios that he, his staff and the police know he is guilty but got away with it. As for the Steeler nation, they should be rejoices, because now after Leftwich leads them to four wins they will realize he is nothing more thana slightly more mobile Neil O'Donnell. No big loss really, it is not like he actually won a Super Bowl. His team won both games in spite of his terrible play.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:26 pm

Stiff suspension for Ben

I say he did not get enough. Regardless if he is not getting chrages against him, his behavior speaks for itself. If you do not cut it in the bud now. His A$$ is going to end up in prison or someone is going to get hurt.

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