Report: Roethlisberger fined for wearing Apple Watch on sideline

Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t even on the field for his team’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, but he still managed to receive discipline from the NFL.

Due to an injury to his right elbow, Roethlisberger didn’t suit up and wore a headset on the sideline for the Steelers’ Monday Night Football game as Mason Rudolph led the Steelers to victory. On Roethlisberger’s left wrist during the game was an Apple Watch, and that accessory will apparently cost him a bit of money.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL has fined Roethlisberger $5,000 for wearing the watch on the sidelines. The league says that the Pittsburgh quarterback violated its policy that bans all devices that can transmit messaging. Schefter reports that Roethlisberger was “livid” about the fine and was appealing it.

Apparently, Roethlisberger wasn’t even aware that he had the watch on his wrist. Because of his elbow injury, his wife helped him get dressed, and she was the one who put the watch on him prior to the game.

It’s been a rough go of things in 2019 for Roethlisberger, who suffered a season-ending injury in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Now he’s had to watch from the sideline as his team has gotten off to a 1-3 start on the year. The long-time Pittsburgh quarterback will now have to help his team from off the field.

In a statement Roethlisberger released after he elected to have surgery on his elbow, he explained that he opted to have the procedure in order to get back to playing at a high level for the franchise that has invested so much in him.

“I’ve been informed that I need season ending surgery on my elbow to continue playing football at the level I expect,” Roethlisberger said in the statement. “This is shocking and heartbreaking for me, to miss this much of a season and feel like I am letting down so many people. I can only trust God’s plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season.

“The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship level play. I will do all I can to support Mason and the team this season to help win games. I love this game, my teammates, the Steelers organization and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give.”

For the rest of the season, Roethlisberger will have to assist Rudolph as he tries to dig the Steelers out of this early hole. Roethlisberger will just have to make sure that he does so without an Apple Watch on during the games.

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