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AP GOES EVEN DEEPER IN THE TANK FOR THE STEELERS

Less than a week after the Associated Press penned a curiously pro-organization item regarding the contention by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that he played Super Bowl XLIII with a concealed injury that turned out to be broken ribs, the wire service has done the Rooneys another favor.
This time, the AP is pooh-poohing the Saturday incident involving kicker Jeff Reed.
The charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief are brushed off as “summary offenses similar to traffic tickets.”
Sorry, but that’s not how it works.
Though Reed might not have done a perp walk, he is charged with real crimes under Pennsylvania law.  And if he ultimately is convicted of or pleads guilty or no contest to either or both of them, he’ll face consequences far more severe under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy than if he’d merely gotten a traffic ticket.
UPDATEThis version of the AP article, attributed to Joe Mandak, points out that the crimes carry penalties of up to 90 days each in jail.  Those aren’t traffic tickets; they’re misdemeanors.

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55 Responses to “AP GOES EVEN DEEPER IN THE TANK FOR THE STEELERS”
  1. VBG says: Feb 14, 2009 11:31 PM

    The question is, wht is Adrian Peterson writing articles about the Steelers in the first place?

  2. dystopianow says: Feb 14, 2009 11:37 PM

    Florio, I need a tip to help me lose stomach fat. Got any ideas?

  3. eatyourguitar says: Feb 14, 2009 11:42 PM

    Crusaders of truth over here.

  4. TheBigOldDog says: Feb 14, 2009 11:45 PM

    Dude, wake up an smell the coffee. AP is in the tank for Obama. Of coarse they are going to make Rooney (and hence the Steal-ers) look good every chance they get. If Rooney backed McCain they’d still be running stories about their Roid Doc.

  5. blinkbdj says: Feb 14, 2009 11:46 PM

    Aww Florio still mad that Boy Brady or the Media Mannings didn’t win the Superbowl?

  6. pennphinfan says: Feb 15, 2009 12:09 AM

    I think the article was actually just explaining what a summary offense was, equating it to a parking ticket in that there is no need for a jury, right? I don’t see that as implying that it’s ‘no big deal’. after all, traffic tickets are ‘real crimes’ under ‘real law’ too, right?
    I am by no means a Steeler fan or sympathizer but this is reaching.

  7. SLaird22 says: Feb 15, 2009 12:09 AM

    I remember the last time I got a ticket in Pennsylvania. The state was no problem, but damn did the League come down hard on me.

  8. tdeck39 says: Feb 15, 2009 12:22 AM

    So please explain how the AP article is doing the Rooney’s a favor?? Or are you just spouting more anti-Steelers crap to drive up the visitors to your site??

  9. bhooks80 says: Feb 15, 2009 12:27 AM

    http://drunkathlete.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/jeff-reed-pittsburgh-steelers-drunk-pictures1.jpg
    enough said!

  10. ActionJackson says: Feb 15, 2009 12:45 AM

    thats a lie ( im talking about what the ap said not florio) you get a mandatory jail sentence for how ever long in New Jersey ( i dunno about pennsylvania) for only your second offense of disorderly conduct… i know i just went to court for my 2nd time on tuesday ( I got the charges dropped im to pretty to go to jail)

  11. Malblack says: Feb 15, 2009 1:00 AM

    First time I’ve agreed with Florio regarding a Steelers’ story in a long time…

  12. yamaha370 says: Feb 15, 2009 1:02 AM

    Seriously shut up this is so stupid. He actually goes and meets fans and interacts with them. He actually was at a local pub 2 hours away from pittsburgh lastnight.He was on his way home from there. At least he presents himself. Belive me this little town of ebesburg loved it. so shut up. sorry he is one of the more acurate kickers in the league and actually makes public appereances. Get a life

  13. savocabol1 says: Feb 15, 2009 1:04 AM

    I just don’t get it. Why do the Rooney’s and their organization continue to get unfair treatment? They are allowed to operate gambling operations that are strictly not allowed, then given more than enough time to sort it through. Next, they are allowed to consider two people as one in order for them to keep their gambling operation and the NFL will pat them on the back for a job well done. Any other organization would get lambasted by the press for these kinds of activities. Im thinking next we will find out someone tests positive for steriods, but it is ok because the Rooney’s were unaware their players were not allowed to take them.

  14. Atlas says: Feb 15, 2009 1:22 AM

    Sorry.
    The situation is just too funny to take serious.
    I live near there, and it was not unlike things I’ve seen there in the past.

  15. deymond says: Feb 15, 2009 1:33 AM

    I’m willing to brush this off as one of the many side effects of powerful narcotics to which you may have formed an addiction, but I should point out that the AP is not a monolithic entity. There are multiple writers, so it is helpful to distinguish them by name, as you might distinguish between Mortensen and Werder,

  16. The Blast Furnace says: Feb 15, 2009 1:33 AM

    The Steelers have been the worlds team for a long time.
    Now if we can only get the former players – who currently analyze on espn and NFL network etc… all of whom wish they played for Pittsburgh and had the fans that Pittsburgh has – to give the respect the team deserves.

  17. mrniceison says: Feb 15, 2009 1:50 AM

    So, is this REALLY a story? REALLY??? lol! You KNOW that the Steelers are the envy of the league when their kicker gets headlines for disorderly conduct. lol!

  18. mborz says: Feb 15, 2009 1:52 AM

    The original posting about Reed was fair totally game. But I take issue with this one. In reading the entire AP article, I agree that the statement you’re highlighting is incorrect. But to go from there to saying “the AP is going deeper in the tank for the Steelers” and all that you’re implying just because of that half-sentence is insane.
    Someone turned me on to this site when you posted the Chiclets picture of Ben after his accident (which was hilarious) and I became a consistent visitor. I loved the turd watch. I thought your coverage of the Vick situation was brilliant.
    But something’s changed. Lately there’s too much insinuation without enough justification. I first noticed it with the Mike Tice posting a couple months back, which I thought was totally irresponsible. And it’s continuing. You’ve gone from someone who wasn’t afraid to stir the pot when it needed stirred to someone who’s apparently gotten addicted to the attention you get from stirring it.

  19. fightingirish says: Feb 15, 2009 1:55 AM

    The AP has gone downhill in the last 10-20 years. Their wire reports are less and less neutral and more and more slanted in their viewpoints.
    Can people wonder why the newspapers are going to the dumper? It’s because they have lost their objectivity.

  20. FumbleNuts says: Feb 15, 2009 1:58 AM

    Book em’ Dan-O!

  21. praveen says: Feb 15, 2009 2:23 AM

    Mborz hit the nail on the head. Exactly my sentiments about this site lately. I used to love the humor on this site before.
    As far sa the AP item, it is not the first time a news organization has been ignorant of what they report on. Just look at the coverage of HD and digital tv in the media and you will see a lot of lack of knowledge by the reporters. I wouldnt’ be surprised if the reporter in this case was merely ignorant of the law.

  22. Paulitik says: Feb 15, 2009 2:48 AM

    Better the Steelers than the Cowboys. The Media’s been on their jock forever and they’ve sucked for over a decade.

  23. spyboots says: Feb 15, 2009 2:57 AM

    Business is slow now that the season is over, and apparently, the belly-fat ads aren’t bringing in enough clicks, but please, do not feed the Florio.

  24. 44-6-andthenRomofainted says: Feb 15, 2009 3:06 AM

    Who is “AP”. Is that the name of the ref from the Super Bowl………..I liked Jeff Reed better when he used to be on TGI Fridays commercials.

  25. twohorses says: Feb 15, 2009 4:18 AM

    Florio’s still mad because the AP only reported Terry Bradshaw as brain dead, not totally dead. Florio hates it when some else beats him to a story.

  26. DavidInTexas says: Feb 15, 2009 5:20 AM

    Geezus…thin-skin, paranoia and a good ol’ persecution complex are getting the best of the Yinzers living amongst the Three Sewers.
    Lighten up, already.
    It’s a freekin’ BLOG for crissakes!!!

  27. mrmagoo says: Feb 15, 2009 5:23 AM

    Oh. My. God.
    Now the infamous left leaning media is slanted toward a football team too? This is why you don’t drink and post, you wake up the next morning and find stuff like this on your blog.

  28. Ravenmaniac says: Feb 15, 2009 7:13 AM

    Good thing for Reed he is not some 3rd string or practice squad player, because the Rooney’s would fire him for this. The steelers organization does not put up with this kind of nonsense…unless you are a productive starter.
    Seriously Florio…Mborz is right about this. I enjoy pissing off clevelandsucks as much as anyone but this article was a reach…
    Are you trying to become the Howard Stern of the Football media world…..

  29. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Feb 15, 2009 7:24 AM

    “Seriously shut up this is so stupid. He actually goes and meets fans and interacts with them. He actually was at a local pub 2 hours away from pittsburgh lastnight.He was on his way home from there.”
    Oh, so the odd violence toward a paper towel dispenser can be explained by DUI?
    And what the hell is your point anyway, that nice guys who interact with fans should get a free pass by the cops? Moron.

  30. stopbitchinburgh says: Feb 15, 2009 7:45 AM

    Slow news day Florio???

  31. ScoobyDooDoo says: Feb 15, 2009 8:01 AM

    ESPN is not covering this story, so its not really news.

  32. Weazerdogg says: Feb 15, 2009 8:02 AM

    There ya go, another jealous hater trying to tarnish the reputation of the best, classiest football team in the NFL. Who cares if Reed tore a paper towel holder off the wall? I’m sure he probably had to much to drink (like none of you have? Yeah, right!) and overreacted. Hell, maybe he’ll just buy the damn store and teach the employees how customer service works, if any of them speak English in the first place! I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’ve been pretty ticked off myself to use a restroom only to find the lazy jerk behind the counter couldn’t lower himself to do his job and make sure the bathroom had toilet paper and towels. Hell, the world owes everyone a living, right?

  33. The Jimmy says: Feb 15, 2009 8:52 AM

    “Ap goes even deeper in the tank for the Steelers”
    That’s quite a leap with out any basis in fact Mike.
    You might want to remember the story of the boy that cried wolf if you want to be taken seriously when something meaningful comes along.
    Speaking for myself I’m now looking for your angle in everything you write.
    It usually appears to be “what will cause the most comments”.

  34. Ralph GreNader says: Feb 15, 2009 9:43 AM

    They need to lock this thug up once and for all. he’s been pulling stunts like this for and long time and they finally caught up to him.
    This guy is a thug. He’s been soaping windows, shooting dice on the corner, and jaywalking for years now. Its gone far enough he needs to be stopped before he starts parking in the yellow and refusing to feed the meters.
    A nice long stint in the pokey might change his attitude toward society. Hey Jeff it’s time someone took you down a notch.

  35. Burritto says: Feb 15, 2009 10:44 AM

    Between Florio’s fatwah on the Steelers and the AP’s shrugging Steelers stories off, we now have a polarity of coverage from where people can individually hunt for the actual truth.
    It’s like an even more annoying version of FoxNews vs CNN. Thanks, media!

  36. Vox Veritas says: Feb 15, 2009 11:28 AM

    “The Steelers have been the media’s team for a long time.”
    Fixed. They’re the darlings as long as they’re winning. When they go back to sucking, everybody outside of PGH will go back to not giving a shit.

  37. Vox Veritas says: Feb 15, 2009 11:31 AM

    “Better the Steelers than the Cowboys. The Media’s been on their jock forever and they’ve sucked for over a decade. ”
    That’s because win or lose, people want to hear about the Cowboys. steelers… not so much.

  38. Vox Veritas says: Feb 15, 2009 11:34 AM

    “I don’t know about ya’ll”
    Obviously. Dismissed.

  39. faithrevolution says: Feb 15, 2009 1:02 PM

    I see my comment did not get editorial approval. Are you in bed with Obama, too Florio?

  40. PARavensJeff says: Feb 15, 2009 1:07 PM

    Roid Rage, he’s just the tip of the iceberg in Pissburgh

  41. SteelerGal says: Feb 15, 2009 1:53 PM

    PARavensJeff says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    Roid Rage, he’s just the tip of the iceberg in Pissburgh
    ————————–
    Haha, yeah, 2:50 in the AM on a Friday night and the first thing half of you haters think is roid rage? Everybody and their mothers knows Jeff likes to party and enjoys the sauce from time to time, ever think being drunk might have something to do with it?
    No, not possibly, drunk people never do stupid things like this, it HAD to have been the roids, especially when it’s a kicker.

  42. cunn9305 says: Feb 15, 2009 2:09 PM

    SIX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  43. phillyinsd says: Feb 15, 2009 2:18 PM

    Vox Veritas says: “The Steelers have been the media’s team for a long time.”
    Fixed. They’re the darlings as long as they’re winning. When they go back to sucking, everybody outside of PGH will go back to not giving a shit.
    Holy crap it’s snowing in hell. This is the first time I’ve actually agreed with you VOX! Too bad about your post following this…

  44. MitchBergerFan says: Feb 15, 2009 2:32 PM

    Let’s see how Florio spins this into another “Cardinals got screwed out of the superbowl” argument. Hell, disorderly conduct, that has to be at least a 15 yard penalty right? Work your magic, Mike and keep up the good fight!

  45. Matt Hoover says: Feb 15, 2009 2:38 PM

    AP is junk. It’s a severely slanted group of writers. If I ever have to read an article that comes from them, I always make it a point to find another one by someone else. And unless you can read between the lines and you understand how the play with words to make their points, it just looks and sounds normal.
    As for Jeff Reed, he’s the most likable kicker in the game, he’s completely great with fans, but he also can be incredibly stupid drunk sometimes, such as the night he was tossing valet chairs onto Carson St and hitting cars in front of Nakama in the Southside. He didn’t get booked for that. Whatever – he could be running a dog fighting ring, shooting himself in the leg, or something else much worse.

  46. Mike my Ditka says: Feb 15, 2009 3:32 PM

    Reed is an idiot. But just because this story downplays the punishment he will receive (and we all know nothing will come of this) doesn’t mean the AP is slanted for the Steelers.
    Lets count everything that has been “in the tank” for the steelers, according to PFT:
    The Refs
    The NFL, including the league office & the Commissioner
    Obama
    Vegas Bookies
    MRI operators
    Snoop Dogg
    Peter King
    The AP
    I forget anything? How Bout Easterbrook? He must be in the tank for the Steelers after he smacked Florio down in his column…

  47. celephaiz says: Feb 15, 2009 6:03 PM

    FLORIO – Double check the factual basis for your argument:
    By statutory definition, SUMMARY OFFENSES ARE NOT CRIMINAL IN PENNSYLVANIA.
    Now, your point was?

  48. joe6606 says: Feb 15, 2009 6:24 PM

    “But something’s changed. Lately there’s too much insinuation without enough justification. I first noticed it with the Mike Tice posting a couple months back, which I thought was totally irresponsible. And it’s continuing. You’ve gone from someone who wasn’t afraid to stir the pot when it needed stirred to someone who’s apparently gotten addicted to the attention you get from stirring it. ”
    ————–
    I completely agree.
    I had always enjoyed this site since I discovered it > 2 yrs ago. But lately, the vast majority of Florio’s postings, are just complete and utter Bullshit.
    It’s one thing to speculate on matters, and post about them while making it clear that you are merely trying to fill in the gaps or are discussing “rumored” material. It’s an entirely other matter, and completely inappropriate to state things as fact when they are nothing more than unconfirmed and often unsubstantiated crap.
    Selling out much or head getting too big????

  49. mrmagoo says: Feb 15, 2009 8:10 PM

    Vox Veritas says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 11:28 am
    “The Steelers have been the media’s team for a long time.”
    Fixed. They’re the darlings as long as they’re winning. When they go back to sucking, everybody outside of PGH will go back to not giving a shit.
    _____________________________
    When’s that going to be 0-for-the-decade-and-then-some boy?
    Nobody but you cares about the Cowboys other than to have something to point at when they’re laughing.

  50. ncoolong says: Feb 15, 2009 8:12 PM

    Yeah, it’s the AP’s fault, and has nothing at all to do with the thousands of sports editors and copy editors across the country who ran the story…seems they are all guilty of the same thing you’re doing, Mike…reporting news as they see it.
    You can feel there’s bias in the media as much as you want. Truth is, you’re right. However, it’s really difficult for your audience to believe your side when you’re accusing the Associated Press of doing the same thing you’re doing.
    p.s. these are coming from the same people who say Woodley clipped the Cardinals player in the Super Bowl, who are the very same people who do not know what the definition of clipping is. It really all boils down to the fact that sports fans hate winners unless they root for them. Keep whining, guys, Steelers fans will make sure to blame the officiating and oversaturate message boards with all kinds of BS when you finally win something.

  51. PARavensJeff says: Feb 15, 2009 8:14 PM

    * * * * * *

  52. lichnor says: Feb 15, 2009 8:48 PM

    I love the sound of Steelers hate in the evening……it sounds like Victory!

  53. mrmagoo says: Feb 16, 2009 2:08 AM

    PARavensJeff says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    * * * * * *
    _________________________
    There’s my buddy. The agony the Steelers winning their 6th Super Bowl brings you is like a delicasse. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

  54. Section731 says: Feb 16, 2009 8:22 AM

    Summary offenses are punishable by up to 90 days in jail in PA. They are not misdemeanors. A summary offense won’t show up on a regular criminal background check – a misdemeanor will. A disorderly conduct or public drunkeness are like traffic tickets – if you don’t fight them they are usually taken care of without a court appearance.

  55. catesinator says: Feb 16, 2009 12:26 PM

    Nice work Florio on lighting a fire under the asses of some Steelers fans with a negative article to drum up some viewership.

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