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Long-time Pittsburgh sportscaster unloads on Big Ben

As we’ve mentioned a time or two this week, the tide of public opinion in Pittsburgh has turned dramatically against Ben Roethlisberger in the wake of a second allegation of sexual assault.

Local talk radio has featured plenty of anecdotal evidence regarding generally boorish behavior from Big Ben (we’ve heard a couple of stories that we possibly will be posting, once they are vetted by the PFT legal team — i.e., me), and his defenders are becoming fewer and farther between.

Perhaps most jarring is the maiden blog voyage of long-time, old-school Pittsburgh sportscaster John Steigerwald, who spent more than two decades on KDKA-TV, who has hosted radio in the Pittsburgh area, and who currently appears on a weekly Sunday night show on WTAE-TV.

Here’s what Steigerwald says about Roethlisberger:  “First of all, none of this surprises me.  Ben is a bad citizen.  He
doesn’t know how to treat people and he definitely doesn’t know how to
handle being the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  In my more
than 30 years of working in the Pittsburgh sports media, I have never
had any player come close to generating as many unsolicited questions
from fans as Roethlisberger has.  They want to know why he’s such a
jackass.  And these aren’t just Steelers fans who got turned down for an
autograph.  It’s men and women from all walks of life.”

Steigerwald specifically points to a Make-A-Wish child that Roethlisberger allegedly blew off.  Per Steigerwald, KDKA opted not to pursue the matter as a news story.  Steigerwald later spoke to the parents, who did not want to go public on behalf of their daughter, who had cystic fibrosis.

Steigerwald’s verdict?  “Roethlisberger is a punk who needs to be knocked down a peg or two.”

As a general matter, Pittsburgh-area sportscasters tread lightly when it comes to the Steelers, if they value access and cooperation from the organization.  Steigerwald’s atypical candor is a sign that, when it comes to Big Ben, the local journalists have either gotten a nod from the team to take off the gloves, or they just don’t care.
 

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  1. Cincinnasty says: Mar 11, 2010 8:35 PM

    Can’t be any worse than Cincinnati Sport’s Radio.. The Bengal’s and Mike Brown have been getting grilled annually since 1990…

  2. DeVoodoo says: Mar 11, 2010 8:36 PM

    Blowing off a Make-a-Wish kid. Wow. Modern mathematics probably can’t compute what an immense dick this guy is.

  3. jd says: Mar 11, 2010 8:38 PM

    Send him to Purgatory….. aka Cleveland

  4. DCthatsMehuh says: Mar 11, 2010 8:38 PM

    big ben true colors show! what a asshole and i am a steelers fan

  5. HJC says: Mar 11, 2010 8:42 PM

    Steigerwald has had a long standing dislike of Ben. This is not news. This is PFT trying to disguise it as news and sand bag the rest of America who may not realize how long Steigerwald has hated Ben.
    Also PFT is trying to sensationalizing this into some story that the entire Pittsburgh press establishment thinks the same way as this Steigerwald douche bag.
    This is why this is not a news site. It is an agenda brainwashing one-sided site.

  6. bgs1372 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:43 PM

    Turning down a kid from make a wish….what an ass!!

  7. sportsguy15478 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:43 PM

    WOW this is getting ugly i can just see mark madden going after this guy tomorrow on the radio considering madden has a man crush on Big Ben

  8. dpa6 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:43 PM

    Good. Big Ben is a tool. You want proof? Look at his gay, boy band goatee.

  9. Bob S. says: Mar 11, 2010 8:44 PM

    The holier than thou media again opens its big mouth to spew hate at those much more talented than them and who make so much more money than they ever could.
    He is a football player, that’s all, what he does is none of some yapping announcer or writer’s business.

  10. Fire Ted says: Mar 11, 2010 8:44 PM

    Big Ben is a Big Douche. Needs a serious ass kicking.

  11. Skin_Flute says: Mar 11, 2010 8:44 PM

    Isn’t it ‘unloading’ that got Benny in this mess to begin with?

  12. Dr Hiram J Puddlestone says: Mar 11, 2010 8:44 PM

    Steigerwald’s verdict? “Roethlisberger is a punk who needs to be knocked down a peg or two.”
    I will speak to Ray Lewis and the boys in Charm City to see if Mr. Steigerwald can be accommodated…this one’s on us

  13. Tinbender says: Mar 11, 2010 8:44 PM

    John Steigerwald, bless you for standing up and being a man.

  14. bgs1372 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:45 PM

    The Steelers are an old school class organization and this idiot is making them look bad!

  15. o0OMorrisO0o says: Mar 11, 2010 8:45 PM

    I really dont see how Ben can be a Steeler in 2010. Maybe they will get int he Philly market for one of their QBs?
    Ben has always looked like a thug. I remember seeing him on Monday Night RAW and recall telling my wife “Hes on wrestling? Thats just a distraction to the team”. Guess what happened. They went on like a 6 game losing streak or something starting then.
    Even if he is innocent, wth are you doing in a club anyways? Bad Apple. I hate the Steelers Ill admit (dont like Wards personality and really didnt like Joey Porter when he was there) but its in the Steelers best interest to get rid of this clown…

  16. Mike Z says: Mar 11, 2010 8:46 PM

    Steigerwald’s verdict? “Roethlisberger is a punk who needs to be knocked down a peg or two.”
    He just might this time, he just might.

  17. JMS55 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:46 PM

    I just have one thing to say. John Steigerwald is a jerk. When times are good, hes on the Steeler bandwagon and when they’re not he’s the first one jumping off. Hey, John, what happened to you and KDKA? Did they finally get fed up with all of your sarcasm and stupidity and fire you?? Jory Rand has the class and adds such a fresh “scent” to the station. I might add, he does a better job. Tell me, John, how does it feel, someone ragging on you??? Atleast your brother shows some class with the Penguin broadcast. Take a lesson from him and maybe you’ll land another job but hopefully not in Pittsburgh.

  18. joelvis72 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:47 PM

    i hate the steelers, but damn they and their fans deserve better than this dude, even if half the crap they’re saying about him is true

  19. pghguyy33 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:47 PM

    wow stagerwald is usually pretty vanilla . this is not good neww for ben in pittsburgh as the rooneys are greedy. and if they start loseing money becouse of this he will be outta here. the bottom line is their money not winning,

  20. EdgarSnyder says: Mar 11, 2010 8:48 PM

    the pittsburgh media is so soft when it comes to the steelers. for years the entire media contingent was deathly afraid of bill cowher and was too timid to ever question his idiotic moves.
    Seems like Ben has also received that ridiculous special treatment…. until now.
    If he is as smart as it seems he is (not very) he is going to have a hell of a time dealing with the media turning on him.

  21. STC says: Mar 11, 2010 8:48 PM

    That makes him a good quarterback for them.

  22. bomismorg says: Mar 11, 2010 8:49 PM

    as i stated yesterday he was a punk at miami-ohio why are people surprised now!

  23. JMS55 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:49 PM

    John shouldn’t call the kettle black. I wouldn’t put any stock into his opinion of anyone.

  24. mnmaverick says: Mar 11, 2010 8:50 PM

    I really think that motorcycle accident messed up his head bad. All his behavioral issues seem to point to that. He didn’t come out of Iowa State with a reputation like that.

  25. georgegabriel says: Mar 11, 2010 8:50 PM

    Time for my boi Dennis Dixon to represent

  26. FLYBOY says: Mar 11, 2010 8:50 PM

    I’ve heard that Ben is exploring changing his name to Ruthlessonfurberger.
    Personally, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea.

  27. ttboy says: Mar 11, 2010 8:51 PM

    This guy is a scum bag…feed him and Vick to the dogs!!

  28. mike-pct says: Mar 11, 2010 8:51 PM

    Blowing off a Make-a-Wish kid??? What A Classy guy…
    Hey Mike, didn’t Favre get an award from Make-a-Wish for his work? What’s so tough about spending some time and helping a kid??

  29. markwhct says: Mar 11, 2010 8:52 PM

    We’ll see how Big Ben likes when he’s assaulted in Jail!

  30. hashbrowns says: Mar 11, 2010 8:52 PM

    Hello? Barry Bonds was a much bigger loser then Big Ben!

  31. YourOwnWorstEnemy says: Mar 11, 2010 8:53 PM

    “jd says:
    March 11, 2010 8:38 PM
    Send him to Purgatory….. aka Cleveland”
    Wow. Jd. Love the classless comment. Coming from someone who probably has never been to Cleveland, shows your lack of intelligence. Maybe it’s the fact that your city, Pittsburgh smells rancid…or that the people are incredibly rude (not to mention reek of b.o.) that you’ve never been to a better city, but to say something stupid like that?
    Cleveland may be Purgatory, but Pittsburgh is Hell.

  32. Startled Armadillo says: Mar 11, 2010 8:53 PM

    I’d take DA back before I’d welcome big ben in to Cleveland…

  33. RavensFanatic says: Mar 11, 2010 8:54 PM

    Steelers fans talk sh*t about Ray Lewis now. Hahaha!

  34. MSWRavens says: Mar 11, 2010 8:54 PM

    Wow! What else can I say. I’ve never seen a local sports star be this much of a douchebag…and even the athletes who you know to be snobbish and pompous around town aren’t getting it on (at best) or molesting college women (at worst) at local bars. What do you do as a fan when the one guy your team needs to succeed happens to be perhaps one of the biggest dickheads to have ever played the game??? If he’s guilty in GA, it’s easy. Lock his ass up for a long, long time. If he’s not charged or acquitted, he’s still a humongous a-hole! Is there a rehab for that too? Because if not, I sure wouldn’t be proud to be rooting for a team with this jackass as the leader and face of the franchise!!! …I wouldn’t be rooting at all…

  35. DJ Lance Rock says: Mar 11, 2010 8:54 PM

    I remember when this jag off went on Shaq’s show and beat him in a game of football.
    What a jerk.

  36. clevelandbrowns4 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:55 PM

    yeah hes already in pergatory pittsburg we’re the ones that knocked you out punks dont ever forget it 13-6

  37. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Mar 11, 2010 8:55 PM

    ===”Steigerwald has had a long standing dislike of Ben. This is not news. This is PFT trying to disguise it as news and sand bag the rest of America who may not realize how long Steigerwald has hated Ben.
    Also PFT is trying to sensationalizing this into some story that the entire Pittsburgh press establishment thinks the same way as this Steigerwald douche bag.
    This is why this is not a news site. It is an agenda brainwashing one-sided site”==========
    A rare voice of reason.

  38. habibfromnewdehli says: Mar 11, 2010 8:57 PM

    # Dr Hiram J Puddlestone says:
    Steigerwald’s verdict? “Roethlisberger is a punk who needs to be knocked down a peg or two.”
    I will speak to Ray Lewis and the boys in Charm City to see if Mr. Steigerwald can be accommodated…this one’s on us
    ———————————–
    Hey! And perhaps if one of these girls he rapes ends up being the daughter of an NFL official… maybe, JUST MAYBE the officials won’t flag the Ravens the moment they get anywhere near an opposing QB! Well… at least THIS qb.

  39. Deb says: Mar 11, 2010 8:57 PM

    KDKA should have pursued the Make a Wish story. They could have gone with the story without identifying the child or her family. That’s THEIR JOB as journalists. (Interesting that Steigerwald is willing to do it now as a virgin blogger looking for page hits.)
    I cheer for the uniform, not the player. So I don’t understand what purpose it serves for the local media to hide what the local community already knows–that a player is behaving like a jackass. And it’s hard to believe the team and his agent didn’t know he was a jackass. Instead of protecting and mollycoddling him, why didn’t they read him the riot act and set some standards for behavior? Yeah, he’s a grownup and should be setting his own standards, but since he wasn’t, why didn’t the team set boundaries. I never understood why there wasn’t a motorcycle/helmet clause in his contract.
    Being a jackass doesn’t make you a sexual predator, but like I posted the other day, he’s done so much harm to his family, his employers, his teammates, his city, his fans. I just pray that’s all the harm he’s done.

  40. thedude says: Mar 11, 2010 8:58 PM

    i hope pittyturd keeps him… he’s over-rated.

  41. Fan of Football says: Mar 11, 2010 8:58 PM

    Ben may be a dirtbag, but at least he didn’t retire and unretire. Now that is unforgivable!

  42. Steelbird says: Mar 11, 2010 8:58 PM

    C’mon guys…Steigerwald is the worst media type Pittsburgh has ever seen. He accomplished his goal though…resurrect a dying career by making himself the talk of the “water cooler”. Hey…I am not liking most everything I hear about Ben. If he is booted…so be it. But John Steigerwald is an ass and should be given very little attention for his bandwagon jumping, “look-at-me” behavior.

  43. Mandingo52 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:59 PM

    Ben will never play another down in Pittsburgh….he’ll be an Oakland Raider before we know it.

  44. DoomsDayD75 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:59 PM

    He blew off a Make-A-Wish kid? What an asshole.

  45. emmac13 says: Mar 11, 2010 8:59 PM

    Pittsburg needed to sign Shaun Smith to groom their QB.

  46. SFrancis1680 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:00 PM

    FLORIO, you have more stories about Ben, but they have to be vetted by the PFT Legal team [you?]…yet you wrote a story that Ben could make his troubles go away by paying off this accuser, which begs the question…who vets you when you write crap like that, just to see how many replies you get??? Seriously, the National Enquirer has better standards than you do, and somehow I think they’ll get to the bottom of this before you do…one more thing FLORIO, how much credibility can your stories have, when your quoting Collin Cowherd?

  47. Heybeerman95 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:01 PM

    I don’t agree with Steigerwald too often but he is right on this one. Then again he still to this day carries the flag for one Kordell Stewart. So take that for what you will.

  48. Steelcurtains says: Mar 11, 2010 9:02 PM

    Wow….so according to this article…he MUST be guilty huh??
    What does anything in this article matter? So what…he’s a jackass to the media and to fans (sometimes). That doesn’t mean he sexually assaulted anyone.

  49. trickbunny says: Mar 11, 2010 9:02 PM

    jd says:
    March 11, 2010 8:38 PM
    Send him to Purgatory….. aka Cleveland
    ————————————————-
    Like the Browns would want that trash. As a Browns fan, I’d honestly rather stick with Seneca Wallace.
    Roethlisberger’s accomplishments are solely because he’s had insanely good WRs, TEs, and RBs. Without them performing miracles, he’d be complete garbage as a QB.
    If you’d put Ben on the 2008 Browns, with thos garbage recivers and no running game, his numbers would have been 10x worse than Derek Anderson’s… and that is pathetic :)

  50. ColtsHomer says: Mar 11, 2010 9:03 PM

    HJC, Bob S., and JMS55 are all fans of rape.

  51. nagurski_T_form says: Mar 11, 2010 9:04 PM

    Yeah, someone ought to tell Ray-ray and big Haloti that Roethlisberger dissed a Make-a-wish kid.
    They won’t like that call…not a very good call.

  52. Spohney says: Mar 11, 2010 9:04 PM

    Why do all these troubles follow these NFL players? You don’t hear many of these stories about NHL or MBL players. I always said hockey players are a better class of atheletes. I guess you hang out with “thugs” you become a thug. I got a friend who works inside the Steeler Organization. And it is know what an idiot Ben is. Most of his teammates can’t stand him. Good for him, Rooney’s needs to kick him to the curb. You don’t hear hockey players involved in shootings and trials of murder cases. I’m not hate’in, just say’in

  53. BenRapistberger says: Mar 11, 2010 9:04 PM

    Wow, you guys are a bunch of jerks. You’re encouraging a rapist piece of trash like me to spend my time alone with a young lady with cystic fibrosis? And I thought I was the a-hole here.

  54. holycow says: Mar 11, 2010 9:06 PM

    Mud-slinging, and kicking a guy when he’s down sure is an admirable quality.
    It’s just piling on now. Journalistic standards have gone out the window yet again. Mud becomes fact.

  55. Showtz says: Mar 11, 2010 9:06 PM

    The funny thing is that if Ben is telling the truth and nothing happend watch everyone say they were behind him 100%

  56. JSS84 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:06 PM

    Rapelisberger SUCKS.

  57. Tony Snow says: Mar 11, 2010 9:09 PM

    That would definitely explain all the sacks! (drum roll)

  58. Roll Tide NJ says: Mar 11, 2010 9:09 PM

    Blowing off Make a Wish, what a Scum Bag. He should go to jail for that alone. I hope he rots.

  59. JMS55 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:10 PM

    Leave it to the national media to try to sell supermarket tabloids. However, when that jackbutt Steigerwald wants his 15 min of shame, that’s when I have to draw the line. Ben is no angel, but he’s the best damn QB we’ve had in this town since Bradshaw. You yinzers need to just shut up and let the judicial system handle this. Don’t let a nutbag, jackbutt like Steigerwald influence your thoughts. Ask that jackbutt about Ben paying $17,000.00 to send a local youth football team to California to play a championship game in Snoop Dogg’s league?? Ben paid for their jerseys, airfare, and hotel rooms. Ask him about Ben donating an entire game check for the families of the police officers killed last spring. But no, that nutbag failed to mention that. I wouldn’t take anything that jackbutt says as anything but b/s.!!!!!!

  60. CaptainFantastik says: Mar 11, 2010 9:10 PM

    Well he’s not being elected to public office. I don’t care if he is a douche. IF he’s cleared of the current accusation I expect him to make the appropriate changes with regard to where he spends his off hours and continue playing great football. He’d do well to acquaint himself with George Thorogood’s classic “I drink alone”. Aside from that, I couldn’t possibly care less what he acts like. I don’t idolize pro athletes. As long as he wins games amd titles.

  61. nobodybeatsdawiz says: Mar 11, 2010 9:14 PM

    karma is coming for you lil’ benny…and it’s going to be a blast to watch

  62. dlodown1 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:15 PM

    Hey Ben, take a break man…Go play some golf with Tiger…..

  63. ajwwr82 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:15 PM

    wow….what a jackass…blowin off a make-a-wish kid…class frikin act big benny

  64. DoctorK says: Mar 11, 2010 9:18 PM

    Your stock just went down by posting comments from this ass. This town has a number of blowhards who have sat on their asses all of their lives and now like to be what some refer to as jocksniffers.
    Here’s a more lucid rendering of what happened that night from a lawyer representing a police officer who was there. So who do I believe, the police officer or this creep?
    http://kdka.com/steelers/Roethlisberger.bodyguards.attorney.2.1555242.html

  65. Dawgpound2009 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:18 PM

    A couple of more seasons behind Pittsburgh’s O-Line and Ben won’t need to be knocked down a peg or two. He will be a vegetable from taking too many hits. When you get sacked 8 times by the Browns, you know your offensive line needs help.

  66. RogerSucks says: Mar 11, 2010 9:19 PM

    Bob S. says:
    March 11, 2010 8:44 PM
    The holier than thou media again opens its big mouth to spew hate at those much more talented than them and who make so much more money than they ever could.
    He is a football player, that’s all, what he does is none of some yapping announcer or writer’s business.
    __________________________________
    True. It isn’t the media’s business, it’s the police, any future jurors, and possibly a judge’s business.
    Then again it seems like these media folks are paid to cover the team and the players who play for it. Quite bizarre for them to cover this alleged crime that happened in public since it only involved one of the faces of the franchise.
    By the way, who have these “yapping” announcers and writers sexually assaulted lately?

  67. BBB82 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:20 PM

    The most ridiculous part of all this, is that rape charges are almost irrelevant. At this point everyone hates him just for being a giant jackass.

  68. QB_of_the_Future says: Mar 11, 2010 9:22 PM

    Dr Hiram J Puddlestone says:
    March 11, 2010 8:44 PM
    Steigerwald’s verdict? “Roethlisberger is a punk who needs to be knocked down a peg or two.”
    I will speak to Ray Lewis and the boys in Charm City to see if Mr. Steigerwald can be accommodated…this one’s on us
    ________________
    See if you can get the other teams on the schedule to follow suit. I’d rather see Dixon in there.

  69. JimmySmithBlows says: Mar 11, 2010 9:23 PM

    How funny is it that Steelers fans are mad at the sportscaster? Face the facts that your franchise QB is a douchebag!!! Deal with that.
    Speaking of stories about this loser….Arnold Palmer has a great one of Ben being a douchebag at his club in Latrobe. Florio, get in contact with The King about that story. Maybe if Arnie tells you moronic Steeler fans Ben is a douche, you will believe it.

  70. mad555 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:23 PM

    Florio,
    You can post any anecdotal story you want. All you have to say is Allegedly to start it off and you’re in the clear.

  71. FumbleNuts says: Mar 11, 2010 9:24 PM

    “Steigerwald specifically points to a Make-A-Wish child that Roethlisberger blew off. ”
    Real classy Rapenstein.

  72. reformed says: Mar 11, 2010 9:25 PM

    Benny boy is a sh@t stain. Goddell needs to fine him $10M and 3-5 years suspension for actions to date. Mandatory public service while suspended.

  73. wydok says: Mar 11, 2010 9:25 PM

    Maybe Big Ben should pay off the sports report. That should work, right, Florio?

  74. ggoldman says: Mar 11, 2010 9:25 PM

    he didnt blow off this kid’s make-a-wish,
    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3462278&categoryid=null

  75. Bird Man says: Mar 11, 2010 9:26 PM

    Doesn’t know how to handle being the Pittsburgh Steelers QB and he’s already got two Super Bowl rings. Imagine if he ever learns…

  76. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 11, 2010 9:27 PM

    Dude treats white women like Vick’s pitbulls………….
    PETA where are you?

  77. cbusted says: Mar 11, 2010 9:29 PM

    Can’t wait for Gooddell to ring Big Ben’s bell for a some in season time off.

  78. thepittsburghkid says: Mar 11, 2010 9:30 PM

    yeah, I have seen him act poorly in public. I just hoped that it was that particular situation. I have a friend in the Steelers front office who has told me a number of shitty stories. Ben is basically the jock villain in a cheesy 80’s film. I hope he grows up a bit.

  79. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 11, 2010 9:30 PM

    Sweet! Even the locals have turned. The Rooney family would be next, if they were really interested in doing the right thing (see Robert Kraft), but they aren’t (see James Harrison). Too much going on in Ireland, and too busy running two major sports franchises in direct violation of the NFL bylaws, I guess?
    As a Bengals fan, and a prudent spender, I’ve ordered a 75 ton bag of popcorn to last me through the next 2-3 years of enjoying the Rapenstein saga. I think the Reno case has gotten new momentum as well, so I expect this to be extremely entertaining. It’ll be like the OJ case without the white guilt.
    I simply cannot laugh enough.

  80. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 11, 2010 9:30 PM

    hashbrowns says:
    March 11, 2010 8:52 PM
    Hello? Barry Bonds was a much bigger loser then Big Ben!
    —————————————-
    Last time I checked, Barry Bonds never raped women…………….
    Big Ben is a lowlife ghetto thug!

  81. tdprog1 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:31 PM

    As a die hard Browns fan I must say that the Rooney family is to classy for this turd to tarnish what they built. I cant believe I just said that.

  82. nerd says: Mar 11, 2010 9:33 PM

    LOL, “Don’t rape anybody on the way out!”

  83. BLACKSTEEL says: Mar 11, 2010 9:34 PM

    I’ve been a Steeler fan since 1976. To be honest i would rather lose with out Ben then win with Him!

  84. robhug71 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:34 PM

    I’m just glad to see the Pittsburgh media grab a backbone. This idiot pushes them around like they’re children. Roethlisberger gives them nothing when it comes to his time. If Pittsburgh sures up the defense I think they could win with just about anyone at quarterback. Surely Dennis Dixon can score more than six points against the Browns.

  85. Hmannn says: Mar 11, 2010 9:35 PM

    Lets fast forward twenty or thirty years… Bens high priced atty gets him a not guilty verdict.. Ben cleans up a little and gets another 6-7 seasons in and a couple more superbowl rings..
    The fun part is the interview he will do in superbowl 76 at half time.. It will put Joe Namath’s interview to shame. Ben will be twice as drunk and start forcing his 60 year old self live on camera on some 30 something hot reporter…

  86. Richm2256 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:38 PM

    Showtz says:
    March 11, 2010 9:06 PM
    The funny thing is that if Ben is telling the truth and nothing happend watch everyone say they were behind him 100%
    ————————————————-
    This is what gets me about idiot fans like YOU.
    If Roethlesberger is ‘telling the truth”, he has already admitted to being a 28 year old NFL veteran QB who brought an underage 20 year old co-ed pub-crawling to 3 different bars, and having some form of jizz-inducing sex with her in a lady’s room.
    You call that “nothing”?

  87. Raiderfankirk says: Mar 11, 2010 9:39 PM

    OK hes a Dic. If they cut him (they wont) hope he comes to Oakland

  88. favrefromover says: Mar 11, 2010 9:41 PM

    http://www.packers.com/news/releases/2007/12/06/3/
    for all you quarterbacks who don’t know how to handle yourselves in front of little make-a-wish kids….. god bless their hearts…

  89. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 11, 2010 9:41 PM

    jimmysmithblows… Not so sure Mr. Palmer will agree to an interview? I did find this excerpt on a Steelers forum:
    “Talking Steelers Football with Arnold Palmer
    Golf legend Arnold Palmer is known worldwide, but in Western Pennsylvania he is without a doubt at the top of everyone’s list of all-time golfers.
    Palmer has golfed with current and former Steelers players and coaches, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
    “It was awesome,” said Roethlisberger of the chance to golf with him at an outing. “ We had a lot of fun. Just to be out there with him. He is a legend. He is maybe the greatest to ever play. It was fun to hear stories and watch him play. He chipped in a couple of times and had some great shots. Then I raped him in a sand trap on #14. It was a blast.

  90. i'm president charlie! says: Mar 11, 2010 9:42 PM

    Who cares what professional athletes are like off the field? Whether its Big Ben, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, ect. all I care about is what they do once they step on the field. For instance, why the hell does Tiger Woods have to apologize to me? Its the media and his P.R. reps who made everyone believe that he was holier than thou!
    And who really cares what a journalist thinks!?! The media can paint professional athletes however they want and sadly most people are sheep and believe everything that is spoon fed to them.
    If Ben is done with the Steelers then I will always be thankful for the joy he has brought my family, friends, and I as well as the excitement with which he played the quarterback position. If Ben continues as a quarterback I will cheer for the player who steps under center as the Steelers’ quarterback.

  91. Deb says: Mar 11, 2010 9:43 PM

    @JimmySmithBlows …
    Is that the same Arnold Palmer who fought so furiously and so SELFISHLY against Casey Martin being able to use a golf cart on the PGA tour when a crippling illness kept Casey from being able to walk the course? Yeah … your hero always acts with class and always does the right thing to help the sick, doesn’t he?
    No professional athlete walks on water, genius.
    Not even your “king.”

  92. BuckFigBen says: Mar 11, 2010 9:46 PM

    Get in touch with the owner of Nakama in Pittsburgh and ask him why he politely asked Ben to leave one night a few years back. Get in touch with the former owner of Red Fin Blues and ask how he acts when drunk, get in touch with just about any of the local upperscale places and ask for their ‘ben’ story. Almost every place has one. From refusing to pay bills to harassing girls, this guy is a turd, Steigy is just the tip of the iceberg. Just wait for the rest.

  93. CaptainFantastik says: Mar 11, 2010 9:48 PM

    I will speak to Ray Lewis and the boys in Charm City to see if Mr. Steigerwald can be accommodated…this one’s on us
    ———————————————–
    I doubt it, Ray and the boys in Baltimore are too terrified of the prospect of crossing Hines Ward to do anything to Ben. After all, Baltimore is Steelers Country.

  94. MSWRavens says: Mar 11, 2010 9:49 PM

    DoctorK – how stupid are you? I’m guessing you’re a Steelers fan, so no need to answer…although I do commend those of you who are able to admit your team leader is a huge prick…and the rest of you who only care about wins & losses are really pretty pathetic.
    But why are you so stupid DoctorK? I ask because all that article you posted says is that one of Ben’s friends (who happens to be a cop) says he didn’t see anything. And so, from that, you conclude nothing happened? What, is this cop all-seeing??? So he didn’t see anything…Ben has reportedly admitted he had sexual contact with the woman…which this cop obviously didn’t see…so the article you posted merely reports that his friend is not a witness. La-de-freakin-da!
    oh yeah, and you’re steadfast belief that a cop wouldn’t lie…to protect a buddy with whom he’s so close that he travelled hundreds of miles to celebrate his birthday? what parallel universe do you live in, because here on Earth the “blue wall of silence” is very real and while I believe Ben’s cop buddy didn’t see anything I’m certainly not naive enough to believe it just because the guy is a cop. And I mean no disrespect to the men and women in law enforcement who i deeply respect and appreciate…but there are no saints in this world!

  95. khall says: Mar 11, 2010 9:56 PM

    Do any of you actually read the comments of others or just what Florio posts? Because you may learn something you won’t learn from him!
    JMS55: “Ask that jackbutt about Ben paying $17,000.00 to send a local youth football team to California to play a championship game in Snoop Dogg’s league?? Ben paid for their jerseys, airfare, and hotel rooms. Ask him about Ben donating an entire game check for the families of the police officers killed last spring. But no, that nutbag failed to mention that.”
    Roethlisberger not only supports Ronald McDonald House, but pays for dinners for families living there.
    From an article about his work with Ronald McDonald House and Police Departments:
    “But what was not on display also illustrated the intensely private young man. Behind the scenes at the TV shoot, Mr. Roethlisberger was hosting young patients from the Ronald McDonald House, giving special attention to a transplant patient from Kenya, a young boy who did not know who the football superstar was.
    “He has supported the charity since early in his career, when he began paying for catered Christmas and New Year’s feasts at the Shadyside facility. Lately he has taken on more responsibility, becoming the honorary chairman of its capital campaign. A portion of sales proceeds from his barbecue sauce goes to the charity.
    “Then there is the money Mr. Roethlisberger, a dog lover, gives to K-9 police and fire units around Pittsburgh, Findlay and the cities where the Steelers play on the road. Since late 2006 his foundation has given $246,000 to some 35 K-9 agencies and will donate more during this fall’s road schedule, according to the Giving Back Fund.”
    He works with The Kids Wish Network, and yes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation (one example below):
    http://kdka.com/steelers/Ben.Roethlisberger.Make.2.735572.html
    Why don’t you haters and lame Steelers fans try reading some of these, conveniently ignored by Steigerwald, unless of course, you’re afraid of having an open mind, God forbid:
    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/family/19678828/detail.html
    http://www.whiotv.com/sports/19200707/detail.html#
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_633564.html
    I wonder if Florio will allow this to be posted, since it works against the agenda!

  96. quadya says: Mar 11, 2010 9:57 PM

    Steigerwald’s verdict? “Roethlisberger is a punk who needs to be knocked down a peg or two.”
    Dude just described 99% of all professional athletes.

  97. DanRooney says: Mar 11, 2010 10:00 PM

    Doesn’t know how to be the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers?
    What quarterback does? Tommy turnover Maddox? Kordell I’m not a sterotype Stewart? Neil? You’re talking about the guys we ran out of town with pitchforks? These are your model quarterbacks?
    Didn’t Mr. Nice Guy settle on a sexual harassment charge? Oh wait, that couldn’t of happened. He’s Peyton Manning.

  98. bsbfthedrive says: Mar 11, 2010 10:01 PM

    This just in! Kordell Stewart sues Big Ben for NOT sexually assualting him.

  99. Klytus says: Mar 11, 2010 10:02 PM

    Well, the first thing that Ben needs to do is to start growing up. He isn’t a frat boy in college anymore. His actions have consequences beyond his immediate reality. Assuming this legal business is resolved in Ben’s favor, he’s going to have a very interesting conversation with the Rooneys afterward. I’d like to be a fly on the wall during that exchange. I think the general consensus here is that this is Ben’s last chance. Change your life or you will be gone.
    GO STEELERS!

  100. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 11, 2010 10:07 PM

    Countdown to Ben entering sex and/or alcohol rehab in 5, 4, 3…

  101. Wiscdave says: Mar 11, 2010 10:08 PM

    I predicted that Tiger Woods would go to rehab as soon as the sponsors started to drop him. Every doper does the same when they’re caught with the goods. Hell, I recommended that a former in-law do the same and he got probation on cocaine trafficking charges (state charges–the feds don’t play). Here’s a prediction for Roethlisberger: Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome as a result of the motorcycle accident.
    By the way, before you publish any salacious stories, you should run them by the Kabletown suits.

  102. ispysomething7 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:08 PM

    Roethlisberger is just getting the trim now. In 10 years he’ll be pushing 350.

  103. JimmySmithBlows says: Mar 11, 2010 10:11 PM

    Hey Deb,
    Palmer’s nickname is The King, you dope. To me he is just another hillbilly from Western PA. The Pittsburgh area is home to the ugliest, most idiotic humans per capita in the US. I’m sure you are a real looker though, Deb! And you have a soft spot for the handicapped. Thats more than I can say for your rapist QB.

  104. ispysomething7 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:12 PM

    This just in: Roethlisbeger to pull an Ochocinco and change last name to Seis-nueve! 69 in Spanish.

  105. khall says: Mar 11, 2010 10:16 PM

    Uh yeah, he was a real jerk down there too:
    “A local bartender posted a status update saying, “ben roethlisberger was here last night hanging out at the bars in Milledgeville… he was molested by girls everywhere he went.”
    A bartender who said he served Roethlisberger: told us:
    “He was as nice as any athlete that I have ever met. People were all over him, guys and girls. His body guards kept some people away to let him have a good time. This situation is sad and I feel for the guy. He was out having a good time just like everybody else and now this is blowing up.”
    “Friday, as news of the assault charges broke, one of the Milledgeville bartenders said the charges against Roethlisberger were ‘bullshit’ and that ‘she was all over him that night…. wonder why he pursued??? she saw $$$ signs.’
    http://deadspin.com/5487565/big-bens-night-out-in-millyvegas-what-the-bartenders-saw
    “He tipped at 100 percent of their very large combined bill.”
    “They say he drank little, maybe a Corona beer or two, and noshed on food, signed autographs and posed for camera phone photos.”
    “He never looked drunk, never looked out of control. He shook hands and kissed babies, you know?” said Kyle Pilgrim, 22, a senior in accounting from Gwinnett County, north of Milledgeville.”
    “I had already gone over there, and he came in with his group,” said Pilgrim. “There were girls all over him all night. But he never presented himself as someone who would cause trouble. Looking at the way he behaved, you never would’ve thought about what they later said about him.”
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_670499.html#
    “He was sitting near the bar and I told him, ‘I know you get asked this all the time, but would you mind taking a picture with me and my buddies?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it,’ ” Mr. Vargas said Sunday.”
    Daniel Pickett, 23, a junior at GCSU, is a manager at Mellow Mushroom, a pizza parlor in Eatonton, near Mr. Roethlisberger’s vacation home. He, too, heard about the quarterback’s trip.
    “A buddy of mine was there in Milledgeville that night,” he said. “He walked up to him and said, ‘I just turned 21.’ And Ben Roethlisberger bought him a beer.”
    Mr. Webb, 22, a student at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, works at the Publix supermarket in Eatonton. He said Mr. Roethlisberger once stopped in for groceries and wound up signing autographs for almost 30 minutes.
    Thursday night, Mr. Webb was in Milledgeville and met Mr. Roethlisberger in The Brick, where the quarterback shook his hand.
    “He wasn’t really outgoing, but he was a cool guy,” Mr. Webb said.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10067/1041098-455.stm

  106. Siggy00 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:16 PM

    John is still a bitter Kordell Stewart fanboy who’s had a hard-on for Ben Roethlisberger the minute he stepped into Pittsburgh.
    In 2008 John went on sports talk radio and addressed the “decline” of Ben as a player. Boy he sure looked in decline when they went 88 yards in XLIII didn’t he?
    Kordell is gone. He’s not coming back.
    John needs to accept that and move on.
    Btw, here’s a story from Mike Lorello’s father when his son was in training camp with the Steelers a few years ago.
    _______________
    sorry I have not provided an update for a couple of days…with our daughter getting married in September and getting back late from camp, time just seems to fly by…..so let me tell you a little story that occurred after practice last Thursday that gives all of us a little insight into Big Ben’s character….
    for those of you who have been to the camp you know that many of the players spend time signing autographs after practice is over….it is a mad house and you need to give all of them credit for taking the time, particularly in these hot and muggy conditions after a pretty strenuous practice session….
    well Ben, Willie, Troy, Jeff, Ike, etc. did their thing and spent almost a half an hour signing autographs….but when Ben finally got to the door of the locker room building there was a little girl (I’m going to guess she was 9-10) in a wheelchair…and I am guessing by her actions, she suffers from cerablepaulsy…and we have all seen how those with this terrible disorder react when they get excited and they just make your heart feel warm because you want to join them in their joy…well when this little girl saw Ben she absoultely glowed..Ben immediately saw her and went right to her…gave her a big hug, talked with her for awhile, let the childs mother take pictures…I mean it was such a wonderful sight I got tears in my eyes…
    but that is not the end of the story….after Ben went into the building the little girl was still bubbling and the folks around her (family I believe) were sharing her moment with her….then about five minutes later Ben reappeared…this time he had a brand new NFL football and he sat down on the concrete next to the girl and started talking with her…I think he was asiking her her name and what she liked, etc….he then took the ball and began writing a message on it and when he was finished he presented her with the ball, gave her a great big hug and kiss and returned to the lockeroom…ladies and gentlemen at this time I was crying and so were several other people who saw what Ben did….now that is being a STEELER!!!!…Ben did something this little girl will remember forever and for a brief time, I know she forgot about her illness and just loved the moment…and so did I…
    ____________
    That’s a first hand account from a former Steelers players father.
    All we have from John here is the same, tired, outdated, overused, bitter Kordell fan babble.

  107. ThePitts says: Mar 11, 2010 10:18 PM

    Remember how they handled Bam Morris?…Ben the Hand writings on the Wall !!!!

  108. nfcbeast says: Mar 11, 2010 10:18 PM

    Ben should have entrance music wherever he goes-Sublime DATE RAPE
    Like the Family Guy where Peter has his own theme music follow him around…
    giggity giggity giiggity

  109. Deb says: Mar 11, 2010 10:21 PM

    Omigosh Richm2256! Will you grow up?!?
    You have ranted obsessively about your hatred of the Steelers on EVERY Steelers thread I’ve seen since I’ve been on PFT. The refs did this, the fans did that, Tomlin did this, Ben did that. Wha wha wha. Man up and STOP trying to pretend you give damn about some girl in Georgia!
    You care that the Pats won three Super Bowls in the 00s and the Steelers won two. You don’t want the Steelers adding to that total in the next couple of years, and without Ben they probably won’t. That’s why you’re salivating.
    She’s 20, an adult. We have soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan who are her age. Ben just turned 28. The age difference between them is less than 8 years. From the sound of things, his emotional maturity is about 20 anyway, so the age difference really isn’t that profound.
    We’re not talking about pedophilia, you numbnut. The police said his party met her party in a club. He didn’t kidnap a 15-year-old at the Convent high school, take her to the ABC Liquor Store and ply her with Wild Turkey. He met a woman at a bar and she bar-hopped with him, ACCORDING TO THE POLICE, from around 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.
    And if there was no assault, then he and that woman participated in a consensual sexual act. Yes, in legal terms, I call two adults engaging in consensual sex in a ladies room NOTHING–as in NONE OF MY BUSINESS. It’s not something I would do, but I wouldn’t send someone else to jail or deprive him of his livelihood for doing it.
    Good night, you need to get a sense of perspective!

  110. I_Hate_Yams says: Mar 11, 2010 10:21 PM

    Roethlisberger = Ryan Leaf

  111. PatsRPerfection says: Mar 11, 2010 10:28 PM

    Ben Rapistburger is a jackass, what a d-bag. I’m so glad we have Tommy Brady here, a great American who values all of his fans.

  112. Holeinone09 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:29 PM

    Mike, I have to take a time out from trying to analyze what is going on with this situation with Ben to make an honest comment about you. You just said “Local talk radio has featured plenty of anecdotal evidence regarding generally boorish behavior from Big Ben (we’ve heard a couple of stories that we possibly will be posting, once they are vetted by the PFT legal team — i.e., me), and his defenders are becoming fewer and farther between.”
    You will possibly be intentionally posting reputation-damning information? Are you related to the National Inquirer? Are you also going to be posting other such information about all the other football players in the league? There must be a never ending stream of that stuff for you to post. What are you intending to do, turn this site into a lynch mob? Damn, all of this is just pathetic. PFT has basically ceased having any journalistic value whatsoever and is ensuring it devotes its time to completely trashing what might be left of somebody’s name, even before any charges filed.
    This has nothing to do with whether Ben did anything or not. This is Florio spending time and using PFT to post dirt, which could be done about hundreds and thousands of other athletes.
    You have complete childish dopes using terms like “pittyturd” to describe Pittsburgh, you have other jackasses claiming rape and using that word over and over and over again, actually desensitizing it in public. Pittyturd?? Holy shit, that person is below the 5 IQ level.
    Let’s do this. Just go find Ben’s house, lynch him, and get it over it. He has been declared guilty and the worst human being that ever lived on this planet. No need for the GA police to do any more work or Ben to pay his attorneys. The Rooneys can just cut him tomorrow. He makes pond scum look like roses. Then you can move on to your next designated victum and your loyal moron followers will obey your every command.
    Yep, this is great stuff here.

  113. GIBoxer5 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:29 PM

    All of you Pit losers riping the journalist are a joke!! Way to stick up for a rapist. Ben was this way at Miami also, it just all got swept under the carpet. I’ll enjoy seeing this creep behind bars and suspended for at least the first 6 games of the season, hopefully longer. All you need to know about this guy is that the Steelers have off duty cops follow him around the country because he doesn’t understand how to handle himself in public. Luckily the NFL has made it a point not to pamper animals like this anymore. Welcome to reality son. Thank god he’s white so people will want to make an example of him instead of excuses..

  114. HJC says: Mar 11, 2010 10:31 PM

    Coltshomer,
    how did you know I was a fan of rape? Did ur momma tell you? She objected at first but then kept on begging for more

  115. edgy1957 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:31 PM

    Well, the one thing I’ve heard is that around Pittsburgh, he’s known as a wanna-be dine and dasher. While he wouldn’t be the first professional athlete to do that, it does point to a sense of entitlement.

  116. Richm2256 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:34 PM

    ggoldman says:
    March 11, 2010 9:25 PM
    he didnt blow off this kid’s make-a-wish,
    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3462278&categoryid=null
    ————————————————–
    goldman, I followed that link, and I watched that clip. Touching what Roethlisberger and the entire Steelers organization did for that little guy. I’ll admit, it made me feel good about Roethlisberger for a minute….. then I wondered, what would Akeem or his parents feel about Roethlisberger taking a 20 year old girl bar-hopping, getting her drunk, and having “consensual” relations with her in a lady’s room? She was just six years older than that kid was.
    And I wondered, why didn’t that victim get to see the nice Ben Roethlisberger that this kid got to see, instead of the douchebag 28 year old wearing the Satan T Shirt, that slammed her head in that bathroom?

  117. Laxer37 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:34 PM

    This is what happens when you hold a person to a standard without ever actually knowing them.
    Anybody that was paying attention knew he was a dick years ago. He’s treated the media like trash for years and only gives them the time of day when he is required to talk or has something to gain from it.
    That being said, acting like an asshole does not exclude you from playing football in the NFL so let’s concentrate on the assult allegation because thats the only new news here.

  118. Holeinone09 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:35 PM

    Trickbunny said “Roethlisberger’s accomplishments are solely because he’s had insanely good WRs, TEs, and RBs. Without them performing miracles, he’d be complete garbage as a QB.”
    Dude, notwithstanding the terrible issue going on swirling around Ben’s personal issues, how many football games have you watched Ben in? Do you know how many times he singlehandedly got the win? If your really believe what you said, then you don’t know jack about football. You lack credibility by having said that. You can’t even be honest about football ability. You have a problem.

  119. NzYme says: Mar 11, 2010 10:40 PM

    @ggoldman
    That was after he turned down the girl from make-a-wish! No doubt did that little stunt on advice from his PR firm before it got ugly!

  120. Holeinone09 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:46 PM

    Poo Flinging Monkey says:
    March 11, 2010 9:41 PM
    jimmysmithblows… Not so sure Mr. Palmer will agree to an interview? I did find this excerpt on a Steelers forum:
    “Talking Steelers Football with Arnold Palmer
    Golf legend Arnold Palmer is known worldwide, but in Western Pennsylvania he is without a doubt at the top of everyone’s list of all-time golfers.
    Palmer has golfed with current and former Steelers players and coaches, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
    “It was awesome,” said Roethlisberger of the chance to golf with him at an outing. “ We had a lot of fun. Just to be out there with him. He is a legend. He is maybe the greatest to ever play. It was fun to hear stories and watch him play. He chipped in a couple of times and had some great shots. Then I raped him in a sand trap on #14. It was a blast.
    ****************
    Hey monkey, wouldn’t it be funny if one of Ben’s attorney’s wants to subpoena your personal information from PFT and asks you prove what you allege Ben said in quotes? I am sure you have the source for your quote about him saying he raped ol’ Arnie.

  121. HJC says: Mar 11, 2010 10:47 PM

    MSWRaven,
    Get a life. The quantity of effort, time and energy spent on your part in dealing with a nonfootball issue of another teams player tells me that you are a colossal loser.
    Yes, there is a reason why you were picked last in gym every time. Go change you shit-stained underwear, stop trying to sneak in peeks of your sister in her panties, return the Star Trek Dvd back to the library and WORRY ABOUT THE F$&KING “CONVICTED” PLAYERS ON YOUR OWN TEAM.

  122. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 11, 2010 10:52 PM

    “Per Steigerwald, KDKA opted not to pursue the matter as a news story.”
    Not surprising. This is the case in most NFL cities, particularly the ones in the northeast.

  123. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 11, 2010 10:57 PM

    Holeinone09… LULZ. “Stop worshiping at the altar of Rapenstein.” Now you can subpoena me too, as I put the remark in quotes.
    I’ll even submit DNA samples, but you could just as simply retrieve them from your Mom.

  124. snnyjcbs says: Mar 11, 2010 10:58 PM

    I told you this guy is a PUNK, you can see it in his eyes. What a low life to have done the Make A Wish Child like he did.
    The PUNK does not have the time for a dying child but has the time to Rape and throw himself at 20 year old women even after having his advances shot down.
    The sad part is watching NFL Network already working for his Lawyers in putting out the spin. Funny how they only report what he claims and they say nothing and try to glass over the fact that he may be an alledged serial Rapist.
    I wonder how many women he thumped in the past that might have been to scared to come forward, my bet is that it is a bunch, punk, this dude is all punk.

  125. Holeinone09 says: Mar 11, 2010 10:59 PM

    A few posts early, Richm2256 said that Ben “slammed her head in that bathroom”.
    Hey Richm, can you post the link to where it said Ben did that? I didn’t see that. Facts like that would clearly be important to know about. Thanks.
    Sheesh.

  126. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 11, 2010 11:02 PM

    HAHAHAHA. Boy is this great!!!
    /Flounder

  127. khall says: Mar 11, 2010 11:04 PM

    Roethlisberger works with Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh and pays for dinners for the families living there with their sick children.
    “Away from the football field, Mr. Roethlisberger can be remarkably generous with money and time for charitable causes…”
    “But what was not on display also illustrated the intensely private young man. Behind the scenes at the TV shoot, Mr. Roethlisberger was hosting young patients from the Ronald McDonald House, giving special attention to a transplant patient from Kenya, a young boy who did not know who the football superstar was.”
    “He has supported the charity since early in his career, when he began paying for catered Christmas and New Year’s feasts at the Shadyside facility. Lately he has taken on more responsibility, becoming the honorary chairman of its capital campaign. A portion of sales proceeds from his barbecue sauce goes to the charity.”
    “Then there is the money Mr. Roethlisberger, a dog lover, gives to K-9 police and fire units around Pittsburgh, Findlay and the cities where the Steelers play on the road. Since late 2006 his foundation has given $246,000 to some 35 K-9 agencies and will donate more during this fall’s road schedule, according to the Giving Back Fund, a Los Angeles-based philanthropy that oversees the foundation. In April, he received an award from the NFL Players Association for charity work in an event benefiting the Special Olympics.”
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09221/989721-66.stm
    Then there are these stories, but then they don’t fit the agenda here at PFT (and this probably won’t get posted):
    http://www.rmhcpgh.org/support.html
    http://www.wpxi.com/sports/19201432/detail.html
    http://www.examiner.com/x-11533-Celebrity-Charity-Examiner~y2009m7d16-Ben-Big-Ben-Roethlisbergers-foundation-supports-police-k9-units-and-service-dogs
    http://www.toledoonthemove.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=117644

  128. jigga44 says: Mar 11, 2010 11:04 PM

    All you frickin’ squeeler fans who wanna talk sh*t about other team’s legal issues….how’s it feel to have a player accused of the one crime that even criminals in prison despise? Raping a young girl???!!! Sometime’s a mofo needs to get smoked, but there ain’t never an excuse for taking booty.

  129. orangeandbrown85 says: Mar 11, 2010 11:05 PM

    Honestly, this is just sad to hear. I always liked him as a player (and yes, I’m a Brown’s fan), and even if he didn’t do it he is simply proving himself to be an idiot and a d-bag. It looks like Cincy is finally cleaning up their act; let’s get this assclown out of the division!
    Then again, I’d really like to see Shaun Rodgers plany his ass into the turf.

  130. bigstorm says: Mar 11, 2010 11:07 PM

    Too funny. You idiots pick up on the Make-A-Wish comment and lose your minds in a tizzy. I’d like to know what context this is in. What if he “blew them off” because he was re-habbing his knee and shouldn’t be doing personal appearances or, the guy trying to organize the appearance was a dick head?
    Ladies, this is a pin head journalist trying for effect and you, the fish, jumped right up in his boat. This guy has an agenda as he is no-where in the media in Pittsburgh anymore. 5 year olds have their own shoes on Treehouse. Big deal.
    Go back to TMZ.com

  131. i'm president charlie! says: Mar 11, 2010 11:08 PM

    Its funny how many Ravens, Bengals, and Browns fans are so happy about this situation. The obvious frustration that their teams continue to choke in the playoffs or not make them (*cough Browns cough*) while Ben hoisted the ultimate prize twice LOL!
    Must have sucked to sit there and watch the Steelers get their most recent championships with so much hatred in your heart for them. Enjoy your teams’ mediocrity and continue to pride yourself in regular season and playoff wins, while the Steelers sit atop the NFL with 6 Lombardis. ;)

  132. JohnnyH says: Mar 11, 2010 11:12 PM

    Let’s all kick in a dollar and buy him another motorcycle, maybe he’ll get it right this time.

  133. Siggy00 says: Mar 11, 2010 11:13 PM

    Just like KDKA and the moral driven Steigerwald never reported that Hines Ward co-owned a bar with a convicted drug dealer when Hines was doing two TV shows a week at KDKA during the season.
    But Hines isn’t a quarterback who won two rings while John’s Kordell Stewart didn’t.
    Why doesn’t John talk about the classless joke his brother made on TV about Hoby Baker this season?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2om0LsSDk8

  134. Deb says: Mar 11, 2010 11:14 PM

    @JimmySmithBlows …
    Ooops … I know almost nothing about golf except that it’s really boring and people should sweat when they play sports LOL But I followed Casey Martin’s story as a management issue and it’s why I’ve never liked Tiger. (Think of the heartache I could have saved Elin. :-) BTW, love my Steelers … but I’m not from Pittsburgh. I’m a Southern girl.

  135. bigstorm says: Mar 11, 2010 11:19 PM

    PatsRPerfection
    You are a twat.
    Brady dumped his pregnant girlfriend just before she gave birth to start banging on Giselle. I doubt that his son is going to be getting a Brady jersey for his 5th birthday.
    That’s an All American role model. Maybe in da’ hood where a pimp “gots to gets his freak on wit da beeatches”.
    Put your head back up your kulu.

  136. EdgarSnyder says: Mar 11, 2010 11:23 PM

    Holeinone09 says:
    March 11, 2010 10:46 PM
    Hey monkey, wouldn’t it be funny if one of Ben’s attorney’s wants to subpoena your personal information from PFT and asks you prove what you allege Ben said in quotes? I am sure you have the source for your quote about him saying he raped ol’ Arnie.
    LIGHTEN THE F UP, FRANCIS.
    ITS A JOKE YOU DUMBASS TOOL.

  137. andy reid's belt says: Mar 11, 2010 11:26 PM

    Rapistburger’s 2 Super Bowl victories are frauds anyway….please show me a photo that shows the Pissburgh reciever with both feet coming down in bounds. As many times as that play has been shown, why has there never been one that shows both feet touching down in bounds and the referee’s gave Pissburgh the win against Seattle. Best thing Ben could do is do more motorcycle riding at high speeds without helmet.

  138. Deb says: Mar 11, 2010 11:28 PM

    @edgy1957 …
    There you are!!! I owe you an apology, my friend.
    From a legal perspective, I’m completely on the side of due process, and at this point, inclined to believe this is another settlement scheme. But when I read about this night on the town, in light of the pending case, I finally understood what you were saying about the accident being part of a pattern of irresponsible behavior for someone who’s the face of an NFL franchise.
    Taken by itself, I’d probably still feel the accident was a foolish mistake by a kid who thought he was indestructible. But now I realize what you meant about all the livelihoods tied to his. Even then, he couldn’t afford the luxury of that kind of foolishness. And the team shouldn’t have given him that leeway. They should have at least made the helmet contractual. I’m fully expecting this situation to go away, one way or another, and hope the team will take a hard line with him from here on out.

  139. sandy70 says: Mar 11, 2010 11:30 PM

    Deb says:
    March 11, 2010 9:43 PM
    @JimmySmithBlows …
    Is that the same Arnold Palmer who fought so furiously and so SELFISHLY against Casey Martin being able to use a golf cart on the PGA tour when a crippling illness kept Casey from being able to walk the course? Yeah … your hero always acts with class and always does the right thing to help the sick, doesn’t he?
    No professional athlete walks on water, genius.
    Not even your “king.”
    ———————————————-
    The court of public opinion says that you need to remove your tinted glasses Deb. Your blind faith in defending a guy who has created his own bad boy persona–which has led to two sexual assault allegations–is quite misguided if you have to make the foundation of said defense an attack on Arnold Palmer without even knowing if there is any validity to the statement made by the poster you quoted.
    You can polish that turd all you want. It might shine, but it still stinks.

  140. bigstorm says: Mar 11, 2010 11:33 PM

    20 year old university student in a bar with a multi-millionaire famous athlete showing up in this “berg”.
    You guys don’t need a map to figure this one out. Read the blogs from the people that worked there. This bar pig is looking to cash in. Sure she probably touched Ben’s Big Ben but rape? Beeatch please.
    Ben’s only fault is that he is fooling around with common folk. He should be heisting models and using escorts. The days of no debt banging are over for these guys. His body gaurds should have picked this chick up off her knees, bought her a shooter and told her to f%^k off.

  141. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Mar 11, 2010 11:33 PM

    HJC, your flames are like a little girl’s. Go away.

  142. SwedishMurderMachine says: Mar 11, 2010 11:35 PM

    Then I raped him in a sand trap on #14. It was a blast.
    ha ha

  143. SteelValley2k10 says: Mar 11, 2010 11:42 PM

    Die hard steelers fan we need to just get rid of ben b4 he ruins our team i feel good with dixon but hey wld cld always trade for mike vick or mcnabb wld be halarious bringing vick to cleveland and shutting the dog pound up=P

  144. Richm2256 says: Mar 11, 2010 11:44 PM

    @Deb:
    “I call two adults engaging in consensual sex in a ladies room NOTHING–as in NONE OF MY BUSINESS. It’s not something I would do, but I wouldn’t send someone else to jail or deprive him of his livelihood for doing it. ”
    ————————————————
    Yeah, this conveniently neglects the fact that she’s saying it WASN’T consensual. Nothing like a blind biased fan’s point of view to leave out the truth, huh Deb?

  145. southFLAsteel says: Mar 11, 2010 11:45 PM

    i have to say that i am absolutely astonished at the so-called “steeler fans” on here ready to dump all over ben. you people are not in any way, shape, or form steeler fans. i have more respect for the raven fans that always continued to show massive support to ray lewis, even after he was CONVICTED of obstruction of justice in a FREAKIN’ DOUBLE HOMICIDE!!! you pathetic jerks that call yourselves part of the steeler nation, please, GO THE F_CK AWAY!! we true steeler fans will reserve judgement until all the facts and evidence have come to light. have all of you jag-offs forgotten the duke lacrosse case? ben has never done anything to me personally, except provide my team with 2 championships and several exciting and entertaining football seasons. don’t know what the hell he ever did to any of you to piss you all off so bad and warrant loosing your support. and as for the rest of you sad-sack wannabes, we have always known you’re all a bunch of douches who can only dream your team wins SIX LOMBARDI’S one day. stay hatin’. it makes us in steeler nation KNOW we are the predominant team of the last several decades!

  146. covercorner7 says: Mar 11, 2010 11:54 PM

    Roethlisbooger did not want to help a dying kid. What a low-life scumbag.

  147. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 11, 2010 11:56 PM

    “And I wondered, why didn’t that victim get to see the nice Ben Roethlisberger that this kid got to see, instead of the douchebag 28 year old wearing the Satan T Shirt, that slammed her head in that bathroom?”
    Because there were no cameras there.

  148. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 11, 2010 11:59 PM

    “Hey monkey, wouldn’t it be funny if one of Ben’s attorney’s wants to subpoena your personal information from PFT and asks you prove what you allege Ben said in quotes? I am sure you have the source for your quote about him saying he raped ol’ Arnie.”
    I heard that he raped your face. As he was doing it he yelled “I’m an Aztec warrior! I’m an Aztec Warrior!” over and over.

  149. Lucky5927 says: Mar 12, 2010 12:04 AM

    Before anyone downplays Steigerwald, let it be known I spoke with a couple of Pittsburgh residents last weekend at a wrestling tournament in Virginia (and they were not even real big football fans). They said that Big Ben is very arrogant and a jerk. So for two people who don’t watch much football and live in the area, I think that speaks volumes of Big Ben’s character. Besides, two assault cases in less than six months? He obviously was dealing with a nut case the first time around, but to think you are above the law and conduct a similar transgression is completely idiotic. He may or may not be found guilty, but in the court of public opinion, this guy is one huge douche bag.

  150. domsdad says: Mar 12, 2010 12:06 AM

    To be honest I am a Bengals fan, I’m trying my best to not be biased on this subject unfortunately it’s a horrible situation for everyone involved. If he’s found innocent it unfortunately won’t change his image, if he’s guilty it’s a shame that such a talented young man with so much money is so mentally messed up. Ben I hope you’re innocent because kids do look up to you .

  151. packerfanfornot4life says: Mar 12, 2010 12:09 AM

    I’ve heard that Ben is exploring changing his name to Ruthlessonfurberger.
    Awesome new name
    wow blowing off a dying kids wish!! what a prick!

  152. VoxVagina says: Mar 12, 2010 12:28 AM

    If the Steelers were to get rid of him and the 49ers got him, I have a feeling Singletary will straigten this asshole out. If he can’t, then nobody can. Frankly this dousche doesn’t belong in the NFL. What a consummate professional.

  153. SteelhawkIndustries says: Mar 12, 2010 12:28 AM

    Here’s the deal… Is Big Ben dumb, the answer is yes. He’s from Ohio and he speaks like a gangster and he drives motor cycles without a helmet and allegedly rapes women in Georgia and Tahoe and wherever else he may or may not. However, I don’t believe any of it. The NFL is full of bandwagon fans who love their players until something happens and then everyone hates them when something comes up. Ben Roethlisberger makes over 13 million dollars a year, and he isn’t even thirty years old. He went to a bar, got a little tipsy, and probably had consensual sex with someone who was well over 18. This is an NFL star quarterback who could get ass anywhere in the U.S. Is everyone so naive to believe that a twenty year old college student didn’t go to a club looking to hook up with someone, especially a football player. Everyone knows what happened in Tahoe and everyone knows it will be thrown out because that girl took a year to inform someone of Ben’s “wrong-doings”. This college girl from Georgia is just looking for the attention and this is the best way to get it. Ben didn’t just wake up one day and decide to become a rapist. And all this talk about Ben not being the Steelers quarterback in 2010… remember, Ray Lewis allegedly killed a man, Michael Vick killed dogs, and Donte Stallworth killed a man with his car when he was drunk……. all three of those players are on an NFL roster… If you’re a Steelers fan and you’re turning your back on a quarterback that delivered Steelers Nation two rings then you should be frickin ashamed of yourselves.

  154. nflhof says: Mar 12, 2010 12:45 AM

    Wow Big Ben makes Super Daddy Cromartie look good. Never would have thought that.

  155. stetai says: Mar 12, 2010 1:35 AM

    Rothlisberger may have done all of these things, but that’s nothing compared to waffling about retirement. I mean is there a greater sin a QB could commit?—signed all Packer fans.

  156. Clevelandfan says: Mar 12, 2010 1:43 AM

    The make a wish story is 100% true. That little girl stayed at the Hotel I was working at and I will never forget how upset she was the Ben wouldn’t meet with her for the 3 days that they were around the Steelers. Also should note that Hines and Troy both brought the girl flowers because they are what athletes should be.

  157. ccoolahan14 says: Mar 12, 2010 2:01 AM

    You stay classy Pittsburgh steelers!

  158. fin4life says: Mar 12, 2010 2:01 AM

    idropbombs says:
    March 11, 2010 10:10 PM
    I’d like to “unload” in Big Ben’s ass
    ***************
    Bro, you are at the wrong site.

  159. Ryan says: Mar 12, 2010 3:00 AM

    Theres something wrong with big ben, second time around proves your either a sexual pred or a moron to put yourself in the position to be accused of being one twice. Grow up Ben.

  160. Dr Hiram J Puddlestone says: Mar 12, 2010 3:12 AM

    @captain fantastik
    “……After all, Baltimore is Steelers Country.”
    um…yeah…in the same way that Janet Reno was a Playboy centerfold in June 1966…
    The only Stiller fans in Baltimore are at…720 Bosley Ave…look some of your buds up, cap’n

  161. Dr Hiram J Puddlestone says: Mar 12, 2010 3:21 AM

    @ qb of the future:
    “See if you can get the other teams on the schedule to follow suit. I’d rather see Dixon in there. ”
    yup…that Denis Dixon is a stud…lit up the Ravens at M&T Bank last year. He scares me…Rothlisberger only scares my daughter…

  162. thepittsburghkid says: Mar 12, 2010 3:39 AM

    I think most of you are just haters and are afraid of the Steelers and see this as the only way you can shit talk them. If its not the refs its this, and if its not this, its that. The hardware will do that to people. You’re envious and jealous of our accomplishments. get it in now on a internet comment board because your teams gameplay on the field wont. Ben is going to be fine just like the Steelers, and your life will still suck. WE are better than you, deal with it (then again I guess you do by running your mouths online).

  163. robhug71 says: Mar 12, 2010 4:13 AM

    I couldn’t care less if Roethlisberger is or isn’t a role model. His job is to quarterback the Steelers. Unfortunately, he has allowed himself to get grossly out of shape. He should be spending his off-season on a treadmill not guzzling beers with redneck babes from Georgia… The truth is, Roethlisberger has the Pgh media eating out of palm of his hand. They all have a man crush on him, especially Ron Cook. In the media’s eyes, he can do no wrong, even when he does. Roethlisberger is a good QB who has great moments, which means if the defense doesn’t carry his azz, he doesn’t win. He is overrated. Plain and simple.

  164. Kool Herc says: Mar 12, 2010 4:37 AM

    # mnmaverick says: March 11, 2010 8:50 PM
    I really think that motorcycle accident messed up his head bad. All his behavioral issues seem to point to that. He didn’t come out of Iowa State with a reputation like that.
    ______________________
    erm…
    1) he went to miami of Ohio.
    2) how about fame and fortune affecting his behavior instead of a motorcycle accident

  165. NateD says: Mar 12, 2010 5:09 AM

    You haters are the worst! Anybody that is using the term “rape” in this whole incident either: 1. doesnt know to read 2. doesnt know the definition of rape or 3. both 1 and 2. Ben didnt rape anybody. Nor did he drag this girl along on his pub crawl that night. He met her at the bar where the incident took place. Is he an idiot? Yes. Does he put himself in bad situations? Yes. Does he deserve public ridicule for being stupid, immature, rude to fans/ women/ restaurant owners? Yes. But to say hes a rapist that deserves to go to jail is just flat out ignorant and uneducated. I am by no means condoning what Ben did, but this is getting taken way out of context.
    Collecting all the info about this story, here is what I think happened. Hes drunk at a bar (btw on his bday), with friends, security, and the general public. From what the bartenders were saying, this girl was all over his nuts. Of course, like ANY man drunk @ 2am (let alone one thats used to this attention), he left his common sense outside and went straight for the nookie. Most likely gets pulled into a bathroom or private area by the girl, starts the sloppy drunk 2 am make out session (which anyone that has gone to college knows what this is like), starts feeling on her chest/ booty, and then bam! All of a sudden she falls/ slips/ is drunk and uncoordinated like most 20 year old females at bars at 2 am and is embarrassed and/or hurt. She cries hysterically and doesnt know what to do. Ben – being the a hole that he is, doesnt help her up and just walks out of the room like nothing happened. Next thing you know shes surrounded by her girlfriends who of course love to escalate drama (especially at 2 am) and they begin asking her over and over ‘whats wrong, whats wrong?’ The girl is too embarrassed to say anything and acts hysterically as if shes been traumatized. Thus in turn causes her immature friends (reminder: 20 year olds drunk @ 2 am) to scream assault. The girl then starts believing she was assaulted and wasnt at fault since shes too embarrassed to admit that she was about to suck off a stranger in the bathroom. When her friends ask her ‘who hurt you? Who did this?’ she then points to the 6’5 250 pound man with the double chin in the corner with his friends. This man is simply known as Ben Roethlisberger.
    Anybody that wants to give the ‘imagine if that was your sister, or niece, or girlfriend!’ argument is an idiot because there is a 90% chance that any female in your life has gotten drunk and messed around with a random guy. It happens. Ben is a meathead for being in this situation and deserves to be fined, ridiculed, and put on a short leash. But thats about as far as the punishment should go.

  166. NateD says: Mar 12, 2010 5:18 AM

    Oh and btw — not all of your favorite superstar athletes are “swell guys” off the field. The majority arent. My brother (who worked with an NFL agent) and I have been around quite a few of the biggest athletes in pro sports and they all have one thing in common on their mind and it starts with p and ends with y. And no Im not talking about puddy. The majority of them are cheap when it comes to tabs, or tips, and feel like everyone should kiss their feet when they walk in the door. Bens definitely not the only one who acts this way, and definitely will not be the last. Technology is making it easier now for fans to find this stuff out but go back to the stories of Wilt Chamberlain sleeping with 8 billion woman and you know athletes (especially the good ones) have been acting like this for decades.

  167. 123456789 says: Mar 12, 2010 5:18 AM

    You’re a hack, Floria. Go work for TMZ.

  168. 123456789 says: Mar 12, 2010 5:32 AM

    By the way, Rottenberger is a tool. I’d love to kick his @$$. And, I know I could do it. And, I’m a Steelers fan. But, this goof is NO Steeler. I’d be glad to trade in those two Super Bowl rings he helped us win if it meant Ben Roethlisberger never showed up on this team. In the end, it wasn’t worth it. Screw you, Big Ben! And, don’t give up riding that motorcycle without a helmet. Ha!
    But, Florio, lets not turn this into some kind of tabloid thing, OK? I know you can’t control yourself sometimes. But, if you try real hard…
    If the Steelers organization doesn’t get rid of this lunkhead, I will no longer be following or rooting for this team.

  169. svetfj says: Mar 12, 2010 6:11 AM

    Another medal for the media. So, for years everyone has known this guy was a turd…and now the media are coming clean with their “inside” knowledge. Don’t want to piss of the Rooney’s..who also knew about fat boy. Now they are all the sudden disappointed? Just like Tiger…”oh, he is a happy, go lucky guy.” Don’t believe what the the Jock sniffing sports media tell you about the character of these guys…its probably 180 out.

  170. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Mar 12, 2010 6:40 AM

    Wow. Quite a reaction to this story.
    I wonder what the reaction will be when WTAE finds out that one of Roethlisberger’s off the field endeavors is a business that sells poison milk to orphanages?

  171. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 12, 2010 7:06 AM

    OK Ben defenders, there’s only one question you should be asking yourselves. If Ben Rapenstein wanted to take your sister out for a night of partying, would you be ok with it?
    I can honestly say that I’d make Michael Irvin suck my Sig Sauer before he got the chance to take my sister out. What say you?

  172. shaunypoo says: Mar 12, 2010 7:11 AM

    Poo Flinging Monkey says:
    March 11, 2010 9:41 PM
    “It was awesome,” said Roethlisberger of the chance to golf with him at an outing. “ We had a lot of fun. Just to be out there with him. He is a legend. He is maybe the greatest to ever play. It was fun to hear stories and watch him play. He chipped in a couple of times and had some great shots. Then I raped him in a sand trap on #14. It was a blast.
    Thank you Poo Flinging Monkey.

  173. ampats says: Mar 12, 2010 8:00 AM

    Lots of high emotion. But I love the peole who attack Florio and the jounalistic agaenda of this site.
    As a long time PFT reader, pre NBC this site is not ABC,NBC. It started as a internet rumor site. Florio’s only agenda is to tweak (morons) to respond and read his site ( I have been sucked in)
    I woke up this morning as I do not sit up all night as some ( on PFT) and enjoyed my coffee laughing at these comments.Bigstorm, you are an idiot. Deb, I am surprised you got roped in and spent some much energy responding. Richm2256, as a fellow Patriots fan do waste your time.The Steelers season for 2010 is in deep trouble with all tis nonsense BR has brought to their franchise.
    Does anyone really know what actually happened? I not that anyone cares believe some misconduct happened but I am speculating from what I have read.
    Once again, congrats Mike you have taken 200 readers hook, line and sinker!

  174. DoctorK says: Mar 12, 2010 8:43 AM

    In the end, Deb’s right. Fans from other teams who are objective at least understand that while there has been no charge as of yet, there has been no allegation of rape whatsoever. It would seem that in the glee that comes with watching a hated rival have their QB in hot water, hysteria follows.
    This issue is more of an embarrassment to the organization than anything else. While I am sure that the stars could align as myriad Ravens fans here would like and Ben could be convicted of some crime, it is highly doubtful, just as it is highly doubtful that some suspension is forthcoming. Perhaps someone can explain to me how Mr.Goodell would be able to discern one party’s word over another.
    For Mr.Steigerwald to put his two cents in on this matter with a commentary that goes beyond describing the embarrassment is akin to piling on. As stated previouisly, I never had much respect for the inflection he put into his sports reporting–as if he ever played beyond little league–and this latest diatribe would appear to be an attempt to appear as an “insider” again.
    Sorry John. I can go down to the neighborhood bar and pick up more valuable insight than what you have provided.
    Thanks to those who have posted Ben’s charitable activities. Only a Ravens or Patriots fan would diminish such work.

  175. Holeinone09 says: Mar 12, 2010 8:47 AM

    Wow, I really ruffled some feathers when I made a comment about Ben’s attorney finding out the personal information of poo flinging monkey when he said Ben raped Arnold Palmer. I guess the high and mighty Steeler haters who have made thousands and thousands of jokes about Ben can’t take a joke themselves. That is so damn funny!
    Now listen up you eggheads. If Ben is not convicted, he will be playing QB for the Steelers this year and for years to come, and beating the crap out of your sorry teams. And THAT is what is really pissing you off. I am completely convinced he is no saint or angel, probably an asshole to many people, and has an ego bigger than Texas, just like most athletes. But he has also given to charities and spent time doing good things. After he lsteps off the football field, from now on I couldn’t give a rat’s ass what he does. Go look around the pro leagues and you will find a lot of similar examples, as one poster noted Lewis, Vick and Stallworth. The Bengals have quite a few. A crime is a crime. And at this point Ben has not even been arrested let alone convicted.

  176. tj.52 says: Mar 12, 2010 8:47 AM

    So Pittsburgh reporters need a “nod from the team” to not “tread lightly” when it comes to the Steelers. Nice to see that integrity and honesty guide the hand of the modern day “journalist”. How can anyone trust anything anymore.
    @ Deb:
    Time to abandon ship, sweetie. Big Ben is sinkin’ fast.

  177. Slow Joe says: Mar 12, 2010 8:48 AM

    Ben Roethlisberger is an ugly dude. Probably always has been. So when football started giving him popularity, it was like some dirtball winning the lottery. He didn’t (doesn’t) know how to handle it.
    So, he’s a self-centered jerk.

  178. Bdrunk says: Mar 12, 2010 8:59 AM

    trickbunny says:
    “As a Browns fan, I’d honestly rather stick with Seneca Wallace. ”
    Surrrrre ya would *wink*.

  179. steelerfanjj says: Mar 12, 2010 9:06 AM

    Yes, Ben behaves boorishly and is a douchebag. Aside of that, he wins games for the black and gold. All of you jealous haters are coming out of the woodwork to slam BB for something he may not be guilty of. The bigger picture is that many of you root for sh_t teams year in and out and will never have a winner to cheer for!

  180. Bdrunk says: Mar 12, 2010 9:17 AM

    Clevelandfan says:
    March 12, 2010 1:43 AM
    “The make a wish story is 100% true. That little girl stayed at the Hotel I was working at and I will never forget how upset she was the Ben wouldn’t meet with her for the 3 days that they were around the Steelers. Also should note that Hines and Troy both brought the girl flowers because they are what athletes should be.”
    How touching. What hotel was that?
    Yeah I didn’t think so.

  181. CKL says: Mar 12, 2010 9:48 AM

    JMS55 says:
    March 11, 2010 9:10 PM
    Ask him about Ben donating an entire game check for the families of the police officers killed last spring.
    __________________________________
    Yeah…and we know he donates to the K-9 program too. Even wonder if there could be another reason he likes to make sure the local police view him favorably? Or you think that it’s definitely a coincidence that he has never had any legal trouble while IN Pittsburgh and his two accusations were made by people pretty far removed from Pittsburgh?

  182. khall says: Mar 12, 2010 10:01 AM

    So, do you think that veteran Steelers beat reporter F. Dale Lolley’s last comment in his column last night was directed right at Steigerwald?
    http://www.observer-reporter.com/www/sidelines/index.html
    “I’ve also heard the argument put forth a number of times that somebody knew somebody who knew somebody else that said Roethlisberger wouldn’t sign an autograph for them. Therefore, he’s a jerk and guilty.
    Nonsense. I’ve seen Roethlisberger be gracious. I’ve seen him be a jerk.
    The bottom line is that I don’t know him any more than he knows me. I may be around him more than the general public, but that doesn’t mean I know him by any stretch of the imagination.
    There are some Steelers players who are a little more friendly with the media that others. Roethlisberger is not one of them. Does that make him a bad guy? I don’t know because I really don’t know him.
    ANYONE IN THE MEDIA WHO DOES CLAIM TO KNOW HIM IS EITHER STUPID OR FOOLING THEMSELVES.”
    http://www.observer-reporter.com/www/sidelines/index.html

  183. Bdrunk says: Mar 12, 2010 10:35 AM

    And seriously, Dennis Dixon??
    lol NOPE.

  184. DoctorK says: Mar 12, 2010 11:04 AM

    I think DD has the ability to be a helluva QB. I just don’t think I would want to see it in Pittsburgh at the present time.

  185. Frank Burns says: Mar 12, 2010 11:04 AM

    # bigstorm says: March 11, 2010 11:19 PM
    PatsRPerfection
    You are a twat.
    Brady dumped his pregnant girlfriend just before she gave birth to start banging on Giselle. I doubt that his son is going to be getting a Brady jersey for his 5th birthday.
    That’s an All American role model. Maybe in da’ hood where a pimp “gots to gets his freak on wit da beeatches”.
    Put your head back up your kulu.
    ————————————————-
    While you’re at it, tell that to ampats too. I’m sure he’ll stop wearing his #12 jersey, because as a concerned father of daughters and stuff, he has to be sickened by this kind of behavior.
    Isn’t that right ampats?

  186. Deb says: Mar 12, 2010 11:27 AM

    @sandy70 …
    I was writing on management issues when Casey Martin was pursuing his Americans with Disabilities Act case against the PGA through the courts. Most of the name golfers on the tour, including his one-time college roommate Tiger, opposed his efforts to use a golf cart because he could not walk the course. But Palmer was the poster-boy for the PGA. He testified against Martin all the way through the appellate courts. None of that received a lot of attention in the mainstream press, but I followed the case closely and it had a big impact on my opinions of Woods and Palmer and the PGA in general. You can read up on it by googling Martin.
    I’m not in the habit of posting things I haven’t checked out for myself. And if I do make a mistake, I own up to it. Speaking of which …
    I have made clear over and over that I think Ben has behaved like an idiot. He is anything but my hero. I’m not 12, Sandy70. Sports stars aren’t my heroes. But I’m awed by the people who created our Constitution and our system of DUE PROCESS.

  187. john says: Mar 12, 2010 12:15 PM

    As a life long Steelers fan, I am in disgust at Rothlesberger’s behavior and demeanor. If he is becoming so disgustful to the fans, how bad will it be in the locker room? He is no longer a leader for the Steelers. I hope that the Steelers send him down the road. The Bengals love idiots, send him there.

  188. Deb says: Mar 12, 2010 12:54 PM

    @VoxVeritas …
    Your scenario of what might have happened was interesting … but pure fiction. The Georgia police said this wasn’t rape, so no intercourse occurred. Your story doesn’t fit McNulty’s story (nor the witness testimony about her hopes of becoming impregnated with a little Ben–which is the flip side of the athlete lifestyle: the ambitious prospective baby mama).
    You wouldn’t let your sister go out with Michael Irvin. Is that because you believe he’s a rapist who got away with it? Or because you believe he’s a jerk? There’s a big difference.

  189. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Mar 12, 2010 1:05 PM

    i don’t follow the steelers, but with the way espn and nfl network suck this guys dick every time he is mentioned, they never mention a bad thing about him. this news about him being a heartless jackass is surprising to me. i guess i’ve been hearing bad intel.
    and espn and nfl network are terrible and i hope they both are somehow put out of business.

  190. I♥Patriots says: Mar 12, 2010 2:13 PM

    Frank Burns says: March 12, 2010 11:04 AM
    # bigstorm says: March 11, 2010 11:19 PM
    PatsRPerfection
    You are a twat.
    Brady dumped his pregnant girlfriend just before she gave birth to start banging on Giselle.
    This is far from the truth, Bridget got pregnant shortly before or after they broke up.
    Tom did not start dating Giselle until after Bridget was pregnant. There may have been a little overlap, no one but Tommy knows the answer to that, but he certainly did not dump her for Giselle when she was about to give birth. BTW, he also spends a TON of time with his older son.
    This is a thread about Ben Roethlisberger, not TFB. Leave the Pats out of this for once, haters.

  191. Tony says: Mar 13, 2010 3:06 PM

    Put him in a room with Terry Bradshaw and lock the door. He will come out a new man!

  192. robhug71 says: Mar 13, 2010 5:44 PM

    I am amazed that so many alleged football fans place soooo much importance on one player (the quarterback). You people sound like “The King of All Media,” Ron Cook. How did the Patriots do in 2007 without Brady? Answer: 11-5. How’d they do in 2008 with Brady? Answer: 10-6. Football is a team game!!! Stop buying into ESPN’s innane philosophy that quarterbacks win games, but someone else loses them. Cook’s recent column praised Roethlisberger for having a sensational 2008 season, when he threw for over 4,000 yards. BIG DEAL. Of the dozen or so quarterbacks who threw for 4,000 or more yards in ‘o8, Roethlisberger had the FEWEST touchdown passes. In the Steelers’ two most recent Super Bowl victories, Roethlisberger has a combined ONE touchdown pass. I am just not getting his importance. He was drafted by a successful franchise in 2004, one that had been pretty good without him. Since his arrival, the Steelers have won with a defense that is led by a guy named Troy Polumala. Without Polumala, that defense is ordinary at best. With Polumala, that defense is the NFL’s best. It’s no mystery to me who is the team’s MVP. Too bad the rest of you, including Ron Cook, aren’t getting it. If you are a Steelers fan, be relieved that Troy Polumala is a whole lot classier and more grounded than the team’s overrated quarterback.

  193. bigstorm says: Mar 13, 2010 7:24 PM

    I Love Patriots and the other moron;
    He dumped the actress when she was in her 6th month you pinhead.
    Outside of the Bruins crapping the bed in the playoffs for the 20th straight year that was the big news. C’mon dummy.
    The only reason that this is being brought up is because your idiot pal wrapped himself in his Tom Brady poster and got up on the pulpit on a Steelers blog!!!
    Go back to sleep punk.

  194. axtonian says: Mar 13, 2010 8:52 PM

    Raperbooger is a total dil weed yahoo hill-jack from findlay freakin ohio
    He should be run out of town, go play in canada hoser

  195. Tiger Woods says: Mar 13, 2010 10:44 PM

    I’m always skeptical of these things because everybody wants to win a lottery, man or women, boy or girl.
    And this is the easiest way for a chick to win a lottery: Locate a pro player, and shag em. Then somehow claim rape.
    That being said, Roethlisberger has been an embarassment to we Steeler Nation for awhile, for those who have gotten to know some behind-the-scene things. He also was a coq at Miami-Ohio. Just a big pric behind the scenes.
    Him getting hurt on the motorcycle was fair karma.
    But he’s due some more bigger karma now.

  196. cizzie4shizzie says: Mar 13, 2010 11:08 PM

    Big Ben’s innocent. He’s being targeted because of what happened last year. He”ll have the Steelers in the playoffs next season and all of this will blow over just as before. The only evidence that will convince me is a video of Ben bumping uglies without permission

  197. Deb says: Mar 14, 2010 12:06 AM

    @Tiger Woods …
    So you don’t think Ben raped or assaulted anyone? But you think a near-fatal motorcycle accident and what you assume are malicious accusations of rape and assault that are dragging his name through the mud, ripping his family apart, and threatening to destroy his career and send him to prison are karmic justice? For what exactly? Being a jerk? You think because a guy is an arrogant jerk, he deserves to nearly die in a motorcycle accident and have his career destroyed by false assault charges?
    I think an arrogant jerk should have somebody he respects tell him off. Or get a plate of food dumped in his lap by someone he’s disrespected. Or get dumped by a woman he really likes.
    Wishing for someone to have a near-death collision … wrongful conviction … wrecked career–isn’t that overkill? A lot of people on this Web site seriously need to get some perspective.

  198. robhug71 says: Mar 14, 2010 8:37 AM

    Kicker Jeff Reed has a couple minor brushes with the law, and all hell breaks loose, from the media to the fans. There were those who wanted Reed off the team immediately. Talk about overkill!!! If it hadn’t been for Reed, the Steelers would’ve been held scoreless by the Browns. The 1-11 freakin’ Browns!!! You people, fans and media alike, are placing waaaayy too much importance on a quarterback who is fat, lazy, overpaid and, at best, average. Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook wants to throw a parade for a guy who passed for 4,000 yards last season. Hey, get real!!! Four-thousand-yard passers are pretty common nowadays, especially one who operates out of an offense that throws the ball 70 percent of the time. Wake up, Steelers fans!!!

  199. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Mar 14, 2010 11:33 AM

    Send his ass to jail.

  200. Big Tex says: Mar 14, 2010 1:24 PM

    @Deb
    Sorry but got to disagree with you regarding Arnie and Casey Martin. It’s too bad about Martin’s condition, but playing on the PGA is not a “right”. Palmer’s “old school”. A child of the Depression. I’m sure that Arnie remembers Ken Venturi almost dying while walking the Open. Or Ben Hogan struggling to compete after his near-fatal car crash which shattered his legs. We aren’t that far removed from Tiger taking a major with a broken leg and a shredded knee.
    You have to draw the line somewhere and asking a professional athlete to walk 4 some odd miles in 5 hours while never carrying anything heavier than his sponsors’ logos doesn’t seem unreasonable.

  201. Time4skool says: Mar 14, 2010 1:39 PM

    LOL, people are actually tryin to defend Cleveland? The same fans that throw beer bottles on the field and cheer when their OWN QB sustains an injury? Yeah, Cleveland is all class. DA had you morons pegged perfectly. The only organization in the league that makes Detroit and Oakland look like a dream job.

  202. Time4skool says: Mar 14, 2010 1:43 PM

    I just took a huge Roethlisberger and wiped my Cindy Crosby with the best Malkin Ultra I could find. Rapists and cry babies. What’s next?

  203. poppinfresh64 says: Mar 14, 2010 1:58 PM

    Saw Ben at a bar after a Cavs game this year.He is a first class A-hole.Kept hitting on the barmaid like he was Hugh Hefner or something.He kept bugging her for her phone number.He ordered some food and her boyfriend,who works in the kitchen, put some “EXTRA” condiments on his sandwhich.A-hole couldnt even tell he was so loaded.Guilty!

  204. biggtee says: Mar 14, 2010 2:57 PM

    A couple of more seasons behind Pittsburgh’s O-Line and Ben won’t need to be knocked down a peg or two. He will be a vegetable from taking too many hits. When you get sacked 8 times by the Browns, you know your offensive line needs help.
    lol lol and he still has 2 rings on his finger imagine he had a O-line and wasnt running for his life on every down this is a very unique QB nobody plays the positon like him for all the sacks he takes think of all the big plays he makes holding on to the ball u can hate but REAL is REAL!

  205. Deb says: Mar 14, 2010 3:03 PM

    Hey, Big Tex …
    Golf isn’t my sport, so I know nothing about the incidents you’re citing. They sound fascinating, though, so I’m making a note to read up on them when I get the chance. During the Martin case, some golfers testifyed they had to walk the course despite suffering from hemorrhoids and things like that. Yeah, that’s comparable to the disease eating away at Martin’s leg bone.
    Obviously, my sympathies were with Martin, and since the Supreme Court (as far as I know) has never agreed to hear the case, the appellate ruling in his favor stands. The ADA wasn’t around when Hogan and Venturi played. But your stories about them are another reminder that things are never as cut-and-dried as they seem. Guess I’ll have to cut Arnie a lil slack :-)

  206. biggtee says: Mar 14, 2010 3:09 PM

    DieHardSkinsFan21 says:
    March 14, 2010 11:33 AM
    Send his ass to jail.
    lol Your a Redskins fan enough said hahah ur boy dan snyder would lick bens ass to have him on the team

  207. Bdrunk says: Mar 14, 2010 3:44 PM

    poppinfresh64 says:
    March 14, 2010 1:58 PM
    “Saw Ben at a bar after a Cavs game this year.He is a first class A-hole.Kept hitting on the barmaid like he was Hugh Hefner or something.He kept bugging her for her phone number.He ordered some food and her boyfriend,who works in the kitchen, put some “EXTRA” condiments on his sandwhich.A-hole couldnt even tell he was so loaded.Guilty!”
    What bar? What game? C’mon man go public with this info, tell me all about it. This very well might be the critical piece of evidence needed for the public’s final verdict.

  208. Baker says: Mar 14, 2010 9:31 PM

    HELLO HELLO!!!!
    Stagerwald comments ARE the unoffical way of the Steelers giving Rapistburger the TAP OUT!
    Pack your bags Son…..Prison is calling or Al Davis……

  209. sandy70 says: Mar 16, 2010 9:05 PM

    Deb,
    No matter how much you protest to the contrary or try to make this about anyone who opposed Casey Martin using a golf cart, it isn’t about that, it’s about whether Ben did or did not commit the crime(s) of which he has been accused.
    Trying to muddy the waters by intentionally digressing from the topic at hand does not make a strong case for your position.
    That you are taking every opportunity to defend Ben, rather than demonstrate the objectivity you demand from others based on your “well researched opinions” is humorous in my mind. The remark I referenced was pure rumor at the time of your attack on Palmer and his belief that Martin should not receive a waiver to ride a cart rather than walk; it is also totally unrelated to the activities that allegedly took place between the starting QB of your team of choice and a 20 year old college student in a college bar in rural Georgia.
    Impugning others as a debate tactic implies that your argument is weak, which is what I pointed out. I made no judgement on Ben’s guilt or innocence in my statement beyond what we know–that he has been linked to two alleged sexual assaults in the past year.
    The turd referenced was your premise and blind faith in his innocence, and your protestations do not diminish the point that you can polish it all day and night, but it will still stink.
    I’ve made no mistake to own up to. I’m just calling it like I see it.

  210. Deb says: Mar 18, 2010 12:45 PM

    @Sandy70 …
    I pity your poor reading comprehension skills.
    My first post on this thread condemned Roethlisberger’s jackass behavior and the press for allowing it to go unreported. JimmySmithBlows brought Arnold Palmer into the discussion, and I brought up Casey Martin only to say NO public figure is spotless. When you went off half-cocked about YOUR hero, I pointed out where I’d gotten my info. Period. I haven’t made this about Palmer. I could care less about Palmer, you sad little boy.
    It took years to say the words to my family, so I never expected to be commenting freely about it on a football blog, but since I have, I’ll just own it. Since I’m a rape survivor, I don’t blindly support accused rapists. If you’d followed my posts, you’d know that. But I don’t blindly condemn people without due process either. I’ve carefully reviewed all the filings in the Nevada case, and the evidence presented so far made clear the accusor in that case is lying to extort money. To me, the cases are separate, so my mind is open about Georgia. But the fact that the Georgia woman hired a plaintiff’s attorney specializing in personal injury within 48 hours of the incident makes me skeptical. Of the dozens of rape/assault victims I’ve known, not one has attempted to seek financial restitution–and yes, some were attacked by wealthy men.
    As I’ve said before, I can only speak for myself, but I’m not for sale at any price before or after the fact. The thought of asking for money from my attacker makes my skin crawl.
    So far all we know in this case is that a 20-year-old woman and her party met Ben and his party while the two groups were out clubbing. They spent several hours together, after which the woman accused Ben of “sexual manipulation,” which the police said was not rape. His attorney denies that a criminal act occurred. Authorities say Roethlisberger and his attorney are fully cooperating in the investigation. The woman has hired a plaintiff’s attorney specializing in personal injury. No further OFFICIAL information has been released. Everything else is rumor and speculation.
    I’m glad you can judge a man’s guilt or innocence on the basis of that speck of information. I cannot and have not.
    Even if he’s innocence, as I’ve said many many times, Ben Roethlisberger’s reckless, immature behavior has harmed himself, his employers, his sport, and his fans. He has a great deal of growing up to do.
    So you call things like you see them, and you couldn’t possibly be wrong or feel you’ve made a mistake? Gee, why doesn’t that surprise me? The ability to own up to mistakes–as I’ve done on several threads since this story broke–takes character. Demonstrating character is a sign of maturity. If your assessment of me is an example of your mature reasoning power, Ben isn’t the only one with a lot of growing up to do.

  211. sandy70 says: Mar 27, 2010 12:34 PM

    @Deb
    Let me start by saying I am truly sorry for what has happened to you. No one should ever be violated in that way.
    That said, your diatribes about Arnold Palmer were unnecessary, given the purely speculative nature of the comments (which have since been rendered moot). If your goal was to point out that, in your own words, no public figure is without skeletons in the closet, your approach was questionable at best. You argued several times–at great length–about the merits of Casey Martin’s case, which shifted the argument away from the topic at hand and placed the spotlight on a completely unrelated event. You were arguing apples to oranges in an overtly covert attempt to muddy the waters and cause confusion. That you also continue to attempt to portray yourself as better informed while I am merely “going off half cocked about [MY] hero (presumably Palmer), clearly demonstrates that it is you who has the comprehension issues, not me. Who or what is it that I am defending? Please enlighten me.
    It is you, Deb, that continuously crusades to discredit the merits of the Nevada case (which the courts have yet to rule on), and you who has expressed further disdain for the alleged victim’s choice of attorneys in the Georgia case. Regardless of your true position, you have never once spoken out against any of the legal maneuvers made by the defense team in either case, choosing only to focus on those made by the alleged victims, which hardly seems unbiased, and which also furthers the perception of your own blind allegiance. And, frankly, your opinions aren’t any more valid than anyone else’s at this point, regardless of how well read you claim to be, because of the lack of any “OFFICIAL” information, which you so astutely pointed out.
    Please don’t pretend that your interpretations of the “OFFICIAL” information released is the correct one, and all others that don’t march in lock step are factually misinformed or less well researched. Unless you are party to one or both cases, you don’t have access to any information that the rest of us can’t or haven’t accessed for ourselves.
    To clarify, yet again, I have made no commentary regarding Ben’s guilt or innocence, just that we know that “OFFICIAL[LY]” there have been two sexual assault allegations brought against him. That I must continue to point this fact out to you is just further evidence of an agenda on your part.
    In closing, I would humbly suggest that you reassess your extremely high opinion of yourself and your own self-importance before casting aspersions at others or their opinions. I am happy for you that you feel self-righteous enough to be so condescending toward others, holding your own character out there for the world to bow before while questioning the maturity of those who dare to point out flaws in your arguments. Your holier-than-thou attitude has done nothing to dissuade me from my assessment of said arguments laid out on this topic, and has actually reinforced my opinions of them. And if that has offended you or your delicate sensibilities in any way, rest assured it was only partially unintended.

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