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Goodell addresses latest Roethlisberger case

In his first public comments regarding the sexual assault allegations made against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he’ll be meeting with Roethlisberger “at the appropriate time.”

Goodell prefaced this remark with an ominous comment regarding the overall situation:  “The most important thing is we take the issue seriously.  We are concerned that Ben continues to put himself in this position.”

In other words, regardless of whether Roethlisberger is charged, the fact that he now has been twice accused of sexual assault has gotten the league’s attention.

It makes sense.  Goodell addressed the problem of repeat allegations in January 2009, prior to Super Bowl XLIII.  “You can have false accusations once, maybe twice,” Goodell said in reference to former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress.  “When you start getting
to multiple [arrests], you’re putting yourself in the wrong position,
you’re making the wrong decisions in the wrong places.  At that point
in time, you’re reflecting poorly on the NFL itself, your teammates.”

So, basically, Roethlisberger is running out of chances.  And one more accusation — true or false — could be enough to dramatically impact his career in a negative way.
  

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84 Responses to “Goodell addresses latest Roethlisberger case”
  1. Laxer37 says: Mar 22, 2010 2:00 PM

    Cue BlueEyedDevil’s racist rant.

  2. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 22, 2010 2:02 PM

    It’s about damn time!
    Ban this Ghetto Trailer Trash!

  3. tikyle says: Mar 22, 2010 2:04 PM

    It really shouldn’t take one more. Dude should get at least a 2 game slap on the wrist for the hell of it.
    Big Ben needs to be taught some humility Tiger Woods style.
    If Derek Jeter can go forever in NYC w/o any allegations (or at least w/o any allegations surfacing) then I think Big Ben should be able to make it in Pittsburgh (and Podunk Milledgeville, GA) for 10 years or so.

  4. Sixburgh4Life says: Mar 22, 2010 2:07 PM

    Get married or get a g/f man.

  5. Laxer37 says: Mar 22, 2010 2:09 PM

    “When you start getting to multiple arrests, you’re putting yourself in the wrong position, you’re making the wrong decisions in the wrong places.
    Nice reach linking something Goodell said four months ago. Let’s compare apples to apples, Ben has never been arrested.
    Can’t we all just relax and let this thing play out? If he’s guilty he’ll be punished.

  6. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 22, 2010 2:09 PM

    I think it’s pretty evident that his career has already been impacted in a negative way. Even if found innocent, or the charges dropped, he’ll never live it down.
    If he truly did nothing at all wrong, we’d have heard it by now from someone other than a “source close to Ben”.

  7. shoe says: Mar 22, 2010 2:11 PM

    Pitt needs to draft Tebow as a mentor for Big Ben.

  8. julieinduvall says: Mar 22, 2010 2:11 PM

    Maybe Goodell will send Roethlisberger a strongly worded letter.
    If the NFL was serious about dealing with Roethlisberger (and every other guy in the league who’s been accused of assault or violence against women,) they’d spend the time and money to address it. The cutesy pink on-field accessories for players and tinting the NFL website pink during October is nothing more than marketing.
    Here’s a fact, Goodell: 44 million women between 25-49 identify as “avid” NFL fans. When you finally figure out we spend money, you might want to actually invest in some changes.

  9. Passrusher76 says: Mar 22, 2010 2:11 PM

    Why would he want to get married or get a g/f when he can just keep assaulting women whenever he feels like it. He thinks he’s above the law apparently and has been to this point.

  10. Krow says: Mar 22, 2010 2:12 PM

    If he’s done this twice then he’s done it a lot more… women don’t come forward because they’re always treated badly by the media and the authoritites. Plus… this rapist is rich and famous. With fantastic “get the guilty off” lawyers. Hard to blame a girl for not putting herself through that wringer. But don’t kid yourself… these two aren’t the only ones.

  11. julieinduvall says: Mar 22, 2010 2:12 PM

    Sixburgh, it’s fairly obvious to females that Big Ben has a fairly significant problem attracting and retaining female attention, let alone “finding a girlfriend or getting married”.

  12. bunbun says: Mar 22, 2010 2:14 PM

    Roger please deliver to BR a 3-5 year suspension, $10M fine. We as fans, people do not want to be exposed to the NFL’ trash and garbage. Please clean it up.

  13. Slow Joe says: Mar 22, 2010 2:15 PM

    @Laxer37: Dude, what a perfect call.

  14. TexansMike says: Mar 22, 2010 2:15 PM

    Just suspend him indefinitely until the cases are closed.
    The NFL does not need the distraction.

  15. Whines_Hard.86 says: Mar 22, 2010 2:16 PM

    # BlueEyeDevils says: March 22, 2010 2:02 PM
    It’s about damn time!
    Ban this Ghetto Trailer Trash!
    ————————————————-
    Florio needs to Ban your Ghetto Trailer Trash ass! I didn’t know that you could get internet service on the porch.

  16. bluestree says: Mar 22, 2010 2:17 PM

    tikyle makes a good point. Jeter could buy and sell Big Ben, nails every available woman in the five bourroughs and the only time his name is mentioned is when a gal is “jetered”, as in “No soup for you, Lady.”

  17. Meldog says: Mar 22, 2010 2:17 PM

    @ Laxer37…
    Good call, lol…..but “trailer trash” isn’t too racist of a comment. It’s usually used against white people, but Blacks, Natives and Hispanics are welcome in trailer communities as well.

  18. highjak78 says: Mar 22, 2010 2:20 PM

    They should suspend him for the year – guilty or not. He thinks he can get away with this type of behavior, so why not throw the book at the d-bag and make an example of him? If done right it could help prevent this type of stupidity from entitled athletes. A “cautionary tale” if you will. The slaps on the wrist are not getting through his big, fat, stupid, surgically repaired face! Just letting it slide sends the wrong message…

  19. Dewey Axewoond says: Mar 22, 2010 2:20 PM

    Dear Roger Goodell,
    Thought you should know–Ben also tried to fix my T.V.
    Truth be told, I do like it rough, but not THAT rough…
    So, please formally consider this the 3rd formal complaint against Ben.
    Thank you,
    sincerely,
    Shaq

  20. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 22, 2010 2:20 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger, aka Ben Rapistberger, aka Rapenstein, aka Ben Ravagebusher, aka Rapey McRapesalot, aka Ben Rapinsomeone is in a whole lot of trouble.

  21. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Mar 22, 2010 2:20 PM

    If you were a classy, intelligent female, would you really want to marry this guy?

  22. CaptainObvious says: Mar 22, 2010 2:25 PM

    “# tikyle says:
    If Derek Jeter can go forever in NYC w/o any allegations (or at least w/o any allegations surfacing) then I think Big Ben should be able to make it in Pittsburgh (and Podunk Milledgeville, GA) for 10 years or so.”
    So what you’re saying is, if you don’t get caught it’s OK?

  23. sacdaddy says: Mar 22, 2010 2:28 PM

    Get this sexual deviant out of the league… total trash

  24. Matt says: Mar 22, 2010 2:29 PM

    # GoBrowns19 says: March 22, 2010 2:09 PM
    If he truly did nothing at all wrong, we’d have heard it by now from someone other than a “source close to Ben”.
    *********************************************
    You could easily make the opposing argument, as well. Had he done anything wrong, news would have leaked out by now (including the specific act that Roethlisberger is supposed to have committed, which we still do not as of yet know) and/or more definitive public statements would have been made.
    At the end of the day, whatever happens happens. I just want the thing to end so I don’t have to see stories about Roethlisberger popping up every time he sneezes. And yet I’m part of the horde of people that reinforce it by responding to it on the Internet.

  25. DogPound says: Mar 22, 2010 2:29 PM

    Ban the arrogant piece of white trash!!!!

  26. GiantsDefenseRules says: Mar 22, 2010 2:31 PM

    The Steelers have been known for making great football decisions in the past…..hope they don’t rely on him as their only option, or their season will be over before it starts.

  27. Caldon says: Mar 22, 2010 2:33 PM

    So he only needs to (allegedly) sexually assault 3 women before he gets in trouble. I’m sure the 3rd (allegedly) would appreciate that when it (allegedly) happens.

  28. Reba says: Mar 22, 2010 2:34 PM

    Tebow? Please. No thank you. We have Dixon.
    FINALLY Goddell had the balls to say something. “…At the appropriate time…” how about over 2 weeks ago Roggie baby. You should meet with him TODAY! Rooneys should make another statement about his disapearance from camp too.

  29. smo05d says: Mar 22, 2010 2:34 PM

    I wonder what this all says to Ben’s younger sister…

  30. Joe C says: Mar 22, 2010 2:37 PM

    The right thing for Ben to do, if he really cares about his image, is to accept a 2-4 game suspension and have a nice “apology” news conference. Because otherwise, he’s rolling the dice this is all just going to go away, and if he doesn’t act/say something, this is just going to continue to spin out of control.
    And look, once maybe I can believe the guy. But there aren’t THAT many women out there looking to take out pro athletes for at least 1 of the 2 to not have some truth to them.

  31. irishgary says: Mar 22, 2010 2:38 PM

    This clown needs a wakeup call. a 4 game suspension may help.

  32. Phokus says: Mar 22, 2010 2:50 PM

    I find it hilarious that Ben has to go out of state to chase some tail. Are Pittsburgh females that unattractive?

  33. Stillerz says: Mar 22, 2010 2:58 PM

    Haha reading these comments its obvious why the majority of you all are at the best accountants and at the worst unemployed. You could never handle Roger Goddels job. Do you really think this would be Goddells best plan of action?
    “Roger please deliver to BR a 3-5 year suspension, $10M fine. We as fans, people do not want to be exposed to the NFL’ trash and garbage. Please clean it up.”
    For someone who hasnt even broken the law yet that is a pretty funny punishment. Goddel is unbiased, the ONLY reason you people are calling for Bens head is so you dont have to have to play against him for the next “3-5 years.”

  34. VonClausewitz says: Mar 22, 2010 2:59 PM

    Two things:
    There’s a presumption of innocence in the legal system that reflects the general consensus that every person deserves to be treated without the biases that assumption of guilt brings. If the NFL decides they are going to apply a prejudgement based on strange circumstances then they’ve lost their way.
    Secondly, if Ben is actually innocent and is just a victim of a bottomfeeder with an agenda (which has happened to him once already), then it’s a poor measure of the league that it pours salt on an existing wound. Sometimes bad luck does happen.
    If the lawmakers in America decided to take off their blinders and recognize that false rape accusations are at an epidemic level (there are studies which indicate it happens at least half the time – no exaggeration), then the “bad choices” that guys like Ben seem to be making would very much go away. If people making false accusations could find themselves facing jail time I doubt you’d see the phenomenon being anything but a fraction of where it currently stands. That means that you’d a) have less innocent men jailed and b) have more attention given to real victims. The NFL is very close to being part of the problem with their policies. Surely a better approach, not just for players but for the country at large, would be for the league to put pressure on lawmakers to fix the conditions that make accusing innocent people a financially rewarding career.

  35. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 22, 2010 3:01 PM

    This is truly a sad day in White America………..
    HA HA HA
    But seriously, what type of trailer trash would defend this piece of garbage?
    Damn this sucks for the tea bagger birther movement…………….
    Ha ha ha
    “I can see Russia from my house”

  36. trickbunny says: Mar 22, 2010 3:02 PM

    How sad is it that a filthy rich, world famous, Super Bowl winning quarterback has to resort to sexual assault (allegedly, of course) in order to get some?
    Pathetic.

  37. tombrookshire says: Mar 22, 2010 3:05 PM

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Why are there so many apologists for his behavior on here? Why so much morale eqivocation and no outrage? If some of the guys making excuses for BR have daughters, I’m sure they would not want them anywhere near him. At best, his behavior is boorish and sophmoric for a man on this side of 30. At worst, he is a chronic sex offender who should be dealt with immediately and severely.

  38. tryagain says: Mar 22, 2010 3:05 PM

    hineswardcriesafterfumbling says:
    If you were a classy, intelligent female, would you really want to marry this guy?
    That answer is no, but could you send Sanchez over?

  39. BP says: Mar 22, 2010 3:11 PM

    Ben is history. I hate the stealers, but they have a lot of pride in their team. No way the team or the rank and file will ever look at this guy as somebody they want to be the face of their franchise. Unless both accusations prove completely bogus (no payoff) it’s over for him in steeltown and most anywhere else.

  40. Reba says: Mar 22, 2010 3:12 PM

    Vonclausewitz
    Thanks for the philosophical perspective. Now, let’s get literal. Obviously you have never had to deal with the justice system personally. There is SUPPOSE to be a presumption of innocence. That would be nice if it worked that way. Let’s see, let’s talk about another celebrity in somewhat the same light, Michael Jackson. It was proven in a court of law he was innocent. How many people think that he did do what he was accused? Plenty. May he rest in peace. Another one that got off when he wa guilty….OJ. May he rot in a NV prison.
    Ben must have his IQ in the double digits. Plus, the NV case is far from over and you can best believe the justice system there is watching this case like a hawk. It’s not too late to file charges there either.
    When a woman speaks up and states what has happened to her, why is it men automatically believe she is a liar, especially with athletes? Oh my, since Ben plays football and has 2 SB rings, that puts him above them all? I DON’T THINK SO!! I bet he’s done this many times over because women are afraid of a-holes like you condemning them to be whores. Ben is a whore.

  41. bluehaze says: Mar 22, 2010 3:17 PM

    They should suspend him until the investigation is complete. Same as would happen in most any career when you get in trouble.
    Saying he has to rape a 3rd girl before they will deal with this is rather apalling, though I don’t really think that is what Goodell is saying it sure does seem like that is what the slant the article is taking.
    I am fairly certain fans of the NFL will be in a serious uproar if no punishment is given. His money might be able to keep him out of jail but it’s not going to do anything to change the publics opinion of him. This guy has Grade A scumbag written all over him.

  42. Dapollock says: Mar 22, 2010 3:18 PM

    Uh-oh, he’s been put on double-secret probation!

  43. nflisking says: Mar 22, 2010 3:20 PM

    @Stillerz
    God almighty. You truly don’t get it do you pal? I’m sure many people on this blog are laughing at your arrogance and stupidity and blind support for your fat boy Ben.
    Typical pitt fan – moronic to the core!

  44. Reba says: Mar 22, 2010 3:26 PM

    Ben won’t have the money if the Rooneys cut his lousy butt. The big money starts this year. If cut, he doesn’t get it.
    Some team will pick him up, of course they would… but a 1 year deal at about 4 mil – maybe. Hey the Eagles, Bengals, and Ravens like criminals.. that would be the top 3.

  45. tombrookshire says: Mar 22, 2010 3:26 PM

    Please, take note of the proper spelling of the commissioner’s name. GOODELL. No excuse for misspelling his name, since it was in the headline of this post! Sheesh!

  46. The Real Shuxion says: Mar 22, 2010 3:26 PM

    BlueEyeDevils says:
    March 22, 2010 3:01 PM
    This is truly a sad day in White America………..
    HA HA HA
    But seriously, what type of trailer trash would defend this piece of garbage?
    Damn this sucks for the tea bagger birther movement…………….
    Ha ha ha
    “I can see Russia from my house”
    ————————————————-
    A person who plays the race card who is also a democrat. NO WAY!!!!!
    (Note sarcasm)
    (Note Sarcasm.)

  47. Reba says: Mar 22, 2010 3:32 PM

    Dapollock,
    You’re right! He’s already done the road trip to GA to get him in trouble. Maybe he’ll have a toga party. I just hope he doesn’t yell gator.

  48. Goldhooka says: Mar 22, 2010 3:36 PM

    Whines-hard86: I get Internet access on my porch. I have wi-fi. A better insult would have been: “didn’t know you got Internet access in your trailer park”

  49. bluelion says: Mar 22, 2010 3:37 PM

    Dang, Joe Willie never had to put up with this crap.
    Well, not until he was prepping to give Suzy Kolber a sloppy wet one on national tv, anyway.
    What’s the point of being the QB if you can’t tap unlimited poontang across the country?

  50. Goldhooka says: Mar 22, 2010 3:41 PM

    Stillerz: I agree. Id rather watch big ben eat dirt 15 times a game for the next 3-5 years. If the browns can mash up that o-line thirty other teams can too. Can’t wait.

  51. Goldhooka says: Mar 22, 2010 3:44 PM

    Vonclause: you are missing the point. If ben continues to put himself in these positions (excuse the phrase) than the NFL has every right to punish. Second allegation, one motorcycle accident he’s technically breaching his contract. So, you are wrong.

  52. fab says: Mar 22, 2010 3:50 PM

    hineswardcriesafterfumbling says:
    March 22, 2010 2:20 PM
    If you were a classy, intelligent female, would you really want to marry this guy?
    ————————————————–
    Or willingly go into a public restroom with him and WILLINGLY mess around with him?

  53. Steelcurtains says: Mar 22, 2010 3:53 PM

    Great…another Ben article…so we can read the same stupid comments from the same stupid people.
    One more accusation? Great…so all we need is some female Browns or Ravens fan to falsely accuse him and he’s gone? Accusations are just that….

  54. Reba says: Mar 22, 2010 3:53 PM

    It should be for Ben “actions which are detrimental to the team”. That’s always a fall-back for coaches.
    Why do we have to wait for him to do something else before the Commish or the team acts? Are you kidding me? Maybe the next chick will have a switchblade.

  55. Bdrunk says: Mar 22, 2010 3:59 PM

    Reba is Andrea McNulty. Bet the farm on it.

  56. TryTheVeal says: Mar 22, 2010 4:00 PM

    @ BlueEyedDevis
    ————————————–
    Get your shinebox….This story is right up you’re alley, literally…

  57. BenRapistberger says: Mar 22, 2010 4:09 PM

    Hi everybody. I’m Ben Rapistberger. I just want you all to know that I am currently pending a legal battle regarding an alledged rape. Regardless of whether or not I did it, I don’t think it’s a big deal if I hook up with a random stranger at a night club. Because that wouldn’t be a stupid idea to put myself in a position like that, right? And that’s assuming I’m telling the truth about the consent. At worst, I’m a repeat sex offender. At best, I’m too stupid to avoid a situation that I’m already in the middle of going through that could ruin my career. All because I want to get my dick wet.

  58. Raidermick says: Mar 22, 2010 4:11 PM

    “Goddel is unbiased, the ONLY reason you people are calling for Bens head is so you dont have to have to play against him for the next “3-5 years.” – Stillerz
    Hey Stillerz, we don’t mind playinf against Ben…I hope he beats this case so we (The Raiders) can still kick his A$$ whenever we meet again, LOL!!!!

  59. Spoonthis says: Mar 22, 2010 4:14 PM

    @ shoe
    Maybe Tebow could be a mentor and preach to Ben but they damn sure won’t draft him because he is not gonna make it as a pro quarterback. Also, if the Steelers wanted a slow throwing motion, they will bring back Leftwich.
    @ Reba
    What camp are you referring to? The voluntary off season work outs? What are the Rooneys supposed to say? “Ben is not here at these voluntary work outs because….um…….well……oh ya, because they are voluntary”.
    @ bluehaze
    Rape a third girl? Show me the first two you dumbass. Facts people. All I keep hearing is opinions of people that will repeat anything they believe they have heard. Show me an arrest or a conviction and then let justice take over from there. Guilt in the court of public opinion isn’t hard to achieve when ignorant people rush to judgement. Why suspend an innocent man (so far)? Why rush a suspension in the off season? That’ll do a lot of good. “Ben, this is Roger, you must continue not playing football in the offseason”. Dah.

  60. CaptainObvious says: Mar 22, 2010 4:16 PM

    ” # Bdrunk says:
    Reba is Andrea McNulty. Bet the farm on it.”
    Agreed, at least she’s a certified man-hater.

  61. theTRUTHwillSETuFREE says: Mar 22, 2010 4:22 PM

    BlueEyedDevil: you are the joke of this website. It’s hilarious to me that you would even post anything on here anymore. No one cares about your opinions. You are the true definition of ignorance.

  62. funi says: Mar 22, 2010 4:40 PM

    Big Ben needs to be taught some humility Tiger Woods style.
    Are you serious?! Humility by WOODS? He dictated who was at his 1st talk and on golf channel and ESPN he told them on 5 minutes, I will only answer certain questions and I am stand up looking down at you! Ben is innocent and has not been charged, Woodes cheated on his wife, not a father to his kids, who knows if he got a disease from these women, hell he screwed a porno actress! Woods is a LIAR and you say humility?

  63. Deb says: Mar 22, 2010 4:49 PM

    So the commissioner believes multiple arrests require action, right, Mike? Then he’d better get cracking because Roethlisberger’s already been arrested … how many times?
    Yeah, Bluehaze, we should pay attention to you because you get your info from such credible sources. Bet that Roethlisberger surrender today was really dramatic. Was he driving a white Bronco?
    @Reba … Omigosh, we finally agree on something! If Ben can’t play, we have Dennis Dixon. We don’t need to draft Tim Tebow as a QB. (BTW, you’re hogging this board ;-)

  64. Katmanduu says: Mar 22, 2010 5:02 PM

    Geez….the Dude hasn’t been charged with anything, yet we all want to crucify him. When Ben gets over on you all, you all will be looking mighty stupid, including God Florio.

  65. HamBurghlar says: Mar 22, 2010 5:04 PM

    Bull$hit Roethlisberger article #3384o928. But here’s a simple question: why hasn’t he been charged?
    He’s a high profile guy, everybody is watching, they have to have the alleged physical evidence from the rape kit, they have undoubtedly questioned all the witnesses, there’s nothing left to do, and yet he’s still not been charged?
    This will just blow over like the first one did, so keep using all your energy to post funny names and the Steelers will focus on beating that ass like they always do. Your hate and nonsense fuel us, keep it comin!

  66. Deb says: Mar 22, 2010 5:05 PM

    @julieinduvall …
    Let me jump in as one of the 44 million women you’re citing. I’m buying the NFL product as is. The NFL doesn’t need to change the product to suit the female audience. Yes, the pink campaign was chosen in part for its marketing appeal to women. That’s the same reason Yoplait chose it. As a three-time cancer survivor, I have my own views on the controversial campaign. But the NFL also came aboard because the wives and mothers of so many players and coaches have been impacted by breast cancer. So your take on the campaign isn’t altogether accurate.
    As for the NFL cleaning up its act, I’ll defer to this comment from Shirl Regan, director of the Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh, which appeared in the Post-Gazette in connection with the Harrison case: “I think what we’re seeing with the attention these situations are getting is that violence with pro football players is no different than what happens every day in other people’s lives, it just does not attract media attention. Hundreds of women are abused every day, an epidemic that is just ripping our country apart.”
    That someone as obviously intelligent as you are would assume Roethlisberger guilty on no more evidence than has been presented is ridiculous. But it’s difficult to understand how you could believe this is a problem more prevalent among professional athletes than society as a whole. The NFL does more to counsel athletes on issues of violence toward women than most industries. But in the end, the NFL is an employer, not a parent, psychiatrist, or priest.

  67. SFrancis1680 says: Mar 22, 2010 5:10 PM

    I’d be SCHOCKED IF the Commish, & the Steelers front office didn’t have a talk w/him & ream his ass out…just remember there is a Head Coach who has been accused of domestic violence & broke an assistants jaw, and the Comissioner did NOTHING to punish him

  68. TryTheVeal says: Mar 22, 2010 5:13 PM

    Dennis Dixon has now replaced Kevin Kolb as the most overhyped,under played professional QB in the state of Pennsylvania….Yes, no worries he has played an ENTIRE game once….Damn people, at least with McNabb we have a reason, ben won 2 superbowls and you think dennis dixon is just gonna step in and win…..You people are delusional

  69. Steeler-lady says: Mar 22, 2010 5:15 PM

    Lol why is it when a woman claims something happened .. hes always the guilty one. Have any of you ever taken a look into all the innocent men in prison becus a girl said it happened? Yall make me sick.. There was a story on Cnn not long ago.. a man spent 14yrs behind bars becus some girl said he raped her.. Dna proved that wrong “14 FREAKIN YEARS LATER”.. hes just one of many.
    Lets await the EVIDENCE.. its true some men do act like pigs.. and its true women can be money hungry whores.. its a simple fact.
    if anyone believes the Mcnutty case then that tells me they are one step away from a few “pills” them damnselves.
    why do people keep comparing an adulter aka Tiger Woods to Ben? Neither are in any comparision. Half yall on here prolly slept with more than either of these two(relatives dont count) but since yall are some broke asses noone really cares.
    There hasnt been one shred of criminal evidence yet.. its he said she said.. but you asses insist shes right.Hope yall never have jury duty.
    it really concerns me yall would crucify someone without a shred of evidence.. but it dont surprise me none.. this is the way of the world.

  70. CurseofBoJackson says: Mar 22, 2010 5:25 PM

    Some team will pick him up, of course they would… but a 1 year deal at about 4 mil – maybe. Hey the Eagles, Bengals, and Ravens like criminals.. that would be the top 3.
    BAAAAHAAAAAHAAAA, Hey Pot, I mean Reba, this Kettle’s very offended by that line of thinking. Shall I list the Steeler’s players arrested and in trouble with the law over the past three years? Seriously, that’s pretty played out red. Plus you forgot the Dolphins, Cowboys, Vikings, Giants, Broncos, Bills, and, well, really, the entire rest of the league. Way to rep.

  71. jamaltimore says: Mar 22, 2010 5:31 PM

    I guess the steeler fans really needed Goodall to come out and say Rapistburger is going to get in trouble by the league. I guess when you have such a strong history of being owned by a crooked gangster/bootlegger, 70′s glory days fueled by roids, coke and then suicides you too would be suprised that the league would do anything to criticize or potentially suspend Benster the Molestor! I mean they gave him his first superbowl why not let him molest some women?
    Stay Classy Steelers fans

  72. VonClausewitz says: Mar 22, 2010 5:33 PM

    Reba,
    “When a woman speaks up and states what has happened to her, why is it men automatically believe she is a liar, especially with athletes?”
    Because the Purdue study demonstrated that between 40 and 45% of the cases they looked at the men couldn’t have done what he was accused of or the women admitted they lied.
    I presume you’ll just ignore the above paragraph.
    It seems to me that real victims would be better treated if the system would punish those who made accusations up. This does 2 things. It lowers the amount of false claims. And it gives law enforcement more resources to investigate the legitimate ones. Then, you know, maybe you wouldn’t see such a cultural backlash against “golddiggers”. But hey, I guess I’m an asshole because I want some equity here and don’t advocate the perspective that all women are victims all the time. Stay classy.

  73. aious says: Mar 22, 2010 5:39 PM

    Ben has not done anything to warrent a suspension and anyone comparing this to Vick, Plaxico, or anyone else is truly clueless as to their actual comparison.
    The evidence against Vick was over-whelming. Plaxico admitted his gun.
    Here, we have no actual evidence that Ben did this.
    What if she says she made it up next week?

  74. JoeSixPack says: Mar 22, 2010 6:09 PM

    Rothelesberger is simply striving for greatness.
    He apparently wants to dethrone OJ Simpson as the most infamous football player in the history of the NFL.

  75. Florios'Lawyer says: Mar 22, 2010 6:18 PM

    “# TryTheVeal says: March 22, 2010 5:13 PM
    Dennis Dixon has now replaced Kevin Kolb as the most overhyped,under played professional QB in the state of Pennsylvania….Yes, no worries he has played an ENTIRE game once….Damn people, at least with McNabb we have a reason, ben won 2 superbowls and you think dennis dixon is just gonna step in and win…..You people are delusional”
    I remember people saying the exact same when Pgh. QB Tommy Maddox went down and had to be replaced by some unknown, untested backup named Ben Roethlisberger, who led the team to an NFL rookie record of 13 straight victories and the AFC Championship Game.

  76. Florios'Lawyer says: Mar 22, 2010 6:20 PM

    “jamaltimore says:”
    Ah never mind. It doesn’t matter what he says. He’s just the resident Steeler bitch Baltimoron.
    And for some reason he seems to enjoy it.

  77. StickyGreen says: Mar 22, 2010 6:28 PM

    VonClausewitz says:”But hey, I guess I’m an asshole because I want some equity here and don’t advocate the perspective that all women are victims all the time.”
    Equity?? What does that have to do with this?
    How many time have you heard of a guy being sexually assaulted, besides prison? You can’t have equity when only one side is actually affected by it.
    On the other hand I do agree with what you said about punishing those who made false accusations, those people are f’ng criminals as well.

  78. Deb says: Mar 22, 2010 6:41 PM

    I don’t think Dennis Dixon is an adequate replacement for Ben Roethlisberger. But he’s the backup, just as Matt Cassel was the backup for Tom Brady. IF Ben should be unable to fulfill his duties for a game or a season, Dixon is going to have to step in–just as Cassel did. But so far nothing has happened to indicate that Roethlisberger will not be the Steelers’ starting QB for the long-term.

  79. TryTheVeal says: Mar 22, 2010 7:03 PM

    Yeah Florios’ lawyer…………Tommy Maddox is an NFL legend……As is Kordell Stewart…….Of course Dennis Dixon is going to bely his 5th round pick status cause he wears a Steelers uniform…..Oh…..I’m sorry ben was the 11th pick in the draft…..Those damn NFL exec’s have no clue…..You keep telling yourself that idiot…..

  80. Florios'Lawyer says: Mar 22, 2010 7:19 PM

    “TryTheVeal says:
    Yeah Florios’ lawyer…………”
    Come back later and try to form a coherent sentence after you sober up.

  81. Deb says: Mar 22, 2010 7:56 PM

    @SFrancis1680 …
    What would you have advocated the commissioner do to Tom Cable on those 20-YEAR-OLD domestic violence charges? And there’s no EVIDENCE that he broke Hanson’s jaw because Hanson refused to cooperate with the initial investigation. Hanson was too busy trying to make a buck. The other coaches in the room said Cable DID NOT hit him, and the police said they had no evidence. It kind of helps to have EVIDENCE if you want to accuse people of wrongdoing. So the DA said no charges would be filed. That pissed off some media people so they dug up the 20-YEAR-OLD domestic complaints.
    And you think the commissioner should have acted on an uncorroborated accusation from Hanson–a weasel who admitted he was trying to get money out of the Raiders–and a couple of 20-year-old complaints?
    I hate the Raiders and couldn’t care less about Tom Cable … but good grief.

  82. the 9th plague says: Mar 22, 2010 8:15 PM

    steeler-lady.. i know u got 2 be a dude using ur old lady’s account.. there’s no way that a “lady” would post the things u’r saying.. well.. maybe a raping, jail-seasoned, bull-dike would.. goo-god..

  83. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 23, 2010 12:06 AM

    Right….
    Allow felons to play and give murderers (manslaughter) convicts a year off.
    Oooooooo, watch out Big Ben Rapistburrgermuncher.
    Might get a one game suspension.

  84. robhug71 says: Mar 24, 2010 3:08 PM

    @Florios’Lawyer: Roethlisberger actually didn’t replace Maddox in 2004. He replaced the always-injured and unavailable Charlie Batch. But your point is well taken.
    And should the Steelers enter the 2010 season with Batch STILL on their roster, it’s gonna be another long season.
    Shouldn’t a backup quarterback actually be available to play when called upon? Thought so.

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