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Roethlisberger not reporting for offseason program

Only days after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that he expects quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to attend the team’s offseason conditioning program, it turns out that Roethlisberger won’t be there.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, a decision was made that Roethlisberger should stay away, given the distraction his presence will cause.  It’s unclear whether Roethlisberger participated in the decision-making process.  Though the workouts are voluntary, players cannot be prevented from participating in them.

The Steelers’ program began a couple of weeks ago, but for younger players only.  Veterans will begin participating on Monday.

And so arises the first tangible distraction from the most recent sexual assault claim made against Roethlisberger.  Whether and to what extent the distractions will continue depends on whether he is ultimately charged with a crime.

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65 Responses to “Roethlisberger not reporting for offseason program”
  1. Big BrEasy says: Mar 28, 2010 9:27 PM

    Well of course he is not. He has joined another offseason program, said to be rooming with Tiger.

  2. jackybadass says: Mar 28, 2010 9:31 PM

    ben is and will be always be in great shape. the case will soon be dropped. ben is not guilty! he will lead the steelers to many more super bowl wins.

  3. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 28, 2010 9:34 PM

    The Steelers used a similar strategy in 1973 when they asked rookie free agent WR Ted Bundy to stay away from offseason conditioning.

  4. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Mar 28, 2010 9:35 PM

    BEWARE GOOD CITIZENS OF PENNSYLVANIA. LOCK YOUR DOORS, SECURE YOUR WINDOWS, PARENTS HAVE YOUR DAUGHTERS HOME BY SUNDOWN, AND HAVE THEM TRAVEL IN PAIRS.

  5. WellDisciplinedVC says: Mar 28, 2010 9:37 PM

    Either charge him or no news story. This is coming from a guy who HATES the steelers.

  6. pat in philly says: Mar 28, 2010 9:38 PM

    OMG how will he lift? i can’t imagine he could afford any kind of luxury like that
    they also have outdoor gyms in jail, im told

  7. mzezulak says: Mar 28, 2010 9:39 PM

    Would prison time be a distraction?

  8. ArtModellsPimp says: Mar 28, 2010 9:51 PM

    I’m gonna abstain. Piling onto this scumbag is just getting way too easy…
    GO BROWNS!!!!!!!!

  9. ramrock says: Mar 28, 2010 9:52 PM

    Nothing like proving your innocent …. by reporting to your job. U got trouble steelers

  10. prophet of the light says: Mar 28, 2010 9:56 PM

    He’s too busy in some small town seducing trolls.

  11. ramrock says: Mar 28, 2010 9:59 PM

    Now I know why they call him big ben… he is a ding dong!!

  12. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 28, 2010 10:10 PM

    Yah,good call. Young player don’t need to see the cancer of success and big money treated like royalty in front of them. Tell Ben to work out with the all Pennsylvania Mean Machine Team.

  13. Whines_Hard.86 says: Mar 28, 2010 10:15 PM

    If Gomer Pyle can’t find any evidence that he did anything wrong, then call this case. Seriously, if Terrel Suggs can beat up his girl, and threaten to pour bleach on her, and not get charged with anything, then Ben should not be charged because some drunken girl claims that he wronged her after she drug her teeth. If he were a black man, he could claim racism.

  14. mzezulak says: Mar 28, 2010 10:17 PM

    Would prison time be a distraction?

  15. jimmys79 says: Mar 28, 2010 10:24 PM

    roethlisberger will be traded to the las vegas locamotives…way to chase after the tweeners you idiot

  16. ItalianArmyGuy says: Mar 28, 2010 10:25 PM

    Go away Roethlisberger. This team can have a 9-7, non-playoff year without you.
    Go take a year and figure out what is important to you. Maybe you can go play in Jake Plummer’s handball tournaments. Maybe, like Jake, you will find that handball is more important to you than being the qb of the Steelers.

  17. Raider Pride says: Mar 28, 2010 10:26 PM

    A decision was made for Roethlisburger to stay away.
    No Crap….
    “Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.”

  18. RAB03815 says: Mar 28, 2010 10:27 PM

    Must be another slow day reporting as this is like reporting on paint drying. Let it go till something REALLY happens .

  19. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 28, 2010 10:29 PM

    That slob needs all the workin out he can get.

  20. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 28, 2010 10:43 PM

    He’s definately hitting up the clubs and college parties before the mandatory workouts start. He’s got to get his groove on before the Steeler’s next Superbowl conquest…

  21. The Devil says: Mar 28, 2010 10:44 PM

    he is changing his name to JOHNSON
    so the girls can scream
    he is our johnson!

  22. Macadamia says: Mar 28, 2010 10:58 PM

    In a related story, Coach Tomlin took time away from his lily pad to scour the Rusty City for any drunk bimbos under the age of 21 he could gather in an effort to convince Big Jen to make it into Stoolers headquarters for some “exercise.” Wink-wink, nudge-nudge…

  23. Klytus says: Mar 28, 2010 10:58 PM

    Your article brings up another issue. When will the Steelers management decide to put aside their concerns about the distractions and bring Ben into camp. Since he’s a distraction now won’t they have to cross that bridge eventually?
    GO STEELERS!

  24. bluehaze says: Mar 28, 2010 11:19 PM

    More damage control from the Steelers, do they really think we’re gullible enough to buy this crap? Ben was never planning on showing up. He’s gotta lay low until evryone is paid off and everything is cleared up. To show in public now and start talking could screw the pooch so to speak.
    I guess maybe they are having difficulty bribing the DA? Not sure what else the holdup would be at this point?

  25. shukey11 says: Mar 28, 2010 11:26 PM

    I get the whole unbiased thing. But instead of hating all the players, should you not love them? With out them there would be no NFL and no reason for PFT.

  26. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 28, 2010 11:35 PM

    Rothlisberger in an off-season conditioning program.
    You’re kidding right? I missed the punchline somehow.

  27. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 28, 2010 11:35 PM

    For an innocent man, why is he a distraction……….
    Ha ha ha

  28. Rasta says: Mar 28, 2010 11:41 PM

    We all need to stop bashing the “Mentally challenged” that motorcycle wreck scrambled Ben’s brain, which wasn’t very stable anyway

  29. BuckFigBen says: Mar 28, 2010 11:44 PM

    Did someone just say Ben was in great shape.
    What shape is that? Round?

  30. spyboots says: Mar 28, 2010 11:56 PM

    The thinking is that the press/media swarming around would be the distraction. They were there last week, thinking Ben would be there.

  31. hueskie says: Mar 28, 2010 11:59 PM

    this guys is a freaking idiot, 1st the bike with no helmet, now 2 sexual allegations, Rapistberger sounds like a good name to me

  32. AcidSoda says: Mar 29, 2010 12:10 AM

    Oh, what a naughty boy he is.

  33. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Mar 29, 2010 12:14 AM

    Not good man. Not good for the Steelers, their fans or him.
    His stupidity (getting into these situations) has caught up with him. If he gets out of this, he’d better grow up.

  34. misterj says: Mar 29, 2010 12:20 AM

    honestly don’t they need roethlisberger to report to keep him away from women?

  35. Laxer37 says: Mar 29, 2010 12:25 AM

    No on-field workouts during this program, just weights and cardio training. His attendance would be a distraction and have the appearance he isn’t taking the charges against him seriously.
    The guy clearly needs to concentrate on staying out of jail, not half-assing it with the guys in the weightroom.

  36. BuffaloStampede says: Mar 29, 2010 12:44 AM

    Cue the “Leave Ben alone!” posts.

  37. tryagain says: Mar 29, 2010 12:47 AM

    jackybadass says: ‘ben is and will be always be in great shape. the case will soon be dropped. ben is not guilty! he will lead the steelers to many more super bowl wins.’
    These rose colored glasses….

  38. funi says: Mar 29, 2010 1:08 AM

    H eis nto going to be there? So what! He win 2 super bowls , Peyton and Brett only won 1 and we know Favre won’t be in any camp! Its good for Dixon to get use to 1st team, incase Steelers suspend Ben or a game since Godell can’t since Ben was NEVER CHARGED!!

  39. pensacolasteelers says: Mar 29, 2010 1:13 AM

    LMAO @ poo flinging monkey
    seriously though… he’s innocent and everyone knows it. just haters that want to crucify him before all the facts are made known.

  40. markbath says: Mar 29, 2010 1:21 AM

    He obviously plans on working on only one muscle that he thinks needs stroking.

  41. last starfighter says: Mar 29, 2010 2:39 AM

    Ahh, what leadership. If he didn’t have anything to worry about legally, why is he staying home and hiding? I hope that pig gets fried.

  42. ccoolahan14 says: Mar 29, 2010 3:57 AM

    Also, the Steelers don’t want to disrupt the status quo by having the guy not be fat and worthless.

  43. SixburghDynasty says: Mar 29, 2010 4:22 AM

    @pat in philly
    Your told? Quit lying you know first hand i bet…is there anybody from Filthadelphia who HASN’T been to jail?
    I think i speak for most of Steeler nation when I say: Yawn…wake me up when Ben is charged and found guilty

  44. OscarMooseFarmer says: Mar 29, 2010 5:33 AM

    @jackybadass: Yeah he’s like a young Terrell Owens.

  45. ravenfan820 says: Mar 29, 2010 6:49 AM

    jackybadass says:
    March 28, 2010 9:31 PM
    ben is and will be always be in great shape.
    Have you taken a good look at fathead the last couple of years….he is as bloated as his ego is….a few years in jail should help with that……

  46. jersey73 says: Mar 29, 2010 7:08 AM

    Just bring a bunch of drunk, twenty year old college girls to the off-season program. If you build it…Roethlisberger will come!

  47. Steeler-lady says: Mar 29, 2010 7:08 AM

    Lol Glad to see everyone is buying into this.. Lol Good move to keep the media at bay. I LOVE IT!

  48. JustMike says: Mar 29, 2010 7:11 AM

    Ben’s situation doesn’t matter. The Steelers are old and going nowhere, Ben or no Ben. They’ll be lucky to string a few winning seasons together, and my guess is Tomlin will be fired before they sniff another deep playoff run. Welcome back to the 90s, Steeler fans.

  49. My Coke Can says: Mar 29, 2010 7:32 AM

    I wonder how much he had to pay this woman?

  50. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Mar 29, 2010 7:52 AM

    Does anyone know if jackybadass and funi went to the same school? If they are in fact from pitt that whole city should just call it a day right now. I have never seen such complete thoughts in my whole life. Did I mention the grammar? Wow pitt you have done yourselves proud today.

  51. Steeler-lady says: Mar 29, 2010 8:05 AM

    lol My coke I wonder how much your Dad would of had to pay your Mom to swallow you??
    Hey Mike.. Dont get too excited there pretty boy,,Cowher stayed for 15yrs… The Rooneys arent the Browns .. we dont get a new coach every other season.. Relax Mikey Relax

  52. FloriosHairHat says: Mar 29, 2010 8:07 AM

    “Poo Flinging Monkey says:”
    I see Vox has himself a nice new “name-to-hide-behind-while-Steelers-bashing”…
    I still get a kick of him being busted posting under “steeler-hater”, then after getting busted, posted and faked his own death… [ / chortle ]

  53. Holeinone09 says: Mar 29, 2010 8:11 AM

    Did anybody expect Ben to show up for these considering the current state of affairs? If so you are pretty dumb. It is not critical for him to be there for these sessions, and the media circus would disrupt everything else. But, it is a distraction nonetheless that I am sure everyone wishes was not happening.
    And yes, this is due in part to the Georgia Keystone Cops that can’t make up their mind after WEEKS of examining everything under the sun and still not being able to charge Ben with anything. It is a travesty for this to continue without a decision one way or the other.
    It is time somebody fry the Georgia DA in public about making up his mind.

  54. i'm president charlie! says: Mar 29, 2010 8:30 AM

    What other Steelers didn’t show up for the offseason program?
    Heres hoping that the Steelers defense decided to show up for extra conditioning b/c last year they were the reason the Steelers gave up all those leads late in games.
    Ben was by far the Steelers’ best player on the field last year with one issue lingering over his head, imagine two! You’re scared!

  55. JustMike says: Mar 29, 2010 8:42 AM

    @Steeler Lady…I’m no huge fan of the Brown family, but at least they didn’t pay their way to some political appointment, while real career diplomats get brushed aside for donors like the Rooneys.
    I’d almost rather have the Browns after the way they treated Grimm…I liked him and think he deserved better.

  56. AllThat says: Mar 29, 2010 9:03 AM

    Fat , Drunk, Stupid, and a 20 yearold spinning on your finger is no way to go through life Ben.
    Maybe you should call Steeler-lady?

  57. last starfighter says: Mar 29, 2010 9:04 AM

    # JustMike says: March 29, 2010 8:42 AM
    @Steeler Lady…I’m no huge fan of the Brown family, but at least they didn’t pay their way to some political appointment, while real career diplomats get brushed aside for donors like the Rooneys.
    I’d almost rather have the Browns after the way they treated Grimm…I liked him and think he deserved better.
    —————————————————–
    Maybe you should have a remedial understanding about politics and diplomacy before you write about things you casually hear about.

  58. Kaz says: Mar 29, 2010 9:05 AM

    WellDisciplinedVC says:
    March 28, 2010 9:37 PM
    Either charge him or no news story. This is coming from a guy who HATES the steelers
    Yea right. Nice try.

  59. HamBurghlar says: Mar 29, 2010 9:17 AM

    @BlueEyeDevils: For an innocent man, why is he a distraction……….
    Ha ha ha
    But you’re a distraction and you’re innocent… Well, maybe, you’re only guilty of being a douchebag.
    And this just in: Skins fans shouldn’t even be allowed to use the internet as their management and team is a joke and has been for the last 20 years. Right @”Diehard”Skins fan?
    @Laxer, you’re right.. it’s more important to focus on the task at hand rather than to be at some worthless unneeded offseason workout.. Haters time will come…

  60. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Mar 29, 2010 9:21 AM

    The first condemned prisoner to be electrocuted in Georgia was Howard Hinson. He was executed in 1924 in an electric chair which he reportedly made himself in the prison at Milledgeville.
    ————————————————–
    Maybe Roethlisberger is taking a furniture-making course instead?

  61. steve g says: Mar 29, 2010 9:25 AM

    Could it possibly be; there is more than one girl out there that wants to try and cash in on a guy who has the bucks and likes sleeping with girls?
    Oh hell, I guess not…this thing happened twice, he must be guilty….hmmmmm.

  62. Macadamia says: Mar 29, 2010 9:28 AM

    Whines_Hard.86, your stupidity and idiocracy never cease to amaze me. First, you copy someone else’s username but it still cuts on one of your favorite team’s most recognizable players. Then, you always try to drag the Ravens’ organization into your defense of your Big Assault Rifle.
    You’re every bit as ridiculous as the people who say “Well if Garland can get RayLew off after he stabbed and killed a guy, he can get Big Jen off too.” Only difference? RayLew didn’t do it. ;)
    I also have to wonder if Big Jen will still be getting bashed 10 years later for the same stuff like RayLew is even when he’s done nothing negative over that entire course of time…orrrrr, will he be on another team, out of the league altogether, or in jail?!? :)

  63. ccoolahan14 says: Mar 29, 2010 9:53 AM

    @Holeinone09: “Did anyone expect Ben to show up for these considering the current state of affairs? If so, you are pretty dumb.”
    Yeah, Mike Tomlin and the entire Steeler organization up until a couple of days ago. But I agree, they are pretty dumb.

  64. robhug71 says: Mar 29, 2010 10:33 AM

    Two Pittsburgh television stations, KDKA and WTAE, reported on Sunday night that the Steelers TOLD Roethlisberger not to report to the workouts because he would be a distraction.
    Seems odd the organization would be concerned about any distractions just yet. These are just offseason workouts, which are conducted exclusively indoors.
    Sounds as though the Steelers might be working on a trade.

  65. CKL says: Mar 29, 2010 11:29 AM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    March 28, 2010 10:25 PM
    Go away Roethlisberger. This team can have a 9-7, non-playoff year without you.
    Go take a year and figure out what is important to you. Maybe you can go play in Jake Plummer’s handball tournaments. Maybe, like Jake, you will find that handball is more important to you than being the qb of the Steelers.
    ____________________________
    If BR liked playing “handball” more he wouldn’t be putting himself in these bad situations. Just sayin’. :D

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