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Roethlisberger apologizes for "negative attention"

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, reading a short statement from the locker room at the team’s facility, addressed on Monday night the decision of prosecutor Fred Bright not to pursue charges against Roethlisberger for sexual assault.

Stating that he would discuss none of the details, Roethlisberger said that he was “truly sorry” for the disappointment and “negative attention” he has caused.

He acknowledged that “much is expected of me,” and he said that he wants “to be the leader this team deserves.”  He said he knows that he has much “work to do” to earn that trust, that he’s “more determined than ever to have a great season,” and that he intends to make the team, his family, and his fans “proud on all fronts.”

Frankly, if he’d applied that approach previously, he never would have been doing whatever he was doing with a 20-year-old girl in a single-seat bathroom only five-feet wide.  Allegedly.

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  1. KingOkra says: Apr 12, 2010 7:16 PM

    But she was all hot and drunk and all…

  2. last starfighter says: Apr 12, 2010 7:17 PM

    No Ben, don’t apologize for being a scumbag or doing scumbag things. Instead, apologize for negative attention. What a joke. You are truly a human sh*t stain.

  3. Stillerz says: Apr 12, 2010 7:18 PM

    Great, now get back to work… can’t wait to hear all the bad mullet jokes the commentors are sure to have haha

  4. steelergirl says: Apr 12, 2010 7:18 PM

    Geez Florio…….ya think?

  5. Bill.Polian says: Apr 12, 2010 7:18 PM

    Maybe he should stop raping women if he doesn’t want to bring negative attention to himself and his team.

  6. robert ethan says: Apr 12, 2010 7:19 PM

    Well, that was well played. Took Roethlisberger from being a public figure back to being just a football player. Like the figures on Madden or EA Sports. We don’t worry about what they do when they aren’t playing football. Show us the locker room to remind us why we care what Ben does in the first place. With echos of great times and celebrations still lingering there.

  7. Cincinnasty says: Apr 12, 2010 7:19 PM

    “Frankly, if he’d applied that approach previously, he never would have been doing whatever he was doing with a 20-year-old girl in a single-seat bathroom only five-feet wide. Allegedly.”
    You make that sound like a horrible situation to be in…

  8. cadillacjosh says: Apr 12, 2010 7:20 PM

    Whatever. Some 20 year old girl wanted to bone a 2 time Super Bowl champion quarterback and make some money off of it too.
    I dont know what entitles us to have opinions about their lives. I’m sure half the people posting messages have done things as bad, if not worse then Big Ben.
    I say, at least, let us see if he can learn from his mistakes.

  9. patsfanlisa says: Apr 12, 2010 7:21 PM

    Negative attention? To whom? The team? The city? Or is he apologizing because he’s getting negative attention.
    Way to take responsibility for your actions, loser. Not even apologizing for his own repeated behavior.

  10. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 12, 2010 7:21 PM

    Pointless apology – not what anyone has asked for. No more apologies – suspension required.

  11. dnmcgreevy says: Apr 12, 2010 7:22 PM

    Same Press Conference playbook as Tiger…rehearsing for the big time mea culpa.

  12. nflisking says: Apr 12, 2010 7:22 PM

    Yea, allegedly.
    LOL
    What an absolute bum!

  13. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 12, 2010 7:23 PM

    and his fans “proud on all fronts.”
    ——————————————————
    Like 90% of the Steeler fans here are proud of him.
    The bar was set low Ben, stay the course.

  14. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:23 PM

    “Frankly, if he’d applied that approach previously, he never would have been doing whatever he was doing with a 20-year-old girl in a single-seat bathroom only five-feet wide. Allegedly.”
    Thank you Florio. Made my 16 hour day right there!

  15. SeaSteel says: Apr 12, 2010 7:24 PM

    You think, Florio?
    You’re a pointless turd.

  16. khall says: Apr 12, 2010 7:24 PM

    Read this:
    Among them: his accuser, who was wearing a sexually explicit T-shirt, Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright confirmed.
    “Too much drinking by too many people,” said Bright, who provided the narrative for the events of March 5.
    The conversation between the quarterback and the coed quickly turned sexual in nature, Bright said.
    The alleged victim, who the district attorney said was “highly intoxicated,” first told Officer Jerry Blash she wasn’t raped.
    Later that morning, at the Oconee Regional Medical Center, she said, “a boy kind of raped me.”
    ————
    http://www.ajc.com/news/da-no-charges-coming-457364.html?printArticle=y
    Kind of raped her?

  17. Kaz says: Apr 12, 2010 7:24 PM

    Dancing….Allegedly.

  18. soberjoe says: Apr 12, 2010 7:24 PM

    You read a pretty good follow-up article by Florio…
    then you get to the small paragraph at the end.

  19. Klobersaurus says: Apr 12, 2010 7:26 PM

    Wow….I didnt knwo that if someone buys me drinks and i am only 20 that there are no legal actions….Hmmm and to think i was going to wait to get a bunch of 18 years chicks trashed and get them to make bad decisions and there will be no ill side effects! Thanks Ben you are the best role model i could have since Richard Siegler!

  20. Laxer37 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:26 PM

    This is just talk. We’ll see how much this has humbled him as time goes on.
    Tiger said the same things but will be back throwing clubs and yelling at the spectators in a matter of weeks.

  21. Ravens Macg says: Apr 12, 2010 7:26 PM

    Phony POS !!!!!!

  22. OHbuckeyesIO says: Apr 12, 2010 7:26 PM

    Don’t apologize for the attention, apologize for your disgraceful actions. I am embarrassed I used to be a fan of yours. Grow up.

  23. DeVoodoo says: Apr 12, 2010 7:26 PM

    Eh, I’ll give Rapemyhamburger one more chance.

  24. tryagain says: Apr 12, 2010 7:27 PM

    i know for sure he’s guilty of having the worst hair in all of professional sports. i lol’ed when i saw him reading his speech. i really don’t see how any person, in their right mind, would sport that sleazy hairstyle (slicked back longish scraggly mullett inspired mess) to his first appearance after a sexual assault investigation.

  25. Buck Stallion says: Apr 12, 2010 7:28 PM

    What this guy left out speaks volumes.
    I’m convinced he sexually assaulted that girl. There could be numerous reasons why she wanted to drop it.

  26. Devils Advocate says: Apr 12, 2010 7:28 PM

    instead of Big Ben it should be “Pig Ben the Pervert from Sexburgh”

  27. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 12, 2010 7:28 PM

    Allegedly, all of PFT’s readers and users think that PFT should have an editor for Mike Florio’s posts.

  28. Raider Pride says: Apr 12, 2010 7:28 PM

    Trying to rape Someone… But, not being able to get it up.
    I would say that falls into the negative attention category.

  29. beefandpork says: Apr 12, 2010 7:30 PM

    how can you blame a guy for having sex with a drunk hot girl. If he was drunk as well it is fair game

  30. MO says: Apr 12, 2010 7:31 PM

    Another Celebrity Doosher.

  31. Mr. RFB says: Apr 12, 2010 7:31 PM

    I bet he’ll think twice before getting a blumpkin again

  32. phildo says: Apr 12, 2010 7:34 PM

    if he’s black he’s cut

  33. BillsFan27 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:35 PM

    I wonder if any of the reporters on-hand for his locker room statement were female? I wonder if they were scared? As they should be.

  34. JungleBungle says: Apr 12, 2010 7:36 PM

    I am appalled that this dirtbag got so lucky. However, he dodged a bullet (or a prison sentence) by there being insufficient DNA of his found during the medical examination. Couple that with his ability to pay off the victim means he is free to continue his scumbag ways. However, the pattern established by his functionally-retarded behavior will likely result in him getting in trouble again someday. After all, that’s right you sorry Steeler humps, OJ got his eventually. Ben is a disgrace and supporting him is ridiculous.

  35. Xenu_D_Alien says: Apr 12, 2010 7:38 PM

    Why is some fat guy with slicked-back hair on ESPN, is the Professional Bowling Association having a news conference? Holy shit, that’s Ben Roethlisberger! No wonder they don’t go willingly…

  36. brownsfn says: Apr 12, 2010 7:39 PM

    Save it you worthless piece of shit…

  37. MSWRavens says: Apr 12, 2010 7:39 PM

    He’s looking forward to having a great season. He doesn’t care about anything else…and neither will the fans of Pittsburgh…now proud home to the lowest of all low life NFL franchises…at least that’s one way they beat the Bengals in the last 12 months!
    Maybe, just maybe, if the fat stupid drunk fans of Pittsburgh can convince their fat stupid drunk quarterback that he would have an even greater season and career if he stopped being fat drunk & stupid, he’ll reform. Then again…

  38. internettoughguy says: Apr 12, 2010 7:39 PM

    While I see nothing wrong with taking a dangerously drunk young lady into a bathroom to fool around while my bodyguards watch the door, apparently others have a problem with it, so I am sorry I am going to be introuble here.
    For what I don’t know. I mean, sure, she was 0.2 plus, but hey, she could make her own adult decisions. Why should I be her moral compass? After all, I apparently don’t have one, so what is the big deal?
    i mean, it’s no different than feeling up a broad who has passed out at a party. Her fault for being there. that drunk in the first place. I take no blame……………….

  39. funi says: Apr 12, 2010 7:40 PM

    When is this girl’s parent going to apology to Ben! They raised their daughter to be a proven liar, underaged drunk who bar hops and liek to have sex in toilet stalls that smell like urine and crap!

  40. MakingitRain says: Apr 12, 2010 7:41 PM

    He should have just done some sit-ups in his driveway. That would have looked and sounded less
    hollow than that statement. A true narcissistic ahole who still thinks it all about him. What a jerk, don’t forget your helmet scooter boy. ” I want to be a a real leader sniff sniff ” Makes me sick!!!!!!!!!

  41. BillsFan27 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:41 PM

    He’s a POS. These are rape allegations he’s apologizing for – not cheating on his wife, not DUIs – sexual f**king assault.
    Who are you going to win over dumbass? All of the girls who were lucky enough to avoid you while you were out lurking about?
    What a waste.

  42. oyoy84 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:41 PM

    Good thing for Ben that he plays in Pittsburgh because the only people that could root for a scumbag like this are piss colored rag waving idiots.

  43. CT Stiller says: Apr 12, 2010 7:42 PM

    last starfighter:
    You should read the entire post and not just the headline.
    Florio:
    Here’s hoping Florio Jr. goes to college, has sexual contact with a girl and is falsely accused of sexual assault. And then let’s hope some a-hole writer continually tries to sway public opinion to be that he’s a P.O.S. even if it was consensual. Then, if she drops the lawsuit, let’s hope that the a-hole writer passes a lot of judgment based on absolutely nothing and keeps alluding to some kind of payoff.
    Do you see where I’m going here, Florio? Of course I hope none of that actually happens, but then again I’m normal.
    Take a long, hard look at what you’re trying to accomplish here. Seriously.

  44. pittbuck2308 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:44 PM

    People in the media, like Florio, are the reason the girl took the CASH!! Thanks for keeping our QB around!

  45. CT Stiller says: Apr 12, 2010 7:44 PM

    tryagain says:
    “i know for sure he’s guilty of having the worst hair in all of professional sports. i lol’ed when i saw him reading his speech. i really don’t see how any person, in their right mind, would sport that sleazy hairstyle (slicked back longish scraggly mullett inspired mess) to his first appearance after a sexual assault investigation.”
    That was your focus of attention, huh? His hair?

  46. melo says: Apr 12, 2010 7:45 PM

    well it is against the law, to have sex, with an intoxicated person

  47. MSWRavens says: Apr 12, 2010 7:46 PM

    “The student told police she had been sexually assaulted, but the medical results were less clear. A doctor who examined her at a nearby emergency room discovered a cut, bruises and vaginal bleeding but could not say if she was raped. And while some DNA was found, there was not enough to determine whom it belonged to, Bright said. ”
    BEN IS THE LUCKIEST FREAKING RAPIST ALIVE! HE RAPES THIS GIRL & DOESN’T LEAVE ENOUGH DNA…AT LEAST NOT ENOUGH HUMAN DNA…TO BE IDENTIFIED.
    THROUGH HIS DRUNKEN HAZE, HE’S CANNY ENOUGH TO CAJOLE THIS HELPLESS DRUNK 20 YR OLD INTO AN AREA WITH NO CAMERA.
    HE TELLS THE COPS…’I REMEMBER HER, SHE FELL & HIT HER HEAD’…YET THERE’S NO EVIDENCE OF ANY HEAD INJURY WHATSOEVER…THEN, DESPITE PROMISING TO COOPERATE IN FULL, HE “CLAMS” UP & WON’T TALK.
    BE PROUD PITTSBURGH…REAL PROUD…THIS GUY IS A PIECE OF SHIT WHO SHOULD BE OUT OF THE LEAGUE & IN JAIL!!!

  48. khall says: Apr 12, 2010 7:46 PM

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does a far less slanted job of bringing out the story:
    Only those women approved by Roethlisberger were granted access.
    Among them: his accuser, who was wearing a sexually explicit T-shirt, Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright confirmed.
    “Too much drinking by too many people,” said Bright, who provided the narrative for the events of March 5.
    The conversation between the quarterback and the coed quickly turned sexual in nature, Bright said
    The alleged victim, who the district attorney said was “highly intoxicated,” first told Officer Jerry Blash she wasn’t raped.
    Later that morning, at the Oconee Regional Medical Center, she said, “a boy kind of raped me.”
    http://www.ajc.com/news/da-no-charges-coming-457364.html?printArticle=y

  49. jftreshj76 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:47 PM

    The real interesting thing here is what comes out of the meeting with Goodall, He’s a mini-dictator. But the Bill of Rights first amendment guarantees that a US citizen is innocent until proven guilty. All US citizens, including Goodall, are held to this standard. If Ben hasn’t been charged with any crime any where how can he be suspended? If there is no conclusive evidence of criminal activity the possibility that Ben did nothing “wrong” exists. Is there a possibility that Ben is the victim here? Sure there is. So if Goodell suspends him for a couple of games is this a violation of his civil rights? Is this slander and defamation of character? If Goodall can’t prove Ben did anything wrong (and he can’t) how can he suspend him? I understand that the NFL has a code of conduct policy, but the NFL nor Goodall are above the U S Constitution. If he suspends him it’s slander and defamation of character. I would love one day for a player to sue Goodall and the NFL for violation of a player’s civil rights by putting themselves above the U S Constitution.

  50. Dan Olson says: Apr 12, 2010 7:47 PM

    Poor judgement by Ben, no doubt, but A) he probably assumed, for good reason, that the woman was 21 or older, and B), last I checked, receiving a hummer from an adult woman wasn’t illegal the last time I checked.
    Poor judgment? Absolutely. Is Roethlisberger a complete idiot for putting himself in this situation? Absolutely. Is there a good chance no laws were broken by Roethlisberger? Absolutely.

  51. notag says: Apr 12, 2010 7:47 PM

    have u ever seen the women in pitts… its no wonder he rapes everything in sight when hes out of town..

  52. CT Stiller says: Apr 12, 2010 7:47 PM

    Devils Advocate says:
    instead of Big Ben it should be “Pig Ben the Pervert from Sexburgh”
    You meant to type “Sixburgh.”

  53. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:48 PM

    I like how he says “god bless” at the end. If there is a god, I’m sure he’s not too happy about money being the controlling force in the world he created while good people get the shaft every single day just because they can’t throw a football or cheat investors out of their life savings. I really hope there is a god so these lowlifes with money get theirs one day.

  54. Macadamia says: Apr 12, 2010 7:56 PM

    “Sixburgh” as in couldn’t get past the sixth grade so he has to READ his prepared statement instead of memorizing it? What an assclown! Nice hair Anchor Man.
    Stay classy Stillers!

  55. eaglelover1 says: Apr 12, 2010 7:57 PM

    You know Holmes accuser was lying and no charges were filed but, he was still suspended for 4 games. Wonder what Ben will get from “good ol Godyell” (say it like it sounds).

  56. InnocentCriminal says: Apr 12, 2010 7:57 PM

    I figured out why Ben cant get chicks without force even though he is a highly paid superstar athlete. Hes got a MULLET! A pretty greasy one at that!

  57. SexClinicInMemphis says: Apr 12, 2010 7:58 PM

    CT Stiller says:
    Devils Advocate says:
    instead of Big Ben it should be “Pig Ben the Pervert from Sexburgh”
    You meant to type “Sixburgh.”
    ————————————————-
    Yeah, as long as you get a Super Bowl trophy it doesn’t matter what your players do, huh?
    Stay classy Pittsburgh.

  58. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Apr 12, 2010 8:00 PM

    Negative attention? Dude, you just made the city of Pittsburgh, the Steelers football team, and most of your fans look like total scum. Negative attention is an understatement, RAPIST. As long as this guy plays QB, Steeler fans can look forward to stadiums filled with signs alluding to his status as a known rapist. I’m sure your teammates are going to love all the rape jokes, Little Jen. Yeah, that’s bound to make you a locker-room hero.

  59. tryagain says: Apr 12, 2010 8:02 PM

    CT Stiller says:That was your focus of attention, huh? His hair?
    i did hear what he said but since it was such the typical i’m sorry blah blah that’s been said and resaid many times, it didn’t take too much focus. thus, i was easily able to lock in on the ‘do or rather- the don’t. to note- i was especially enamored by the buzzed sides above the ears contrasted with the long greasy looking strips brushed back to perfectly accentuate the receding hairline. ben is funny!

  60. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 12, 2010 8:03 PM

    Wow. Appoligizes for the “negative attention”. What a dirtbag. How about an appology to the young woman?
    Typical deviate predator. He’s unable to admit his own guilt, and he still continues to try to dominate his victim. Both very sad and pathetic all at the same time.

  61. BlondBlueDevils says: Apr 12, 2010 8:03 PM

    Only in White America.

  62. ookie says: Apr 12, 2010 8:04 PM

    I TYPE IN ALL CAPS SO THAT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT I REALLY MEAN WHAT I SAY!!!!

  63. EatCrapPitt says: Apr 12, 2010 8:07 PM

    MSWRavens says:
    April 12, 2010 7:39 PM
    He’s looking forward to having a great season. He doesn’t care about anything else…and neither will the fans of Pittsburgh…now proud home to the lowest of all low life NFL franchises…at least that’s one way they beat the Bengals in the last 12 months!
    Maybe, just maybe, if the fat stupid drunk fans of Pittsburgh can convince their fat stupid drunk quarterback that he would have an even greater season and career if he stopped being fat drunk & stupid, he’ll reform. Then again…
    – – – – –
    Ravens, home to Ray the Knife

  64. whodathunkit says: Apr 12, 2010 8:08 PM

    Yeah, that “change my ways” speech is working out so good for Tiger….
    Maybe Ben ought to take the exact opposite approach (Costanzonian) and say…
    “I’m going to live my life however the hell I want to, so you all can just mind your own business.”

  65. MSWRavens says: Apr 12, 2010 8:10 PM

    jftresh: First of all, having sex in a dingy public bathroom with a highly intoxicated underage girl while your goons guard the door is not conduct that fits within the standard the NFL sets for the league (and which admittedly is routinely violated by plenty of players). Second of all, the Constitution doesn’t provide any protection when Ben belongs to a Union that agreed to these rules on behalf of its members. There is an appeal process he can follow (as useless as that is), and that’s how his rights are protected in a process he agreed to as a player in the NFL.

  66. MSWRavens says: Apr 12, 2010 8:11 PM

    CT Stiller: That four by roids and two by rapist?

  67. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Apr 12, 2010 8:13 PM

    To be accused of sexual assault once, by someone that seems less than credible at the time, could be smoke but no fire.
    Then add a second sexual assault accusation to this individual’s resume, one that includes allegedly forcing himself on a drunken coed on the floor of a one person bathroom of a bar. Why not get a room? Why on a pissy floor of a small town bar? Why did your bodyguard need to help her to the bathroom?
    Figure in driving around on the fastest production motorcycle (at the time) without a helmet.
    It’s pretty obvious Ben isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.
    TWO sexual assault claims & he is 100%, being made a victim 2X innocent?? Gold diggers? Looking for 15 minutes of fame? Seriously?? Taking into consideration Peyton has never been accused of sexual assault, Mc Nabb never has, Garcia never was and Steve Young never was. Hell Derek Jeter who makes a lot more $$$ than Ben & playing in the biggest playground on earth with some of the most AMBITIOUS women in existence has never been accused of sexual assault.
    Ben is damn lucky the DNA was too small an amount to extract a sample from guys…would have been a different ending to this. This guy IS dumb luck.

  68. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 12, 2010 8:15 PM

    No, CT Stiller…
    Devils Advocate meant to type “Shittsburgh”…
    Defend that piece of shit to the end…sad.

  69. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Apr 12, 2010 8:20 PM

    “But the Bill of Rights first amendment guarantees that a US citizen is innocent until proven guilty. All US citizens, including Goodall, are held to this standard. If Ben hasn’t been charged with any crime any where how can he be suspended?”
    From beginning to end, your entire post was quite simply bullshit of the purest ray serene, jftreshj76. Except in the most narrowly defined of specific instances, the strictures contained in the Bill of Rights and Constitution apply only to the US government, not to a private business such as the NFL, Roger Goodell or the Pittsburgh Steelers. Try not sleeping through American Government class at school tomorrow, pal.

  70. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 8:27 PM

    This won’t be the end of Ben’s mea culpas … even if he thinks it will be.

  71. snnyjcbs says: Apr 12, 2010 8:32 PM

    Notice no denial in the words, that is because in the deal he made giving the women cash to go away he is not able to talk about it one way or the other. A dude that is guilty as hell getting away with it because of the dollar.
    These type of punk only hold power over the stupid people that trust the system to help them and call 911. These punks cross a dude like me that does not call 911 and they hold no power and the money they have means little. Now that is when real justice is done. Problem is today you have a bunch of boys running around in mans bodies.

  72. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Apr 12, 2010 8:37 PM

    It’s amazing how many Steeler fans are still supporting Rapistberger and the awful things they’ve been saying here and elsewhere. Truly the most classless NFL fans in the country. Philly and Oakland must be happy that Rapistberger and the Steelers just stole their crown for worst lowlife scumbag fans in the NFL. Congrats, Pittsburgh! What a way to show your class to the rest of the country! I for one am so impressed!

  73. jamaltimore says: Apr 12, 2010 8:38 PM

    Would you rather have your star’s friends protect him in a barfight or help him rape a drunk 20 year old!
    Go Ravens!

  74. bluestree says: Apr 12, 2010 8:39 PM

    jftreshj76; If you ever get into any trouble, you need to hire an attorney immediately!

  75. highjak78 says: Apr 12, 2010 8:44 PM

    So he gave the “standard” team-written apology. Just plain sad – if he was truly sorry about any of it he would have said some things in his own words and answered Questions from the media. He doesn’t care what he did and he’ll probably do it again – I set the over/under at 9 months…

  76. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 12, 2010 8:45 PM

    There cant be a steeler fan on here that watched the press conference today that does not know that ben is GUILTY! He knew what he was doing…buying shots and getting her drunk and then having his boys escort her to the bathroom as he followed her in……DOUCHE-BAG! After hearing the DA say this and any one of you would refute this you are bigger idiots than him! It is one thing to support your team and its players but please get real about supporting this guy!
    But remember…he is sorry….just like after the Nevada incident….

  77. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 12, 2010 8:47 PM

    @Pigskin09:
    What about the bruises and the bleeding?

  78. ookie says: Apr 12, 2010 8:51 PM

    @MSWRavens
    Once your team purges itself of the double murderer, then you can talk. Until then, eat some crab cakes and continue dreaming of championships.

  79. BuckFigBen says: Apr 12, 2010 8:55 PM

    He may have two SB rings, but I thank god he is not my QB, how do you buy this tool’s jersey and root for him. I would be disgusted If I were a Steeler fan.

  80. FumbleNuts says: Apr 12, 2010 8:56 PM

    Take off your mask Rapenstein, you are nothing more then a turd on the heel of life.
    Save your bullshit for someone that believes it.

  81. Po in the truck says: Apr 12, 2010 8:57 PM

    Here’s my conspiracy theory: The NFL has delayed releasing the schedule because they know they have to suspend a top player on a top team. They’re going to give’em a couple of cupcakes to start the season so Batch or Dixon has a chance to give them a 2-0 or 1-1 start. Week 1 @ Cleveland, Week 2 Vs the Raiders.
    The Raiders will own them again.

  82. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 12, 2010 8:58 PM

    Deb….after watching the press conference today, what do you think now?

  83. Chiefs2010 says: Apr 12, 2010 9:08 PM

    Mr. RFB says:
    April 12, 2010 7:31 PM
    I bet he’ll think twice before getting a blumpkin again
    ____________
    I haven’t heard that term in years, HAHA!
    ____
    Tiger and Ben are who we thought they were!!
    /2006’d

  84. Chiefs2010 says: Apr 12, 2010 9:16 PM

    melo says:
    April 12, 2010 7:45 PM
    well it is against the law, to have sex, with an intoxicated person
    _____
    Really?
    /contacts attorney
    /lets self out..

  85. michigander says: Apr 12, 2010 9:19 PM

    “Roethlisberger”
    Old German for “asshat ground meat”.
    Just the kind of immature dunce you never want your dumbass sister to meet much less bring home to the rents cause “he’s a NFL quarterback.”.
    LOSER

  86. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 12, 2010 9:20 PM

    khall says:
    April 12, 2010 7:24 PM
    Kind of raped her?
    —————————-
    Kind of because it didn’t go all the way in. It wasn’t rape for the first few seconds, until she realized how big, Big Ben really was. Then she decided it was rape.

  87. Klytus says: Apr 12, 2010 9:27 PM

    I wasn’t there so any conclusion I come up with, just like the rest of you, might as well be from some dark orifice.
    Suppositionally speaking, if you are so drunk that you can’t remember what you did the night before that’s not social drinking. Those situations are called, “Black Outs”. Sometimes Black Outs can last for days. When alcohol starts creating problems in your life then alcohol is the problem. It’s time to talk to someone about it.
    “One Day At A Time.”
    GO STEELERS!

  88. .RebaT says: Apr 12, 2010 9:30 PM

    Wow Deb,
    I can’t believe you are not falling all over yourself proclaiming Ben to be the second coming!! Yeah, his second coming for abusing women!
    He walks away free but that DA didn’t give him a free and clear pass either. He scolded him pretty good in that press conference. Good for him. Ben’s apology is about a worthless as can be. He’s not sorry about what he did or what happened, he’s just sorry he got caught. Believe me, I would bet big money his bank account is WAY lighter than it was. He’ll do it again – just wait and see. He’s too stupid to do anything else. He can’t get women unless he takes advantage or maybe buys one here and there.
    Watch the Rooneys do nothing about this as well. Double standards – that’s what they hold most dear – double standards. You would think that they would be aware of these articles and maybe even one or two of our postings. However, just as long as their season is sold out, that’s all that REALLY matters, right? People having no integrity, scruples, or generally a conscience etc – that doesn’t matter, right?
    I am so disgusted with this – what, human? I don’t even consider Ben on that level anymore. He needs to slither back into his hole and stay there.

  89. fab says: Apr 12, 2010 9:30 PM

    Ravenmaniac says:
    April 12, 2010 8:45 PM
    There cant be a steeler fan on here that watched the press conference today that does not know that ben is GUILTY! He knew what he was doing…buying shots and getting her drunk and then having his boys escort her to the bathroom as he followed her in……DOUCHE-BAG! After hearing the DA say this and any one of you would refute this you are bigger idiots than him! It is one thing to support your team and its players but please get real about supporting this guy!
    But remember…he is sorry….just like after the Nevada incident
    ————————————————–
    GUILTY of what? what guy on this message board has never bought a girl a few drinks at bar hoping to get laid? oh well, i am guily too then???

  90. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Apr 12, 2010 9:41 PM

    The only person lower than Rapistberger right now is Art Rooney, total scumbag. Pittsburgh should be ashamed this guy is even associated with your city. What makes him worse than Little Jen Rapistberger is that he CONDONES RAPE. Why? Because he knows as well as the rest of us that Little Jen Rapistberger is GUILTY of rape and chooses to do NOTHING. He is watching right now, he is seeing Rapistberger get off on the most heinous and disgusting charge possible, and yet HE DOES NOTHING. By doing nothing, you condone it, Rooney. ART ROONEY AND THE STEELERS SUPPORT RAPE.

  91. last starfighter says: Apr 12, 2010 9:44 PM

    Po in the truck says: April 12, 2010 8:57 PM
    Here’s my conspiracy theory: The NFL has delayed releasing the schedule because they know they have to suspend a top player on a top team. They’re going to give’em a couple of cupcakes to start the season so Batch or Dixon has a chance to give them a 2-0 or 1-1 start. Week 1 @ Cleveland, Week 2 Vs the Raiders.
    ————————————————-
    A slightly less cynical theory would be that the league purposely waited to find out if Big B*tch was going to be in jail this season before scheduling the big, prime time match-ups. Having a 1-13 Steeler team playing a 12-2 Colts team on sunday night football would probably cost the network a couple or so million dollars. The NFL now is 100% about maximizing profits for the wine sippers and that’s it! It’s time for congress to yank the anti-trust exemption from the league, it’s just a joke at this point.

  92. Drafty says: Apr 12, 2010 10:06 PM

    Roethlisberger said that he was “bluuuaaaghh” for the disappointment and “aaaarrrrghhhh” he has caused.
    He acknowledged that “dur,” and he said that he wants “bluhhhhhaaarrrr.” He said he knows that he has much “aaaahhhhnn” to earn that trust, that he’s “ddduuaaaaarrghhh,” and that he intends to make the team, his family, and his fans “maaaa!”
    F**k off, Roethlisberger. You’ve tarnished a great franchise.

  93. realityonetwo says: Apr 12, 2010 10:14 PM

    He acknowledged that “much is expected of me.”
    Actually, we now expect absolutely nothing of you…

  94. TuckRule says: Apr 12, 2010 10:14 PM

    Non-greasy cream Strongest Ben Gay ever Deep penetrating pain relief Fast relief from minor arthritis.
    At least Ben is good for something.

  95. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 10:17 PM

    Hey, Ravenmaniac …
    Wrote you a note on the Mort thread. Most of the press conference confirmed what I thought. I’m floored by it being a rape investigation. At the first press conference, the police chief said the allegation WAS NOT rape. The incident report said “sexual manipulation.” I read that as some sort of coercion.
    I saw the whole press conference online rather than the short TV version. He cleared up the stuff about the bodyguard blocking the doorway (he wasn’t) and the tape being erased (not an issue). He said he didn’t believe she was a gold digger. He said purchasing for someone underage is a misdemeanor but it’s partnered with underage drinking. If they charged him, they’d have to charge her. He said even with her cooperation, he wouldn’t have enough to get probable cause for an arrest, let alone enough to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. He said the hospital couldn’t even confirm penetration.
    Asked if he’d let his daughter date Ben, he said no. Then he said that wasn’t fair because he didn’t have a daughter. He said he’d be skeptical, but mostly he’d tell Ben to grow up. He gave the speech Florio posted about Ben’s immaturity and lack of leadership. He said there’s no dispute that they were engaged in a very sexual conversation, and there were plenty of mistakes to go around that night. He said he hoped BOTH of them had learned something. Asked if Ben was welcome back in Milledgeville, he laughed and said sure, if he keeps his nose clean.
    Ravenmaniac, when a prosecutor thinks a guy is getting away with rape or attempted rape, he doesn’t repeatedly tell him to grow up. He doesn’t say there were plenty of mistakes to go around. He doesn’t say he hopes they BOTH learned something. He doesn’t say the guy is welcome back in his town if he keeps his nose clean. I felt it was clear he thought they both drank too much and behaved stupidly and that he thinks Ben is an ass who needs to grow up. I agree.
    On the subject of coercion: It’s not a popular stand with women’s groups, but I believe an adult woman–and 20 is adult–is responsible for her body. If she chooses to get so drunk she winds up crawling over some guy or letting him crawl over her, that is her responsibility. To call that “rape” because she was too drunk to consent is a slap in the face of women who were drugged or physically overpowered or threatened with a weapon. He may be scuzzy for getting drunk and crawling over her, but to me, it’s an equal exchange of unsavory behavior. And I felt that’s what the DA was saying when he said there was plenty of blame to go around and he hoped they both learned something.

  96. irish4life says: Apr 12, 2010 10:19 PM

    I can see why he has to force himself on women. Did you see his hair style? He Is the real hot tub time machine. Yo Ben it’s 2010 not 1985. What a clown.

  97. nerd says: Apr 12, 2010 10:35 PM

    “Don’t rape anybody on your way out.” LOL.

  98. kpweaver27 says: Apr 12, 2010 10:55 PM

    Roethlisberger: Hey guys. I’m really sorry for the negative attention. I know I get sacked a lot…and I throw interceptions sometimes, and I’m kind of whiner…what? Oh, and raping those two girls. Yeah, sorry for the negative attention my forcing them to have intercourse with me may have brought. Totally my bad. I’ll try really hard not to rape anyone, at least until next off season. I’m on the rape patch. Everytime I put it on, it screams and I pay it $20,000. I totally think that will mostly prevent me from raping college chicks. *grunts*
    Reporter: Ben? Are you raping someone right now?
    Roethlisberger: …aww man, I…I totally am trying to quit. Is…is there any videotape of this?
    Reporter: Three cameras.
    Roethlisberger: …how much money for em?

  99. MasterShake says: Apr 12, 2010 10:59 PM

    phildo says:
    April 12, 2010 7:34 PM
    “if he’s black he’s cut”
    Are you sure? I thought it was “if he’s black, she’s dead”?

  100. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 12, 2010 11:29 PM

    Fab….but did you ever her have your possee escort her to the bathroom with you in tow??

  101. CT Stiller says: Apr 12, 2010 11:34 PM

    ArtModellsPimp says:
    “No, CT Stiller…
    Devils Advocate meant to type “Shittsburgh”…
    Defend that piece of shit to the end…sad.”
    What’s really sad is how many of you morons see looking at evidence and analyzing a situation objectively as a foreign concept. You really don’t see that you want this girl to have been raped. The reason? Because you want a player from a team you hate to have done something wrong so you can talk shit.
    Seriously, think about it.
    You people are kind of f##ked up in the head. I partially blame Florio, but I suspect most of you are just idiots.

  102. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 12, 2010 11:42 PM

    Realityonetwo…Nice!!
    Knowing that no charges were going to be filed today, I actually thought after hearing the DA I would come away feeling that there was no reason to file charges and whatever happened was not criminal, but after listening to the DA, I now think that he is as slimy as they come and that he is probably guilty of more than just poor judgement.
    After watching the staged apology, his arrogance was on full display with him saying the DA made the correct call on not pressing charges….please ben you are so arrogant.
    Ben is sorry…..sorry this girl remembered anything!

  103. .RebaT says: Apr 12, 2010 11:48 PM

    CanadianVikingFan
    Yeah, Big Ben is big enough that a woman would need a microscope to find it.

  104. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 11:51 PM

    ECS – Brougham Boys 74 says:
    ART ROONEY AND THE STEELERS SUPPORT RAPE.
    —————————————–
    I’ve just listened to the entire press conference, including the part I missed this afternoon when I was scrambling to find it online after ESPN and NFL Network cut off. It was an important part.
    Here’s what the DA said:
    Ben and the woman were engaged in a sexual conversation and actions that he said was definitely a two-way street. The bodyguards did not guard the bathroom and did not know Ben was back there with her. She was back there no more than 10 minutes. She did not ask to speak to the cops when she left the club. Her sorority sisters dragged her over to the cops and raised a ruckus. The cop asked her if she was raped and she said NO. He asked her if she’d had sex and she said she wasn’t sure. He sent her to the hospital.
    Ben DID NOT admit any sexual contact.
    The hospital DID NOT find evidence of sexual penetration/intercourse.
    The next day, after she sobered up, the girl told the police they did have sex but she said no.
    The DA said many mistakes were made that night by everyone–including the girl and her sorority sisters.
    He said Ben needs to grow up and stop putting himself in these situations. He said he hopes they BOTH have learned something from this situation.
    If that sounds to you like a story about a rape or a prosecutor who thinks a rapist got away, you are the biggest fool since Adam.

  105. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 13, 2010 1:05 AM

    He’s sorry after the fact. Why not use your damn head Ben and you won’t have to say “i’m sorry”. What a POS

  106. dman157 says: Apr 13, 2010 1:50 AM

    Are you serious Ravens fans?! You’re talking sh*t about what Roethlisberger was accused of when the face of your franchise was actually accused of and put on trial for murder and eventually plead guilty to obstruction of justice in a murder case?! Or how about Jamal Lewis who at one point faced charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine w/ the intent to distribute? Talk about being hypocritical…
    As a Steelers fan I’m disappointed in Roethlisberger, but to put down an entire city because of one idiot’s actions is pretty dumb. Name one NFL franchise or any professional sports team that has not had players with legal problems.

  107. .RebaT says: Apr 13, 2010 2:02 AM

    Fab,
    Yeah, your comments pretty much hit the head of the nail. You are a PIG too!! Does your wife know about all your disgusting attempted conquests and sexual desires? I bet not. Note the word attempted. LOL

  108. .RebaT says: Apr 13, 2010 3:31 AM

    There was an article on NBC sports that the Rooneys sent their own investigative team to GA to find out some information. One can only hope the info they receive and how they interpret it will mean Ben is out for at least 6 games. Watch Dixon step up to the job and quickly make Ben 2nd string. Ooohh yeah.. that would just KILL Ben’s ego, wouldn’t it? Fewer women to abuse because, afterall, who wants a football player playing second string? Well, he can pay for it afterall, right? That’s about all the attention he will get for a LONG time.
    BTW, after all of these allegations, what woman wants to walk beside something like Roethlisberger now anyways? Eww.

  109. Adam says: Apr 13, 2010 5:47 AM

    At least Tiger actually said what bad decisions he made and none of them involved allegations of rape.

  110. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 13, 2010 7:37 AM

    (Roethlisberger statement)
    “Ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon. Thank you for coming. I would like to say that I am very sorry for all the trouble this incident has caused me. If I hadn’t been caught, I’d be back at the Capital City club tonight with a wild, coed stuffed t-shirt in my lap while taking body-shots off another! But, alas, I WAS caught in the VIP crapper attempting to polish Little Ben’s helmet, so now I must undo all the heartache this has caused me.
    I have an addiction problem. I am addicted to pickled, 20 year old Snappin’ Gyro! Upon leaving this press conference I shall be seeking intensive treatment for my disease. Part of this therapy is being weaned off the addictive substance. Therefore i shall be persuing that first portion of my regimen at the UGA Alpha Omega Sorority Friday Night Gin and Ecstacy Bender / Hot Tub Skinny-Dipping Party.
    I would appreciate that you respect my privacy at this time as I am undergoing treatment. I wouldn’t want to stroke another big check so soon. It would be very troubling to me.
    Oh, I almost forgot. Sorry to the team, fans, the… well, you know the drill.
    Thank you very much”

  111. Scott says: Apr 13, 2010 7:46 AM

    First lets understand what evidence they did have. At the hospital they found a cut, some DNA ( but not enough to use) and vagianal bleeding. Ben forced himself on this girl, and she took the payout. I am a huge Steeler fan, but I can not stand the site of Ben anymore. Just because no charges were pressed does not mean that he is inoccent, he got money and fame, and he got away with sexual assault, simple as that.

  112. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 13, 2010 8:32 AM

    (Roethlisberger statement)
    “Ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon. Thank you for coming. I would like to say that I am very sorry for all the trouble this incident has caused me. If I hadn’t been caught, I’d be back at the Capital City club tonight with a wild, coed stuffed t-shirt in my lap while taking body-shots off another! But, alas, I WAS caught in the VIP crapper attempting to polish Little Ben’s helmet, so now I must undo all the heartache this has caused me.
    I have an addiction problem. I am addicted to pickled, 20 year old Snappin’ Gyro! Upon leaving this press conference I shall be seeking intensive treatment for my disease. Part of this therapy is being weaned off the addictive substance. Therefore i shall be persuing that first portion of my regimen at the UGA Alpha Omega Sorority Friday Night Gin and Ecstacy Bender / Hot Tub Skinny-Dipping Party.
    I would appreciate that you respect my privacy at this time as I am undergoing treatment. I wouldn’t want to stroke another big check so soon. It would be very troubling to me.
    Oh, I almost forgot. Sorry to the team, fans, the… well, you know the drill.
    Thank you very much”

  113. Bdrunk says: Apr 13, 2010 12:41 PM

    I kind of want him suspended, so maybe the idiots here will have a little less to complain about and MAYBE they’ll come down off their soapboxes.
    Dare to dream.

  114. juil says: Apr 13, 2010 12:57 PM

    the hair alone is just cause for a 2 game suspension. Multi millionaire & can find a decent cut. Turd Burglar, try to act sincere when you apologize..that was quite robotic #7.

  115. .RebaT says: Apr 13, 2010 6:39 PM

    Ben just lost a sponsor. His popular beef jerky in Pitt – no longer has Ben Roethlisberger’s name on it. Isn’t this his ONLY sponsor off the field? I would LOVE to know how his jerseys are selling now..
    http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/62656/the_big_ben_jerky_empire_comes_to_an_end

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