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Dan Rooney says "no comment" on whether Steelers support Roethlisberger

medium_Dan-Rooney-Jan14-09.jpgWith multiple media figures in Pittsburgh discussing and/or calling for the team to trade quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers have been conspicuously quiet.

The silence became even more conspicuous on Wednesday night, when chairman Dan Rooney was asked about the situation at a press conference prior to receiving the Citizen of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO at a dinner in Pittsburgh.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Rooney acknowledged that it is a “serious matter,” and that he believes
the situation is being “handled properly” by team president Art Rooney (Dan’s son), coach Mike
Tomlin, and director of football operations Kevin Colbert.

Here’s the kicker — asked whether the Steelers organization supports
Roethlisberger, Rooney said, “I’m not making any comment on that.”

That’s perhaps the most ominous statement we’ve seen regarding Roethlisberger’s status.  If Rooney isn’t willing to assert express support for a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, it means that the organization quite possibly is in the process of moving on.  So even if the Steelers haven’t initiated trade talks, the Bills, Jaguars, Broncos, Raiders, Panthers, Cardinals, Seahawks, Rams, and 49ers should be burning up the phone lines to the 412 area code.

Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who attended the event, said that he will make a decision in the near future regarding Roethlisberger, according to the Associated Press.

“I think he understands how important the Personal Conduct Policy is
to the NFL,” Goodell told the AP.  “And I hope he has a better understanding of how
important it is for everybody in the league.”

As to the specific status of the situation, Goodell said, “We’ll continue to
gather more information.  We’ll continue to have that analysis done, and
we’ll consider it and make a decision in the near future.  We like to be
thorough.  We like to be sure we fully understand it.  We’ve talked to,
obviously, the player.  We’ll talk to the [NFLPA].  I think
anytime you can get more input into the various factors that are going
on, the better decision you’ll make.”

Even though Roethlisberger was cleared of any potential criminal charges on Monday, the momentum against him seems to be building.  A suspension now appears to be a given.  Though something dramatic, like a trade, remains unlikely, it’s a possibility that can’t be disregarded.

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  1. BigBear123 says: Apr 14, 2010 11:32 PM

    Interesting…

  2. Playoffs?! says: Apr 14, 2010 11:32 PM

    Uh-oh.

  3. TryTheVeal says: Apr 14, 2010 11:39 PM

    Has Mr. Rooney consulted with Deb……..Who supports this POS with a continual wet spot?…

  4. Mean D says: Apr 14, 2010 11:40 PM

    He raped her.

  5. robert ethan says: Apr 14, 2010 11:42 PM

    LOL at the Rooneys. I think they acquired the team via a fixed horse race in the first place. What’s the saying, “if thieves and prostitutes live long enough, they become respectable”? Looks like the old crook has been around so long he left “respectable” behind and is on to sanctimony.

  6. MasterShake says: Apr 14, 2010 11:47 PM

    When did Jerry Burns buy the Steelers? That’s the same guy right?

  7. Capt. James T. Kirk says: Apr 14, 2010 11:49 PM

    I still want..no…DEMAND to know from Craphead-ell just what exactly Ben did that was wrong? Did Ben file unprovable charges? Was he charged with something? Did he send emails to co-workers after the Nev. incident bragging about it and wanting to move to her state and have a baby with her? Did he kill someone? Did he lie to protect friends that killed someone? What did he do…besides go out to celebrate his b-day with friends and some select people from club? Did he bring the girls into the bar knowing they were underage? Did he serve them the drinks? What did he do, Commish??? At what point did HE soil the good name of the NFL? How did he?
    So judging by the amount of prudes on here and in the press, Ben is NOT supposed to associate with the opposite sex and tell them to NOT press charges or file lawsuits when he isn’t into them ?
    I cannot see a compelling reason for a suspension for him. I can’t even say behavior pattern cause the 2 incidents are completely different. First case is, if you believe the stories that the press has written, a complete gold-digger BS story. This case was nothing more than 2 people getting hot in a private vip room.
    Goodell, please, do something more productive as commish, like get rid of the corrupt officials, blantantly fixed calls, and extreme greed displayed by your office. Otherwise you are a piss-poor excuse for a leader.

  8. Dug says: Apr 14, 2010 11:50 PM

    He is toast. The Rooney’s don’t mess around. I am feeling a trade and a decent suspension of about 4 games.
    Let’s see what happens.

  9. robert ethan says: Apr 14, 2010 11:50 PM

    Sitting duck opportunity for the Steelers.
    They could dump Holmes (knowing they have Mike Wallace who is younger, cheaper, and maybe better) and appear conscientious. Now they may be able to secure a king’s ransom for Ruthless (knowing this team is not going to win for a few years anyway) and appear even more conscientious.
    If they win they’re genius of the highest order. If they lose, they do so with “integrity”, and the myth of the franchise grows in history.

  10. roe says: Apr 14, 2010 11:51 PM

    Dan Rooney= Lemony Snickett.

  11. Omart Rooney says: Apr 14, 2010 11:55 PM

    If the Steelers trade Roethlisberger it will be considered as one of the most unnecessary trades to ever be made. who else is gonna win us 2 sb?
    Unbelievable

  12. lebowski says: Apr 14, 2010 11:55 PM

    Let me get this straight, Florio. Pittsburgh needs to get rid of this a-hole, but a third of the league should be ‘burning up the phone lines’ to get him on board. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

  13. Deb_aka_bens_lawyer says: Apr 14, 2010 11:56 PM

    I’d defend Osama Bin Laden if he wore black and gold.
    - Deb

  14. Hung Like Greg Oden says: Apr 14, 2010 11:57 PM

    Wow. Even a dumbass like Big Ben has to be able to realize this isn’t a good thing.
    I don’t think he goes anywhere, though, because no matter how horrible a team’s QB situation is, how are they going to sell trading for this piece of crap?

  15. CT Stiller says: Apr 14, 2010 11:57 PM

    How do you make an entire story out of a guy saying “no comment”?

  16. marktg30 says: Apr 14, 2010 11:58 PM

    He’s done.

  17. Wick says: Apr 14, 2010 11:59 PM

    As for what’s been proven against Ben, it aint much. He was with an adult woman and presumably launched his rocket.
    That’s it. Most of us guys (or girls) have been involved in many situations involving the missle launch sequence.
    Unless they know more than that, they’re insane to crap out Ben like they crapped out ‘Tone. A freakshow overreaction to an emotionally charged lynchmob of abject morons.

  18. knightsroundtable says: Apr 15, 2010 12:01 AM

    trade him! Fast

  19. Phade says: Apr 15, 2010 12:03 AM

    That is.. interesting.

  20. ehatem says: Apr 15, 2010 12:03 AM

    So I had a thought…which I know having not slept in 36 hours is probably a bad idea… about another reason the Steeler’s might get rid of Ben. Now, this might be a stretch, but isn’t Dan Rooney the current ambassador to Ireland? Isn’t that country going through a massive sex scandal involving some people who should be pillars to their community and weren’t? Mr Rooney has always struck me as a guy who worries about such things. Anyway, just a thought.

  21. cunn9305 says: Apr 15, 2010 12:08 AM

    They won’t trade him but they will let him twist in the wind awhile as punishment, then they’ll suspend him for a few games. They will not and cannot come out and express support based on his recent actions that can only come with time … and with exemplary behavior over a prolonged period. The ball’s in his court but he should be aware they are deadly serious about this and will not hesitate to move him if he does not change his ways.

  22. allday28 says: Apr 15, 2010 12:10 AM

    isnt that basically saying that they dont support him

  23. Siggy00 says: Apr 15, 2010 12:10 AM

    Lions quarterback Charlie Batch, ex-Jet receiver Dedric Ward and two other pro football players are accused of drugging and raping a woman in a lawsuit filed in Las Vegas yesterday.
    In the complaint, Lisa Harden of Seattle accuses Batch, Ward, Lions safety Ron Rice and former Lions defensive back Tyree Talton of giving her a drink believed to be spiked with the date-rape drug GHB at Mandalay Bay Hotel, then sexually assaulting her during the evening of May 6, 2000.
    “My client was attacked violently and relentlessly for many hours,” said John Lukens, an attorney for Harden, a 35-year-old sales representative. “The drugs left her incapacitated and vulnerable. As she pleaded for her safety, they continued to accost her.”
    The four players were never charged with a crime. “I vehemently deny the allegations,” Batch said in a statement. “The police investigated in May 2000 and found nothing illegal took place. These accusations are just another example of how success in sports makes someone a target.”
    Ward, who now plays for the Dolphins, also released a statement citing the police investigation, saying, “These allegations are completely false and totally without merit. . . . I will vigorously defend myself against these baseless and unfounded accusations.”
    Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said: “We are aware of these accusations, and after talking to Dedric and his representatives, strongly believe them to be baseless.”
    Las Vegas police questioned the players during a two-month investigation. “They were cooperative,” said Lt. Jeff Carlson, of the department’s sexual assault unit. “As far as her statements, they seemed reasonable, and we investigated.”
    Carlson said the Clark County District Attorney’s office decided there wasn’t sufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution. “Our case is closed,” Carlson said. “If somebody comes forward with new evidence, it can be reopened.”
    Rebecca Roe, another attorney for Harden, alleges Harden’s drink may have been tainted with gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, an illegal drug used by date rapists, and by athletes as a muscle builder. “The description of its effects is consistent with GHB,” Roe said.
    Physical evidence in GHB-related rapes can be difficult to obtain, Carlson said, because the substance cycles out of the body within four to 12 hours.
    Las Vegas police didn’t begin investigating until May 8, 2000, two days after the alleged incident.
    According to the lawsuit, Harden traveled to Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding at the Mandalay Bay. At about 8 p.m., she met Ward, Talton and Batch, whom she had never met. They asked her to join them at their table and insisted she have a drink.
    “Shortly after finishing the drink, and as the defendants suggested they leave, (Harden’s) memory is not intact,” the complaint says. “She has partial amnesia and fragmented memory of the next four to six hours.”
    The suit says Harden does recall going to Ward’s apartment in Las Vegas, where she was “repeatedly raped” by Ward, Talton and Batch. Then Ward dropped the group off at the hotel, where she alleges she was again raped by Batch, Talton and Rice.
    After returning to Seattle the next day, she reported the incident to police and emergency-room workers in Bellevue, Wash., who contacted Las Vegas police.
    Ward, who signed with Miami before this season as a free agent, had been playing for the Jets at the time of the incident. He attended Northern Iowa, the same college as Talton – a defensive back drafted by the Lions in 1999. Talton played last spring with the XFL’s New York/New Jersey Hitmen.
    Batch has shown promise as a starting QB in Detroit, but injuries have slowed him, and he is sitting out this season on injured reserve.
    The suit seeks unspecified damages over $10,000, but Roe says Harden’s suit is about justice. “What happened was really, really wrong, and she is upset about it,” Roe says. “This is truly her only recourse.”

  24. Richm2256 says: Apr 15, 2010 12:10 AM

    Wow ………. a “no comment” from your owner??????
    Doesn’t sound too supportive to me. That cracking sound you hear is the ice beneath Ben’s feet.

  25. tryagain says: Apr 15, 2010 12:14 AM

    the ultimate diss.

  26. Siggy00 says: Apr 15, 2010 12:19 AM

    Mr. Rooney’s other comment:
    “I think that the players have to be special,” Rooney said. “Everybody makes mistakes, but I don’t even want to talk about that in this particular phase because it gets taken out of character.”

  27. K-DIZZLE says: Apr 15, 2010 12:25 AM

    Dan Rooney should STFU! He doesn’t have control of his own bladder, let alone his NFL franchise. He should go ahead and “try to find the worst thing that he could drink n kill himself.” He’s a geriatric F#CK!

  28. robert ethan says: Apr 15, 2010 12:27 AM

    How about a deal with the Cardinals, with Matt Leinart and draft picks coming back? Both Roethlisberger and Leinart could use a change of scenery. Matt has as much raw talent as Roethislberger.
    Ben would thrive with Whisenhunt and all the old Steeler crew. The Cards are much closer to being able to win it all than the Steelers so they could sacrifice a bit of the future.

  29. Lumas101 says: Apr 15, 2010 12:31 AM

    It seems to me that to get Roethlisberger, you would have to give up a ton. PFT mentioned rumors the other day of the Rams giving up the #1 overall pick, plus a first-rounder next year. As great a player as he is, can anyone really trust him to the extent of being able to give up that much for him?

  30. DoughBoyRAC says: Apr 15, 2010 12:36 AM

    Bah! Rooney thought they had asked him about the new death panel that wants all his dentures back before they cut-up his Medicaid card.
    Hence, the “no comment.”

  31. ninerfan says: Apr 15, 2010 12:37 AM

    No way do I want this POS on my team. Don’t do it Niners.

  32. The Wishbone says: Apr 15, 2010 12:38 AM

    Why would they “talk to the NFLPA”? He didn’t assault (allegedly?) a union member. Goodell needs to stop being a hypocrite, and he needs to stop being so weak. Either suspend him or don’t suspend him. It’s not brain surgery.

  33. southpawImpact says: Apr 15, 2010 12:40 AM

    How much do you want to bet that his first game back will coincide with a Ravens-Steelers game…either his first week back, or the a week after that (to let him have a warm-up game for the media to talk about during the week leading up to the Ravens game)

  34. Rafterman says: Apr 15, 2010 12:41 AM

    In an earlier press conference before the dinner, Rooney declined to publicly discuss the “serious matter” surrounding Roethlisberger.
    He offered simply, “Everybody makes mistakes.
    “My job is in Ireland,” added Rooney, now the U.S. ambassador to that country, indicating that the team in his absence is run by his son, president Art Rooney II, along with coach Mike Tomlin and director of player personnel Kevin Colbert.
    “I would just say that it’s a serious matter. And it’s being handled properly with Art, Mike and Kevin Colbert. I think they’re handling it very well. The Commissioner as you know saw Ben [in New York Tuesday]. I don’t have any more to say.”
    —————————————————-
    Ben’s practicing with the team. He’s not going anywhere. If Art was even considering trading him Ben would be sitting on his ass at home.

  35. Heart Of Steel says: Apr 15, 2010 12:41 AM

    You are such a TOOL Florio. How about you report the full extent of what Dan Rooney said, not your take. I don’t understand how you have a job….
    “In an earlier press conference before the dinner, Rooney declined to publicly discuss the “serious matter” surrounding Roethlisberger.
    He offered simply, “Everybody makes mistakes.
    “My job is in Ireland,” added Rooney, now the U.S. ambassador to that country, indicating that the team in his absence is run by his son, president Art Rooney II, along with coach Mike Tomlin and director of player personnel Kevin Colbert.
    “I would just say that it’s a serious matter. And it’s being handled properly with Art, Mike and Kevin Colbert. I think they’re handling it very well. The Commissioner as you know saw Ben [in New York Tuesday]. I don’t have any more to say.”
    Don’t you think that by Rooney saying that “Everybody makes mistakes” is pretty supportive of what’s going on with Roethlisberger? Or are you going to stick with him simply saying he had “No Comment?”

  36. VegasRandy says: Apr 15, 2010 12:46 AM

    “We’ll continue to gather more information. We’ll continue to have that analysis done, and we’ll consider it and make a decision in the near future. We like to be thorough. We like to be sure we fully understand it. We’ve talked to, obviously, the player. We’ll talk to the [NFLPA]. I think anytime you can get more input into the various factors that are going on, the better decision you’ll make.” Said Goodell
    If you want to be thorough then call the victim and ask her what happened from her perspective. Why wouldn’t the media ask Goodell this?

  37. timbo33 says: Apr 15, 2010 12:52 AM

    Not a Stiller fan so I hope they ditch the guy.. Who dey.

  38. Sting Ray says: Apr 15, 2010 12:52 AM

    Just so you know Florio, nobody cares or is interested or bothers to read these posts about Big Ben. We really don’t care at all. It’s not like you provide the most insight and anyone is paying attention.
    Kidding aside. I went to the live chat for the AFC North blog on ESPN and submitted a question why no one asks the question in the media if Big Ben made a financial settlement with the victim. The question was censored and not addressed. What’s with the media and not asking relevant questions.

  39. this class sucks says: Apr 15, 2010 12:53 AM

    @TryTheVeal
    Thus proving once and for all that you are much smarter and more mature than Deb.
    Look at Kobe, Barry Bonds, Ray Lewis and so on. There is a lot of historical precedent to support that the media and fans will forgive Ben as long as he doesn’t have a freakish drop in play. I think this “no comment” is more of a “no sh*t.” If they were going to trade him I am sure they would be doing it before the suspension.
    For the Steeler fans that are clamoring for Ben to be traded, shut up. Has the Steelers franchise ever given you any reason to doubt their decision making? They don’t listen to the fans for a reason, fans are stupid. Not some fans, not most fans, all fans are stupid (myself included). Steeler fans clamored for Cowher to be fired and he won a Super Bowl. The Steelers and the Rooney family have won 6 Super Bowls that is the most of any team. I think we can all trust what ever they do will be done to ensure that they win a seventh Super Bowl, and no fan has any reason to think they know better.
    And of course for Florio’s opinion. Remember if he really knew anything close to anything he would have a real sports job, not being a blogster.

  40. Deb says: Apr 15, 2010 12:58 AM

    @TryTheVeal
    NO player, black or white, has been suspended BY THE LEAGUE without having an arrest, substance abuse violation, or similar prior disciplinary problem. It’s an internal matter for the Steelers to handle as they see fit, and Mr. Rooney said he is satisfied that Art II, Coach Tomlin, and Kevin Colbert have that under control. Roethlisberger is a jackass, but that is not a crime. If it were, you would be posting from prison. Then again, maybe you are.
    You’re not only rude and ignorant, you’re also vulgar. For the sake of the local men, I sure hope you’re not typical of what passes for “feminine” companionship in Philadelphia. Even a jerk like Roethlisberger would pass on you.

  41. R. D. says: Apr 15, 2010 1:00 AM

    Have him give up his membership in the tea baggers club.

  42. house068 says: Apr 15, 2010 1:00 AM

    He said he wasn’t commenting on that because his job is in Ireland. He is leaving that up t0 Dan, Mike, and Kevin like he said.
    Hits florio with a bug…
    JACKASS!!!

  43. He Hate Baltimorons says: Apr 15, 2010 1:03 AM

    Do you know what I have to say about this big news? No Comment. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  44. Brown Julius says: Apr 15, 2010 1:15 AM

    The Money Talks… If they pay they support him. Quite literally in fact. Tired of hearing what an upstanding franchise this is. It’s one of the cheaper more business oriented franchises they watch every dollar. The only difference between them and the Bengals and the Browns is that, much like the Eagles of late, they know what they are doing and they win.
    If the Steelers were such a morally upright franchise why did the ownership have a stake in gambling interests for years at the same time as owning an NFL franchise? That would be about the money right.
    Looks like Dan needs to get a little more hands on and quit fat-catting it in Ireland.
    Dan should have said “Do we support him? Hell yeah, we do who do you think gives him millions to spend on great defense attorneys and payoff civil settlements. That would be this guy. Slag off “journalist”. “

  45. kbaby604 says: Apr 15, 2010 1:17 AM

    Trade the bum to the Raiders.

  46. Steelers4Life says: Apr 15, 2010 1:20 AM

    It’s not Dan Rooney’s place to make comments on the matter anymore. He’s an ambassador for Ireland now, Art II is the president. Dan is effectively saying…it’s up to them.
    What a non-story.
    Hey, how’s that Hill’s story coming along?

  47. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 15, 2010 1:26 AM

    If you read the two articles from the Post Gazette and the Tribune Review in order to get a fuller picture of the context of his words, I think the only conclusion you can make is that he was trying hard not to comment on the team’s recent troubles. He wanted to leave that to Art Rooney to deal with – otherwise it would seem like anything he said would be seen as meddling in team affairs that should be under Art’s authority.
    Dan has always been a stickler for avoiding public comment about a situation that should be addressed by the head coach or someone else in the organization – unlike his peer from Dallas. He hires people, puts them in their position for a long-term commitment, and then relies on them to carry out their responsibilities without any public meddling by him. Always has been his way.
    Noll had complete authority over the on-field and practice decisions for the team. Then Cowher had the same authority. Tomlin has clearly had the same authority since he was hired. Dan Rooney would never have publicly second guessed, for instance, Tomlin’s decision to play Mendenhall in front of Parker last year. Not that reporters didn’t ask – just that there is no way you are going to get Dan to weigh in on a matter like that.
    Same with Roethlisberger. He probably considers it completely Art’s job to handle publicly. His “no comment” appeared to be just an attempt to tell reporters that he was not going to comment on the situation at all. Several other of his “no comment” type answers from the two stories would back up that assessment.

  48. Laxer37 says: Apr 15, 2010 1:27 AM

    Or maybe his saying “no Comment” simply meant “no comment”.
    Why over analyze?

  49. Bri715 says: Apr 15, 2010 1:28 AM

    Ben should tell Dan that he was trying to baptize her. It worked for Harrison.

  50. blinkdaynbl says: Apr 15, 2010 1:46 AM

    Lets Go Buffalo pick up that phone and send em 2 2nd rders!

  51. stone says: Apr 15, 2010 2:10 AM

    A trade remains unlikely? You made it sound much likely! You condescending journalist’s really make me laugh, but not as hard as if the Steelers if they do indeed complete this fire sale with sending Ben away to the Raiders!
    Doesn’t matter though. You can ditch those guys and they’ll still end up with good players cause the steelers have as much luck as talent. Even better they have the officials too!
    Just ask the Seahawks…

  52. Adam says: Apr 15, 2010 2:33 AM

    Wow. That’s the most informative “no comment” I’ve ever heard. Big Ben to Raiders? Buffalo? 8 game suspension?

  53. SixburghDynasty says: Apr 15, 2010 3:24 AM

    Speaking as a Steeler fan who also admits Big Ben is a dick who deserves suspended 4 games, if the Steelers trade him their crazy. Trading him for an unproven QB will result in organization turmoil, 6-10 seasons will follow. You made the draft pick, got an elite QB and won super bowls, now it’s time to live with him or down in flames with him.

  54. Jaydub says: Apr 15, 2010 5:33 AM

    Hilarious. Squealer fans are silently squirming in private, although publicly, they’ll still throw themselves in front of a speeding train to defend this piece of shit scumbag, even though it looks like the Rooney’s wont even bother.

  55. Buck Stallion says: Apr 15, 2010 6:03 AM

    Seattle has their QB…that Whitehurst guy.

  56. mike_311 says: Apr 15, 2010 6:30 AM

    The redskins have to be pissed right now…

  57. ncoolong says: Apr 15, 2010 6:32 AM

    Die hard Steelers fan…I support the franchise more than any one player. If they say it’s time to move on, then it is. But right now, Ben deserves a cold shoulder. It’s on him to earn that trust back, and he’s not going to do it by performing well on the field.

  58. Katmanduu says: Apr 15, 2010 6:43 AM

    Nobody has enough draft picks to obtain a QB of his caliber. Let’s stop the nonsense and move on. But if he does something stupid again, then the Steelers couldn’t trade him for a 7′th round pick, his performance notwithstanding.

  59. pooches says: Apr 15, 2010 6:59 AM

    if the steelers can’t stand by Ben, and give a reasonable punishment, I can no longer be a steeler fan.

  60. pghguyy33 says: Apr 15, 2010 7:02 AM

    this mans father built this team from the groung up. do u really think hes gonna support a guy thats really a flash in the pan to an organization that has been aroune for 80 years?

  61. Ronnie Brown v. Board of Ed. says: Apr 15, 2010 7:06 AM

    Odd. When I heard all of Ambassador Rooney’s comments, I assumed his unwillingness to comment had most to do with (a) having been in Ireland for most of the past year, and consequently having a less than optimal understanding of team business; and (b) an acknowledgment that, perhaps, a representative of the President of the United States shouldn’t wade too far into questions of whether a professional sports team supports its embattled and controversial quarterback. Funnily enough, I didn’t see in the story any mention of Dan Rooney’s new job as Ambassador to Ireland. Perhaps its just not as interesting that way.

  62. alewatcher says: Apr 15, 2010 7:10 AM

    In this context, “No Comment” speaks volumes. Big Ben had seriously better get his act together.

  63. Steeler-lady says: Apr 15, 2010 7:13 AM

    Mr Rooney has cleared stated HE isnt handling the situation.. he has left it up to his son ,Colbert and Tomlin.I highly doubt they would trade him.He wasnt even charged a crime.If getting drunk n making out with a drunk chick is a crime theres alot of men in the world who are guilty of that.. Hell some of them wouldnt get laid without the alcohol.
    He will probably get a 2-4game suspension…

  64. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 15, 2010 7:19 AM

    “…prior to receiving the Citizen of the Year Award…”
    ————————————————–
    I wonder if that costs more or less than an Ambassadorship?

  65. myspaceyourface says: Apr 15, 2010 7:26 AM

    Keep in mind Dan Rooney has half lost his mind and he is now a diplomat. . . So his answer may not be as revealing as everyone thinks

  66. DrakeDB says: Apr 15, 2010 7:27 AM

    I think you’re reading too much into his comment. The words of support will come after Alexkellyberger signs himself into alcohol rehab.

  67. kr says: Apr 15, 2010 7:35 AM

    Not sure I understand the pressure to trade Ben. If it’s unacceptable for Pittsburgh to give him a 3rd chance (or 4th or 5th depending on how you look at it) why is it any more acceptable for him to get that chance in Buffalo, Denver, Jacksonville, etc…basically we’re saying it’s OK for Ralph Wilson to excuse that behavior but not the Rooney’s
    Let Goodell suspend him. End of story.

  68. Don says: Apr 15, 2010 7:41 AM

    So wait, let me see if I get this right Florio, you are saying that if Pittsburgh no longer wants this scumbag then every other team in the NFL that needs a QB should? Isn’t that what you said?

  69. Scott says: Apr 15, 2010 7:49 AM

    To all you immature idiots out there who say that the only thing Ben did was make out with a drunk chick…grow up. There is more to life then Football. I am a die hard Steeler fan and find myself in the position of struggling to support the Steelers if Ben is the leader. No..there were no charges brought, that does not mean that he is innocent!!! Do you not want to be PROUD of your team…win or lose? How can you be proud having an egotistic, self centered, thinks he is above the law..quaterback? I do not want my kids looking up to someone like that…just my opinion.

  70. Ollie says: Apr 15, 2010 8:07 AM

    @TryTheVeal
    Wow you are such a brilliant person. Your comments about Deb add so much to the subject discussed here. Its obvious that you know so much about the history of the NFL.

  71. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 15, 2010 8:26 AM

    Dan seems like a really good guy. I would imagine he is trying to not get involved in these matters as much since his gig with Ireland. Looking at what he said, it is not really that telling.
    I definitely do not see the steelers trading him. If he messes up again (I would not be surprised) he will be gone.
    Florio, if you want to report on something, find out what Hines and Troy think of this mess. I would be interested to hear that.

  72. CD_Ridge says: Apr 15, 2010 8:29 AM

    He said “No comment” because Dan Rooney is no longer involved in operations of the team, it is Art Rooney II and Kevin Colbert’s responsibility now. He is not going to intervene with what they (AR II / KC) are doing. More baseless speculation on your part.
    That being said, I would not be surprised to see Ben R. involved in a draft day trade.
    CD

  73. dabarber says: Apr 15, 2010 8:29 AM

    What makes anyone think someone else wants this out of control sex fiend on their team??
    He is only going to get worse from here–these type of people can not be rehabbed–look at any of the weirdo’s that spend 15 years in jail and rape within a week of being let out.

  74. runtheball says: Apr 15, 2010 8:39 AM

    Citizen of the year! How about the I sold my soul and principles for an ambassadorship award?

  75. Bdrunk says: Apr 15, 2010 8:42 AM

    this class sucks says:
    April 15, 2010 12:53 AM
    @TryTheVeal
    “Thus proving once and for all that you are much smarter and more mature than Deb.
    Look at Kobe, Barry Bonds, Ray Lewis and so on. There is a lot of historical precedent to support that the media and fans will forgive Ben as long as he doesn’t have a freakish drop in play. I think this “no comment” is more of a “no sh*t.” If they were going to trade him I am sure they would be doing it before the suspension.
    For the Steeler fans that are clamoring for Ben to be traded, shut up. Has the Steelers franchise ever given you any reason to doubt their decision making? They don’t listen to the fans for a reason, fans are stupid. Not some fans, not most fans, all fans are stupid (myself included). Steeler fans clamored for Cowher to be fired and he won a Super Bowl. The Steelers and the Rooney family have won 6 Super Bowls that is the most of any team. I think we can all trust what ever they do will be done to ensure that they win a seventh Super Bowl, and no fan has any reason to think they know better.
    And of course for Florio’s opinion. Remember if he really knew anything close to anything he would have a real sports job, not being a blogster.”
    =====================
    Quoted for TRUTH. Learn it, know it, live it.

  76. tombrookshire says: Apr 15, 2010 8:46 AM

    -Lucky for BR he is amongst a very elite fraternity. They can’t get rid of him. He knows it.
    -Interesting isn’t it that the Rooneys’s ivy tower has no internet or radio.
    -I thought Mr. Burns was just a cartoon character. Turns out, he is a real guy.

  77. Macadamia says: Apr 15, 2010 8:50 AM

    Later Rooney was asked about his upcoming cameo on Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans. Rooney commented, “It will be an honor to appear on this show as Randall’s long lost biological father, returned from the grave.”
    Comedy Central CEO Doug Herzog personally recruited Rooney, stating “Who else out there looks more like a zombie than Dan?!?”

  78. Catamount says: Apr 15, 2010 8:59 AM

    dabarber makes a good point and the obvious point. Is Ben only considered (by those who know he paid these girls off) a sex offender in the 412 area code?
    Even before his romantic escapades, Ben was an ass. Chemistry is so important. I don’t want him in Carolina. I am happy with our QB, just not our depth

  79. bh103 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:00 AM

    kr says:
    April 15, 2010 7:35 AM
    Not sure I understand the pressure to trade Ben. If it’s unacceptable for Pittsburgh to give him a 3rd chance (or 4th or 5th depending on how you look at it) why is it any more acceptable for him to get that chance in Buffalo, Denver, Jacksonville, etc…basically we’re saying it’s OK for Ralph Wilson to excuse that behavior but not the Rooney’s
    Let Goodell suspend him. End of story.
    Different teams have different standards.

  80. VaBthang4 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:23 AM

    Capt. James T. Kirk says: “I cannot see a compelling reason for a suspension for him.”
    -grin-
    Then you sir are a dumbass.
    If you removed the legalese filter from your reasoning sphincter, you’d understand that the ability to repeatedly PUT YOURSELF in situations that have bad outcomes is not one to be desired…by fans or employers. How many hos cried foul on Unitas, Montana, Marino, Brady, Manning, McNabb, Brees?
    Your boy didnt fall bassackwards into this…he walked in the front door of situations that could possibly leave him and his employer in a bad light.
    Either he (and you) realizes it and was(are) too arrogant to acknowledge it or he (and you) was(are) too stupid to be a QB for the Steelers (commenting on this subject).
    Eitherway, itsawrap.

  81. Kaz says: Apr 15, 2010 9:30 AM

    I still want..no…DEMAND to know from Craphead-ell just what exactly Ben did that was wrong?
    _______
    When Goodell was suspending all those Bengals players for things they did in college or failing drug test he was all good. Now he is after one of your own and he is ‘Craphead-ell”.
    Steeler fans need to ask themselves what is worse, smoking a little weed and still being able to be a superbowl mvp, or being a serial rapist? I’de take the superbowl mvp but clearly people defend the serial rapist who has enough money to get out. Do me a favor YOU try doing what Ben did to that poor, innocent, sweet, christian girl in the bathroom and see if you can avoid the charges…

  82. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 15, 2010 9:46 AM

    Is it me or does Rooney look like he is about to eat someones brains in that picture? The jacket does not help either.
    “BRAINS………BRAINS……….ERRRRRRRR”

  83. fab says: Apr 15, 2010 9:55 AM

    southpawImpact says:
    April 15, 2010 12:40 AM
    How much do you want to bet that his first game back will coincide with a Ravens-Steelers game…either his first week back, or the a week after that (to let him have a warm-up game for the media to talk about during the week leading up to the Ravens game)
    ————————————————–
    so whats the point? The steelers and the Ravens are the 2 best teams in the division. Why wouldnt you want your best players on the field? The point is to punish Ben, not the team!

  84. mama tried says: Apr 15, 2010 10:05 AM

    What does Farve think?!?

  85. mgjnsc says: Apr 15, 2010 11:05 AM

    Kaz says:
    …poor, innocent, sweet, christian girl
    ——————
    wasn’t she drinking underage in a bar with a fake ID and a BAC around 0.2 ?
    that doesn’t sound innocent or christian like
    that being said, he is a pig and deserves a suspension

  86. KaiserSoze says: Apr 15, 2010 11:19 AM

    # Ollie says: April 15, 2010 8:07 AM
    “@TryTheVeal
    Wow you are such a brilliant person. Your comments about Deb add so much to the subject discussed here. Its obvious that you know so much about the history of the NFL.”
    Don’t mind TryTheVeal, he’s just hurting, that’s all.
    He’s had his ass handed to him so many times by her that it’s beginning to erode his sense of manhood.
    That’s why the sudden outburst of hissy-fits.

  87. KaiserSoze says: Apr 15, 2010 11:25 AM

    # lebowski says: April 14, 2010 11:55 PM
    “Let me get this straight, Florio. Pittsburgh needs to get rid of this a-hole, but a third of the league should be ‘burning up the phone lines’ to get him on board. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.”
    Sure it makes sense.
    To all the other teams (and their fans), Ben is just a
    scumbag serial rapist with a bad attitude as long as he remains a Steeler.
    But just let one of those teams make a play for him and he’s suddenly a troubled, misguided 2-time SB champ, team MVP who simply made a couple of bad decisions.

  88. Deb says: Apr 15, 2010 3:14 PM

    @Deb_aka_bens_lawyer …
    I’m so flattered that you’ve built your world around me. But three people are gagging:
    1. Roethlisberger. If he’s been reading my posts–since you obviously haven’t–he knows the punishment I’d give is forcing him to clean the toilets at Heinz Field and spend all his off hours feeding the homeless and helping out at shelters for battered women.
    2. My brother. He’s a real criminal defense attorney and knows I’m not qualified to be anyone’s lawyer.
    3. Osama Bin Laden. I don’t believe in bringing thousands to infiltrate a small group. If it had been left to me, his head would have been impaled on a stick long ago.

  89. funi says: Apr 15, 2010 6:15 PM

    Ben for Larry Fitz!!!

  90. martinageo1 says: Jun 14, 2010 11:47 PM

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  91. martinageo1 says: Jun 14, 2010 11:48 PM

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.The initiative taken for the concern is very serious and need an
    attention of every one. This is the concern which exists in the society and needs to be eliminated from the society as soon as possible.
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  92. martinageo1 says: Jun 14, 2010 11:49 PM

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.The initiative taken for the concern is very serious and need an
    attention of every one. This is the concern which exists in the society and needs to be eliminated from the society as soon as possible.
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