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Report: Steelers ownership "shaken" by fan discontent on Roethlisberger

I’ve lived in and around Pittsburgh long enough to have a good sense as to the manner in which the folks who reside there think about the men who play sports in that blue-collar, black-and-gold town.

If they love you, it’s unconditional, and they’ll stand up for you no matter what.  If they decide they don’t like you, it can get ugly.  Quickly.

Not long ago, Steelers fans regarded Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as a brother or a son.  The loyalty was blind, and the suggestion that he holds the ball too long or that he can be a bit of a jerk in social settings or that some of the guys in the locker room don’t like him very much was met with the same kind of zeal that a mama bear on meth would employ to protect her cub.

Now, after a month-long investigation of sexual assault charges during which Roethlisberger (via his lawyers) placed ensuring his liberty over preserving his image, the folks in Pittsburgh have turned, dramatically.  Stoked by a local media that is showing an uncanny amount of nerve when it comes to speaking openly and candidly about matters such as whether Ben should be shipped out of town and still seeing no meaningful effort from Roethlisberger to reclaim their affection, what started as a snowball has become an avalanche.

So it’s not surprising that Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports now reports via Twitter that Roethlisberger’s status with the franchise “could [be] at [a] tipping point,” due to an unnamed source who says that the “onslaught of fan discontent over Ben has shaken Pittsburgh ownership.” 

What’s surprising is that ownership would be surprised by the reaction.

One of the major reasons for the current attitude toward Roethlisberger is the failure of ownership to say or do anything aimed at getting the locals to forgive, forget, and move on.  (Part of the problem is that no one is really sure what they’d be forgiving and forgetting.)  With Dan Rooney refusing last night to comment on whether the team supports its starting quarterback, it could only get worse.

Thus, while we’re told that the Roethlisberger camp has gotten no indication via daily communications with team president Art Rooney and coach Mike Tomlin that the two-time Super-Bowl winner is in the process of getting run out of town, the Rooneys are — intentionally or otherwise — letting the fans and the media dictate whether Ben is still wanted.  If the Rooneys are committed to keeping Ben, the organization needs to give him a very public hug as soon as possible, and Ben needs to drop the demeanor of a guilty man who got lucky because his alleged victim was too drunk and reluctant to proceed, and he needs to begin the process of getting the folks in Pittsburgh to welcome the prodigal son home.

That said, the protracted silence from the player and the team could make it too late to turn this thing around.  Indeed, it’s gotten so bad in the ‘Burgh that we’re not sure how the process of cleaning up the mess could even begin.

At this point, the only hope will be for a suspension to satisfy the city’s thirst for punishment, for the passage of time to unruffle their feathers, and for the performance of Roethlisberger upon his return to action to prompt the fans to welcome back their quarterback.

Even then, it’ll be an uphill climb for Roethlisberger to ever come close to the status he enjoyed in Pittsburgh after securing that sixth Super Bowl title.

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  1. Paracelsus says: Apr 15, 2010 8:27 AM

    “If they love you, it’s unconditional, and they’ll stand up for you no matter what. If they decide they don’t like you, it can get ugly. Quickly.
    Not long ago, Steelers fans regarded Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as a brother or a son. The loyalty was blind…”
    And then you go on to state conditions. You prove the point that “unconditional love” is one of the most overused statements. There clearly are conditions and this story shows just that.

  2. FreeSoupWithHat says: Apr 15, 2010 8:28 AM

    Ben’s been disdainful towards local media for years, always putting them down. Can’t blame them for their “uncanny amount of nerve”.

  3. dunkingonuts says: Apr 15, 2010 8:29 AM

    A whole lot of words to say a whole lot of nothing..!

  4. Jaysuz says: Apr 15, 2010 8:29 AM

    The Dolphins have a 5th round pick available right?

  5. jerkstore says: Apr 15, 2010 8:31 AM

    The Rooney family has never done anything but make decisions that are in the best interests of the NFL and its teams. They never ask what’s good for the Steelers. They always ask what’s best for the NFL. I would be reluctant as well to come out and defend him. Is it really that shocking? He’s been accused twice of just about the worst crime one can be accused of. As a Pittsburgher I think I can speak for the entire population of this city and say we don’t like men who (even allegedly) sexually assault women.

  6. EdgarSnyder says: Apr 15, 2010 8:31 AM

    here comes the steeler-bashing.
    steelers are the new yankees where they are despised merely because they are the most successful franchise.
    Let the hate begin.

  7. Devils Advocate says: Apr 15, 2010 8:32 AM

    Pig Ben makes it Sexburgh. until you get rid of that scumbag you will remain Sexburgh and not Sixburgh.

  8. tkebean says: Apr 15, 2010 8:34 AM

    All he has to do is win and the Pittsburgh fans will be to worshiping him.

  9. DogPound says: Apr 15, 2010 8:34 AM

    Just dont ship him to my team!!!! Please!!!!!!!!

  10. Veritas Amber says: Apr 15, 2010 8:34 AM

    Donovan McNabb + #4 to swap first round picks with the steelers and maybe next years 2nd

  11. Maddog says: Apr 15, 2010 8:34 AM

    For the love of God Mike, he’s a dick, we Steeler fans know it, fans of other teams obviously know it. But enough is enough. Every freaking article on here now is about Ben. I know it drums up hits for you, but the draft is less than an f’ing week away. Can’t you stay on football post unless you have actual news regarding him? Jesus.

  12. RossyRoss says: Apr 15, 2010 8:35 AM

    Ah the liberals are shaken. They should be, they have a rape artist as an employee. Who keeps getting off cuz our justice system allows sports figures off easy.

  13. monger says: Apr 15, 2010 8:35 AM

    You’ve nailed the Steelers fanbase. They’re nothing more than an unprincipled unruly mob of fickle bandwagoners. This is the same franchise and fanbase that let Hall of Fame center Mike Webster live in his pickup truck and let him struggle in the latter part of his life without any assistance whatsoever.

  14. buckeye044 says: Apr 15, 2010 8:36 AM

    Is there a point to this dribble?

  15. AndyReidIsABadCoach says: Apr 15, 2010 8:36 AM

    On top of all this, it disgusted me last year when Dan Dierdorf talked about how much of a warrior Big Ben was when he faked a limp and/or arm injury on every play to draw attention to himself to make it look like he was playing through pain. This guy is a genuine POS.

  16. SteelNotSober says: Apr 15, 2010 8:36 AM

    Florio – Its amazing how you walk the line between good journalist and idiot. The mind reading you think you are doing with this article puts you way over to the idiot side.
    Unless you have a direct link to the thoughts of the Rooneys, please keep your fat mouth shut.

  17. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Apr 15, 2010 8:38 AM

    “Indeed, it’s gotten so bad in the ‘Burgh that we’re not sure how the process of cleaning up the mess could even begin.”
    More yellow journalism from the fine folks at NBC. You’ve been hanging and banging with Olby?

  18. ledtear says: Apr 15, 2010 8:38 AM

    How can Steeler fans stand having such a QB! I think they should trade him… far, far away…. maybe somewhere on the other coast…. say, like in Oakland….

  19. ledtear says: Apr 15, 2010 8:39 AM

    Steelers are the new Yankees? LOL! you wish…

  20. PirateFreedom says: Apr 15, 2010 8:40 AM

    Ben has a built in defense for the next incident:
    With his history, if a women gets drunk around him and can’t outfight a 6’5″ athlete than that is implied consent.

  21. Ricken says: Apr 15, 2010 8:40 AM

    Get a life Florio and start reporting on facts and not speculation. This site has become just like the National Inquirer. You suck

  22. BigBear123 says: Apr 15, 2010 8:40 AM

    Interesting how their probably was a crime and no conviction, but people feel like he was convicted due to his demeanor. His smug look in his press conference made me laugh.
    They need to dump him, this won’t be his last allegation.

  23. 4ever19 says: Apr 15, 2010 8:40 AM

    I am thinking that if Ben stays with the team, and the team comes out of the gate smoking with Ben playing up to his potential, all will be forgiven. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it will be.

  24. It puts the lotion on the skin says: Apr 15, 2010 8:42 AM

    # jerkstore says: April 15, 2010 8:31 AM
    The Rooney family has never done anything but make decisions that are in the best interests of the NFL and its teams. They never ask what’s good for the Steelers. They always ask what’s best for the NFL. I would be reluctant as well to come out and defend him. Is it really that shocking? He’s been accused twice of just about the worst crime one can be accused of. As a Pittsburgher I think I can speak for the entire population of this city and say we don’t like men who (even allegedly) sexually assault women.
    ____________________________________
    Welcome to PFT Jerkstore, you are clearly new to the site……..I have been reading for about 5 years, and I couldnt disagree with you more. For every one of you (Pittsburgher that doesnt like men assaulting women) there are 10 Pittsburghers that will something “he wasnt found guilty of a crime”…..

  25. jj jones says: Apr 15, 2010 8:43 AM

    Ben is a scumbag. The Rooneys deserve better. They need to drop that moron. Trade him to an NFC team (Arizona? Carolina? St. Louis?) willing to take on the fool and move on.

  26. burgher says: Apr 15, 2010 8:43 AM

    Any woman that puts on a Ben Roethlisberger jersey should be ashamed of herself.
    The first time it happened I was behind Big Ben all the way. This time not so much and after hearing that he was being investigated for another incident like this, I’m done.
    It’s embarrassing to the fans, the Burgh and the Steelers. I could care less if he’s here next season or not.

  27. Tim_Stead says: Apr 15, 2010 8:44 AM

    Why does Steelers management need to give this sexual predator a public hug?
    Let the public and media in Pittsburgh have at the 6′ 5″ 240 lb. Roethlisberger just like he went at a 20 year old female college student in a woman’s bathroom stall.

  28. BigBear123 says: Apr 15, 2010 8:44 AM

    Underlying racial issue too. Black athletes have people stand by them unconditionally, see OJ, Vick, etc. Even cry racism when evdience proves guilt.
    Only people standing behind Ben is his lawyers and he hasn’t been convicted yet.

  29. SteelCurtnDee says: Apr 15, 2010 8:47 AM

    I don’t really want to trade Ben but I have no problem with ownership letting him hang our to dry for a while.

  30. blitzburgh1 says: Apr 15, 2010 8:49 AM

    Devils Advocate: WOW !! What a deep and provocative summation !! I’ll bet you were so excited when you graduated from 6th Grade that you cut yourself shaving !!! Go back to your Sponge Bob episode.

  31. Scrip Club Lover says: Apr 15, 2010 8:49 AM

    We in Buffalo would gladly accept a little assault on our women if it meant getting us back to the playoffs.
    Easy, PFT Planet, I am kidding…

  32. TimT says: Apr 15, 2010 8:50 AM

    There’s nothing wrong with letting this fester, in my opinion.
    Rooney is making some very tough decisions right now. If he’s unsure how best to deal with the Ben situation, it at least shows that he’s not discounting it or sweeping it under the rug because he’s the QB.
    Plus, the longer this goes on, the more real the situation will seem to Ben. If he’s not getting the collective hug from ownership, the more serious this may become to him. (Tough love.)
    Finally, the longer the fans get to mull this, the closer they come to the realization their QB could be gone. Right now there’s a lot of reactionary stuff written. If the possibility of Ben’s departure becomes more of a “feared reality” for the fans, they may be more inclined to give the ownership a pass when Ben is brought back onto the field. (Careful what you wish for.)

  33. GirthyOne says: Apr 15, 2010 8:50 AM

    Excellent article Mike. You are correct that the organization has done nothing to stem the tide. We are at the point where the masses love to tear down our public figures and happily do so any chance they get.
    The media loves to lead the charge, speculation/perception becomes reality when repeated enough. It amazes me that our sports icons are met with such hostility, proven guilty or not. It makes me recall the stories from the Roman Colosseum.

  34. Mike says: Apr 15, 2010 8:50 AM

    “here comes the steeler-bashing.
    steelers are the new yankees where they are despised merely because they are the most successful franchise. ”
    Are you serious here? The face of your franchise has proven to be a total scumbag time and time again. When’s the last time a NY Yankee was a accused of sexual assualt 2x in less than a year? This has nothing to do with hating your team, get a grip dude!!

  35. Ravenmuscle says: Apr 15, 2010 8:51 AM

    Big Bonehead is still getting a pass. If it were Ochocinco or T.O. a YEAR LONG suspension would have already been announced.

  36. MSWRavens says: Apr 15, 2010 8:52 AM

    As far as I’m concerned, Ben is the same as Tiger when it comes to the aftermath of their self created troubles (although Ben is far worse than Tiger). I love Tiger but hate Ben, so try to think of the Tiger situation to stay objective.
    Neither of them get it. They’re both playing a spin game, when all anyone really wants is a SINCERE apology…followed by them beginning to act like normal human beings and treating the people they encounter as people, and stop the elitist “I’m better than everyone else” BS. yeah, you’re better than everyone else at what is, in the end, a meaningless endeavor. Great. There’s a whole lot more to life…and there’s no glory or machismo in treating women (particularly young, impressionable…and in some cases highly intoxicated women) like garbage! …and as much as I like to bash Pittsburgh on here for fun, the people of Pittsburgh obviously get it. They’re down to earth blue collar hard working folks. They don’t need their city icon to be a world class asshole! And so far, that’s all Ben is proving to be…and it doesn’t sound like he gives a shit about changing that. How could the Rooneys be so out of touch with their fan base? Probably because they’re not the moral heroes some portray them to be…they’re no different than any other owner. Just win baby!
    But Ben, like Tiger, broke rule #1: “do what you want, just don’t embarass me” (as stated by Elin to Tiger & the Rooneys to Ben)
    But lets be real – they’re not trading their franchise.

  37. Ravens Fan says: Apr 15, 2010 8:53 AM

    Ravens, Browns, and Bengal fans everywhere are laughing their asses off at the Squeeler now known as Rapistberger. Squeeler fans know you signed that rapist for $100 million and now have to live with it. WE CONTINUE TO LAUGH AT YOU.

  38. jl says: Apr 15, 2010 8:53 AM

    It could be the team is not giving a public show of support is because they fear the embarrasment of something happening again. Imagine throwing your support behind him am something happens in the future that is more easily proven in court.
    These threads are clearly dominated by people on the polar opposite sides. But looking objectively, they need to consider the reputation of the family name, the Steeler name, etc. They must have done their due diligence from college and prior.
    The other thought is that they may view it that Ben wouldn’t learn anything if they supported him. He doesn’t exactly qualify as the poster child of learning from previous mistakes. They may be intent on keeping him but feel that the only way he will learn is to put him thru such hell that even he can’t help but learn from it.

  39. Steeler4life says: Apr 15, 2010 8:54 AM

    Nobody cares what you outsiders (Steeler Haters) think. You can call us Sexburgh if you like. It still doesn’t negate the fact that the Steelers have 6 Superbowls to your somewhere less than that.
    Ben will be the QB of the Steelers. Live with it.

  40. lemmyk73 says: Apr 15, 2010 8:55 AM

    Once again Florio shows his total lack of reporting skills. His bias is beyond reproach and it is because of people like Florio – who brand a man guilty before charges are filed- that the public has a distorted picture. PFT is now TMZ. If Ben is in fact guilty, ship him out. Drop him and cut your losses but to continually brand him as guilty when he has been cleared of criminal charges is beyond irresponsible. To compare Ben to Tiger, Vick, Holmes is dumb as Ben has not been charged with ANYTHING.
    What I find most disturbing is so many are disappointed this girl was not raped. “getting” Ben is now more important than possible extortion, false accusations and slander.

  41. Sallust73 says: Apr 15, 2010 8:58 AM

    I am sure people intelligent as the Rooneys are “shaken”.
    If the Steelers move a franchise QB without getting one in return then they will rue the day that they made that trade. Seriously.
    People need to come to their senses the guy has never been charged with a crime.
    Is he a jerk? probably. Does he drink too much? maybe. But has he been indicted or charged? no.
    The only way you move a franchise QB is if you get a franchise QB in return.
    Draft Bradford if that is the case.

  42. Pack_Attack says: Apr 15, 2010 9:00 AM

    Lighten up Steelers fans. Favre went through a similar thing. His, Winters and Chmura’s escapades in Milwaukee were legendary. If he addresses this crap and grows up he’ll have a nice career. He needs to show something right now.

  43. stillayinzer says: Apr 15, 2010 9:00 AM

    What people outside of Pittsburgh do not realize regarding the backlash to Ben is the following…
    Awful stories about Ben have circulated around town since his arrival as a Steeler. What most locals recognize is that what happened in the bathroom is irrelevant. The recent events are nothing more than a symptom of a consistent pattern of treating other human being with tremendous disrespect.
    It’s impossible to like a guy like that which makes it impossible to cheer for a guy like that which makes it more difficult to cheer for the team he leads. The fans LOVE their team and Ben drives a wedge between them and their true love, the Steelers. Pittsburgh locals want the wedge removed so they can resume their love affair with something they once held dear.

  44. Vox Veritas says: Apr 15, 2010 9:00 AM

    GET SERIOUS!
    The Steelers will not trade a 2 time Super Bowl quarterback for 2 first round picks that could end up being Joey Harrington and Courtney Brown. Not to mention that no one wants the first overall pick because of the exorbitant cost associated with signing an UNPROVEN college player.
    The Rooney’s are not commenting on the situation because they have not handed down the suspension that is coming and until that has been handled, along with the reading of the riot act, you will not hear anything more than what Ben gave in his “Statement”. There is no reason for the Steelers to hurry with this situation because Ben and the Rooneys know what is transpiring…all the rest is a show for the fans to prove that they will not allow this type of behavior to continue.
    Ask the fans in Baltimore what they think of their star linebacker…of course he has more social skills than Roethlisberger.

  45. Pack_Attack says: Apr 15, 2010 9:02 AM

    buckeye044 says: April 15, 2010 8:36 AM
    Is there a point to this dribble?
    ————————————————-
    Is there a point to your misuse of words?

  46. tritan306 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:02 AM

    “here comes the steeler-bashing.
    steelers are the new yankees where they are despised merely because they are the most successful franchise.
    Let the hate begin.”
    wait.. huh? I actually chuckled when I read this.

  47. oncecreated says: Apr 15, 2010 9:03 AM

    This article really spells out how much of Steelers Nation has felt, and currently feels about “our QB”.
    I can tell you that, for me, time will not change how i feel about Ben. I am hate the idea of my team being lead onto the field by this guy. I can’t picture myself even routing for him again.
    The Rooney’s have any opportunity to stand up and show that the high standards this organization speaks of aren’t just words. And that no one is bigger then the Steelers brand.
    I can route for an average team on the field. I can’t route for “our current QB”
    Time to move on.

  48. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 15, 2010 9:04 AM

    @Florio – you miss the point. If you go 9-7 and miss the playoffs with Super Bowl talent all over the field, and lose to the Bengals, Chiefs, Ravens, Raiders, and Browns in successive weeks, then you are on a short leash with the fans already.
    However, the further we are removed from Andy Taylor and Barney Fife’s Mayberry press conference, the more I see that fan comments are trending towards keeping Ben, rather than trying to dump him. I think Sheriff Taylor did a good job of convincing everyone to feel upset at Ben with his speech about “Gosh, if he were my own boy, like Opie Taylor here, I would tousle his hair and say, ‘Opie – now you don’t need to be actin’ like that!’ “.
    Sheriff Taylor and Barney Fife should not have worked so hard to draw everyone into their Mayberry morality play.
    Yes, we can all agree that billionaire athletes should not buy shots for sorority sisters at 2 am. However, if we truly held athletes to that standard, wouldn’t we have to cut more than half the players in the NFL, NBA, and MLB? What about hockey players, boxers, golfers and pro tennis players – you think they ever buy shots for college cuties?
    No, Andy Taylor, Ben is not Opie, although we might all wish he were. You can’t just tell him to knock it off, and then go eat pie on the porch at Aunt Bee’s house and drink sodie-pop out of a bottle with a straw. It’s a long-term marriage between the Steelers and Ben, and they each need to start treating the relationship appropriately.

  49. Ammo says: Apr 15, 2010 9:05 AM

    Hey Pig Ben,
    I have nipples, you gonna rape me too?

  50. frogeye says: Apr 15, 2010 9:07 AM

    Edgar don’t flatter the Steelers so much. The Patriots are far more despised than the Steelers.
    But Ben is still white trash. If he wants to change his image he could try a haircut.

  51. steeelfann says: Apr 15, 2010 9:07 AM

    So, let me get this straight. It is okay for the number 3 QB to be accused of drugging and gang raping a girl in Vegas, but not okay for the number 1 QB to be accused of raping a girl (that her friends said she is full of kaka) in Tahoe and then be accused “sexually assault a drunken floozy in Millegeville (also note her friends said she is full of kaka).
    The greater question in all of this:
    Why are there so many arrests in the NFL when all of the players are extremely well paid? I mean, really, why?

  52. DoctorK says: Apr 15, 2010 9:08 AM

    What bothers me about the conclusion of these situations is that Santonio would have been dropped outright if he had not been traded….the point being, he was not going to be on the team this year. Now, we have a guy who has had a number of problems with women and who apparently will be staying on as QB. What does that say about the Rooney idea of justice and their concern about team image? If I were an elementary school teacher, I would not run my classroom in such a manner. You are basically punishing someone who has committed one set of crimes while throwing your hands up about another.

  53. Steeler4life says: Apr 15, 2010 9:08 AM

    @Mike
    You get a grip. Accused is a lot different than convicted. Just because someone accused your sister of being an ape because of the hair on her back doesn’t mean she is one.
    You idiots are haters!!!!!!!!

  54. LaughingClown says: Apr 15, 2010 9:10 AM

    “the most successful franchise”???
    You dumbass Steeler fans who keep using phrases like “model franchise” etc. are completely ignorant.
    Also stop calling fans “haters” who are “jealous” because they bash Steeler players who make poor decisions. No one is jealous of a franchise that won 4 Super Bowls 30 years ago.
    If anything the steelers were the “most successful franchise”……of the ’70’s!
    The Patriots have been on a pretty good run in the 2000’s- your might be nice (do you count the raping Seattle?) 6 Super Bowl championships are nice, but Green Bay is the home of the 12 time World Champs. Yes folks…it wasn’t always called the Super Bowl.

  55. Dixon29 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:10 AM

    EdgarSnyder says: April 15, 2010 8:31 AM
    steelers are the new yankees where they are despised merely because they are the most successful franchise.
    Hey numbnuts, the Steelers aren’t the most successful franchise ever. Contrary to what Steeler fans think, the NFL did not start in 1966 (first Super Bowl). Get a clue.
    Nobody is “hating” as you put it. It is just that the rest of the world does not like men that sexually assault young women. Notice I left out allegedly, and that women is the plural form.
    Even the real Edgar Snyder (yep, I live in PA, and yep, I HATE the Steelers) couldn’t defend this guy.

  56. DrakeDB says: Apr 15, 2010 9:11 AM

    “Florio – Its amazing how you walk the line between good journalist and idiot.”
    But hey, he’s OUR idiot!

  57. SteelCurtnDee says: Apr 15, 2010 9:11 AM

    @ Monger
    I wasn’t aware that the fans of a football team are supposed to support former players later in life. Sounds like the job of the NFLPA to me.
    I promise you I have never seen Mike Webster in a pickup truck.

  58. Youngone says: Apr 15, 2010 9:13 AM

    Brush them haters off Mike. Big ben is a tool.

  59. Kaz says: Apr 15, 2010 9:13 AM

    Ben has a built in defense for the next incident:
    With his history, if a women gets drunk around him and can’t outfight a 6’5″ athlete than that is implied consent.
    ___
    In a 6×5 bathroom no doubt. After she has already “fallen and hit her head” and is barely conscious enough to say no…

  60. Devils Advocate says: Apr 15, 2010 9:15 AM

    blitzburgh1 says:
    April 15, 2010 8:49 AM
    that the best you got?
    if i put your brain on the edge of a razor blade it would be like a bee-bee rolling down Interstate 80 west all the way to Youngstown.
    SpongeBob has got it all over you and your soiled and roided up dynasty.

  61. bberyquiet says: Apr 15, 2010 9:17 AM

    Wow. Is there something about the AFC North that attracts all of the scumbags??? The Ravens, Browns, Bengals, and now the Steelers…
    They should probably all change their home unis to pinstripes.

  62. Scheer1852 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:19 AM

    EdgarSnyder says:
    April 15, 2010 8:31 AM
    here comes the steeler-bashing.
    steelers are the new yankees where they are despised merely because they are the most successful franchise.
    Let the hate begin.
    ===============================================
    The difference is that Derek Jeter isnt raping 20 yr old girls in small bathrooms with two dirtbag bodyguards outside.

  63. internettoughguy says: Apr 15, 2010 9:19 AM

    First of all, any punishment is based on the personal conduct policy, so get over the ‘he wasn’t charged’ whining biatches.
    The commish has the power to interpret and implement any aspect of said policy. You no likey….go play wiffle-ball instead of making millions of dollars. These are the conditions and circumstances these guys agree to in order to play and get paid.
    Just because you are old enough to drink doesn’t mean you can show up to your job as an accountant hammered. It’s part of your employers code of conduct.
    ‘Gee…..you mean all I have to do is follow this code of conduct, you know, not put myself in positions like these and I can be rich and famous?’
    ‘Let me see if I get this, if I DON’T have my bodyguards watch the door while I feel up a obviously too drunk to function young lady in a restroom (some call it being a scumbag, I call it ‘Classy’) then I get to play a kids game for a kings ransom?’
    ‘Hmmmm….tough call, tough call.’
    ‘Maybe I am too fricken stupid to have a job.’
    What don’t you get?
    Bunch of simps………….

  64. Whodey08 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:20 AM

    For another viewpoint see the Pitt Post Gazette.
    Has an online poll @ what the locals think should happen. Out of 10,567 votes 50% think he should be suspended and 22% want a trade.
    Say what you want about Florio, this poll backs up what he has said.

  65. Law-Deezie says: Apr 15, 2010 9:21 AM

    @ Monger…
    Yea, and we as fans put asses in the seats to pay hime “BIG DOLLARS” during his career which he blew….love Mike Webster (R.I.P.) but don’t hate the average Joe’s for his monetary mismanagement……

  66. Black QB White RB says: Apr 15, 2010 9:21 AM

    If Rooney really believes the BS he sells about only having nice squeaky-clean type guys, he better dump this one.
    Otherwise his claim to being the “Conscience of the NFL” is pure BS!!!!
    And Ravenmuscle is right…lots of players would’ve been punished severely by now….

  67. hotchick says: Apr 15, 2010 9:22 AM

    Funny.. 35 quick comments about this topic, but then people comment that no one cares about this topic. (and of course these people who dont cared, cared enough to read the post and the comments AND comment)?
    Funny – Plenty of comments in support of Ben, but people then comment that the only people who support him are his attorney’s?
    Funny – Plenty of comments from Steeler fans saying they want the guy gone no matter what. Yet people comment that if he plays well the Steelers fans will forgive them?
    Why don’t you pay attention to what people are commenting about what they think, before commenting about what people think?

  68. Ken1313 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:24 AM

    Not a Steelers fan….but definitely a fan of the way they do business and run their organization.
    They don’t overpay for players…they get the most out of MOST of thei rplayers and they value the opinions of their fans. The jetisoning of Santonio Holmes also shows that they value their “image”. As much as I dislike them on the field…..I respect them and I think they are greasing the skids for Ben’s exit within the next year. They don’t need his drama or the bad publicity he brings on them. Good for them if they dump him….and I have no doubt they will continue to be a top team…because they know how to draft…….simple as that

  69. 8man says: Apr 15, 2010 9:26 AM

    The problem for Steelers and the Rooneys is that apparently Rottenbarfer may have actually done something criminal and gotten away it.
    The law isn’t going to pursue it. The league office hasn’t done anything yet. So it falls on the organization to take the necessary measures.
    Meanwhile, the fans seethe and the clock ticks…

  70. anonymous says: Apr 15, 2010 9:28 AM

    BigBear123 says:
    April 15, 2010 8:44 AM
    Underlying racial issue too. Black athletes have people stand by them unconditionally, see OJ, Vick, etc. Even cry racism when evdience proves guilt.
    Only people standing behind Ben is his lawyers and he hasn’t been convicted yet.
    ___________________________________________________
    You can’t be serious with this comment right? Racism against a white QB? I won’t even venture outside the Steelers Organization within the past 2 weeks to debunk you’re genius theory. They were about to release Santonio Holmes for crimes/an attitude WAYYYYY less horrific then Roethlisberger’s but they still have Ben around. It took 2 major allegations for people to blow up on Roethlisberger whereas it took one major allegation against vick and OJ for people to blow up and them lose everything. spare us you imbicile. and i’m white. you can’t be more than a 4th grader below the mason dixon line can you?

  71. Michael LaRocca says: Apr 15, 2010 9:32 AM

    Do they have Kordell Stewart on speed dial? Or Bubby Brister?

  72. capt.vern says: Apr 15, 2010 9:33 AM

    I can tell you this much. It’s the female fans who want him GONE asap. There are alot of female fans. He will NOT be with the Steelers much longer.

  73. RayDaMayor says: Apr 15, 2010 9:34 AM

    Ben = The next Mike Vick…..only worse.

  74. hairball says: Apr 15, 2010 9:34 AM

    Wow. Comments like “…the Rooney family…never ask what’s good for the Steelers” and “The Rooneys deserve better” show just how myopic and sanctimonious Steeler Nation is.
    I guess it’s too convenient to forget the women-beating incidents of Harrison, Wilson, Holmes, and Davenport (what’s in the water in Pittsburgh anyway?). Only Wilson’s case was acted on with santimonious outrage by the Rooneys and my guess is that was due to Wilson’s contract and that they needed the others.
    BTW, how many Santonio Holmes incidents had occurred before the Steelers finally did something? Did Ben get any tough (enough) love from the Rooneys in the past so as to eliminate future problems? Please.
    And these holier-than-thou fans are the first that scream and yell about the Bengals and their problems or that (still!) Ray Lewis is a murderer playing for the Ravens.
    I don’t claim the Rooneys and Steelers are any worse than the rest of the NFL. My message to Steeler Nation is that they’re not holier and more decent than anyone else.

  75. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 15, 2010 9:36 AM

    # Steeler4life says: April 15, 2010 9:08 AM
    @Mike
    You get a grip. Accused is a lot different than convicted. Just because someone accused your sister of being an ape because of the hair on her back doesn’t mean she is one.
    You idiots are haters!!!!!!!!
    —————————————————————
    But I F’d her like an ape………..Too far?

  76. Verbal Kint says: Apr 15, 2010 9:36 AM

    I love how after years of puffing their chests out and ridiculing other teams, now that the shoe is on the other foot, the Steeler fans can’t handle the criticism that they so enjoyed doling out.
    Bunch of whiny babies.

  77. bbop1950 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:36 AM

    Florio – Its amazing how you walk the line between good journalist and idiot. The mind reading you think you are doing with this article puts you way over to the idiot side.
    Unless you have a direct link to the thoughts of the Rooneys, please keep your fat mouth shut.
    What he said!!

  78. Jack Burton says: Apr 15, 2010 9:37 AM

    Dennis Dixon better be ready to start at least 2 games.

  79. EdgarSnyder says: Apr 15, 2010 9:38 AM

    You dolts who say he has proven to be a scumbag are complete morons. What has he done wrong?
    He hasn’t been charged with any crimes.
    I will say it again since most of you are so f’n dumb.
    He hasn’t been charged with anything.
    Get off your moral high horses and look at the facts. A chick wanted to f or blow him and agreed to go into a bathroom with him. Real classy chick!
    If he had dragged her in there it might be a different story but most of you are in denial because of your intense hatred for the steelers.
    who have won more recent superbowls than any other team (for the idiot who mentioned the 70’s)
    God the people that visit this site are dumb!
    Go steelers, make the haters keep whining like the little pansies they are.

  80. SamWycheForPrez says: Apr 15, 2010 9:39 AM

    It may not be illegal to be a tool, but it’s good to see that some Pittsburgh fans finally acknowledge Ben as one. Kudos to those who want him off the team.
    To the “mama bears on meth” (love that!) who still believe and are getting mad about the coverage your dear #7 deserves, you make me sick. You’ve giggled at the Bengals for 5 years — long after the joke stopped being funny to anybody but you — but you can’t take being the new poster child for bad character for a month. Grow some balls and be a man about it.

  81. bluestree says: Apr 15, 2010 9:41 AM

    It blows my mind how many people don’t understand what Ben did that was wrong. That is , what we know he did.
    ———————————
    Pack_Attack says:
    April 15, 2010 9:00 AM
    Lighten up Steelers fans. Favre went through a similar thing. His, Winters and Chmura’s escapades in Milwaukee were legendary.
    ———————————
    And the difference is…Favre was liked by the media. All his turds have polished. But if the dam ever weakens…..

  82. Krow says: Apr 15, 2010 9:41 AM

    Fans and the ownership don’t really care what these animals do. The only thing pushing them now is public outrage. When that stops Ben will be back to his two favorite pastimes… football and rape. And the stands will be packed full of cheering spectators.

  83. Mean D says: Apr 15, 2010 9:42 AM

    He raped her.

  84. ppdoc13 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:48 AM

    Wow. The amount of traffic on Rapistburger is impressive. Where is Frank Burns and Katmandu. They are killing your gods boys. Why aren’t you here defending them.
    @Deb – are you surprised by the vitriol coming out of Pittsburgh? It is really stunning. This thing is quickly spiriling out of control.

  85. fab says: Apr 15, 2010 9:50 AM

    LaughingClown says:
    April 15, 2010 9:10 AM
    “the most successful franchise”???
    You dumbass Steeler fans who keep using phrases like “model franchise” etc. are completely ignorant.
    Also stop calling fans “haters” who are “jealous” because they bash Steeler players who make poor decisions. No one is jealous of a franchise that won 4 Super Bowls 30 years ago.
    If anything the steelers were the “most successful franchise”……of the ’70’s!
    The Patriots have been on a pretty good run in the 2000’s- your might be nice (do you count the raping Seattle?) 6 Super Bowl championships are nice, but Green Bay is the home of the 12 time World Champs. Yes folks…it wasn’t always called the Super Bowl.
    ————————————————–
    Look, argue wether or not you like us or not, whether Ben is a scum bag or not, The refs gave us all 6 SBs, haha, . (any time the team you are rooting for loses, its always someone elses fault) I watched us pound the seahawks. They could not run, pass, or play D, but somehow the refs won it? but PLEASE dont try to argue FACTS!
    Nobody cares about AFL champion ships, no body cares about “nice runs”.
    When counting superbowls (the main thing every team and qb wants as a stat wants) and measuring who has been the most successful team WINNING them. (we have 6!!!!!!!!) FACT!
    so, the steelers are the most successful team as far as winning it all. You may not like it, never except it, but it will never change until someone wins as many.

  86. thehoodedone says: Apr 15, 2010 9:55 AM

    If the Rooneys are going to give him a hug, they better make it perfectly clear that it’s a ” hands above the waist” hug.

  87. gooboy6 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:56 AM

    STEELER FANS NEED TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND TRY TO CLEAN UP THEIR OWN LIVES LIKE BIG BEN IS TRYING TO DO

  88. isonic1 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:03 AM

    I’ve lived in and around Pittsburgh long enough to have a good sense as to the manner in which the folks who reside there think about the men who play sports in that blue-collar, black-and-gold town.
    Ha! from the Steeler fan comments on here, I’m sure you knew what was coming. Do not dare put a rumor …. aka “Rumor Mill” of anything relating to the Steelers. You will upset the natives.

  89. frox says: Apr 15, 2010 10:04 AM

    I hear there is a picture of Big Ben touching the hand of God that used to hang in Heinz Field now on e-Bay.

  90. FAS says: Apr 15, 2010 10:05 AM

    Worst franchise in the league. Ever.
    Al Davis wouldn’t even protect this serial rapist like Looney Rooney is. What a disgrace…all these criminals and low-life types…for what?
    9-7.
    Ouch.

  91. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Apr 15, 2010 10:08 AM

    Rapelisberger should be placed on the trading block tuit suite. As it stands, if he forces some unwilling college strange’s legs open again, he won’t bring a paper bag full of unwashed jockstraps on the open market. So if Rooney isn’t completely brain-dead, he had best get maximum value out of damaged goods while he still can.

  92. AndyReidIsABadCoach says: Apr 15, 2010 10:08 AM

    He didn’t rape her because he probably couldn’t get it up.

  93. mgolden62 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:11 AM

    For every one dumb a$$ calling for him to be gone, there will be five screaming for Dennis Dixon’s head five games in at 2-3. He is a franchise QB! They don’t get traded for picks, they don’t get cut, and yes like it or not they do get treated differently then habitual criminal, washed up defensive backs from WVU.

  94. StevieMo says: Apr 15, 2010 10:13 AM

    The Steelers and Nike should have him film a commercial where one of Roethlisberger’s dead relatives asks him, “Did you learn anything?”
    Cuz just like Woods, it’s never about all the people you victimized when you whipped your dick out. Oh. no. The only question is: Did YOU learn anything.
    F* Nike, Woods and Bathroom Drunk Young Girl Rapist.

  95. SPORTS1969 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:13 AM

    big ben is going nowhere,he will be starter for the steelers for years to come…….unless theres another incident

  96. florio4prez says: Apr 15, 2010 10:16 AM

    Mike, Big Ben was seen in a ‘burgh restaurant last week.
    Sources say he farted while there.
    Get on it buddy. This story could be explosive.

  97. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 15, 2010 10:26 AM

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. Bite-me-Florio says: Apr 15, 2010 10:29 AM

    “steelers are the new yankees where they are despised merely because they are the most successful franchise. ”
    ===================================
    Yankees = 27 championships(or 28 i dont know/care)
    Gipsbutt Feelers= 6 Superbowl wins
    27=6 ?????
    I hate the Yankees and i really dont care for the squeelers either but how in gods name could you ever compare the success of that football team to the greatest franchise in professional sports?
    IDIOT….. Go Panthers Go Braves Go Bobcats!!!

  99. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 15, 2010 10:34 AM

    # Devils Advocate says: April 15, 2010 8:32 AM
    “Pig Ben makes it Sexburgh. until you get rid of that scumbag you will remain Sexburgh and not Sixburgh.”
    So you’re promising to stop calling Pittsburgh and their fans childish names if we ship him out?
    You mean just like before and after not enough evidence was found to file charges?
    You mean like that?
    How very noble of you.
    / Like we give a rat’s ass what you think anyway.

  100. pkrjones says: Apr 15, 2010 10:35 AM

    Steelers should trade him to the Raiders… there’s plenty of skanks that would WANT to do it in a club bathroom in Cali.
    Steelers and Raiders swap picks in rounds 1 & 2 and Ben goes to Oakland. Done deal, and the Steelers get to keep their reputation by jettisoning the 2 “black eyes” this week.

  101. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 15, 2010 10:36 AM

    RossyRoss says: April 15, 2010 8:35 AM
    “Ah the liberals are shaken. They should be, they have a rape artist as an employee. ”
    Uhm, the owners of the team, the Rooneys, are known in these parts as staunch conservatives, dickhead.

  102. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 15, 2010 10:40 AM

    # Ravenmuscle says: April 15, 2010 8:51 AM
    “Big Bonehead is still getting a pass. If it were Ochocinco or T.O. a YEAR LONG suspension would have already been announced.”
    Gee, you forgot to play the race card.
    .. or did you?

  103. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 15, 2010 10:40 AM

    Maybe it’s time to “unleash hell” again. That seemed to satisfy the mental midgets following this team the last time…for a little while anyway.

  104. Browns_why says: Apr 15, 2010 10:41 AM

    If I was in Roethlisberger place I would cut my hair and at least shave. Seriously- Clean yourself up a little before doing tv interviews.
    Good people make mistakes, but positive steps need to be made towards its remediation.

  105. Frank Burns says: Apr 15, 2010 10:45 AM

    Despite this article, not everyone in Pittsburgh is screaming for the Rooneys to dump him. This sentence sums it up:
    “Part of the problem is that no one is really sure what they’d be forgiving and forgetting.” Just like Ben will probably be suspended now as the first guy who wasn’t actually charged with anything.
    A vocal minority of morality police and whiney-girls are making noise about Ben. Most think the guy should take whatever lumps are coming his way, and move on. Grow up, wise up and move forward.
    And now, speaking of laughing…
    —————————————————–
    # Ravens Fan says: April 15, 2010 8:53 AM
    Ravens, Browns, and Bengal fans everywhere are laughing their asses off at the Squeeler now known as Rapistberger. Squeeler fans know you signed that rapist for $100 million and now have to live with it. WE CONTINUE TO LAUGH AT YOU.
    —————————————————
    This coming from the fan base that cheers on Ray Lewis every Sunday. You ever heard of “glass houses” dude? LAUGHING is right.

  106. Snitchin' Bubs says: Apr 15, 2010 10:46 AM

    I thought Florio was from West Virginia. You know the toothbrush was invented in West Virginia. Anywhere else, it would have been called the “teethbrush.”

  107. C.Bass says: Apr 15, 2010 10:51 AM

    I’m going to start sending woman to NE, Balt, Cincy, and NY to make claims against Brady, Flacco, Palmer, and Sanchez.
    Apparently, accusations is all it takes to get a player suspended.

  108. Raiders757 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:52 AM

    ledtear says: April 15, 2010 8:38 AM
    How can Steeler fans stand having such a QB! I think they should trade him… far, far away…. maybe somewhere on the other coast…. say, like in Oakland….
    —————————————————
    Hey, I’m all for that. Maybe Al Davis can trade Russel and a years supply of Skittles for him.
    The Steelers would be nuts to let this guy go. He hasn’t been officially charged with anything, or even found guilty, yet everyone wants to tie him to the gallows pole.

  109. Sarcastic1 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:52 AM

    Did Big Ben rape a Pitbull, I have been out of touch?

  110. garylandon41 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:52 AM

    I think that ben’s punishment should be having somebody rape him.

  111. bluestree says: Apr 15, 2010 10:53 AM

    “so, the steelers are the most successful team as far as winning it all. You may not like it, never except it, but it will never change until someone wins as many.”
    @Fab; Naturally, as a Steeler fan, you choose to count from 1967 on, as if there was no NFL till the superbowl era. That is understandable. In the decade of the 1960’s the Steelers won a grand total of 11 home games! Prior to the arrival of Chuck Noll, the Steelers were perrenial cellar dwellars, the joke of the NFL, for 30 years! Naturally, you don’t want to face that fact. But you may have to. Along with a play that the NFL is co-producing on Broadway, a feature film is in the works with Robert DeNiro, about the life of Vincent T. Lombardi. Now I’m a Packer homer, no doubt, but besides that it is direspectful to the players and to the game to dismiss the past as if it didn’t matter. And karmically, it would be a bitch if the old “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” came back to bite your team in the ass. Five NFL championships in seven years, that’s the mark!

  112. tt0074958 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:53 AM

    @Ravenmuscle
    How can you be so sure that Chad Johnson or T.O. would be suspended? After all, Ray Lewis was involved in a double murder, and only got fined. And, right now he’s treated like NFL royalty.

  113. spdy3450 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:55 AM

    Not a Steelers or Big Ben fan but any chance the man is just an idiot who puts himself in situations where ppl can exploit him and not a rapist? I don’t pay enough attention to him to know the particulars of the two allegations against him or to make an informed opinion (just like most of you who are calling him a rapist). And please spare me the “where there’s smoke there is fire” statement, I have seen enough cases of false accusations in my field of work to know that is not allways the case. Btw, I’m not saying he’s innocent. I simply don’t know.

  114. Krow says: Apr 15, 2010 10:57 AM

    So since one guy got away with murder then it’s OK to rape college kids?

  115. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 15, 2010 10:59 AM

    Silence is golden
    Duct Tape is silver

  116. BuckFigBen says: Apr 15, 2010 11:00 AM

    For the first time since living in Pittsburgh, you can buy t-shirts bashing the starting QB. They hang in store fronts now.
    It’s over for Ben in this city. You think a 2 or 4 game suspension is goign to get the taste of pig out of the mouths of yinzer nation?
    Steelers keep him and watch their fan base split, or they trade him and move on and build back up.

  117. Dallas6584 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:03 AM

    @ Edgar Snyder
    Thats really the reason people hate the Steelers, dude come on you cant really be that big of a douche bag can you?

  118. trickbunny says: Apr 15, 2010 11:13 AM

    Another Rapistberger story with over 100 comments and counting. Mission accomplished.
    Keep ‘em coming, Mike. Not only is that fat doofus guilty of sexual assault- and the ensuing soap opera interesting, but the BEST part is all the whining, bitching, crying Steelers fans. I LOVE IT.

  119. spdy3450 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:15 AM

    RossyRoss saying that you ride the small yellow bus while wearing a hockey helmet would be an insult to the mentally challenged. It is amazing to me how every single one of your post are so idiotic.

  120. rogoceo says: Apr 15, 2010 11:15 AM

    “steelers are the new yankees where they are despised merely because they are the most successful franchise. ”
    The Steelers are not necessarily the new Yankee’s, nor are they the most hated football team. That distinction goes to the Pats. The Steers nation is the biggest following in North American sports, it has been proven statistically. However the Yanks are not even sports most successful franchise. Out of the major N. American sports, Hockey’s Montreal Canadians are the most successful. They have 23 out of 85 Stanley Cups (27% of the championships) to the Yanks 27 out of 107 WS (25% of the championships. To close it out, the Steelers have 6 out of 44 (14%).
    No one can disput the polarization effect the Yanks and Pats have on their sports…ya either love em or hate em. I for one can’t stand either of them. I am a Pittsburgh fan through and through, but would rather them dump the riff raff and be mediocre than win with disrepectful, egomaniacs.

  121. spiedo says: Apr 15, 2010 11:15 AM

    roethlisberger is the anti-donnie iris. he’s not going to survive in pittsburgh much longer. it would be a shame to lose such a talented player, but sometimes you need to prioritize organizational values and fan sentiment above team performance.

  122. muchmaligned says: Apr 15, 2010 11:16 AM

    Any comparison between Ben’s affinity for sexually assualting young women and Tiger’s penchant for consensual sex with skanks is utterly ridiculous.

  123. Jungle Juice says: Apr 15, 2010 11:17 AM

    Hate the Steelers but, if I were them, I’d trade Ben to either move up to grab a QB in the 1st or at least get a top WR then go for someone like Tony Pike in the 2nd.
    I have a feeling Ben wants out at this point. He hasn’t done much to fix things. Who would want to face that Pittsburgh crowd after this or go into the games at the other AFC North stadiums? That will be UGG LEE!

  124. Philly Cheese says: Apr 15, 2010 11:19 AM

    @God’s Own Silver and Blue
    You are awesome!! Gotta love a Texan trying to speak French!
    Stick to what you know best Hoss, screwing cattle and cheering for your cowpies.

  125. rogoceo says: Apr 15, 2010 11:20 AM

    “I hate the Yankees and i really dont care for the squeelers either but how in gods name could you ever compare the success of that football team to the greatest franchise in professional sports?”
    Yanks are not the greatest franchise in sports as measured by championships, that would be the Montreal Canadians…fool.

  126. semperfi66 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:29 AM

    All you steeler haters just love to jump on any little tainted tidbit out of Pittsburgh.
    It is really a shame that your teams suck so bad that you have to “HATE” another team and thier fans.
    To BuckFigBen, The Steeler Nation will never split. Never have and never will because the Steeler Nation is about more than one team member.
    Life long fan through the good and the bad. Can you say that about your teams fan base?

  127. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 15, 2010 11:30 AM

    Geez, Florio…
    You sound like you’re flat-out BEGGING the Rooney family to straighten this out.
    Please…
    Just let the rapist wallow in his own shit.

  128. Ken1313 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:40 AM

    garylandon41 says: April 15, 2010 10:52 AM
    I think that ben’s punishment should be having somebody rape him.
    —————————————————
    Sounds like you are applying for the job…..congrats..you are hired !! LOL

  129. sguy2130 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:44 AM

    I think the fans are more concerned that the girl Ben was with in the bathroom was not Ben’s sister or cousin. They feel he is a traitor and has not embraced the ways of Pittsburg despite being the city’s hero for some time now. Ben has let them down.

  130. CD_Ridge says: Apr 15, 2010 11:45 AM

    Trading him is the easy what out, besides, they could not get equal value for him.
    Ben needs to start a very public charitable program that benefits the local community. More so than the police dogs thing. He can fix this but it will take time and if he can withstand the current groundswell against him. Fans are fickle, make a public apology for boorish behavior, keep his nose clean and go deep into the playoffs.

  131. thepittsburghkid says: Apr 15, 2010 11:49 AM

    This is complete BS. I live in Pittsburgh and I can’t believe how people are acting around here. He wasn’t charged with anything! Everyone is acting like he has been found to be a serial rapist or worse a murderer like Ray Lewis. All I hear are older people and parents calling in to radio stations asking questions like “what do I tell my daughter?” and “what kind of person does this?” All he did was bang/hook up with random women; dumb BUT THATS IT. This happens every weekend on the Southside of Pittsburgh or any other town that has a string of bars together. I have been pulled by/and pulled a women into a bathroom before and things have gone down. I’m not a horrible person; I was in my twenties and acting irresponsible under the influence of alcohol and to answer one of those questions thats the kind of person that does this. I’m sure if I was the face of a sports organization and had millions in the bank at twenty eight women would come forward looking for a quick buck also. He didn’t strangle or rape like people are acting, nothing was against someone’s will. The truth is, the media and city has had a silent (and not so silent at times) hate for Ben and deservingly so for how he has treated them and the city in the past. So now he made a mistake and everyone sees the opportunity to “set him straight” or judge him like a bunch of clicky high schoolers. I’m sure we will all be cheering and booing him based on his play next year like any other year. Life goes on, and all you that feel like his actions took money from your paycheck will quickly get over it and find the next thing that disrupts your apparent perfect lives.
    P.s. Tell your daughters and sons the truth. Tell them what happened. I’m sure they aren’t retarded (unless that is they were born in Baltimore, Cleveland, or Cincinnati) and can handle it.

  132. tango says: Apr 15, 2010 11:52 AM

    Even though I live on the west coast and have had to endure being a raider fan, I have always held the Steelers and the ownership in high esteem but that has changed since the BR situation. The Rooneys need to disavow themselves from that creep. Since they have been silent indicates that they are no different then the Al Davis of the world which is very sad!!

  133. BurghFan says: Apr 15, 2010 11:52 AM

    26 years…26 years I waited for my Steelers to win another SB. Let me remind Steelers fans of some of the horrible QB’s we’ve suffered through: Mark Malone, Bubby Brister, Kordell Stewart, Jim Miller, Tommy Maddox. Enough said! Big Ben hasn’t been found guilty of anything. Except maybe making terrible decisions, and putting himself in some less than desirable situations. So lets not get on the “get him out of town wagon” just yet. Again…26 years…I’ll take the two SB rings the team has won with him at QB over an higher moral authority. Its not even close.

  134. ravensfaninpgh says: Apr 15, 2010 11:54 AM

    rapistberger should be out for the year

  135. Hap says: Apr 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    Not only does he look like a thug now, he’s acting like a thug.

  136. Bite-me-Florio says: Apr 15, 2010 12:26 PM

    “Yanks are not the greatest franchise in sports as measured by championships, that would be the Montreal Canadians…fool.”
    ==================================
    oh yeah im the fool and your standing up for hockey……… laughable.

  137. monger says: Apr 15, 2010 1:05 PM

    @ SteelCurtnDee and Law-Deezie
    I notice neither of you clowns denied my assertion that the Steelers fanbase is nothing more than an unprincipled unruly mob of fickle bandwagoners. Only thing you said was that neither one of you care what happened to Webster, which only goes to prove my point. You pair are proof positive Pittsburgh is a big enough town that it has space for more than one village idiot.

  138. tango says: Apr 15, 2010 1:07 PM

    I thought this column was about BR and not about championships ?

  139. xskippzx says: Apr 15, 2010 1:08 PM

    “If they decide they don’t like you, it can get ugly. Quickly.”
    Is that to suggest that Steeler fans can get even uglier than they are already? Yikes.

  140. trickbunny says: Apr 15, 2010 1:13 PM

    spiedo says:
    April 15, 2010 11:15 AM
    roethlisberger is the anti-donnie iris. he’s not going to survive in pittsburgh much longer. it would be a shame to lose such a talented player, but sometimes you need to prioritize organizational values and fan sentiment above team performance.
    ————————————————-
    I love it!!! A Donnie Iris reference! You rule!

  141. thepittsburghkid says: Apr 15, 2010 1:32 PM

    Super Bowls are what matters and every football fan knows it. You people talking about your teams championships are ridiculous. Nothing but jealous loser talk. I honestly read the exact same crap in the Phoenix paper a couple days after the Super Bowl. We are just better than you, its no big deal. One day if you are lucky maybe you can replicate our success with Super Bowl victories.

  142. Hangfire19 says: Apr 15, 2010 2:18 PM

    “Out of 10,567 votes 50% think he should be suspended and 22% want a trade.”
    Trading/moving him to a new team is not the answer; just ask the Catholic church.

  143. Devils Advocate says: Apr 15, 2010 2:52 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    April 15, 2010 10:34 AM
    ditto …like I give a flying fart in space about you, your sexed crazed city and your roid filled dynasty.

  144. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 15, 2010 4:06 PM

    # Devils Advocate says: April 15, 2010 2:52 PM
    “ditto …like I give a flying fart in space about you, your sexed crazed city and your roid filled dynasty.”
    Wow, your school sure does go a long time between recess periods.

  145. larrydawg says: Apr 15, 2010 4:17 PM

    Their colors are black and yellow, not gold. Black and gold are the colors of the team that won the super bowl this year.

  146. jibfest says: Apr 15, 2010 5:56 PM

    Ben needs an account set up called “Hush Money”.

  147. smithopher says: Apr 15, 2010 6:48 PM

    Alright, I thought that trading McNabb was crazy. If Pittsburgh gets rid of Roethlisberger, I’ll think that the entire state of Pennsylvania either doesn’t know anything about football or they all just went stupid over the course of this off season. Roethlisberger IS the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise. They said so by sinking a $100+ million contract into his pocket. If they trade this guy I hope it comes back to bite them in the ass like 50 times over.

  148. halophane says: Apr 15, 2010 7:21 PM

    If anyone is curious enough to read the transcripts of the victim and police officer’s original statements they are here (in text & image format):
    http://jockpost.com/roethlisberger-police-report-transcripts-rape-victim-officer-written-statements/

  149. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:47 PM

    Steeler fans deserve Rapistberger. Enjoy the years of taunting and jeering, you lowlife scumbags.

  150. joethaplumber says: Apr 15, 2010 10:27 PM

    After reading excerpts from the police reports – I truly believe that Ben “TAKE THE PUSSY” Rothlisberger raped that young woman. I also believe he belongs in jail and out of the NFL totally. If we can send Michael Vick to jail for abusing dogs then certainly what Rothlisberger did is far worse. I used to have a good opinion of him even though I wasn’t a Steeler’s fan. Now I think he is just a P-O-S. He belongs in jail where any other rapist would be. Payoffs just seem to cement the facts that he knew what he did was wrong. The Pennsylvania State Police need to investigate the officer that was his bodyguard and bring him up on charges also if the facts indicate the he aided and abetted the rape of that young woman. This just makes my skin crawl.
    Everybody on this site knows BIG BEN “TAKE THE PU$$Y” ROETHLISBURGERwill not go to jail EVEN if he did it, because it’s her word against his and Ben is in the “GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB”. You don’t get that media courtesy unless you’re in that club and it is obvious two times in a row he is. Just boys being boys. (B*LLSH!T!!) Just boys being Pepe Le Pew!!!!! Taking Pu$$%. The Media and police are giving him time to get her payed off no doubt. The Rooney’s will put something in the pot too. The Rooney’s are “RAPIST” enablers for keeping Ben and helping him beat rape cases.

  151. lin1945 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:06 PM

    If Ben survives this we all should look to his enablers, The Rooney’s, the Commissioner, his parents and the bodyguards, to explain how they can condone a star football player aggressively and forcing a young woman to have sex with him. The reports that the prosecutor has are damning and this is not the first time. Sad but true but we are through . . . with the Steelers until they do the right thing. Send Ben away and do it soon!

  152. .RebaT says: Apr 16, 2010 12:59 AM

    EdgarSnyder
    Dude you need to understand something, this crowd on the board isn’t necessarily bashing the Steelers… they are bashing BEN! And if the Rooneys, supposedly sensitive to their fan base and the city, don’t listen, then they deserve it too. They are shaking in their boots. Ben takes the field and a swarm of beer bottles thrown at #7’s head may make a “subtle” statement to GET RID OF HIM!

  153. .RebaT says: Apr 16, 2010 1:07 AM

    Steeler4life
    You are obviously SO jealous of this girl. Man do you wish it would have been you! However your 300 lbs wouldn’t fit in the stall.
    Maybe Ben will let you “touch” his lombardi. That’s all you seem to see is a trophy! Ok. Keep looking at the trophy the next time Ben is in this mess and then maybe go visit him in prison!

  154. .RebaT says: Apr 16, 2010 1:10 AM

    When some Steeler fans feel cornered about Ben Roethlisberger, they bring up the trophies. Other Steeler fans focus on the problem – Ben Rapistberger and remember the trophies.

  155. swepsgirl18 says: Apr 16, 2010 8:34 AM

    Please tell me Dixon is out somewhere honing his skills so he can “rape” Big Ben out of his job….No that’s Karma!….HaHaHaHa

  156. Steeler-lady says: Apr 16, 2010 10:20 AM

    # larrydawg says: April 15, 2010 4:17 PM
    Their colors are black and yellow, not gold. Black and gold are the colors of the team that won the super bowl this year.
    Actually Larry the NFL states the Steelers are black n gold.. the Saints are black and OLD GOLD.

  157. Dr. Steve says: Apr 16, 2010 9:53 PM

    Let me see…
    1) Ben exposes his penis to the woman and other witnesses standing in the VIP room and hallway. That is Indecent Exposure. A crime in PA.
    2) Ben totally ignores the woman’s “No, this is not right!” plea and forces her to have sex with him. That is Rape. A crime in PA.
    3) Ben’s police officer friend, Jerry Blash, sabotages the investigation before it begins by casting aspersions on the victim. That’s Obstruction of Justice. A crime in PA.
    4) The Rooneys are “shaken” by Ben’s criminal activity, but won’t take action. To me, they appear to be covering for Ben. That’s Accessory After the Fact. A crime in PA.
    So what do we have here? It would seem four seperate crimes have been committed in PA. and not a single person is being held accountable or charged.
    Some law abiding franchise the Rooneys own.
    Life as usual in the NFL.

  158. Kevin DuBrow says: Apr 16, 2010 10:39 PM

    remember when the steeler* fans ripped Brady for wanting to be part of his sons life months after he and Monahan broke up?
    this is absolute classic.

  159. .RebaT says: Apr 16, 2010 11:59 PM

    Steeler-lady
    The Steelers didn’t win the SB this year. New Orleans did. Yet another statement making you look stupid.

  160. pawpaw says: Apr 17, 2010 7:30 PM

    Hey, if they don’ t trade Ben I have a good idea for the Steelers: When he is suspended they need to have him clean all of the bathrooms at Heinz field after the football games- since he likes bathrooms so much.

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