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It's still not clear whether Steelers are keeping Roethlisberger

On Friday, ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli wrote in the second item of his Tip Sheet (which Bristol unwisely continues to push behind the “Insider” pay wall) that “a Steelers source I trust implicitly insists that team will not trade quarterback Ben Roethlisberger,” if he stays out of trouble.  More recently, Steelers president Art Rooney II has told Peter King of SI.com that “a fair reading” of Rooney’s recent remarks regarding Roethlisbeger would be that he won’t be traded.

But those accounts come after days of rampant speculation and reports that Roethlisberger is available, and the Steelers have not said unequivocally that Roethlisberger won’t be traded.  As a league source explained it last week, this is the kind of thing that a team needs to “nip in the bud” early, if it’s not true.  The Steelers didn’t.  And even now the team isn’t being as clear as they need to be.

So what’s going on?  It could be that they simply hope to continue to keep their distance from Roethlisberger as the tales of his visit to Milledgeville, Georgia continue to trickle into the public consciousness.  It could be that they want him to feel like he’s twisting in the wind a bit regarding whether he’ll get to stay in Pittsburgh.  And it could be that the Steelers are still waiting for the phone to ring with one or more offers from another team.

Really, there can be no trade without a willing partner.  Word of his availability got out via a report trumpeted on the front page of the league’s official web site.  (And it’s still there.)  In the four days since, it’s unknown whether anyone has called.  And the Steelers need to be able to plausibly say they never considered moving him, if that phone never rings.

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  1. jimmySee says: Apr 19, 2010 7:21 AM

    With the draft coming up, there’s no reason for the Steelers to move on this at all.

  2. FireJerryJones says: Apr 19, 2010 7:23 AM

    Seriously. I might become a Steelers fan if they trade this guy… QB is the face of the franchise. Tough to market when people believe he’s a rapist.
    Can’t believe Haynesworth and a draft pick for Big Ben wouldn’t be in play. He’d be a perfect fit in DC. Albert would not need to play Nose with Hampton in place.

  3. RedGoneWILD says: Apr 19, 2010 7:24 AM

    it must be nice being a female…
    seeing as how you can accuse anybody of rape, 12 days later decline to help police prosecute the alleged rapist, and have the media never reveal your identity
    ben has still not been charged with a single crime and yet here we are talking about 4 to 8 game suspensions…WTF???

  4. TasteTheSteel says: Apr 19, 2010 7:27 AM

    If they trade him, I’ll never root for the Steelers again. Call me classless all you want, I’d still take him over any other QB in the league.

  5. BonnieD says: Apr 19, 2010 7:29 AM

    Of course they will trade him if the right deal presents itself. And who could blame them?

  6. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 19, 2010 7:34 AM

    “It could be that they want him to feel like he’s twisting in the wind…”
    ————————————————–
    …on the end of a rope!

  7. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 19, 2010 7:44 AM

    The big statement in this article is “IF he stays out of trouble”. All of us (non-steelers fans) KNOW it isn’t a matter of “if” it’s a matter of when he rapes again.
    The fact that the league is suspending him without a conviction shows they know what all of us (non-steelers fans) do…he is guilty.
    Must be nice to have the money to buy your way out of trouble. When he does do this again the NFL and the entire steelers organization will be the ones who enabled it.

  8. hotchick says: Apr 19, 2010 7:56 AM

    And what team wants him on THEIR roster the next time he gets in trouble?
    What team wants THEIR fans asking why are we trading for a rapist

  9. enders says: Apr 19, 2010 7:57 AM

    @tastethesteel… why? There are several who are much better than he is.

  10. GaryClark says: Apr 19, 2010 7:57 AM

    Skins??? How old is the rapist….I mean Ben…

  11. MotorCitySteel says: Apr 19, 2010 7:57 AM

    Even Peyton Manning is available for the right “package”.
    But you nailed this one:
    “It could be that they want him to feel like he’s twisting in the wind a bit regarding whether he’ll get to stay in Pittsburgh”.
    You’re damn right their gonna make him squirm. Some psychological payback, and if a good package does come in………………you still have the tome to do it with out having to back track.
    WOW, Florio actually made sense for once…..even if he IS still beating a dead horse.

  12. Runnin' outta fingers says: Apr 19, 2010 7:59 AM

    I don’t think they need to worry about anything they do here if the man in truly contrite. They hold all the cards, however, he has no trade value if his name hits the headlines (other than this site of course – He should honestly change his name to the Florio money machine) for the wrong reasons. I just don’t think they’re actively looking for a deal but that if one comes along they may decide to take it.

  13. Dolphin man41 says: Apr 19, 2010 8:01 AM

    TasteTheSteel u will still root for them unless u were a bandwagon jumper u idiot!!!

  14. HarrisonHits says: Apr 19, 2010 8:02 AM

    Hey he’s big, stupid and fat, perfect for the Raiders.

  15. Ilovehaters says: Apr 19, 2010 8:04 AM

    Squeelers don’t you trade rapistbugger
    To the Cleveland clowns. He will hump
    some dawg out the parking lot as soon as
    he gets out.

  16. smithopher says: Apr 19, 2010 8:04 AM

    Too bad this guy doesn’t like respectable girls… He wants drunk college sluts. He’s a top NFL quarterback, he could get himself a nice girlfriend and not have problems with raping anybody. Hey, maybe she could even be into role-play. This guy just needs to grow up.

  17. Claudio says: Apr 19, 2010 8:06 AM

    # Outlaw Jersey Whales says: April 19, 2010 7:34 AM
    “It could be that they want him to feel like he’s twisting in the wind…”
    ————————————————–
    …on the end of a rope!
    Or like a woman being held down in a bathroom and taking it for the team

  18. ncoolong says: Apr 19, 2010 8:07 AM

    What Rooney confirmed from King was this statement: “My read of what you said in your news conference, and to the New York Times, is that you’re moving forward with Ben as a Steeler.”
    I don’t agree that translates directly into “we aren’t trading him.” Today, they’re moving forward with Ben as a Steeler. The Steelers can move forward with Ben as a Steeler, meaning he’s still an employee of the franchise. Part of that employment is being a commodity that can be traded.
    Maybe the contribution he can make to the Steelers organization is to help – not hinder – trade efforts.

  19. myspaceyourface says: Apr 19, 2010 8:07 AM

    I’m not going to sit here and defend Ben because I don’t know what really happened in Georgia or Nevada.
    To me it sounds like he is a horny 20 year old who likes to party. He has put himself in some bad spots.
    If he had actually RAPED someone he would be charged. If they were both black out drunk, then there is nothing more to be said. (other than he did it in a bathroom, which is less than ideal)
    There are guys in the NFL who have been convicted (or admitted) and still haven’t been suspended. I don’t see why a guy who has not been convicted of a crime would be suspended for a long time.
    Don’t misunderstand, I’m not happy with him or his decisions, I just don’t see how you punish a guy for something he hasn’t been charged with.

  20. Banjaxed says: Apr 19, 2010 8:15 AM

    I am more surprised that Steeler Fans that have daughters or are women themselves – do not feel safe in their own city

  21. Hanktofa says: Apr 19, 2010 8:18 AM

    TasteTheSteel: I wonder did you have an issue when they got rid of S. Holmes???? I’m sure you didn’t, but “IF” this was one of the black quarterbacks this would be a different story! They’d released him ASAP!!!
    RedGoneWild:Did you have the WTF response when Pacman Jones didn’t get convicted of anything for the murder case, and he was suspended????
    Let’s get real, this is a Star vs Non-Star Issue, & a Black vs White Issue!!!!

  22. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 19, 2010 8:28 AM

    # TasteTheSteel says: April 19, 2010 7:27 AM
    If they trade him, I’ll never root for the Steelers again. Call me classless all you want, I’d still take him over any other QB in the league.
    ——————————————————
    You’re a towel…….that’s right…….I went there.

  23. steeelfann says: Apr 19, 2010 8:32 AM

    I want Ben to accuse her of sexual assault, a little woman on man crime. She knew Ben was vulnerable, she knew he had been drinking, then she entrapped him. This kind of thing must stop.

  24. jerkstore says: Apr 19, 2010 8:35 AM

    They are going to keep him. I understand why. The history of the Super Bowl is that with very few exceptions (Dilfer, McMahon) franchise QB’s win Super Bowls.
    Roethlisberger
    Brady
    Manning
    Bradshaw
    Montana
    Staubach
    Starr
    Aikman
    Young
    That’s the only reason to keep him. I don’t agree with it but that is why they will.

  25. DoctorK says: Apr 19, 2010 8:35 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I just can’t get around the idea that Santonio Holmes was traded over far less. It’s hard for me to fathom the logic that states he would have jettisoned after his contract, anyway.
    If the Rooneys are the even-handed, honorable family we all feel they are here in Pittsburgh, it would seem that they would be looking to trade this clown.
    But winning Super Bowls tends to cloud the character sometimes.
    This is going to be an interesting week.

  26. pooches says: Apr 19, 2010 8:44 AM

    ben should stay with the steelers, he should not be suspended for any games, no charges were brought against him. he is a stupid drunk, that is about it. and all you people that berate him, must lead angelic lives. i don’t think so.

  27. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 19, 2010 8:46 AM

    “TasteTheSteel says:
    April 19, 2010 7:27 AM
    If they trade him, I’ll never root for the Steelers again. Call me classless all you want, I’d still take him over any other QB in the league.”
    OK you are classless. You are also stupid.

  28. Buffalo Hogan says: Apr 19, 2010 8:48 AM

    Florio – A thought that is pretty obvious and I’m surprised you havent pointed out yet…
    When Rooney made the team statement, their intentions were to keep Ben and stated that the suspension would be coming after the draft. Now we are finding out the suspension will come before the draft? Why is that? To me its clear the Steelers are trying to move him, but that teams want to understand how severe the suspension will be before pulling the trigger on what is sure to be a blockbuster move. The steelers are pressing the league office to make a decision before Thursday. I also agreet aht from a PR perspective it makes sense to throw it in with the schedule release and the draft, but I jsut feel there is more to it. Thoughts?

  29. buckeye044 says: Apr 19, 2010 8:49 AM

    Deb has to be a dude.

  30. joe6606 says: Apr 19, 2010 8:51 AM

    Pasquarelli: “Steelers arent trading Ben”
    Peter King: “Steelers arent trading Ben”
    Bouchette: “Steelers arent trading Ben”
    Florio: “Based on all reporters accounts, it is completely undetermined what the Steelers are going to do with Ben”
    HUH?

  31. jerseykingpin says: Apr 19, 2010 8:54 AM

    Florio When will you start reporting something thats not just rumors . Like Bens not going to be traded or the otherside of the police report that tells the side why Ben was found Not Guilty just for being a star with $$$$$$$ .
    The DA indicated that both parties were exchanging sexual comments toward each other (that he would not repeat in public, because of their graphic nature). He said, “it was a two-way street … — him to her, her to him — [it was] of a sexual nature.”There was a stool outside the bathroom. The club manager, Duncan, told police that he saw “a young lady sitting outside of the stool, talking to Ben.”

  32. Audient says: Apr 19, 2010 8:54 AM

    TasteTheSteel says:
    If they trade him, I’ll never root for the Steelers again. Call me classless all you want, I’d still take him over any other QB in the league.
    ————
    Well, that settles it. Better keep Ben, or that small but vocal pro-rape portion of the fanbase will stop rooting for the Steelers.

  33. madmike77 says: Apr 19, 2010 8:58 AM

    It’s not black versus white. It’s a franchise QB versus a star WR.
    One is replaceable; the other is not.
    If Ben played any other position he’d already be gone.
    I can’t see the Steelers getting rid of him. They’ll keep him on a short leash and give him one more shot.

  34. realitypolice says: Apr 19, 2010 9:00 AM

    Who is Ben Roethlisberger?

  35. BigBear123 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:15 AM

    Haha. Squeal Steeler nation! Squeal like Ben.

  36. .RebaTe says: Apr 19, 2010 9:19 AM

    # The Real Shuxion says: April 19, 2010 8:28 AM
    “You’re a towel…….that’s right…….I went there.”
    So who is your team honey?
    I’ve made a fascinating discovery. The easiest way to get one of you spineless turds to STFU is to simply ask who your team is.
    In a heartbeat, you’ll either run and hide, never to be seen or heard from again, or a the very least you’ll run off and make a new screen name and hide that way.
    So far it seems I got two wimps named “BuckFigBen” & “Profanity in ALL CAPS”.
    Are you next Shuxion?
    (btw, WTF is Shuxion? Sounds like a gay man with a lisp describing a BJ)

  37. The Jimmy says: Apr 19, 2010 9:29 AM

    madmike77 says:
    April 19, 2010 8:58 AM
    It’s not black versus white. It’s a franchise QB versus a star WR.
    One is replaceable; the other is not.
    If Ben played any other position he’d already be gone.
    I can’t see the Steelers getting rid of him. They’ll keep him on a short leash and give him one more shot.
    _______________________
    How dare you post something so sensible here!

  38. Shawn says: Apr 19, 2010 9:32 AM

    A first and second round pick this year and a first rounder next year would be enough in my mind. Steelers should try and make a trade with the Rams and draft Sam Bradford. I believe once Bradford gets some NFL experience he will be better than Ben.

  39. joethaplumber says: Apr 19, 2010 9:39 AM

    “Big ben” got off this time, the other time…and lord knows how many other times he’s been given a pass. It’s time to call a rapist, “a rapist”. This guy belongs behind bars!
    Suspend him, hell no trade him. Immediately. You want to talk about hits taken. If Rooney keeps this goon, he is telling his wife, mother, daughter and any other woman on the planet that no doesn’t mean no if you are a two time Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That it is ok for two tax paid, public trusting, one a state trooper from Pa., the other a policeman from somewhere in Pa. to go anywhere in this country and intimidate women into having sex. ( The cops are an even bigger issue for the state of PA. ) Underage women no less. How PATHETIC. How could an OL block for this creep. How could a man, any man, much less NFL players drink a beer with this guy. With his money, job, star status, etc. he has to trick women into having sex. PATHETIC isn’t even the correct way to articulate this scum. Kobe, Tiger, John Edwards, pick somebody, anybody; this is WAY worse. Also, twice now in this situation. This is abhorrent behavior and if Rooney tolerates it. Shame on him,
    I, personally am done with entitled athletes. Mistakes are one thing, not respecting women another. How could any man tolerate this behavior in a son, a father, a brother, a friend, in any man. Society will not get better until individuals, teammates,etc. are done with this type of behavior. Rooney was correct in his thinking to trade SH, what is taking him so long with Big Ben? This is black and white, crystal clear, compared with what SH was up to.

  40. HughJohnson says: Apr 19, 2010 9:40 AM

    This is much better. There’s only 2 topics allowed at PFT:
    1. Rapistberger
    2. Tim Tebow
    Florio, make it so!

  41. realitypolice says: Apr 19, 2010 9:44 AM

    steeelfann says:
    April 19, 2010 8:32 AM
    I want Ben to accuse her of sexual assault, a little woman on man crime. She knew Ben was vulnerable, she knew he had been drinking, then she entrapped him. This kind of thing must stop.
    ==================================
    You’re joking, right? Please tell me you’re joking. So this dizzy little sorority girl who was so drunk she couldn’t even write (did you see her statement?) and blew a .20, came up with this nefarious scheme to “entrap” a 28 year old multimillionaire?
    You’re a f****** disgrace. Would you be saying this if the girl was your daughter/sister/friend?
    I’ve said it before, I will say it again- the only thing more disgusting than the way BR acted that night (I have no idea whether he assaulted her, but the fact that he was even there is ridiculous) is the way many (not all) of the steeler fans have covered themselves in shame blindly defending BR. The fact is if this happened to the QB of the Browns, you have the exact opposite opinion. And that, my friends, is PATHETIC.
    People- this is a SPORTS TEAM. They are not your family. They don’t care about you, they only care about your money. And don’t feed me any nonsense about how the Rooney family is different, blah blah, blah. You wear your jerseys, wave you towels, and defend your idiot QB who has 100 million dollars and hangs around bars in the middle of nowhere doing shots with underage college girls.
    And you are making yourselves look really, really, stupid.

  42. No-I-In-team says: Apr 19, 2010 9:47 AM

    Let me see if I understand how this all works:
    -Underaged Sorority Sisters go out for a night on the town with their ‘Down to F***’ tags on.
    – Girls follow Superstar athlete from bar to bar and flirt with him while trying to get his attention from other revelers.
    – Girls go back into VIP room with posse of men and drink shots/drinks til the wee hours of the morning.
    -Two of the girls are removed from the VIP area for being too inebriated.
    – One girl is escorted (Not dragged) to the rest room area.
    – Superstar goes back to vissit/fool around with girl (NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS HERE).
    -Girl leaves bar and heads down the steet.
    -Girls S.Sisters bring her to police officer claiming rape althoug the ‘Vitim’ says no.
    -S.Sisters give most of the story even though they WEREN’T EVEN IN THE VIP AREA WHEN ANY OF THIS SUPPOSEDLY HAPPENED!!!
    – All WITNESSES to the events in question claim nothing untoward happened.
    – Girl changes her story the next day to align with the story from the girls who weren’t there.
    – Girl and her lawyer refuse to call police back or respond to requests.
    – Girl and her advisors write letter to request that the case is dropped.
    -Superstar athlete isn’t even charged with anything and prosecutor says “There wan’t even Probable Cause”.
    – Superstar athlete is dragged (Yes, this time there is dragging) through the coals by a media who thinks that he must be guilty because some gold digger in Nevada accused him in another case 9 months prior.
    – Everyone wants to trade the Superstar athlete.
    Just wanted to make sure I understood everything. This is F-ing unbelievable. Go ahead and dispute anything written above, it is all in the case file. None of this is made up, it just isn’t being reported this way.

  43. realitypolice says: Apr 19, 2010 9:49 AM

    .RebaTe says:
    April 19, 2010 9:19 AM
    # The Real Shuxion says: April 19, 2010 8:28 AM
    “You’re a towel…….that’s right…….I went there.”
    So who is your team honey?
    I’ve made a fascinating discovery. The easiest way to get one of you spineless turds to STFU is to simply ask who your team is.
    ===========================
    I’ve also made a fascinating discovery- there are people in the world who base their opinions on whether a guy did or did not sexually assault a drunken underage sorority girl on what team they root for.
    Browns fans- guilty
    Steeler fans- innocent
    Rational human beings who think for themselves- realize that we’ll never know what happened but know that it is a bad idea for a 28 year old celebrity to be hanging out in a college bar buying shots for underage sorority girls.

  44. openfieldtackle says: Apr 19, 2010 10:01 AM

    I know several girls at the College of Georgia. This was a SET -UP. That is why she dropped charges when she was called on it!
    He is STUPID for putting himself in this position.

  45. doni says: Apr 19, 2010 10:08 AM

    I still want to know how a guy 6’5″ has sex with a girl while she’s sitting on the crapper in a 5X5 restroom. Her own testimony in her own words. See yesterdays Pittsburgh Tribune Review or Post Gazette. I think she sat on her thumb. Ben’s attorney was really stupid for not letting Ben to tell his side of the story. All we can read about this supposed incident are the distorted and obviously untruthful comments of the drunk dipshit with a bruise on her crotch. Ben should be filing charges for inadequate representation and vicious slander.

  46. dafish says: Apr 19, 2010 10:15 AM

    Wasn’t the girl wearing a shirt with a nametag that basically said she was looking to hook up that night? I bring this up because Ben was constantly mentioned having a shirt that said he drinks a lot of beer and got railed for it.
    What I need is for some Butler student who hates the Colts to set up Peyton Manning, accuse him of assault, then retract 2 weeks later and drop the accusations.
    They had 570 plus pages of testimony and witness accounts and could not bring it to trial? I knew they were done when the tape was amazingly recorded over.
    Bottom line is this. The NFL should not suspend him, it should be the Steelers call. The NFL sets a very dangerous precedent going on conjecture and heresay in this case. But the reumblings of double standard are already rearing their head so I guess Goodell has to act.
    (Not a Steelers fan by any stretch) but remember when the Bus was accused of rape and it was later determined to be a blackmail attempt? Couldn’t you put him in the same wrong place wrong time argument?
    Or locally here in Jax, it was a well known story that a bunch of the players would get together at one player’s house (Kevin Hardy) and there’d be this absolutely insane bender/orgy. Nothing but mattresses and alcohol and other substances throughout the pad. Kinda a White House Duval style. People knew, they just turned a blind eye to it because the Jags were new and winning.
    One thing’s for sure. Ken Stabler, basically the 60’s and 70’s Oakland Raiders, Namath, Hornung, and Bobby Layne never would have survived in today’s NFL.

  47. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 19, 2010 10:16 AM

    .RebaTe says: April 19, 2010 9:19 AM
    # The Real Shuxion says: April 19, 2010 8:28 AM
    “You’re a towel…….that’s right…….I went there.”
    So who is your team honey?
    I’ve made a fascinating discovery. The easiest way to get one of you spineless turds to STFU is to simply ask who your team is.
    In a heartbeat, you’ll either run and hide, never to be seen or heard from again, or a the very least you’ll run off and make a new screen name and hide that way.
    So far it seems I got two wimps named “BuckFigBen” & “Profanity in ALL CAPS”.
    Are you next Shuxion?
    (btw, WTF is Shuxion? Sounds like a gay man with a lisp describing a BJ)
    —————————————————-
    Patriots, I have been here since 2005.
    Shu Xion is the name of my 2nd cousin (My mothers husbands sister married a Chinese man(Last name Xion) and they named their son Shu. “The real shuxion” is kind of an inside family joke nobody else should get it.
    How does shuxion sound like a BJ is with a lisp?
    Very mature by the way. Representing your fanbase proud :)

  48. .RebaTe says: Apr 19, 2010 10:18 AM

    realitypolice says: April 19, 2010 9:49 AM
    “I’ve also made a fascinating discovery- …”
    Hey it works…!
    I got you to run off and change your name!

  49. openfieldtackle says: Apr 19, 2010 10:18 AM

    No charges were filed but a suspension is coming?
    Sounds like there are many jealous anti Steeler fans out there….
    Charge him or get over it. Ray Lewis was involved in a murder? No charges-no suspension.
    Maybe it’s because Ben is White?

  50. dafish says: Apr 19, 2010 10:21 AM

    realitypolice,
    so underage sorority girl has no accountability in this case? Bar has no accountability in this case? Sorority girl’s friends are not accountable? How does that work?
    Oh yeah, Jaguars fan, so no stake in the game. The statements and police report are pretty damning, but they did not see enough to take it further. He may very well be a turd, but face it. Look at him. If he did not play qb in the NFL and did not have 2 rings, would he even be in a position to get the girls? If not for those factors, he’d have been booted out of the bar before he had the opportunity. 28 year old oafs seldom get sorority scooch unless they have a bag of weed or some blow on them.

  51. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 19, 2010 10:26 AM

    @ .RebaTe
    And By the way I was on this site during spygate(I have been on PFT since 2005 then under just plain shuxion) and I didn’t whine and cry about Florio posting stories that made my team look bad.

  52. Go Getter says: Apr 19, 2010 10:31 AM

    Huge Steeler Fan here but I have had it with Ben. I don’t know why the media does not talk about how many of his teammates can’t stand him. I have heard first hand from many current Steelers how bad they hate Ben and how he is disrespectful to the coaches. The Rooney’s need to get rid of him. He can not gain back respect around the NFL after all this mess!!

  53. AbeFreshly says: Apr 19, 2010 10:35 AM

    You make hanging out with “drunken sorority girls” sound like a BAD thing.

  54. Jungle Juice says: Apr 19, 2010 11:02 AM

    They can’t really make a deal until the suspension is made known so, I wouldn’t rule out a draft-day trade.
    I’d bet he could be had for a 3rd or 4th pick. I’d give that up to have a good backup QB. I wouldn’t want him to be the face of my franchise though.

  55. stillworker says: Apr 19, 2010 11:09 AM

    Florio sez: “……..there can be no trade without a willing partner.”
    WTF??
    When did the NFL become a democracy? Steelers decide to trade Ben……..he’s gone – he really has no say.
    Here’s hoping the Rams pull the trigger…..and I’m a long time Steelers fan.

  56. Persona says: Apr 19, 2010 11:10 AM

    Here’s a great idea, trade the fat ass and be done with it.

  57. Pittman76 says: Apr 19, 2010 11:18 AM

    There’s a ton of stuff being written and reported about this case, without anything of value really being said. I bet Tiger Woods is thanking Big Ben every day.
    Isn’t the Internet and today’s mega media just wonderful?

  58. realitypolice says: Apr 19, 2010 11:19 AM

    .RebaTe says:
    April 19, 2010 10:18 AM
    realitypolice says: April 19, 2010 9:49 AM
    “I’ve also made a fascinating discovery- …”
    Hey it works…!
    I got you to run off and change your name!
    ======================
    WTF are you talking about? I’ve been posting under this name for over a year.

  59. hubeee says: Apr 19, 2010 11:19 AM

    Rapist-burger should be traded to the Georgia prison system for 20 or more NFL seasons!!!!!!

  60. realitypolice says: Apr 19, 2010 11:21 AM

    dafish says:
    April 19, 2010 10:21 AM
    realitypolice,
    so underage sorority girl has no accountability in this case? Bar has no accountability in this case? Sorority girl’s friends are not accountable? How does that work?
    ====================
    Did I say any of that? The girl and her friends obviously acted in a massively irresponsible way, and the bar should be put out of business.
    Neither of those things excuse BR for being where he shouldn’t have been doing things he shouldn’t have been doing.
    Are you calling me a Jaguars fan? WTF?

  61. AllThat says: Apr 19, 2010 11:22 AM

    @openfieldtackle says:
    April 19, 2010 10:18 AM
    No charges were filed but a suspension is coming?
    Sounds like there are many jealous anti Steeler fans out there….
    Charge him or get over it. Ray Lewis was involved in a murder? No charges-no suspension.
    Maybe it’s because Ben is White?
    There are anti Steeler fans out here but we sure as hell are not jealous…Your Team, QB, and Owners are getting grilled over and over and we just love it.
    HAIL HAIL Black & Urine

  62. realitypolice says: Apr 19, 2010 11:23 AM

    @dafish:
    Never mind- I see now that you are the Jags fan, you weren’t calling me one. My bad.

  63. realitypolice says: Apr 19, 2010 11:24 AM

    stillworker says:
    April 19, 2010 11:09 AM
    Florio sez: “……..there can be no trade without a willing partner.”
    WTF??
    When did the NFL become a democracy? Steelers decide to trade Ben……..he’s gone – he really has no say.
    Here’s hoping the Rams pull the trigger…..and I’m a long time Steelers fan.
    ================
    Um……….I think by “willing partner” Florio was referring to another team that wanted to trade for him.

  64. hubeee says: Apr 19, 2010 11:26 AM

    Rapist-burger should be traded to the Georgia prison system for 20 or more NFL seasons!!!!!!

  65. tryagain says: Apr 19, 2010 11:41 AM

    openfieldtackle says: I know several girls at the College of Georgia. This was a SET -UP. That is why she dropped charges when she was called on it!
    You fools and your set-up claims. As if drunk folks can put together a plan and carry it through.

  66. Rafterman says: Apr 19, 2010 11:54 AM

    # joe6606 says: April 19, 2010 8:51 AM
    Pasquarelli: “Steelers arent trading Ben”
    Peter King: “Steelers arent trading Ben”
    Bouchette: “Steelers arent trading Ben”
    Florio: “Based on all reporters accounts, it is completely undetermined what the Steelers are going to do with Ben”
    HUH?
    ______________________________________
    Florio, what part don’t you understand? LOL

  67. Rafterman says: Apr 19, 2010 11:57 AM

    # jerkstore says: April 19, 2010 8:35 AM
    They are going to keep him. I understand why. The history of the Super Bowl is that with very few exceptions (Dilfer, McMahon) franchise QB’s win Super Bowls.
    Roethlisberger
    Brady
    Manning
    Bradshaw
    Montana
    Staubach
    Starr
    Aikman
    Young
    That’s the only reason to keep him. I don’t agree with it but that is why they will.
    ____________________________________
    We differ in that, I TOTALLY agree with them.
    It is a QB driven league.

  68. dafish says: Apr 19, 2010 12:05 PM

    “Are you calling me a Jaguars fan? WTF?”
    No, reality. I’m the Jags fan. Should have been a bit more clear on that.
    I was just responding to your theory that behavioral scientists would absolutely scoff at:
    “I’ve also made a fascinating discovery- there are people in the world who base their opinions on whether a guy did or did not sexually assault a drunken underage sorority girl on what team they root for.
    Browns fans- guilty
    Steeler fans- innocent
    ————————————
    As if all Steeler fans see things in a myopic manner. I’ve actually read and talked to many Steeler fans who say, 2 rings be damned, get rid of him, he and this current crop of players are disgracing the Steeler name and everything the Rooney’s have worked for. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that you can’t generalize or broadstroke a group of people when trying to hammer home a point. I’m sure there are just as many Ravens fans, Browns, Bengals, etc. who think that something may have gone on, but if no crime was committed and no charges filed why is he getting suspended by the NFL? Why doesn’t Goodell put it in the hands of the Steelers and make the clubs accountable for the behavior of the players? The club gets a fine too correct?
    The NFL basically saying “F it, let’s nail him anyway based on witness accounts whether they are factual or not” sets a very dangerous precedent that could land them in court as well if a player who loses game checks is found completely innocent of the charges that were tried through the media. If the NFL suspends Ben, I guarantee they will end up in a briar patch sooner than later. Say they suspend a guy based on an accusation of misbehavior and he’s gone for 4 weeks. First game back from suspension, he tears his knee career over and accusations proven to be fabricated. Guy cannot be at team facility while on suspension so he cannot properly train under team supervision and bam, career over on an assumption of guilt. Tell me you wouldn’t sue the league for lost potential earnings.
    The NFLPA HAS TO APPEAL ANY NFL SUSPENSION IN A CASE LIKE THIS, OTHERWISE, WHY HAVE A UNION
    Only 2 people know what actually transpired, several have a good idea and were in the bar, but everyone has an opinion. And the NFL gets to play judge, jury and executioner.
    I know it was a different regime, but Ray Lewis witnessed at the least, a double murder. Javon Walker witnessed a drive by shooting and was involved in the events that led to it. How did they not get suspended?

  69. TasteTheSteel says: Apr 19, 2010 12:16 PM

    http://www.fanfeedr.com/nfl/2010/04/19/old-rules-dont-apply-in-roethlisberger-case
    This explains a lot coming from a woman. Sounds like a voice of reason to me.

  70. johnnysteeler says: Apr 19, 2010 5:22 PM

    Enough already!!! Can’t wait for the draft!!

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