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Steelers hear of new zero-tolerance policy

Multiple Pittsburgh Steelers players said today that coach Mike Tomlin gathered them together and informed them of a new zero-tolerance policy for off-field misconduct.

“We were told early this morning either you get in line or you get kicked out of line,” said offensive lineman Willie Colon, who was with Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia the night he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a bar bathroom. “You are going to be traded or you’re not going to be here. If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, they are going to get rid of you. . . . There is a zero tolerance, not only with the NFL but with the Steelers.”

According to the Associated Press, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin denied making those remarks. But the AP also reports that multiple players confirmed they were told there’s a new zero-tolerance policy.

“Guys took it different ways, depending on how they interpreted it, but I think . . . after what we’ve seen go on, there’s not going to be much tolerance for stuff around here,” defensive end Aaron Smith said.

It’s interesting that Smith says players “took it different ways,” because one of the reasons the Steelers have been subject to criticism on this front is that the team has handled off-field misconduct in different ways for different players. Two years ago, when star linebacker James Harrison was accused of domestic violence, the Steelers were quick to accept his explanation. When mediocre wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was accused of domestic violence, the Steelers were quick to cut him.

That seeming contradiction led to Steelers owner Dan Rooney releasing a statement saying, “Each incident must be considered on a case-by-case basis.” But “zero tolerance” suggests that future incidents won’t be considered on a case-by-case basis, and that any incident at all would lead the Steelers to send a player packing.

Last week, Steelers President Art Rooney II acknowledged that a player’s contributions on the field will be considered when the team determines whether to keep a player who has gotten into off-field trouble.

“As you can imagine, to keep our commitment to our fans to consistently put the best possible team on the field, we must also evaluate a player’s likely contribution, both in short term and the long term,” Rooney said.

And so we expect the Steelers to live up to their zero-tolerance policy if the next guy to get in trouble is the 53rd man on the roster. The real test of the Steelers’ mettle is whether they’ll apply “zero tolerance” to their stars. So far, they haven’t.

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  1. bspurloc says: Apr 19, 2010 3:45 PM

    Last Place for the steelers…..
    Troy better ask to be traded if he wants his hair to stay en vogue….

  2. capt.vern says: Apr 19, 2010 3:45 PM

    We’ll see. The Steeler Nation wants not so “big”anymore Ben gone asap. Then we’ll believe it.

  3. ThaPenguin says: Apr 19, 2010 3:47 PM

    He may not have been a “star”, but Santonio was far from the 53rd man on the roster.

  4. Bubby Brister says: Apr 19, 2010 3:47 PM

    This is what they need to do.
    There are people comparing them to the Bengals of a couple years ago… and they are listening.
    Anybody who lost any respect for them has to be gaining it back very quickly. Top notch job by the Rooney’s, as they do with EVERYTHING.

  5. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 19, 2010 3:47 PM

    Pirates are winning, and the Red Sox suck. What a great day to be alive!!!!

  6. barbersabeast says: Apr 19, 2010 3:48 PM

    So basically Big Ben your allowed to rape and we’ll overlook it, back up kicker you got a speeding ticket your cut!

  7. jbruder02 says: Apr 19, 2010 3:48 PM

    As soon as I saw this I knew you would jump all over this because of the Cedrick Wilson cutting. For God sake they saw a way to get rid of him and they took it… HOW HARD IS THAT TO REALIZE? But seriously continue to bring it up every time they don’t cut a defensive MVP for throwing his cell phone and a part of it hits his wife. Did they not just get rid of a WR that’s in his prime because off of the field issues? They can’t get rid of Ben, franchise QB’s with 2 Super Bowl rings by the time they are 28 don’t just grow on trees. But continue your holier than thou nonsense its barely annoying.

  8. tango says: Apr 19, 2010 3:50 PM

    The Steelers are finally revelaed ! Good PR department but it is now obvious that if are a marginal player and do something wrong your gone ! if your a star they are very quick to forgive and forget. The Rooneys are frauds !

  9. fc1_87 says: Apr 19, 2010 3:52 PM

    A little late for that, isn’t it?

  10. MiamiMan says: Apr 19, 2010 3:54 PM

    if the glove dont fit…

  11. MiamiMan says: Apr 19, 2010 3:54 PM

    If the glove dont fit…

  12. last starfighter says: Apr 19, 2010 3:54 PM

    I have zero tolerance for rapists

  13. cleanface says: Apr 19, 2010 3:55 PM

    Tomlin’s a blowhard. Is this a page out of the Myles Brand handbook?

  14. milehiclown says: Apr 19, 2010 3:55 PM

    If this isn’t flawed logic, I don’t know what is: “If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, they are going to get rid of you”
    If your conduct is way out of line BUT you are a great player you are excused?

  15. rushman412 says: Apr 19, 2010 3:55 PM

    wow so the steelers are hypocrites

  16. hairball says: Apr 19, 2010 3:57 PM

    The sanctimonious Rooneys also tolerated Davenport’s domestic violence when they needed a running back, gave Santonio Holmes many, many chances because he was their top receiver, and excused Jeff Reed’s behavior because he was their kicker.
    Face it Steeler Nation. Your storied franchise is no different than any other. All franchises treat players differently according to need and ability. Steeler fans, however, are the first ones who pop a cork when you point this out to them.

  17. .RebaTe says: Apr 19, 2010 3:57 PM

    Steelers hear of new zero-tolerance policy towards out of town fans in Heinz Field.

  18. bronco_TD says: Apr 19, 2010 3:58 PM

    Presenting the Steelers’ new Zero-Tolerance Policy for all players that are not the starting quarterback.

  19. Citizen Strange says: Apr 19, 2010 3:58 PM

    ” ….. If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, ”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    As usual this is completely nonsensical. What did Vick’s dog fighting activities have to do with how good a football player he was?

  20. hess says: Apr 19, 2010 4:01 PM

    Saying that the Steelers have not applied the zero tolerance policy consistenly yet when it was just created is asinine. Are they supposed to enact it retroactively or something? Incidently, Mr. Smith, how about giving them credit for dumping a young, productive, Super Bowl MVP last week for a 5th round pick?! I think that constitutes a willingness to dump a highly productive player for less than market value (despite his suspension). Give a little credit where it’s due. How about all the other teams that have had tons of “behavior problems” that haven’t enacted a zero tolerance policy, or a willingness to dump productive players.

  21. Fidelito says: Apr 19, 2010 4:02 PM

    I know once you guys get on a meme, you never ever get off of it, but do you even remember Santonio Holmes? If he wasn’t one of their stars, who was? Or was him for a 5th round pick a good deal?

  22. Randy Inman says: Apr 19, 2010 4:05 PM

    The Steelers are the biggest bunch of thugs in the NFL. Their franchise is just like everyone else, they will protect star players and make examples out of flunkies.
    And to think I used to be a fan of the Steelers.

  23. johnnydom says: Apr 19, 2010 4:08 PM

    Maybe they could discipline Troy for that stupid shampoo commercial. Do you think that any other Steeler football players get a commercial spot this year?
    Doubt it.
    Unless it’s for condoms or alcohol, I don’t see it.

  24. robert ethan says: Apr 19, 2010 4:08 PM

    That may be news in Pittsburgh, but around the league fans have had “0 tolerance for the Steelers”( and their fans) for quite some time.

  25. War_Paint says: Apr 19, 2010 4:09 PM

    “This is what they need to do.
    There are people comparing them to the Bengals of a couple years ago… and they are listening.
    Anybody who lost any respect for them has to be gaining it back very quickly. Top notch job by the Rooney’s, as they do with EVERYTHING.”
    Um, this is only remotely true if they jettison Rapistberger. If they keep him they look like scumbags.

  26. Scourge says: Apr 19, 2010 4:11 PM

    I can’t look at the Steelers anymore without wanting to throw up.
    That whole organization is FRAUDULENT.
    They got Domestic Abusers, Dope Smokers and now a Rapist leading them to Superbowl victories…
    WOW – I’d be ashamed to be associtated with that team in any way whatsoever.

  27. Iron Wolf says: Apr 19, 2010 4:12 PM

    I dare Limas Sweed to kidnap a puppy.

  28. bluestree says: Apr 19, 2010 4:13 PM

    The players come out talking about some statements by the coach, and then Tomlin denies them? WTF? Get on the same page at least. Sounds to me like the Steelers locker room is messed up, comunication wise, anyway. Distraction on steroids.

  29. robert ethan says: Apr 19, 2010 4:15 PM

    Glad Tomlin got up to speed. There has been “zero tolerence” for Steelers and their fans in the rest of the country for a long time.

  30. AllThat says: Apr 19, 2010 4:16 PM

    Hey Mr. Rooney…..Your grand daughter is HOT!!!!!!
    Hey I threw 4 TD’s yesterday. I should be able to say that right?

  31. julieinduvall says: Apr 19, 2010 4:16 PM

    The Rooneys and the Vikings head coach look worse and worse every time they open their mouths on this subject.
    They’re not doing a thing to Ben. They’re hoping this will blow over. It won’t.

  32. ampats says: Apr 19, 2010 4:17 PM

    Get ready for Tomlin “to unleash hell”
    HAHAHA

  33. PAJoe says: Apr 19, 2010 4:19 PM

    Lifelong steeler fan here. I hear what Tomlin said, but like the players, what does that really mean??
    Does it mean that paper towel dispensers and raping and abusing women are exempt from zero tolerance? Or does it mean if you are not that important to the team it’s zero tolerance, otherwise we will let it slide. Or does it mean starting today it’s zero tolerance, so if you want to leave Pittsburgh, you better find some woman to abuse?
    I’m confused and I’m not a muscle bound jock full of stimulants, so I’m sure the players are really confused!!!

  34. Igottz5onit says: Apr 19, 2010 4:19 PM

    Wilson walked into a bar and punched and choked his gf. Harrison allegedly slapped the phone out of his insane baby’s mama’s hand when she threatened to call the cops because she didn’t want her son baptized. How can you not look at those cases differently. With Ben the main problem I have is that it is he said/she said still so you can’t really call him a rapist, or else he would have been charged, as florio was so sure he would be. I still would rather him be traded though, due to the fact he has repeatedly put himself in stupid positions and he needs to grow up, not to mention the headaches this will bring the locker room.

  35. nflqb says: Apr 19, 2010 4:21 PM

    Praying for Ben to get traded to the Niners, please please!
    It would be such a joy to see the Stillers floundering at 5-11 while the Niners push for ring number 6!
    Now that would be a story, big Ben carries two different franchises to ring number 6 and then sticks it to Pittsburgh by delivering the Niners ring number 7!

  36. BengalsDouche2 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:21 PM

    Of course they waited until after Fat Ben molested two women to make this statement. What a joke of a coach. If you’re a 3rd stringer, if you leave toilet paper on the bathroom floor you’re gone. But if you’re Fat Ben, you can molest the coaches daughter and get a slap on the hand. Way to be consistent there Coach Tomlin.

  37. 8ball says: Apr 19, 2010 4:22 PM

    .
    The Rooney’s: Ben’s New Bodyguards
    .

  38. robert ethan says: Apr 19, 2010 4:22 PM

    “Zero tolerance” in the Burgh means they tolerate “Zeros” like Burress, Porter, Holmes, Harrison, and Roethlisberger until it is no longer financially expedient to do so. After which they dump them out of character concerns.
    “We decided to release James Harrison today after he was benched during the game by coach Tomlin. It stems back to an incident that occured back in 2007 when he kicked down the door to physically abuse his girlfriend. It’s been eating at us all these years, and we finally couldn’t tolerate it any longer.”.

  39. Tdk24 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:23 PM

    “Guys took it different ways, depending on how they interpreted it, but I think . . . after what we’ve seen go on, there’s not going to be much tolerance for stuff around here,” defensive end Aaron Smith said.
    If you’re going to tell your team something that is this important, you damn well better make sure they ALL interpret it the same way. This franchise is retarded.

  40. CT Stiller says: Apr 19, 2010 4:24 PM

    I don’t get Florio’s obsession with the Steelers’ decision to cut Wilson and not Harrison for similar transgressions.
    As far as I know, it’s their decision to keep who they want and drop who they don’t want. Even if there is a double standard based on on-field abilities, why does that even matter to anyone but the Steelers?
    It’s their team, they can keep who they want and cutor trade who they don’t want, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER TEAM. Sheesh, grow up and quit making an issue out of every little thing that you don’t agree with, Florio.

  41. AllThat says: Apr 19, 2010 4:25 PM

    Bring Mean Joe back and let him shove a Coke bottle up Ben’s ass. Then pull it out and let Rooney lick it clean.

  42. robert ethan says: Apr 19, 2010 4:27 PM

    They have to live up to the proud tradition of a team purchased through fixed horse races, having undergone several bankruptcies, an unprecedented string of futility on the field, followed by several steroid supplemented SB wins.

  43. Silverback92 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:28 PM

    As a Steeler fan, born and raised I’ve always kind of snickered at this moral superiority they strive for. Any team that enacts a zero tolerance policy is gonna be flirting with zero wins every year. NFL players are trained to be testosterone fueled animals. To think they are all going to be family values, model citizens off the field is crazy. While no one endorses domestic violence, assaults and recreational drug use, in most cases those things are minor and byproducts of life in the NFL. Take away every guy who has a domestic dispute, bar fight or smokes a joint and there won’t be enough left to fill rosters. The way I look at it is this: it’s the job of the justice system to enforce the law. If guys aren’t being arrested or even charged in some cases it’s ludicrous to start kicking them off of teams.

  44. bigstorm says: Apr 19, 2010 4:29 PM

    This is the ultimate team in sports. You think that the Cowboys or the Bungles would man up and take care of business like this?
    Show’s that this is a true team and these guys want to be there.
    Hell…why would you want to be in Cleveland or Baltimore anyway but you get my point.

  45. Biggie Smalls says: Apr 19, 2010 4:30 PM

    Welcome to SteelerFootballtalk.com

  46. Mooch says: Apr 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    And, by “zero” they mean “three times”. And by “three times”, they mean “if you are a QB that helps us win games you can be an embarrassment to a franchise that the Rooney’s have built from the ground up”.
    Now that we’ve clarified the fraud “standards” we can see if they draft a QB.

  47. joebee78 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:38 PM

    “Face it Steeler Nation. Your storied franchise is no different than any other. . . ”
    I misread ‘storied’ as ‘steroid’, which reminded me that the Super Steelers of the 70′s are also considered among the trailblazers in the use of performance enhancing drugs. Another fact the media conveniently sweeps aside out of respect for the Rooneys.
    They also tend to ‘forget’ that the Steelers have a history of turning a blind eye towards off the field transgressions for highly drafted or Pro-Bowl players. Tim Worley, Eric Green, Carlton Haselrig in the 80′s / 90′s got numerous chances.

  48. Jack Acid says: Apr 19, 2010 4:44 PM

    Unless you’re Pig Ben of course. Then you actually have 3 strikes before they get serious about “zero tolerance”.
    If the Steelers keep Roethlisberger, this is a hollow policy.

  49. Steelerbroad says: Apr 19, 2010 4:49 PM

    Fire Tomlin. Get Cowher & givehim $7 mill a year. Tomlin hasn’t had control for a while………..my team is pathetic

  50. utteke says: Apr 19, 2010 4:50 PM

    Steelers News
    BREAKING NEWS: Plaxico accidentally shot Santonio in the leg at a night club causing Mr. Holmes to throw a drink in Ben Roethlisberger’s face which caused Mr. Roethlisberger to accidentally grope the nearest waitress. The sound of the shot startled Jeff Reed, causing him to accidentally smash the men’s room towel dispenser, startling Matt Spaeth who then lost control of his bladder outside the club.

  51. SteelCurtnDee says: Apr 19, 2010 4:51 PM

    I don’t understand why the Steeler organization is being attacked when they’re actively trying to clean up their team. The Bengals have a team full of thugs and continue to draft and sign guys with troubled backgrounds (Mauluga, Matt Jones, etc.), yet nobody seems to care.
    AND HOW HAVE THE STEELERS NOT APPLIED IT TO THEIR STARS?!?!?! THEY CUT A SUPERBOWL MVP!!!!!!!
    Santonio Holmes was their #1 WR, and they took a huge hit at the position by trading him for practically nothing!

  52. steelcity79 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:52 PM

    lol….so many steeler haters in the crowd. Don’t hate…..this will all blow over and you clowns will still be unemployed and a fan of some team out there that the steelers and Ben have owned since god made dirt.
    So, go ahead and keep pontificating and taking shots at steeler nation…..and for your band wagon bit—- out there, we don’t need you, go back to your hole and don’t come out and tell all of your friend your steelers fans when they win again.
    HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO.

  53. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Apr 19, 2010 5:02 PM

    “Do you think that any other Steeler football players get a commercial spot this year? Doubt it. Unless it’s for condoms or alcohol, I don’t see it.”
    Bail bonds?

  54. Heath says: Apr 19, 2010 5:04 PM

    The Steelers have had enough and institute a zero tolerance policy and get criticized for it? This happened in the last day or two, not 2 years ago.
    All of you with disparaging statements regarding of this policy please state what team you cheer for. If its Pittsburgh, then shame on you for not backing ownership on trying to do something going forward. If it is another team, make sure yours is incident free!
    There are two teams with players that have killed someone while driving drunk. There is another team with a sure fire Hall of Fame linebacker that at least has knowledge of a homicide.
    The Steelers are not perfect, never claimed to be. However, we are not the only ones that have/had troubled players.

  55. Nambla Limbaugh says: Apr 19, 2010 5:14 PM

    What a bunch of frauds the Rooneys are. An organization with class wouldn’t think twice about kicking a scumbag like Rapistburger to the curb. They’re worried about QB play and wins, not “honor” or “standards.” And as far as money goes if the Steelers are so stupid as to hand out $100M+ contracts without a morals clause attached they deserve to be burned financially by Pig Ben.

  56. thezoo33 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:14 PM

    steeler fan (more importantly rapistberger lover)…i have a question and i want an honest response…
    say rapistberger is suspended 8 games conditionally but it becomes 6 based on good behavior (doubtful cause he doesnt know what that means)…and dennis dixon (tomlin’s lover) leads the team to a 6-0 or 5-1 record during that time…do you A) THINK tomlin will start the rapist once he comes back? or B) WANT the rapist to start once he comes back or just continue with dixon and then maybe look to move the rapist?

  57. StillMadAtSlobber says: Apr 19, 2010 5:17 PM

    And so the Florio inspired distortion of the Harrison/Wilson issues continues.
    As is known by anyone who actually researches an issue (obviously not anyone connected with PFT), Cedric Wilson was booted after his 2nd incident. Harrison’s incident was the 1st.

  58. CT Stiller says: Apr 19, 2010 5:19 PM

    hairball says:
    “The sanctimonious Rooneys also tolerated Davenport’s domestic violence when they needed a running back, gave Santonio Holmes many, many chances because he was their top receiver, and excused Jeff Reed’s behavior because he was their kicker.”
    So them keeping a 3rd string RB and a kicker somehow strengthens your argument that they keep stars and dump scrubs when it’s convenient?
    No one ever said the Steelers get rid of players immediately upon knowledge of some sort of transgressions. They wouldn’t have a team if they did that. And neither would anyone else in the NFL.

  59. rushman412 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:23 PM

    wow so the steelers are hypocrites

  60. Annuvin says: Apr 19, 2010 5:26 PM

    What did Vick’s dog fighting activities have to do with how good a football player he was?
    ****************
    Nothing. However, his penchant for gambling and racketeering did. It could definitely go a long way to explain why Dawgkilla’s on-field performance was so erratic from week to week.

  61. Frank Burns says: Apr 19, 2010 5:26 PM

    # capt.vern says: April 19, 2010 3:45 PM
    We’ll see. The Steeler Nation wants not so “big”anymore Ben gone asap. Then we’ll believe it.
    —————————————————-
    Speak for yourself, chum.
    And quit acting like you know what the whole Nation wants.

  62. First to Six says: Apr 19, 2010 5:30 PM

    Good post, Heath.
    There are some incredibly stupid people out there. And how could the writer say that the Steelers have not exercised any punishment on high profile players??!!?!? They traded Holmes and that was before yesterday’s “zero-tolerance” statement.

  63. First to Six says: Apr 19, 2010 5:36 PM

    this robert ethan guy is pathetic. so angry..

  64. CT Stiller says: Apr 19, 2010 5:37 PM

    AllThat says:
    “Bring Mean Joe back and let him shove a Coke bottle up Ben’s ass. Then pull it out and let Rooney lick it clean.”
    It just got disturbingly creepy in here.

  65. First to Six says: Apr 19, 2010 5:41 PM

    based on the lack of logic and intelligence on this board, I’m thinking less than 15% are adults…

  66. badthings says: Apr 19, 2010 5:45 PM

    jbruder02 says:
    April 19, 2010 3:48 PM
    As soon as I saw this I knew you would jump all over this because of the Cedrick Wilson cutting. For God sake they saw a way to get rid of him and they took it… HOW HARD IS THAT TO REALIZE? But seriously continue to bring it up every time they don’t cut a defensive MVP for throwing his cell phone and a part of it hits his wife. Did they not just get rid of a WR that’s in his prime because off of the field issues? They can’t get rid of Ben, franchise QB’s with 2 Super Bowl rings by the time they are 28 don’t just grow on trees. But continue your holier than thou nonsense its barely annoying.
    So if you are the QB then you can do whateve the hell you want huh?
    Real Classy Pittsburgh Real Classy

  67. directormtb says: Apr 19, 2010 5:46 PM

    I am so sick of everyone trying to come down on the steelers saying they are hypocrites, and treat star players differently. You claim they treat players differently yet you really only provide one example and you think that is enough to make it a fact.
    So lets take your example and see if we might be able to understand it just a little better. Here you have two Steelers Cedrick Wilson, and James Harrison who both get into troubel for assaulting a woman. If you take the story as just that, then yes they seem similar. But thats not really how it all happened. Cedric Wilson walked into a restaraunt, saw his ex girlfriend sitting at the bar with a friend. Walked up to her, started shoving her, punched her in the face and then drove off.
    Now lets look at the James Harrison Case. He got into a situation at the home of his girlfriend and the mother of his child. Now I dont know the entire story as many of us do not, but anyone who comes from a single parent household can tell you, things can go south very quickly. The story that James Harrison has told was that he was there to pick his son up. The childs mother refused to let him take the child. That doesnt mean its ok that he slapped her, but im sorry to everyone out there to tell you there is a difference between getting into an arguement and loosing your cool versus walking into a restaraunt, seeing your ex, walkingup to her and punching her in the face.
    Now lets please take a look at the names of just a few steelers who were stars that were let go by the team because of off field issues.
    2010: Santonio Holmes traded because of off field issues.
    1996: Bam Morris released because of off field drug issues
    2004: They did not re sign Plexico Burres. This wasnt the normal off field issues, but because of attitude and asking price.
    The Steelers are not against getting rid of a “star” player, but the truth of it is you have to look at each situation differently. If you have a 15 year old kid and a 5 year old kid, will you punish them the same way for the same problem? Each and every situation is different even if the core issue is similar. A lot of people say the Steelers pride themselves because they dont keep the problem players. Thats not true at all. What the Steelers do is pride them selves on not bringing in he problem players. There is a difference. That is also something that they have gotten away from a little especially with the likes of Santonio Holmes. he had some off the field issues in college and they took a chance on him. I bet you in this draft coming up, that they dont take a single player that has had any off the field issues at all. That dosnt mean the players they get will be saints (Roethlisberger is a perfect example of that) but its a step in the right direction.

  68. it's all bs says: Apr 19, 2010 5:47 PM

    First to Six says:
    April 19, 2010 5:36 PM
    this robert ethan guy is pathetic. so angry..
    ________________________
    man that’s what jealousy and envy will do to some people…if I were a Raiders fan I’d feel the same way too.
    GO STEELERS!

  69. stnmmc says: Apr 19, 2010 5:54 PM

    # thezoo33 says: April 19, 2010 5:14 PM
    steeler fan (more importantly rapistberger lover)…i have a question and i want an honest response…
    say rapistberger is suspended 8 games conditionally but it becomes 6 based on good behavior (doubtful cause he doesnt know what that means)…and dennis dixon (tomlin’s lover) leads the team to a 6-0 or 5-1 record during that time…do you A) THINK tomlin will start the rapist once he comes back? or B) WANT the rapist to start once he comes back or just continue with dixon and then maybe look to move the rapist?
    ——————————————–
    My honest answer…If they are even 3-3 with DD after a 6 game suspension, I would say keep him and move BR. I thought DD was a steal in the 5th round when we got him. Do I think he is a polished pro-bowler at this point, no. Remember this kid owned college football until his knew blew out (and that is the only reason lil Timmy Tebow has his Heisman), so I think he has potential to be a good (maybe great in time) NFL qb.

  70. BigBear123 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:56 PM

    Lolololol. Zero tolerance in the NFL. Right.

  71. FredB says: Apr 19, 2010 6:06 PM

    Well if Florio said it, it has to be true. (rolls my eyes) You people just need something to jump on like a pack of dogs and flex your internet masculinity. I come here now and then to read the one sided comments and get a chuckle at how stupid everyone can actually be. As usual, Florio quotes parts of what he read somewhere else and then credits a totally different person to saying it. Any one of you children could start a blog site and make up schitt like he does and become just as popular in your own little group. C’mon, show him up or back in the corner with your tails between your legs and spout off.

  72. CT Stiller says: Apr 19, 2010 6:11 PM

    badthings says:
    “So if you are the QB then you can do whateve the hell you want huh?
    Real Classy Pittsburgh Real Classy”
    Wow, you completely missed the point he was making. Idiot.

  73. Prime Time says: Apr 19, 2010 6:13 PM

    Re: Steelcity79.
    You are hilarious and stupid. I don’t hate the Steeleres I just laugh at their fans. You talk about people being unemployed, but your city has lost more jobs than most other cities (Steel Mills still open?). In fact look it up if Pittsburgh was located in the State of Ohio it would be the 5th largest city behind Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and even Toledo.

  74. Phokus says: Apr 19, 2010 6:17 PM

    The Steelers are full of S***, if troy polamalu got in trouble, they’ll be sure to find some way to keep him!
    If some practice squad player did the same thing, he’ll get the boot easily!

  75. Reggie'sBush says: Apr 19, 2010 6:19 PM

    Why do Steeler fans bring up Santonio? Take off the black n piss blinders, remember that he stated he wanted to play in a big market, was being suspended for 4 games and in the last year of his contract?
    So let’s see, get nothing for him or seriously overpay by franchising him? Wait, they could try n pull off a trade to make a positive pr move while the team is in a negative spotlight…
    Duh.

  76. lvrlps says: Apr 19, 2010 6:25 PM

    They (the Steelers and the NFL) will need to have more evidence than a mere accusation before taking punitive action, because anybody can make an unsubstantiated accusation. All it takes is a jilted friend and/or lover, or a cross town rival to make an accusation and with these new no-tolerance policies we’ll see more and more of them.

  77. RebaT. says: Apr 19, 2010 6:52 PM

    Yep. We’ll see about this. Wait till Woodley or Harrison to do something else… boy, will this zero tolerance go out the window!
    Ben gets one more try… why? He’s had 3 strikes already and another girl was in the DA’s report. What’s that now, 4 strikes? Those girl’s fathers should have gone hunting for Ben.
    Now the cop resigns? Of course he did, offered to be fired or resigned. Too bad he keeps his pension when they resign like that.

  78. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Apr 19, 2010 7:56 PM

    Thugs and hoodlums.

  79. First to Six says: Apr 19, 2010 8:48 PM

    spin it any way you want to make your case. cleanface, hairball, thezoo_033, rebaT, robert_ethan, reggie’s_bush —–
    winners of the stupidest, most moronic, uninformed, lack of common sense, I live in some family member’s basement, I have anger issues award.
    Congratulations, you’ve earned it!!!

  80. Klytus says: Apr 19, 2010 9:47 PM

    Look the Commissioner & Mr. Rooney have been embarrassed by the recent events and this is a response to that embarrassment. Ben has brought shame to the Rooney family & the NFL regardless of the details. There is certainly a zero tolerance policy for one player on the Steelers and we all know who that is.
    Once Ben has been given his punishment and emotions settle down then the NFL can return to a rational approach. Let’s face it, if this happened to some of the other teams in the NFL, people would not be this upset. But it’s the Steelers, who are owned by the Rooney family. Still, one of the most respected families in any sport.
    GO STEELERS!

  81. edgy1957 says: Apr 19, 2010 9:49 PM

    Steelerbroad says:
    Fire Tomlin. Get Cowher & givehim $7 mill a year. Tomlin hasn’t had control for a while………..my team is pathetic
    *************************
    How convenient – blame Tomlin. Well, Cowher was just as culpable. He overlooked more than his share of crap on his watch. Nice try.

  82. thezoo33 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:03 PM

    ‘First to Six’….if you knew how to read, which im guessing you dont cause you sound like a steeler fan and 85% of them dont know how to read…and thats a fact…id tell you to look it up but it goes back to the whole dont know how to read stuff….unless that ‘first to six’ is a race you have with rapistberger on who can get more sexual assult accusations against them…
    anyway i digress…
    if you knew how to read i was looking for an honest answer from a steeler fan (thanks stnmmc for your opinion) if dixon actually had the team at a winning record…what do you THINK would be done with the rapist and what do you WANT done with the rapist…
    but like most other steeler fans you showed your true colors and continued with your arrogant, unintelligent, non-factual statements….how about instead of attacking people that with comments against them…you bring something informative to the table…and then throw in a couple jabs…

  83. edgy1957 says: Apr 19, 2010 10:17 PM

    Heath says:
    The Steelers have had enough and institute a zero tolerance policy and get criticized for it? This happened in the last day or two, not 2 years
    **************************
    Nice try. They’re getting hammered for making it their policy NOW and not years ago. Frankly, they and others in the league have allowed the problems to fester and they’re ALL guilty of allowing this like the MLB owners who allowed steroids, greenies and HGH. If they put the fear of God into these playrs, maybe, just maybe, theyy’ll end up with fewer guys making news off the field. I think that it’s sad that it’s more important to fine a guy for using a prop after a TD than it is for them to teach a guy not to shake his prick in the fact of women or try to force himself on drunk girls.

  84. 60eagles says: Apr 19, 2010 10:48 PM

    Someone above said the “The Rooneys are frauds.” Damn right they are. I tired of everyone treating them like Gods. So they have 6 rings. My God, the Yanks have 26. The Cards have won 10.

  85. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 19, 2010 10:48 PM

    The NFL needs to send a message out to these thugs…throw this lowlife scum right out of the league.
    If the NFL doesn’t issue a severe punishment to this jerk they are in danger of becoming the new NBA.

  86. stanjam says: Apr 19, 2010 11:22 PM

    Want to make some quick money? Tell a Steeler that you are gonna accuse them of something if they don’t pay up and fast.
    Of course that is illegal, but you would have to think that it might start happening, and soon.

  87. Rafterman says: Apr 20, 2010 1:15 AM

    edgy1957 says:
    How convenient – blame Tomlin. Well, Cowher was just as culpable. He overlooked more than his share of crap on his watch. Nice try.
    ______________________________________
    Spot on.
    Not only did he overlook more than his fair share, he had a hand in one major incident that ended up costing Tom Donahoe HIS job.

  88. billLumburg says: Apr 20, 2010 12:29 PM

    Stupid.
    Any girl can call rape at any time for her 15 minutes of fame and a little hush money. There’s no proof any of this happened and he’s not even been charged let alone found guilty so welcome to the new “overly sensitive” faggggish america!

  89. Bious says: Apr 20, 2010 5:05 PM

    Yea right, if the playoffs are around the corner….let’s see if they suspend a player who contributes in a big way
    All talk

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