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Ben Roethlisberger to undergo array of psychological testing

A common reaction to the recent spate of stories about Ben Roethlisberger has been to ask, “What was he thinking?”

That’s what the NFL wants to know, and the league has ordered Roethlisberger to undergo a battery of psychological tests to find out.

Michael A. Fuoco of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers some details on the type of testing Roethlisberger will undergo to assess his personality traits, cognitive abilities and neuropsychological fitness, with a goal of determining whether Roethlisberger has “some underlying psychological, behavioral or neuropsychological disorder.”

How effective can this testing be in evaluating Roethlisberger and getting him to change his behavior? One psychologist who isn’t involved in Roethlisberger’s case but has been involved in evaluation of other professional athletes says that depends mostly on how much Roethlisberger wants to change his behavior.

“If you close your mind to it, you are not going to have any ability to make changes,” Dr. John F. Murray tells the Post-Gazette. “The client has to make a commitment.”

In other words, this psychological testing can be effective — if Roethlisberger wants it to be.

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  1. fc1_87 says: Apr 23, 2010 9:52 AM

    I really thought we were going to go the day with out any of this bullshit.
    Silly me.

  2. Ravens Macg says: Apr 23, 2010 9:52 AM

    This behavior of his has been going on since his college days. This scumbag doesn’t want to and won’t change!

  3. Krow says: Apr 23, 2010 9:53 AM

    Rorschach test… “tell me what you see Mr. Roethlisberger”…. “ummm it looks like a college girl getting raped by a professional football player…. yeah, that one too… and the next one.”

  4. the_firm_09 says: Apr 23, 2010 9:55 AM

    Nice Ben , hey want to go to a party on the campus of Syracuse University ? Rich and stupid , he`ll strike again ( O.J. Junior ) .Weapon of choice is his weiner ( Beware Of Ben ) .

  5. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 23, 2010 9:56 AM

    Maybe they ought to make an appointment for “AllThat”.
    This ridiculous little circus sideshow freak likes to mouth off on Ben because he thinks he victimized women, and to prove his point, he victimizes women.
    Stay Classy AllThat.

  6. raybin says: Apr 23, 2010 9:58 AM

    This is some heavy shiat. The NFL must know something the general public doesn’t.

  7. brownsfn says: Apr 23, 2010 9:59 AM

    Just euthanize him and put him and all of us out of our miseries…

  8. Thor says: Apr 23, 2010 9:59 AM

    Here’s what he was thinking
    “She has a cute ass. I’d like to put my dick in it”
    Reality is, all men think it, few of us act on it. Even fewer are responded to favorably.

  9. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Apr 23, 2010 10:00 AM

    Not needed. There’s another, much cheaper method to cure Rapelisberger of whatever ails him (or rather, keep others from being exposed to his particular patholog(ies). It’s called prison.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Apr 23, 2010 10:02 AM

    Obviously there’s not enough info for a stranger to make a diagnosis, but I think he might have a bit of sociopathy going on there. That type of thing probably isn’t atypical of players, but it’s also not the kind of thing that’ll be reported, so we’ll probably never know what comes of this.

  11. norton99 says: Apr 23, 2010 10:03 AM

    I don’t believe there’s any big mystery here.He’s young,he’s embolded by his status,he thinks women who grovel over him are sluts not worthy of respect (and they’d have to be,wouldn’t they?) likes to drink a little and he’s horny.
    One thing that might have tipped him over the edge of self restraint,caring about himself and others, is when his coach Terry Hoepner died.

  12. Thunderbolt says: Apr 23, 2010 10:03 AM

    Sounds like enabling to me. When’s the press conference where Ben gets to say, “I have a condition called smallballsitis that causes me to allegedly have my way with young women in night club bathrooms?”

  13. Symoma says: Apr 23, 2010 10:04 AM

    I didn’t know there were psychological tests that can prove that a person is a total butthole. Can you please give me the name of Ben’s doctors. I want to finally confirm my wife’s accusations.

  14. hamburglar says: Apr 23, 2010 10:05 AM

    His cognitive ability won”t even register on the charts.

  15. Filbertkiwi71 says: Apr 23, 2010 10:09 AM

    IMO, if the media buys into any of this, then IMO, they are all a bunch of morons.
    In other words, nobody can ever be held accountable for anything, because no one is ever held responsible for anything. It is always someone else’s fault or some underlying issue.
    [sarcasm] Right, now lets all have a group hug and move on. [sarcasm/]

  16. AugustusMcCrae says: Apr 23, 2010 10:12 AM

    It doesn’t take a psychologist…

  17. matt Russell says: Apr 23, 2010 10:15 AM

    Spot on. He wont even be able to change unless he commits to it – Psychotherapy 101. I volunteer at a rape crisis center and I’m really hoping they don’t try to save Ben’s skin and pass this off as a neurological issue. This kind of behavior is learned behavior. The truth is probably something more along the lines of Ben having a porn addiction or some other deviancy that creates a need to expand and experiment with sexually deviant behavior. He’s obviously mentally ill, but I hope the truth of the matter isn’t covered up or manipulated for Ben’s reputation because there’s no progress in ending this behavior in excuses that his behavior was determined by a chemical imbalance. Even if he has high levels of testosterone that’s no excuse for destroying lives .

  18. Marv_Sleezy says: Apr 23, 2010 10:18 AM

    The guy clearly has some hard core rape fantasies he is trying to fulfill – Its not really that complicated. Thats just how he likes it. God only knows how many times hes gotten away with it.

  19. Slow Joe says: Apr 23, 2010 10:21 AM

    “If you close your mind to it, you are not going to have any ability to make changes,” Dr. John F. Murray tells the Post-Gazette. “The client has to make a commitment.”
    I’m sure he’s committed to finding more poon.

  20. toothpick says: Apr 23, 2010 10:22 AM

    Big Venn Diagram
    ( douche ( )Ben() creep)

  21. War_Paint says: Apr 23, 2010 10:22 AM

    Duh gee Tennessee.

  22. cbatchel says: Apr 23, 2010 10:22 AM

    Totally agree, either he has some issues or he is a complete retard one or the other.
    To put yourself in that position when you already have one sexual assult accusation and civil case pending is insane. Espeacially when you are one of the main faces of a billion dollar industry and worth over 100 million dollars.

  23. Holeinone09 says: Apr 23, 2010 10:23 AM

    Not a big deal nor an unexpected story. This is a part of GODell’s requirement to get back in the good graces, which will enable the suspension to be reduced to 4 games. Ben will comply, and hopefully he gets the message. It will be up to him. I hope he does and stays out of the non-football headlines. He is a human being, capable of making and correcting mistakes, and deserves this chance. Then he can get back to making other defenses look foolish like he ususally does.
    GO STEELERS!

  24. scott30va says: Apr 23, 2010 10:24 AM

    So a pysch test?? Yeah his attorney/agent wont have him coached up for that one !! “Here’s what to say to not sound like a sociopath and sexual deviat . . .”

  25. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 23, 2010 10:25 AM

    raybin says: April 23, 2010 9:58 AM
    “This is some heavy shiat. The NFL must know something the general public doesn’t. ”
    Nah, it’s just Goodell’s latest dog-n-pony show.

  26. Norseman says: Apr 23, 2010 10:26 AM

    What are the odds he’ll be diagnosed as a sex addict and go in for some well-publicized treatment?
    Ever noticed it’s usually rich or famous guys who are sex addicts? Has there ever been one Wal-Mart employee diagnosed with a sex addiction? No? Hmm.

  27. lemmyk73 says: Apr 23, 2010 10:27 AM

    sounds fair to me. If in fact Ben has some chemical imbalance or his motorcycle accident caused some brain damage, it is fully possible he is not responsible for his “Actions” whatever those actions may or may not have been. The brain is a delicate organ and trauma (he has had many concussions) can cause a person to change.
    the key point is Ben has to want to change. Some people never will but I would hope he will do everything he can to change because the guy is a rare football talent and personally, I am willing to give him one last chance. A very small chance but a chance none the less. I applaud Goodell and the Rooneys for trying to help instead of abandoning someone in need.

  28. penguininbondage says: Apr 23, 2010 10:27 AM

    That “Joe Dirt” hair should be enough reason to justify that he is f’ed up.

  29. Ricken says: Apr 23, 2010 10:29 AM

    This is such a crock of sh!t. The guy was NEVER even charged of a crime!! Goodell was pressured into suspending him for so long because of the media backlash and for fear that if he only got 2 games (which is what he deserves) Rev Al Sharpton would have cried racism. The guy got drunk and acted like a drunk moron…big deal…get over it you pansies!! What everyone seems to forget or chooses not to point out is that these accounts of what happened that night are from the SUPER DRUNK accuser and her sorority sisters. Sounds like a pretty jaded account to me.
    GO STEELERS

  30. bluestree says: Apr 23, 2010 10:29 AM

    What if the tests conclude he’s a full blown sociopath. Will we find out? (Not likely.) Will he face further suspension? Say he’s fully cooperative, says he’s sorry and won’t do it again, and the docs say “This guy is a sociopath, a serial rapist, we don’t believe he’s capable of stopping or telling the truth.” What would happen then?

  31. XLI says: Apr 23, 2010 10:30 AM

    The Rorschach Test will go something like this:
    Tester: “Okay Ben, I’m going to show you a series of pictures, you tell me the first thing that comes to mind.”
    Ben: “Is this when I take my junk out?”
    Tester: “No, sir, please put that away. And for the last time, no alcohol allowed in the lab. Picture 1…”
    Ben: “Looks like, uhh, a drunk college girl with a big ol’ pair just asking for it.”
    Tester: “Hmm, okay. Next one”
    Ben: “You sure I don’t whip it out right here? I can, No problem at all.”
    Tester: “Nevermind Ben, you fail. Please, for the last time, put that back in your pants.”
    Lil’ Ben: “Skeet skeet!”

  32. downwithdansnyder says: Apr 23, 2010 10:31 AM

    How about the possibility he’s an alcoholic?
    Given he’s wasted each time he makes one of these bad decisions and he looks like he’s carrying a whole lot of Budweiser weight, a.k.a. body by Bud. Wouldn’t surprise me and would explain a lot.

  33. jerseykingpin says: Apr 23, 2010 10:33 AM

    And yet another useless story by the writer for the moron poster that hawk on this . You all need to get a life

  34. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Apr 23, 2010 10:38 AM

    His Mom died tragically when he was young and he never had a prominent female influence in his life. So he hates women and needs to dominate them to gain the control he never had when his mom was taken from him. He’s a mess, most in that situation are.

  35. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 23, 2010 10:40 AM

    # brownsfn says: April 23, 2010 9:59 AM
    “Just euthanize him and put him and all of us out of our miseries…”
    I’d prefer you stay miserable.
    LMAO

  36. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 23, 2010 10:42 AM

    The thing with repeat offenders like the RAPIST is that he either (a) doesn’t think he did anything wrong (b) doesn’t think he would be caught (c) is smarter than anyone else or (d) or is just a dumbass, trailer-trash shithead, who thinks women are ther for his personal use, or abuse.
    He’s not going to stop.
    He’s not intelligent enough to see the need to stop.
    And, oh yeah…Rapistberger fits all of the above categories…

  37. robert ethan says: Apr 23, 2010 10:46 AM

    Long and the short of it is, grunts like Ruthless don’t usually end up with the money and power to indulge themselves once they get to adulthood. Only in pro sports, really, is it possible. Where there is a premium on physical skill for success with only the most basic intellectual or emotional development required.

  38. Yggep2010 says: Apr 23, 2010 10:47 AM

    Let’s hope Ben does want to change and the follow up therapy is successful. And let’s hope that all of the women involved in the March bar episode get some counseling also and their alcohol related education about the binge drinking, etc.

  39. Krow says: Apr 23, 2010 10:48 AM

    I’m OK with ‘sex addicts’… it’s ‘rape addicts’ that make my skin crawl.

  40. Hauschild says: Apr 23, 2010 10:55 AM

    I love it! A guy cannot even be a dirt bag without some bleeding heart intervening thinking a couple hours with a quack is gonna erase 25 years of experiences nurtured by poor up-bringing.
    Only in America could something so futile be allowed to transpire.

  41. AllThat says: Apr 23, 2010 10:59 AM

    Foozie, he did victimize the women.
    As far as staying classy…go ahead and continue to believe Ben.

  42. HoosierJim says: Apr 23, 2010 11:03 AM

    I’ll tell you what he was thinking. “I’m Big Ben and I can do whatever I want to do.”

  43. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Apr 23, 2010 11:29 AM

    How often does Pig Pen think about exposing himself to a female? Three, four times a day? He is going to make over 100 million dollars playing a sport and he can’t figure out how to pick up a woman without assaulting her? How pathetic is this man?

  44. yyys says: Apr 23, 2010 11:45 AM

    I’m going to believe in redemption on this one.
    Time will prove me wrong or right.
    Amazing how many still believe he raped her.
    Not even a nanogram of DNA. She and
    her parents didn’t want this pursued from early on. Why not? Colon said she and friends were following BR and pinching him. DA said BR and her engaged in conversations of the sexual nature throughout the evening. Her lawyer was hard to get in contact with..why? DA said
    everybody involved deserves to be criticized.
    BR acted like a major jack ass, but she
    is not the innocent people are making her out
    to be.

  45. godfather says: Apr 23, 2010 11:46 AM

    Well done XLI, well done!
    I nearly soaked my desk chair in urine after reading that.

  46. connie says: Apr 23, 2010 11:47 AM

    First we had to hear Ben’s mother died when he was 2 years. Lots of kids mothers died when they were 2. Now we have to hear he had a concussion. His head is not right. WHAT HEAD
    Don’t tell me what he does for Pgh. What ever he does he lends his name and gets paid.Then goes there for a photo shoot. He buys dogs they cost 15,000 he gives them 10,000 they have to raise the rest of the money. Gods gift to women is a BIG PIG

  47. QBall says: Apr 23, 2010 12:29 PM

    Q: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: One. Maybe five. Perhaps as many as ten. But the light bulb’s got to want to change first.

  48. SteelersRule says: Apr 23, 2010 12:51 PM

    What a waste of time. Try AA

  49. Auzzievick says: Apr 23, 2010 12:54 PM

    I liked the Dx. of “smallballitis,” however I’ll take my son’s Dx. of “Small Weenie Syndrome.”
    Personally, I think his problem still is genetic-“Dumb Dutchman osis.” But there IS the possibility that his drinking has gone over the edge & he is a full-blown alky. I doubt he’s a Sociopath; just big head & ass kissed too much.
    I’d like to see the Steelers get rid of him. Don’t care for his brand of quarterbacking.

  50. jftreshj76 says: Apr 23, 2010 12:54 PM

    Great, now we get down to the nitty-gritty. For those of you who really want to know why Ben is the way his is he is pay careful attention: Eighteen months after Ben was born his biological mother, Ida, left Ben and his dad. This is the way it went: “Daddy, where’s mommy?” “She left Ben.” “I want mommy.” “She left Ben, and she’s not coming back.” Doesn’t mommy love us any more?” “Apparently not Ben.” Ben’s dad raised him himself for two years then Ben’s dad remarried, a lady named Brenda. He has a half-sister. His biological mom got visitation rights and would see Ben every other weekend. Then she was killed in a car accident when Ben was 8. Psychiatrists will tell you this is a CLASSIC case of MATERNAL ABANDONMENT. In fact not only did she “abandon” him once, she abandoned him twice!! Children don’t understand and they blame themselves. They think there is something wrong with them and it’s their fault. It also makes them angry and resentful. Ben’s mom made him feel low and worthless. He has a deep and abiding resentment for women. He wants to make them feel the way he felt (feels). Subconsciously he is drive to make them feel humiliated, debased, low and worthless. Ben is a very sick man. If he’s lucky he’ll get a good therapist and probably be in therapy for a long time. This is of course not to justify his actions but to explain them. He is still of course responsible for what he does but for all you vindictive mean-spirited bastards, just be glad you’re not him. The poor son-of-a-bitch will be in therapy for years, or we’ll be watching a segment based on him on “Criminal Minds”. I kid you not.

  51. psullivan says: Apr 23, 2010 1:20 PM

    This is far less b.s. than some of you think. The key issue raised before is a pattern of behavior – if he has been this way since college as was suggested that is one matter. If he has not it is another. The first thing I thought was the motorcycle accident and the concussion this past year that had a shroud of mystery all around it. If Ben has suffered from a traumatic brain injury his behavior (true for all of us) can change dramatically – with things like substance use, explosive an violent outbursts and significant changes in personality. Look it up – this is very real and if you have been in or around this field as I have you have seen it – I announce auto races as a hobby and I saw it with Indy 500 crash survivor Stan Fox – there were significant changes in personality there. If this is the case – he should probably be finished with football.

  52. Dante says: Apr 23, 2010 1:38 PM

    Big Ben Doesn’t Need Psychological Testing!
    What this man needs, what he has plenty of money to spend on the best of, is some serious plastic surgery. I mean, look at this football star and team leader (well, until recently anyway).
    He’s butt ugly. That’s why he sexually assaults. No super foxy chick wants to go near the guy, despite his size, fame and fortune. But a NFL QB with his sized ego can’t fathom, of course, the idea that every gorgeous, young nubile hard-bodies woman wouldn’t just throw herself on him because of who he is.
    So he throws himself on her. That kind of dichotomy doens’t need a therapist, just a good nose job, a great face lift and some teeth work.
    I wish the guy much luck either way!
    Dante

  53. tryagain says: Apr 23, 2010 2:01 PM

    jftreshj76 says: Eighteen months after Ben was born his biological mother, Ida, left Ben and his dad. This is the way it went: “Daddy, where’s mommy?” “She left Ben.” “I want mommy.” “She left Ben, and she’s not coming back.” Doesn’t mommy love us any more?” “Apparently not Ben.”
    Maybe it’s like the Good Seed or one of those Macauley Culkin movies where the mother knew (could see) what kind of little monster he was. I don’t really mean that but I highly doubt his father told him that his mother didn’t love him anymore- that would make his father kind of a jackass monster himself. It’s sickening that Ben’s misdeeds/mistakes/assaults? are being dumbed down to some made for tv melodramatic movie about some poor poor little boy who was confused and hurt. Ben got himself into this mess and he should be held responsible.

  54. seanx says: Apr 23, 2010 2:11 PM

    Could it be that Ben is just an asshole? I mean, I know “asshole” isn’t in my copy of the DSM-IV, but that is the easiest answer.
    And really, he likes to have sex with young attractive women. He is rich and famous. Therefore, he gets to have lots of sex with young attractive women. He never learned how to actually treat women as people. Too late now really.

  55. cassie60 says: Apr 23, 2010 2:44 PM

    The only psychological issue Ben has is police officers accompanying him and protecting him with his dirty deeds.
    Any other male citizen would have been arrested for accosting girls the way Ben was doing.
    Remove the police from shielding him and he will have the miracle cure. The NFL can save a lot of money, because Ben’s problem isn’t psychological.
    No one in the Media has ever asked,”why does Big Ben need police bodyguards?” Surely not to protect him from little tiny frail girls. However, their boyfriends, fathers and brothers maybe!
    Ben’s a scumbag and so are the police who were protecting him. I think the police are the ones who need psychological testing!

  56. eric hemelgarb says: Apr 23, 2010 2:44 PM

    When a wealthy 28 year old man is still wearing his baseball cap backwards, there are only two possible reasons. The first is that he has a profound fear of getting skin cancer and wants to protect the back of his neck from the sun. The second is that he is a complete jerk, intends to remain one, and wants the whole world to know it.
    Which reason do you suppose is operative here?

  57. AllThat says: Apr 23, 2010 3:56 PM

    @jftreshj76 says:
    April 23, 2010 12:54 PM
    Great, now we get down to the nitty-gritty. For those of you who really want to know why Ben is the way his is he is pay careful attention: Eighteen months after Ben was born his biological mother, Ida, left Ben and his dad. This is the way it went: “Daddy, where’s mommy?” “She left Ben.” “I want mommy.” “She left Ben, and she’s not coming back.” Doesn’t mommy love us any more?” “Apparently not Ben.” Ben’s dad raised him himself for two years then Ben’s dad remarried, a lady named Brenda. He has a half-sister. His biological mom got visitation rights and would see Ben every other weekend. Then she was killed in a car accident when Ben was 8. Psychiatrists will tell you this is a CLASSIC case of MATERNAL ABANDONMENT. In fact not only did she “abandon” him once, she abandoned him twice!! Children don’t understand and they blame themselves. They think there is something wrong with them and it’s their fault. It also makes them angry and resentful. Ben’s mom made him feel low and worthless. He has a deep and abiding resentment for women. He wants to make them feel the way he felt (feels). Subconsciously he is drive to make them feel humiliated, debased, low and worthless. Ben is a very sick man. If he’s lucky he’ll get a good therapist and probably be in therapy for a long time. This is of course not to justify his actions but to explain them. He is still of course responsible for what he does but for all you vindictive mean-spirited bastards, just be glad you’re not him. The poor son-of-a-bitch will be in therapy for years, or we’ll be watching a segment based on him on “Criminal Minds”. I kid you not.
    Dude, maybe you should talk to him………..just sayin….

  58. Lauri says: Apr 23, 2010 9:00 PM

    You know what one bad apple can do. Don’t let Ben Rottenberger spoil the whole bunch.

  59. mobey says: Apr 24, 2010 12:20 AM

    Everyone’s being too hard on Ben.
    Maybe he thought it was his sister.

  60. runningamuck says: Apr 24, 2010 9:56 AM

    I’m sure I have seen Ben as acting manager of the Bates Motel !

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