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Goodell says Roethlisberger suspension could be extended

Though the lawyer for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes that the six-game suspension imposed by Commissioner Roger Goodell will be shortened once Roethlisberger complies with the terms of his disciplinary action, Goodell pointed out on Friday that the suspension could be extended, too.

In his annual meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors, Goodell said that “the penalty still has some flexibility.”

Goodell also implied strongly that the league found in all of the various incidents involving Roethlisberger a troubling pattern of behavior, which presumably arose from the excessive consumption of alcohol.

“We go back through all the
incidents and try to understand is there is any kind of pattern, and we
have enough information to believe he’s not making sound judgments at
critical points,” Goodell said.

Roethlisberger’s profile makes matters worse for him and the league, given that his actions draw more attention than, say, the alleged sexual assault involving Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster, which largely has been ignored.

The end result?  Players with a higher profile create greater damage to the NFL shield, so the price for their popularity (and high tax bracket) includes stiffer penalties if/when they find trouble.

It may not be “fair,” but it’s a reality that every big-name player must accept, whether he likes it or not.

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71 Responses to “Goodell says Roethlisberger suspension could be extended”
  1. Mean D says: Apr 23, 2010 11:13 PM

    He’s a rapist. Suspend him for a year.

  2. Huskersrule says: Apr 23, 2010 11:13 PM

    Boy the black panthers on this board would be screaming if the races were reversed between Rapelesburger and Foster.

  3. monet99 says: Apr 23, 2010 11:14 PM

    I disagree with what your saying. Once Goodell has facts on Foster the punishment will be coming.

  4. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 23, 2010 11:16 PM

    To be fair, there’s only one claim against Eric Foster.
    Ben has raped everything short of the team mascot. BUT he had a lot more slack when there was only one claim against him too.

  5. FedorTheChamp says: Apr 23, 2010 11:17 PM

    ENOUGH is ENOUGH!
    The guy hasn’t been convicted of anything! I can live with 4 games but this is starting to be OVERKILL!

  6. JerryCola says: Apr 23, 2010 11:21 PM

    Does that mean the NFL will now tell Budweiser they can’t advertise during the Super Bowl because the consumption of alcohol sends the wrong message? Or that consuming alcohol during the games and in the parking lot during tailgating will also be banished?
    Doubt it.
    Hyprocrites.

  7. Contra says: Apr 23, 2010 11:28 PM

    I guess the chants of “She said no” got to ole Rog!

  8. Common Sense says: Apr 23, 2010 11:29 PM

    You can do whatever you want with his extension

  9. unnknown says: Apr 23, 2010 11:31 PM

    Didn’t we already know that?

  10. Opie says: Apr 23, 2010 11:31 PM

    Life isn’t fair & fair isn’t equal.
    If everyone understood this, we’d have a lot less bitching about all the inequality.

  11. HappyBunny says: Apr 23, 2010 11:35 PM

    Troubling pattern with alcohol?
    His expression and the shirt he is wearing begs to differ:
    http://broadstreetsports.com/?p=496

  12. jbravo92 says: Apr 23, 2010 11:38 PM

    To bad Goodell wasn’t the commish during the Ray Lewis murder charge. Maybe this is a bad one so let’s talk about Jamal Lewis, whoops, coke charge.
    Where the heck was the league when people were actually charged? Ray and Jamal walk and Ben swings?
    To bad we are a country based on law or people today would have already lined Ben up for a firing squad.

  13. MasterShake says: Apr 23, 2010 11:44 PM

    Will it be extended by how hot, young, and drunk she is?
    They’re gonna name a rule after him aren’t they?

  14. badthings says: Apr 23, 2010 11:52 PM

    fat drunk and stupid is no way to be a quarterback.

  15. VegasRandy says: Apr 23, 2010 11:52 PM

    The end result? Players with a higher profile create greater damage to the NFL shield, so the price for their popularity (and high tax bracket) includes stiffer penalties if/when they find trouble.
    It may not be “fair,” but it’s a reality that every big-name player must accept, whether he likes it or not.
    Goddell has the freedom to impose the death penalty on Roethlisberger without threat of the race card being played. That’s the real story but the media, by choice, ignores the elephant in the room.
    Florio’s analysis that this is about popularity is typical of the cowardly media.
    Why do people play the race card? Because it works.

  16. mikebiggs68 says: Apr 23, 2010 11:54 PM

    why are we still talking about pig ben? geez.. the nfl draft going on ben is not news right now, can’t believe i am going to say this but i’d rather hear about brett farve is he or is not returning talk rather than anything else on ben, goodell said that already so this post is not new news.. c’mon florio try and keep up

  17. joe6606 says: Apr 23, 2010 11:56 PM

    ahh..traffic must have been slower than expected today…forced to resort to trying to shove another anti-Ben story down our throats.
    Wake um McFly. In case you havent noticed, the tide has massively turned, and MOST people think the suspension, given that he has never been arrested, was EXTREMELY too harsh.
    No way in hell it’s getting extended unless he is arrested for some other incident

  18. MexicanSteeler says: Apr 23, 2010 11:56 PM

    Don’t you think this is too much??? High profile player? Yes. Apparently, he did an awful thing? Yes… Was he charged with a crime? No… Was he in jail? No… Although I support Goodell for being very hard with offenders, I haven’t seen before that the suspension could be increased. Why? The punishment was 6 games that can be reduced to 4 if BB complies with the terms. What is the argument toincrease the suspension? Just because Goodell wants? Can the Feds put Vick in jail once more for the dogfigthing thing? I don’t think so. I believe that if the Rooneys don’t want to keep Ben, just trade himor realese him (very dumb if they do that, anyway). But if theyplan to keep BB, they should standup and say clearly to Goodell or anyone else that the puishment has been given and demande everyone to move on. If 6 games was a low suspension, that was Goodell’s mistake, but he cannot be threatening players just because he wants to be seen as the strict sheriff in town.

  19. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Apr 24, 2010 12:02 AM

    You can’t just get a woman drunk, expose yourself to her, and expect a blow job you heathen. You should be in jail somewhere so I sure as hell hope you don’t complain about your punishment. I can’t believe the steelers didn’t get rid of you but I bet you will get yours one day.

  20. robert ethan says: Apr 24, 2010 12:03 AM

    Absolutely, the reason players like Roethlisberger and Foster are in the position to take advantage of these women is their status as NFL players. Otherwise Roethlisberger would just be another obnoxious drunk with a bad sense of style, a beer belly, and a mangled face. Foster probably wouldn’t be able to get into the hotel he was at, and certainly wouldn’t be able to afford the room he was staying in. Lots of perks with the job and if you get carried away and abuse them, go find work elsewhere.

  21. BrutusJones says: Apr 24, 2010 12:11 AM

    It’s been pretty clear that the suspension could be extended from day one. It could be shortened if he complies with all demands and go beyond what is asked of him, or lengthened if he does little to nothing of what is asked or gets into additional trouble. What Ben’s agent said, is that they consider this to be a 4 game suspension because he plans to over deliver on everything that’s asked of him.
    I don’t get the point of this article, absolutely nothing new has been revealed. Are you really this desperate to have Ben in your headlines on a daily basis?

  22. nerd says: Apr 24, 2010 12:12 AM

    YO, BEN! It’s not fair. But you need to totally keep it in your pants for awhile. Like a year or two, minimum.

  23. mobey says: Apr 24, 2010 12:23 AM

    Let’s face it – the Steelers have been scum since their 1970’s players were cheating with horse tranqs.

  24. WarriorMonk says: Apr 24, 2010 12:38 AM

    It’s perfectly fair. Roethlisberger gets paid a hell of a lot more than Eric Foster.

  25. esox66 says: Apr 24, 2010 12:42 AM

    he’s probably walking around somewhere right now with his dick hanging out….

  26. sixburghrules says: Apr 24, 2010 12:50 AM

    They are going to make him have psychological evaluations and use this to base his suspension on.
    Will they soon make all potential players submit to these same tests to make sure that the NFL is “clean” if so we will have a bunch of bible thumping Tim Tebows in the NFL.
    I am a Steeler fan and think that 4-6 games is a good punishment beyond that with no recurring issues would be wrong.
    Godell (Goodell) cannot continue being GOD in the NFL. He makes thing up as he goes. Any of you who want to laugh at this will sooner or later have your day with Goodell.

  27. RebaT. says: Apr 24, 2010 1:17 AM

    LOL…. HA HA HA HA HA HA
    Suspension = 8 games now!

  28. falconer18 says: Apr 24, 2010 1:18 AM

    Foster passed a polygraph test. Police found nothing to charge the guy, so she is just going after money.
    “His attorney says Foster passed a polygraph test. The player wants to prove he is innocent. The Colts don’t plan any disciplinary action.”
    http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2010/04/lapses_in_judgment_or_just_mon.html

  29. Rafterman says: Apr 24, 2010 1:20 AM

    Mike,
    How is this a story? God-ell has total control and the NFL Players Association ain’t worth shit. Sure he can, cause he does whatever he wants.

  30. trickbunny says: Apr 24, 2010 1:24 AM

    “Roethlisberger’s profile makes matters worse for him and the league, given that his actions draw more attention than, say, the alleged sexual assault involving Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster, which largely has been ignored.”
    That’s because Eric Foster hasn’t had at least 3 people coming out and saying he did something inappropriate to them. People pay more attention to Rapistberger because this stuff seems to *keep* happening with him around alcohol and young girls.

  31. FLYBOY says: Apr 24, 2010 1:36 AM

    Ruthlessonfurburger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Stillerz says: Apr 24, 2010 1:55 AM

    give it up florio, its over

  33. Mike says: Apr 24, 2010 1:58 AM

    don’t damage the shield…just like wheeling out ray lewis for hugs and draft announcements right?

  34. Adam says: Apr 24, 2010 2:13 AM

    I guess Goodell heard the “She said no!” chants.

  35. contract says: Apr 24, 2010 2:15 AM

    “The end result? Players with a higher profile create greater damage to the NFL shield, so the price for their popularity (and high tax bracket) includes stiffer penalties if/when they find trouble.”
    Meanwhile there is Roger Goodell yucking it up on stage at the draft with a man who pled guilty to obstructing justice in a double homicide … after being arrested and charged for murder.

  36. pinkworm says: Apr 24, 2010 2:25 AM

    4 games will be the max………get over it douchbags!!!!

  37. Adam says: Apr 24, 2010 2:27 AM

    Goodell must’ve paid attention to the “She said no” chants

  38. pinkworm says: Apr 24, 2010 3:00 AM

    gay

  39. firesnake says: Apr 24, 2010 5:18 AM

    One question: AFAIK, Big Ben has been suspended for violating the personal player conduct policy, not the substance abuse policy,
    I the league is emphasizing the alcohol abuse element now (because there was no way of getting him for the other allegations), is the four game suspension actually the first-time offenders for substance abuse? So, if they get him again, they would automatically suspend him for a whole year?
    Maybe you could shed some light into this. Thx.

  40. connie says: Apr 24, 2010 6:01 AM

    I think Goodell is mad at what Ben’s people are saying. Lawyer made out like they changed Goodell’s mind about A lesser amount of days.
    You know the nfl knows much more than we do.Maybe they know something could drop.

  41. jshawaii says: Apr 24, 2010 6:31 AM

    Oh you guys at PFT… making the only NON-DRAFT story the one that sits overnight at the top of the page…
    js

  42. Krow says: Apr 24, 2010 7:14 AM

    If Ben rapes another underage co-ed before the 6 weeks are up he gets an extra game suspension. There’s a good chance he will never play again.

  43. jerseykingpin says: Apr 24, 2010 7:20 AM

    More of these usless storys from the great Mike Florio . If you need something to write about I would rather hear about how long it took your last s.h.i.t to come out then more of this usless BS writing you been putting out . Please write something on football

  44. Spoonthis says: Apr 24, 2010 7:48 AM

    GOoDell needs to be consistent from here on out with his punishments. It’s amazing that Tom Cable can break his assistant coaches face and have a suit against him for it but what suspension did he get? NONE.
    “Goodell also implied strongly that the league found in all of the various incidents involving Roethlisberger a troubling pattern of behavior, which presumably arose from the excessive consumption of alcohol.”
    So Ben got drunk on his birthday. What pattern though with the excessive consumption of alcohol? Was he drinking in Nevada? (I hope he was cuz McNutty aint’ too cute). Was he drinking when the car turned in front of him on his motorcycle? No. I don’t understand this whole “pattern” deal. 3 incidents, a motorcycle accident, a one night stand in a hotel and a very bad choice of in GA of sex in a bathroom. Where’s the pattern?
    @RebaT.
    Have you found a new team to cheer for yet? Please say yes.

  45. RAVNATION says: Apr 24, 2010 7:56 AM

    He raped a woman. All you F/N steeler fans- pretend it was your sister or wife (in your case both) and then tell me that he should serve no jail and get ONLY 4 games.

  46. wvugrad00 says: Apr 24, 2010 8:06 AM

    Now I understand why the Steelers don’t have cheerleaders.

  47. Snitchin' Bubs says: Apr 24, 2010 8:49 AM

    I know he has raped at least two women from the Baltimore area … Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.

  48. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Apr 24, 2010 8:58 AM

    jbravo92 says:
    To bad Goodell wasn’t the commish during the Ray Lewis murder charge. Maybe this is a bad one so let’s talk about Jamal Lewis, whoops, coke charge.
    “Too” is what you were looking for. And there’s a “two”, too. See, spellcheck won’t catch all that. You might have paid closer attention in the 7th-friggin’ grade.
    Nothing quite like an inarticulate, grammatically-challanged smart-ass.

  49. Steeler-lady says: Apr 24, 2010 8:58 AM

    # falconer18 says: April 24, 2010 1:18 AM
    Foster passed a polygraph test. Police found nothing to charge the guy, so she is just going after money.
    “His attorney says Foster passed a polygraph test. The player wants to prove he is innocent. The Colts don’t plan any disciplinary action.”
    They didnt even give Ben or the chick a lie detector test,so that cant be used as a comparision…I wish they would of. But in Bens case,the doctor seen no sign or rape or assualt,and no dna… so that should of accounted for something. Police also find nothin to charge Ben with either,they didnt even have probable cause.

  50. moreBScrap says: Apr 24, 2010 9:14 AM

    Florio’s hits must have been down for the weekend so he had to make up another BS story. GIVE IT UP……….now your getting out of hand..

  51. metalman1320 says: Apr 24, 2010 9:19 AM

    @steelerlady…….
    The police don’t charge people based on probable cause. Probable cause is simply a reason to search someone or their car.

  52. GirthyOne says: Apr 24, 2010 9:24 AM

    Still a lot of hating buffoons posting their ranting drivel.
    Dictator Goodell continues to speak about it and he is now the person keeping it in the media. Hey Rodger, you are killing my fantasy team. Knock it off, you fool!
    In answer to anyone who would ask if that is all I care about, no. First, I would ask that you ask an intelligent friend to interpret information for you, then they can tell you that I also care about the presumption of innocence and how the lame media hoards are now able to affect the NFLs discipline. Free country my big derriere.
    Metalman1320 should have his access removed for the cussing he did. Plus, he’s an idiot.

  53. BenRoethilsberger says: Apr 24, 2010 9:35 AM

    Hey Roger.
    Blow me.

  54. Florios'Lawyer says: Apr 24, 2010 9:39 AM

    Goodell to Cornwell:
    STFU, if you get my drift…

  55. AllThat says: Apr 24, 2010 9:40 AM

    @steelerlady:
    Maybe he should have said “I will take a polygraph.”

  56. BenRoethilsberger says: Apr 24, 2010 9:50 AM

    # RebaT. says: April 24, 2010 1:17 AM
    “LOL…. HA HA HA HA HA HA
    Suspension = 8 games now!”
    Are we still on for tonight?
    I brought the lube and the rotary hammer drill like you asked.

  57. tryagain says: Apr 24, 2010 9:55 AM

    And another thing steelerlady-‘I wish they would of. But in Bens case,the doctor seen no sign or rape or assualt,and no dna… so that should of accounted for something. ‘
    Did you make it past 3rd grade? Seriously, your sentences are some of the most idiotic on this site- and I’m not even talking about your Ben loving drool. For example: would of (no, would have), doctor seen (no, the doctor saw, learn verb tenses), no sign or (that’s where your ‘of’ should be, not or), so that should of accounted (once again, should have). So moronic, in fact, that I really think you might be Ben in blog drag.

  58. Chartiers says: Apr 24, 2010 10:11 AM

    I thought that it was ironic that Ray Lewis was on the stage of the draft reading the Ravens pick.
    He was involved in the murder of 2 people and I believe his suspension was the same as Roethlisberger. Ben has not been charged with a crime. Jerry Jones has been publicly intoxicated and ats like an ass on numerous occasions. Cable in Oakland punches a coach but skates. You may not like the Steelers, that’s OK, but double standards are not OK.

  59. mobey says: Apr 24, 2010 10:12 AM

    Again, maybe he thought it was his sister.
    It is Pittsburgh you know.

  60. CT Stiller says: Apr 24, 2010 10:12 AM

    mobey says:
    “Let’s face it – the Steelers have been scum since their 1970’s players were cheating with horse tranqs.”
    Horse tranqs? Did they sedate the horses that the opposing teams were to ride in on?

  61. 69skins69 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:15 AM

    Thats a bunch of crap, if it was you daughter or sister you would want him dead. Since he takes your team to the superbowl he should get treated differently. Some people are so immoral they want to win no matter what. What if Pig Pen was a part of Al Quaida?

  62. contract says: Apr 24, 2010 10:18 AM

    “He wasn’t charged because the girl didn’t want to follow through with it. She didn’t want to have to deal with the media circus that would have surrounded this going to trial. That’s the only reason. If she would have been willing to go forward with this, the DA would have charged him. But when the victim isn’t doesn’t want to move forward, theirs nothing anyone can do. Read the DA’s report. ” –metalman1320
    You may want to take your own advice.
    ———————-
    Q: Did her wish not to prosecute have any bearing on your decision here today?
    A: Yes it made it easier, but had she not written and taken that position, the victim, her family, and her lawyers, that they did not want us to prosecute the matter at all – and they made it crystal clear in the letter – an honest answer is I would still be announcing the same result. We, based on the evidence here, don’t have enough evidence to prosecute. I know when I have a case and I know when I don’t, and I do not have enough evidence to convince 12 jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Roethlisberger would be guilty of the crime of rape. The final line in a jury trial is when, with pride in my voice, I point my finger at the defendant and explain to the jury how I proved that defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. And if I were on the jury, I’d say ‘Nice try Mr. Prosecutor, but based on this evidence, even without that letter, you don’t have it here. You didn’t prove the crime of rape beyond a reasonable doubt.’ I would not even convict the defendant.
    Q: What about probable cause though?
    A: I live in the world of ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’ An honest answer: It’s debatable. If you want my candid feeling, looking at all the evidence here, we don’t even have probable cause. Probable cause is the standard to make an arrest, and we did not have probable cause. No arrest was made in this case, so there’s no warrant to dismiss. We didn’t even have probable cause in this case.
    Transcript from the DA press conference

  63. TheWizard says: Apr 24, 2010 10:30 AM

    Ben is white trash with money, but if you’re a 20 year old girl, don’t go into a bar, drink illegally, and expect good things to happen.

  64. badthings says: Apr 24, 2010 10:36 AM

    sixburghrules says: April 24, 2010 12:50 AM
    They are going to make him have psychological evaluations and use this to base his suspension on.
    Will they soon make all potential players submit to these same tests to make sure that the NFL is “clean” if so we will have a bunch of bible thumping Tim Tebows in the NFL.
    I am a Steeler fan and think that 4-6 games is a good punishment beyond that with no recurring issues would be wrong.
    Godell (Goodell) cannot continue being GOD in the NFL. He makes thing up as he goes. Any of you who want to laugh at this will sooner or later have your day with Goodell
    ___________________________________
    If the potential player is a fat sexual predator like your qb then they should have to submit to the tests like Rapesdrunkgirlsesberger.

  65. CT Stiller says: Apr 24, 2010 10:41 AM

    69skins69 says:
    “What if Pig Pen was a part of Al Quaida?”
    Well, you got us there. Damn you smart people and your moral compasses!

  66. Snitchin' Bubs says: Apr 24, 2010 11:21 AM

    iusedtobeteddybayer says:
    “Too” is what you were looking for. And there’s a “two”, too. See, spellcheck won’t catch all that. You might have paid closer attention in the 7th-friggin’ grade.
    Nothing quite like an inarticulate, grammatically-challanged smart-ass.
    –I agree completely. It is even cooler when the person correcting such errors cannot spell challenged.

  67. funi says: Apr 24, 2010 11:24 AM

    When are the Eric Foster, Jared Allen and Ronnie Brown suspensions coming down???

  68. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 24, 2010 11:34 AM

    “Snitchin’ Bubs says:
    April 24, 2010 11:21 AM
    –I agree completely. It is even cooler when the person correcting such errors cannot spell challenged.”
    That’s funny too because of how indigent he got.
    (I know. I just want to see if his head explodes.)
    ((And you should have put “challenged” in quotes.))
    (((Like I did)))

  69. badthings says: Apr 24, 2010 1:39 PM

    iusetobeteddybayer, maybe you should use the spell check you speak of?
    Your a tool

  70. Steeler-lady says: Apr 24, 2010 3:31 PM

    tryagain says: April 24, 2010 9:55 AM
    And another thing steelerlady-‘I wish they would of. But in Bens case,the doctor seen no sign or rape or assualt,and no dna… so that should of accounted for something. ‘
    Did you make it past 3rd grade? Seriously, your sentences are some of the most idiotic on this site- and I’m not even talking about your Ben loving drool. For example: would of (no, would have), doctor seen (no, the doctor saw, learn verb tenses), no sign or (that’s where your ‘of’ should be, not or), so that should of accounted (once again, should have). So moronic, in fact, that I really think you might be Ben in blog drag.
    Unlike you this isnt my life,so i dont take the time to go back through it to make sure retards such as yourself can understand it… I already graduated high school so i dont think i need to correct my grammar skills on a fly by the night website for some moron.
    If you dont like it.. dont read it… its a simple process ….

  71. mobey says: Apr 24, 2010 7:54 PM

    “steelerlady-‘I wish they would of. But in Bens case,the doctor seen no sign or rape or assualt,and no dna… so that should of accounted for something. ‘”
    Pissburgh citizens aren’t very bright.
    Rapists. Cheaters. Lots of incest.

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