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Ben's behavioral evaluation could open Pandora's box

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review pointed out a possibility about which plenty of fans have been buzzing. 

What if the behavioral evaluation of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reveals that his lapses in judgment and/or alleged sexual misconduct arise from a critical mass of concussions?

“It’s conceivable to think that there is a possibility that those
concussions have led to some behavioral issues,” forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht told Carl Prine of the Tribune-Review.  “The question I pose is
simple:  Can someone with several chronic or repetitive head injuries
later display behavior that is socially undesirable?  It’s certainly
possible, but we won’t know that unless there is a proper evaluation,
then work-up and treatment plan. It would be medically negligent not to
include these sorts of tests as a part of this disciplinary process.”

If a link is found, the league surely will say nothing about it, citing medical privacy laws.   “We do not disclose any other details relating to a specific
individual,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Tribune-Review.  “Yes, medical professionals perform the
evaluation. Yes, we have access to the findings and recommendations.” 

But Roethlisberger’s camp would have every incentive to disregard such protections and get the truth out, in the hopes of rehabilitating an image that already may be irreparably damaged.  Though some will perceive such a diagnosis as belated excuse-making, the fact that doctors hired by the NFL would reach such a conclusion (if they indeed do) would be significant, and unprecedented. 

And then things could get very dicey for the league.  Other players who misbehave may try to point to chronic concussions, finding their own experts who may be inclined to reach whatever conclusion the person paying them wants — especially if the fee for services rendered includes getting their names in the paper.  Meanwhile, those in Congress who have an ax to grind regarding the NFL could use the actual or perceived link between concussions and the contemporaneous creation of potential sexual predators as fodder for a political attack on the game.

Thus, much is riding on the outcome of Roethlisberger’s behavioral evaluation.  Both for him and the entire league.

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126 Responses to “Ben's behavioral evaluation could open Pandora's box”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 26, 2010 10:18 AM

    I think they can easily prove the guy was an asshole before the concussions.
    Not a problem.

  2. Holeinone09 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:19 AM

    So, then it may turn out that GODell’s punishment requirements could backfire on the NFL, if it turns out that his concussions may have caused any behavioral problems he might be exhibiting. This gets better for the media all the time, doesn’t it? Yep, GODell has really set some precedents here, in trying to make the huge example out of Ben.
    All of this is getting quite tiresome.

  3. GeniusJoe says: Apr 26, 2010 10:20 AM

    Funny.
    All the other people with concussions don’t feel the compulsion to rape. (allegedly)

  4. penguininbondage says: Apr 26, 2010 10:20 AM

    That’s it give him a ready made excuse. How bout this?
    The guy is a scumbag.

  5. Commish says: Apr 26, 2010 10:20 AM

    Concussion or not, sexual harassment is not excusable. Especially for someone that’s still employed by the N.F.L.

  6. jkbachman says: Apr 26, 2010 10:21 AM

    So wait…this is placing Ben’s lack of a conscious with the excuse that the concussions made him a rapist? Certainly wouldn’t hold up in court…let alone the court of public opinion.

  7. Krow says: Apr 26, 2010 10:23 AM

    The Steelers are drawing the line. If he rapes any more girls then they’ll pretend to trade him again. That will teach him.

  8. rh44 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:25 AM

    I’m pretty sure he engages in sexual misconduct because sex is often fun and enjoyable.

  9. SportsDevil says: Apr 26, 2010 10:25 AM

    Or maybe it’s an alien wizard!

  10. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Apr 26, 2010 10:26 AM

    Except Roethlisberger’s douchebaggery started long before his NFL career. Allegedly.

  11. esox66 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:27 AM

    concussions? don’t think so. more of like the little head controlling the big head …”hey Ben, hang me out gimme some air will ya?”

  12. Rat says: Apr 26, 2010 10:27 AM

    They always need something to deflect responsibility. I was expecting the “sex addiction” card to be played, but this is an interesting twist.

  13. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 26, 2010 10:30 AM

    “It’s conceivable to think that there is a possibility that those concussions have led to some behavioral issues,” forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht told Carl Prine of the Tribune-Review.
    ——————————————————
    If it is a case of concussions can a doctor deem one unable to pay NFL football due to these concussions and if so do they become eligible for disability?
    Not being a smart-ass I seriously was wondering this, I work at a hospital but I am a networking guy, I don’t know about the medical field. I also don’t really know the disability laws and trying to find a straight answer online relating to that is well…..yeah good luck.

  14. beantowndawg says: Apr 26, 2010 10:30 AM

    This is absurd. Tiger isn’t a sex addict, he likes sleeping with women. Ben isn’t suffering from some mass health issue… he’s just an ass. Why is this so hard to accept?

  15. espnfaninhouston says: Apr 26, 2010 10:30 AM

    Tiger Woods and his 6 weeks of sex rehab thinks this sounds like a copout

  16. Tinbender says: Apr 26, 2010 10:31 AM

    Interesting speculation, but Ben has been known as an ass since the day he entered the NFL. Besides, was it riding without a helmet and crashing his bike that turned him into a jackass?

  17. funi says: Apr 26, 2010 10:32 AM

    When is the commish goign to give out punishment to Ronnie Brown (dui). Eric Foster ( SEXUAL ASSULT), and Jared Allen( threathening to brak a man’s neck)?! These need to be addressed now!!!

  18. Nevisyakker says: Apr 26, 2010 10:33 AM

    It is an idea, but a completely unsubstantiated one. There would need to be years of documentation and research before anything meaningful could be established. The medical profession moves with glacial slowness in these matters and by the time they announce a finding Ben will be chasing co-eds down the street with his walker.

  19. EG says: Apr 26, 2010 10:33 AM

    joetoronto says:
    April 26, 2010 10:18 AM
    I think they can easily prove the guy was an asshole before the concussions.
    Not a problem.
    _________________________
    then they’d just go back and say he had concussions in college…or high-school
    still a funny comment though

  20. BucThisSh** says: Apr 26, 2010 10:34 AM

    I can see the headlines now: “Ben’s Concussions Could Have Affected More Than Just The One Head”

  21. Huckle says: Apr 26, 2010 10:34 AM

    @Holeinone09
    How could this backfire on Goodell?
    Think about it, (if you can), if the concussions could be used to say that Ben can’t make good judgments, then Goodell can turn around and say, “Ok, so he’s been concussed enough – he’s suspended indefinitely for his own safety, and the safety of others.”
    Any attempt to use this to shield Ben’s actions will immediately backfire.

  22. birdmancometh says: Apr 26, 2010 10:34 AM

    There is no way a concussion makes someone a sexual preditor. I’ve had two concussions in my life and i have sexually assaulted…count ‘em….zero girls. Give me a f’n break. Next thing you know people are going to try and blame the parents for not raising Ben right. Bull Shat. The guy has a responsibility to act like a productive member of society. It’s nobody’s fault but his own. What he needs is a good ass whoopin.

  23. bgm says: Apr 26, 2010 10:34 AM

    Pandora’s box opened by sports media…story at 11

  24. answer3 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:35 AM

    Wow, the lengths we go to try to blame our actions on something other then ourselves. Thats why we sue McDonalds for making us fat.

  25. LittleWarrior says: Apr 26, 2010 10:36 AM

    This is the first time that I can think of that anyone has tried to link rape to concussions. The guy is lucky he is not serving serious time in the pokey. I have always rooted for the Steelers even though I am a Bucs fan. I can’t believe this guy has been allowed to embarrass such a great franchise.
    Did anyone see ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” over the weekend…wow is all I can say

  26. robert ethan says: Apr 26, 2010 10:37 AM

    They weren’t able to tie the behavioural problems to the constant brain bruising, but they are pretty sure it is responsible for the drooling, the spasms, and the slurred speech.

  27. jimicos says: Apr 26, 2010 10:37 AM

    Hey Florio, was that a shark you just jumped over?

  28. GMan412 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:37 AM

    They showed an excerpt from an OTL interview with Najeh Davenport on a local station where the Deuce stated that Ben is a completely different person now than the Ben he knew as a rookie.
    Take that for what it’s worth…

  29. gyldenlove says: Apr 26, 2010 10:37 AM

    There is no way Roethlisberger would ever want information released that his behaviour has changed due to repetitive head injuries, if that is the case then he should not and with the new concussion rules would probably not be allowed to ever play in the NFL again since he would be putting himself at risk for more severe injuries and disorders as a result.
    Ultimately it is better for him to make millions and be known to be a douchebag than to be out of work and known to suffer mental disorders.

  30. ibleedaquaorange says: Apr 26, 2010 10:39 AM

    Troy Aikman and Zach Thomas seem to stay out of trouble.

  31. tryagain says: Apr 26, 2010 10:39 AM

    I think Ben’s behavioral evaluation could open a big black hole of gas. I’m pretty sure that’s all that’s rolling around in his head, the last remaining brain cells were gone a few years ago from the drinking.

  32. Spoonthis says: Apr 26, 2010 10:40 AM

    I wish NBC would send Florio to get his head checked. His infatuation with Ben is unhealthy.

  33. southFLAsteel says: Apr 26, 2010 10:40 AM

    wait……. what the hell happened to the “one team tried to trade for roethlisberger” story??? how did that one get removed?? jeez, you would think a site as “reputable” as this one would not have to retract works of fiction that are publish here so often.
    on a separate note, to all these so-called “life long” steelers fans, that will never root for the steelers as long as big ben is the qb, GOOD F’ING RIDDANCE!!! steeler nation will not miss you one bit! quit posting here about how you’re no longer a fan. who cares. you were never a true fan of the TEAM in the first place. go root for the browns or bengals. you’ll find the door shut and locked when the steelers win another superbowl, so don’t even try coming back. now get the hell on to your new team!!!
    .

  34. dafish says: Apr 26, 2010 10:41 AM

    So the girl in Georgia was named Pandora?
    Seems like he already tried to open that.

  35. connie says: Apr 26, 2010 10:41 AM

    Big Stupid Ben was stupid before the head injury Lets not look for every excuse we can find WE all know what an a– he is now and always was. But lets not forget he is going to change. The only thing he changed was his weight he lost 50 pounds from thinking about what was going to happen to him. How could one persons image change so bad. I can’t stand to look at him

  36. firesnake says: Apr 26, 2010 10:41 AM

    Anyone who believes that a concussion has a bigger effect on this than his 100 Mio $ contract?

  37. jimicos says: Apr 26, 2010 10:42 AM

    “Ben’s behavioral evaluation could open Pandora’s box”
    And in other news, local 19 year old Pandora Williams has alleged she was sexually assaulted by Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger.

  38. Wallacej says: Apr 26, 2010 10:43 AM

    Bullcrap

  39. Frank Burns says: Apr 26, 2010 10:44 AM

    While they’re at it, they may want to run some behaviorial tests on the scumbags who screamed down the Make a Wish kid, or the turds on this board who ripped on him.
    Now THAT is sick behavior.

  40. HRVA DBAG says: Apr 26, 2010 10:46 AM

    That’s a real stretch. My money has always been on the fact that Ben has been a compulsive asshole since high school. His raw talent and abilities made him protected by his coaches and staff. This continues into college. Finally he pulls this shit in the pros and it hits the fan.
    I am a lifelong Steeler fan but I would rather go 7-9 to 9-7 with a good citizen at qb rather then have Ben.
    I am really tired of you posting these stories Florio. There must be other things to write about. You run a great site but these posts are making you stale and played out.

  41. stillayinzer says: Apr 26, 2010 10:46 AM

    This is weak. Ben was a jerk before the concussions and he is a jerk after the concussions. Can concussions make you more arrogant or disrespectful? The guys is just an a$$hole. It’s not very complicated.

  42. Hillbilly Jim says: Apr 26, 2010 10:47 AM

    Aikmen didn’t rape the women and ride off on the horses and he had 36 concussions. The dude is a douchebag and that has nothing to do with what color jersey he is wearing. Ben, if your not careful you will lose everything and be forced to bang the Omega Moos.

  43. Michael LaRocca says: Apr 26, 2010 10:48 AM

    According to The Dilbert Newsletter, there are people who say “that could open panda’s box.”

  44. Holeinone09 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:51 AM

    @Frank Burns says:
    April 26, 2010 10:44 AM
    While they’re at it, they may want to run some behaviorial tests on the scumbags who screamed down the Make a Wish kid, or the turds on this board who ripped on him.
    Now THAT is sick behavior.
    * * * *
    Well said, Frank. Those nitwits showed just how far people will go to show their hate for the Steelers. And just like the drunken bimbos at the sorority house, their behavior is apparently condoned by the lynch mob, since none of them are criticizing that terrible behavior.

  45. Snibs says: Apr 26, 2010 10:53 AM

    Florio has frustrated man-love issues.

  46. yinzburgh says: Apr 26, 2010 10:54 AM

    I can see it now: Clockwork Orange 2010!

  47. monger says: Apr 26, 2010 10:55 AM

    At least when our players are jerks it’s not because they were hit in the head.
    – David Stern

  48. Anebriated says: Apr 26, 2010 10:59 AM

    If the concussion damage is so bad that it has altered his behavior then he should no longer be playing the game. He wants to use that as a crutch for his actions then force him to retire for fear of damaging his brain beyond its current state. If he decides that he is just a horny screw-up then let him clean up his act and keep playing. This is just a sad attempt by the lawyer.

  49. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Apr 26, 2010 11:01 AM

    This dumbass theory IS POSSIBLE, if the concussions all occurred during high school or pop warner, since there are Big Ben is an asshole stories from his time at Miami (oh). I even remember a comment on this site that he behaved like he was a famous rapper on campus.

  50. JimmySmith says: Apr 26, 2010 11:05 AM

    Systematic of today’s take no personal responsibility attitude. Ben was a turd, is a turd, the only remaining question is whether he’ll be one his entire life?
    To try to blame it on his concussions is sad. The guy has no respect for women, no respect for himself and none of that is likely to change anytime soon. The Steeler fans must be proud.

  51. Hauschild says: Apr 26, 2010 11:06 AM

    It ain’t concussions – it’s upbringing.
    Behaviors are ingrained by around age 12. They may vary slightly over time, but generally, what is set, is set – good or bad.
    Isn’t it interesting that as our society becomes more permissive and accepting of deviant behavior by the passing year that people are generally more screwed-up in the head than ever before? Time to get back to the days of shaming people.

  52. Occam says: Apr 26, 2010 11:06 AM

    The jokes to the headline really just write themselves.

  53. Sumeria says: Apr 26, 2010 11:06 AM

    There isn’t many people more concussed than Steve Young.
    Steve Young shows he’s a little punch drunk with the slurring and stammering he does from time to time, but he’s about as upstanding as it gets.
    No Pandora’s box…just another crutch for people’s inability to take personal responsibility.

  54. TheDPR says: Apr 26, 2010 11:08 AM

    I think joetoronto speaks for the vast majority of people with functioning brains.

  55. MakingitRain says: Apr 26, 2010 11:11 AM

    I bet he’s already opened Pandora’s box, while she was drunk in the bathroom of a bar saying NO!

  56. this class sucks says: Apr 26, 2010 11:19 AM

    You know what they will do next is use these behavior tests to find out whether future players will act badly. We already skipped the whole “charged/convicted” thing, now we can skip the whole “accused” thing.

  57. Ravens634 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:22 AM

    SHE SAID NO!!!! SHE SAID NO!!!

  58. HarrisonHits says: Apr 26, 2010 11:23 AM

    So basically if they show a link that concussions make sexual predators, then Ben would possibly have to be institutionalized.
    Sorry but I think that’s stretching it to blame his behavior on concussions. This is clearly a long term behavioral pattern that goes back to before he was ever in the NFL.

  59. footballrulz says: Apr 26, 2010 11:24 AM

    Mike–you’ve got quite the active imagination there buddy. One would think that if concussions led to behavioral changes it would be common knowledge by now. Football (and concussions) has been around for a long time.
    Of course in today’s time we no longer have to be accountable for our actions as everything is a disease and or an addiction.
    I used to get heart burn and would take alka-seltzer or a little baking soda. Now it’s acid reflux disease and prescription drugs are available. I’m also addicted to sex but I learned a long time ago that sex with my wife has the same result as sex with any other woman so I only have sex with my wife. I know, wierd huh?

  60. SamWycheForPrez says: Apr 26, 2010 11:27 AM

    Please tell me that we are not really going to begin creating a common belief that multiple concussions = “poor choices”.
    However, you might be able to convince me of this formula:
    Arrogant prick + fame + money + multiple concussions = arrogant prick making selfish choices.
    Then again, experience tells me multiple concussions are not necessary to make that formula work.

  61. SteelTown-6 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:28 AM

    Damn… if just getting hit on the head leads to behavioral problems, then TFBuckFutter must use a sledgehammer to pick his nose.

  62. Mean D says: Apr 26, 2010 11:29 AM

    Numerous media investigations have indicated that Ben was an asshole even in college.

  63. PirateFreedom says: Apr 26, 2010 11:30 AM

    blaming his actions on head injury just means he can’t change and should be placed in a mental institution where he won’t hurt himself or others.
    I suggest Arkham Asylum.
    that way when “Ruthlessbugger” escapes the Batman will be there to protect vulnerable young women.

  64. footballrulz says: Apr 26, 2010 11:32 AM

    @ lurch’s nyquil
    Nice name dude

  65. jfd117 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:34 AM

    What a joke! Blame concussions for Ben wanting to rape young girls after serving them alcohol. Maybe OJ Simpson had a few concussions as well…

  66. toothpick says: Apr 26, 2010 11:37 AM

    Phineas Gage
    Psych 101; head trauma can turn you into an a-hole.

  67. notdarkyet says: Apr 26, 2010 11:37 AM

    He’s been an ass since High School. :shrug:

  68. Rasta says: Apr 26, 2010 11:38 AM

    Simple evaluation. When Roethlisberger becomes intoxicated his inhibitions disappear and he become the woman hating jerk that he really is. The cure stop drinking alcohol.
    Prognosis> Ben will continue to be a jerk even sober but will be able to keep his brain in his pants around unwilling college girls.
    How about that Sigmund Freud???

  69. CT Stiller says: Apr 26, 2010 11:40 AM

    I guess someone will have to explain to the idiots who don’t understand what this blog post is saying:
    – Concussions affect the brain.
    – The brain has certain areas that control certain behaviors, such as impulse control, apathy, etc.
    – When one of these regions is damaged it can then affect the brain owner’s behavior.
    This is not saying that a concussion will make someone a sexual predator, it’s saying there are still unknown effects of damage to these areas.
    Let’s use whatever capacity for critical thinking we may have. I know many of you are severely lacking in this area, so you have an excuse.

  70. Holeinone09 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:43 AM

    @Huckle says:
    April 26, 2010 10:34 AM
    @Holeinone09
    How could this backfire on Goodell?
    * * * *
    Because if someone has a concussion, then could it not possibly end up being the case that that player might then engage in conduct detrimental to the NFL and himself in the future? And, as the article noted, could it not be the case that someone that does commit a crime or make a mistake like Ben did then merely allege it was because of concussions?
    Then, taking it a step further, could some of these players have an action against the NFL for loss of future income (if they are booted out of the league) because of work-related injuries? I am not an attorney, so I don’t know. I was just surmizing, like the haters often do here.
    That is why I suggested the GODell’s punishment for Ben could turn around to backfire on him and the NFL.
    Did you get all that (if you can)?

  71. CT Stiller says: Apr 26, 2010 11:48 AM

    connie says:
    “Big Stupid Ben was stupid before the head injury Lets not look for every excuse we can find WE all know what an a– he is now and always was. But lets not forget he is going to change. The only thing he changed was his weight he lost 50 pounds from thinking about what was going to happen to him. How could one persons image change so bad. I can’t stand to look at him”
    Were you drunk when you wrote this?

  72. obscenery says: Apr 26, 2010 11:49 AM

    Head trauma is a commonality among psychopaths. This isn’t an “excuse”, it’s an explanation.
    Big Ben doesn’t get a free pass to rape because he’s suffered head trauma (from bouncing off a windshield without wearing a helmet… far worse than typical NFL head trama).
    Instead, this could be a life sentence for Big Ben. He will mostly take the PCL-R test (Hare Psychopathy Checklist), and if he score high then he could likely be institutionalized, or at least under strict observation, for the rest of his life.
    The league shouldn’t worry here. They can always point out that Big Ben violated his contract by riding a motorcycle without a helmet, speeding, and crashing into a car.
    On the PCL-R test I expect Big Ben to score high in these categories:
    -Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
    -Poor behavioral control
    -Promiscuous sexual behavior
    -Impulsivity
    -Irresponsibility
    -Lack of remorse or guilt
    -Grandiose sense of self-worth
    -Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
    I highly doubt any of this gets released to the public. I just find this stuff fascinating.

  73. Drat says: Apr 26, 2010 11:52 AM

    So, damage to Ben’s big head may cause his sexual misbehavior. Here’s an idea: Maybe some damage to his small head would fix him again.

  74. steveinohio says: Apr 26, 2010 11:54 AM

    sounds a little convienent to me

  75. SteelTown-6 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:55 AM

    # Ravens634 says: April 26, 2010 11:22 AM
    “SHE SAID NO!!!! SHE SAID NO!!!”
    Yes she did, twice.
    Milledgeville Police: Were you raped?
    DrunkFakeIDSkank: NO!
    Milledgeville Police: Did you have sex?
    DrunkFakeIDSkank: NO!

  76. rja65 says: Apr 26, 2010 12:32 PM

    I think if this is true he should be forced to retire. The concussions are effecting his quality of life. Why risk causing more damage to this quarterback thats going to get hit almost every play he’s on the field.

  77. Verbal Kint says: Apr 26, 2010 12:37 PM

    Well, I feel like my ears were raped all weekend by Steve Young, so maybe there’s some merit to this.

  78. jibfest says: Apr 26, 2010 12:39 PM

    This is just downright wrong, to try and pass off bad decision making as if it is somehow not his fault.

  79. pat in reno says: Apr 26, 2010 12:42 PM

    Oh for Pete’s sake. There is NO excuse for his boorish behavior. Next time he drops trout the female should kick him in the area of his ‘other’ head. The one he seem to think with most often. But jail and a shrink would help too. Plus maybe his Mother should give him a good talking to and then woop his a$$.

  80. ggdd says: Apr 26, 2010 12:42 PM

    Or what if his lap in judgement just comes from giving a big dumb dope a buch of millions to play football, and they don’t have any common sense in life!

  81. 60eagles says: Apr 26, 2010 12:45 PM

    The NFL is filled with trash, both black and white. Also, the draft is a joke. They better hope someone doesn’t challenge it in court. It does not allow a college football player to sell his abilities to the highest bidder OF HIS CHOICE nor to the team of his CHOICE. It’s more like a slave auction, lacking the obvious. If a college player wanted to play for the Chicago Bears but was drafted by the NY Jets, tough shit. But what the hell, the constitution for the Federalist Papers do mean squat any more. Just look at the last year and a half.

  82. Bob Nelson says: Apr 26, 2010 12:48 PM

    Don’t give a Twinkie defense to anyone who ever played football. It only gives excuses for a whole host of bad behaviors by NFL players who can never ever be held accountable due to having concussions whether they were diagnosed or not.
    Only a lawyer would dream up the excuse and say to hell with the precedent it sets for society.
    Soon enough a multiple axe murderer will not get convicted because he crashed his car multiple times while DUI.
    Soon enough every jailbird in the country will be “suffering” from MCS (multiple concussion syndrome).

  83. AllThat says: Apr 26, 2010 12:54 PM

    @Drat says:
    April 26, 2010 11:52 AM
    So, damage to Ben’s big head may cause his sexual misbehavior. Here’s an idea: Maybe some damage to his small head would fix him again.
    Excellent!!!

  84. winslow says: Apr 26, 2010 12:57 PM

    What of the countless NFL players who have had serial concussions but were never accused of rape?
    Come on. Enough of the Johnnie Cochran routine.
    Turd Watch should be renamed Roethlisberger Watch.

  85. BigBear123 says: Apr 26, 2010 12:59 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxA1PaesSJE&feature=related
    Most often when people hear the words “sexual assault” they think of rape. One might automatically picture a stranger jumping out of the bushes to rape a woman walking home from work late at night. While it is true that rape by a stranger is a form of sexual assault, it is vital to include the wide range of unwanted sexual contacts that many people experience in our definition of these words. Sexual assault can include child sexual abuse, rape, attempted rape, incest, exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, fondling, and sexual harassment. There is a range of nonconsensual sexual acts that create a continuum in which each form of sexual assault is linked to the others by their root causes, as well as by the effects they have on individuals and communities. While sexual assault can take many forms, it is important to remember that the loss of power and control that a victim of sexual assault experiences is a common thread.

  86. hotchick says: Apr 26, 2010 1:00 PM

    So we are going to base a scientific conclusion on the evaluation of one man?
    We don’t fully understand concussions. Studying Ben is not going to suddenly be the missing link that explains all.
    We don’t know the long terms effects. Why some appear to suffer in the future and some don’t. Now we are going to grasp the short term effects and determine concsussions made him a sexual preditor in only a few years?

  87. bryce9erfan says: Apr 26, 2010 1:11 PM

    wow florio that is the stupidest thing you have ever said, lets get back to football and stop slobbering all over your self to make nbc happy with traffic numbers. I remember when this site talked about……..FOOTBALL

  88. FAS says: Apr 26, 2010 1:13 PM

    For those Steeler fans who are repulsed by this serial rapist, yet continue to love and support your team…good for you.
    For those of you supporting this serial rapist just because he wears black and piss…you should be ashamed of yourself.

  89. BenRoethlisburger says: Apr 26, 2010 1:20 PM

    I have $100,000,000.00, ..and you don’t.
    / giving you the finger

  90. Crabcake says: Apr 26, 2010 1:21 PM

    SHE SAID NO! SHE SAID NO! Accept responsibility. Oh wait, he has no integrity.

  91. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 26, 2010 1:25 PM

    Must have been a groin concussion…

  92. hairball says: Apr 26, 2010 1:25 PM

    This diagnosis would only make sense if Big Ben received a concussion when he fell off his Big Wheel at age four.

  93. connie says: Apr 26, 2010 1:28 PM

    To CTSTILLER do you have a problem with what I said let me know because your posts are so stupid your like BIG STUP BEN
    Showing your true colors
    I’m sending 2 officers from Pgh after you
    lol lol lol ha ha ha

  94. 1NationRaiderNation says: Apr 26, 2010 1:36 PM

    Well it’s like Jack Nicholsen playing McMurphy in one flew of the cuckoos nest, when the doc asks him about raping the little girl .His response was” well doc she might have only been 15 but when that little pink beaver is staring you in the face, I dont call that crazy.” (but it is still rape crazy or not)
    .

  95. Deb says: Apr 26, 2010 1:38 PM

    1. No forensic evidence indicates Ben Roethlisberger has sexually assaulted anyone.
    2. Traumatic brain injury can affect various brain functions, including impulse control. Those effects can be magnified when mind-altering substances–such as alcohol–are introduced. Many people suffering traumatic brain injuries also struggle with addiction issues.
    3. Roethlisberger has reportedly behaved in an impulsive, reckless, and inappropriate manner while drinking. SOME of that behavior could be attributed to traumatic brain injury.
    @CT Stiller ….
    99 percent of the people commenting and reporting on this subject already have demonstrated ZERO capacity for critical thinking and ZERO desire to think critically.

  96. thetruthhurts says: Apr 26, 2010 1:43 PM

    The case of Phineas Gage is very far from Psych 101 and is closer to Eng 235: American Folklore And Its Effect On Modern Culture.
    There is no evidence to suggest that there was any later follow through on Gage’s massive brain injury and subsequent behavioral change.
    Most of the pioneers of psychiatry/psychosurgery were German and lived over 50 years Gage’s death, certainly never having given any credence to this odd, unverifiable case they likely never even heard about.
    The US in the 1850s was an intellectual and cultural backwater that had zero influence on global science or culture.
    Just another case of us awarding ourselves a TD we didn’t score.

  97. Steelerbroad says: Apr 26, 2010 1:44 PM

    Give him an excuse for his disgusting behavior????!!??!??!?!? He’s so stupid, he’ll think it’s acceptable behavior………
    Get rid of this jerk!! He is ruining my team.

  98. nerd says: Apr 26, 2010 1:50 PM

    If there is a Pandora’s Box, it’s that other players engage in a “Love Boat Scandal” lifestyle from time to time, not that Ben is irresistibly compelled rape (allegedly) due to concussions.
    If there was neurological damage from concussions, one would expect that to show also in his reflexes and fine motor skills. Which one would expect to also show on the field.

  99. CaptainObvious says: Apr 26, 2010 2:11 PM

    # Crabcake says: April 26, 2010 1:21 PM
    “SHE SAID NO! SHE SAID NO! Accept responsibility. Oh wait, he has no integrity.”
    Yet here you are lying.
    pot meet stupid kettle

  100. pabulldog says: Apr 26, 2010 2:18 PM

    As a medical professional, it is true that concussions and brain injury can lead to modifications in a patients behavior. And the NFL is clearly culpable with it’s rush to return Star players back to action. However, this could be perceived as excuse making and blow up in Ben’s face if he uses this as an excuse. Furthermore, this could open up a bag of worms for the NFL.

  101. texasPHINSfan says: Apr 26, 2010 2:33 PM

    concussions?
    ben’s always been an ass, people just overlooked it because they loved him when he was winning games for them.
    was riding a motorcycle without a helmet due to concussions too? these are just poor decisions from being an idiot.

  102. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 26, 2010 2:40 PM

    …and now we add ANOTHER excuse. He’s rich, he’s a target, she’s a slut, she’s looking for money, he was set up, he banged his head ….and it goes on and on and on.
    When will these big ben supporters realize the guy is what he is….a sexual deviate entitled rapist jerk embarassment to his team who should be banned from the NFL.

  103. jandrew121 says: Apr 26, 2010 2:57 PM

    Are you kidding me? I hope no one is buying this garbage. I did not see Aikman, Young, or others act this way. The concussions made me do it. How about personal responsibility?

  104. Spiffy Kiffy says: Apr 26, 2010 3:03 PM

    Of course this is the answer!
    There has to be some sort of a “traumatic syndrome” these days for everything. God forbid someone actually owns up to their own bad behavior and takes responsibility of their actions.

  105. famucancer says: Apr 26, 2010 3:12 PM

    Deb,
    The videotape was “accidentally” erased showing what took place up until going into the bathroom (like a sober police officer taking a drunk girl into the hall way, one who could barely stand and as a police officer, would be able to determine such)
    The police officer approached by the young women called them drunk b*tches and proceeded to violate every conceivable protocol there was to hinder any actual investigation.
    The bathroom where the alleged rape occurred, was bleached down before the GA Bureau of Investigations could collect any forensic evidence.
    How sad that you are continuing to defend this obvious predator, one that by all accounts was NOT drunk off his azz according to the 527 page document of witness statements that you didnt read because it might just tell you something you dont want to know.
    And to top it all off…..the old concussion theory?? LOL, what next…the devil made him do it?

  106. Didier says: Apr 26, 2010 3:45 PM

    There may be absolutely no connection between the concussions and the behavior, but it is irresponsible to dismiss it as a potential cause without the neurological testing data.
    I believe the punishment was entirely appropriate based upon information that has become publicly available, but people need to take more seriously the effects of multiple concussions on human health and behavior.

  107. The Layman says: Apr 26, 2010 3:49 PM

    Oh please. As a Findlay High School alum, I feel safe in saying he’s been like this for a long time. He got away with the same crap when he was in High School. Although I can’t disagree that the head injuries could have made him dumber.

  108. BKR says: Apr 26, 2010 4:20 PM

    I think his penis made him do it!

  109. kindralockett says: Apr 26, 2010 5:16 PM

    I SO AGREE WITH STEELERS CHICK I AM A DIE HARD STEELERS FAN AND I JUDGE NO ONE OR THE MISTAKES THEY MAKE AND I AM NOT GOING TO TALK BAD ABOUT HIM NORE AM I WALKING OUT ON MY TEAM I BLEED BLACK AND GOLD TILL I DID AND I AM STILL GOING TO BE THERE FOR MY STEELERS NO MATTER WHAT SO ALL U BANG WAGON JUMPERS GO JUMP ON TOM BRADY’S NUTS AND KEEP IT MOVEING
    SIGNED OFF
    STEELERS FAN 4 LIFE

  110. CT Stiller says: Apr 26, 2010 6:03 PM

    famucancer says:
    “The videotape was “accidentally” erased showing what took place up until going into the bathroom (like a sober police officer taking a drunk girl into the hall way, one who could barely stand and as a police officer, would be able to determine such)”
    If you read the statement, you’d know that there are no cameras in the VIP area. Therefore, nothing else could have been acquired from the tapes. Not to mention the police did see the tapes and said there was nothing on it that would have helped the case. http://nationalsportsreview.com/sports/us/d-wil/2010/04/12/da-fred-bright-transcript-plus-the-post-statement-interview/ 4th question in the Q&A area.
    “The police officer approached by the young women called them drunk b*tches and proceeded to violate every conceivable protocol there was to hinder any actual investigation.”
    It was noted that the police officer in question grew angry at the girls because they were all very drunk and none of them could give a straight answer to his questions. There was never any mention of him calling them “drunk b*tches” as you claim.
    “The bathroom where the alleged rape occurred, was bleached down before the GA Bureau of Investigations could collect any forensic evidence.”
    A cleaning person is said to have cleaned the bathroom the next day with bleach and Pinesol. The police had already collected evidence from the bathroom, and any attempt to gather further evidence wouldn’t have mattered because the DNA they found on her was so minuscule that it couldn’t be determined whose it was anyway.
    “How sad that you are continuing to defend this obvious predator, one that by all accounts was NOT drunk off his azz according to the 527 page document of witness statements that you didnt read because it might just tell you something you dont want to know.”
    He was inebriated, the D.A. simply said witnesses didn’t see him “swaggering around”. It’s actually the way a justice system should work. Due process and the concept of beyond a reasonable doubt are in place to protect the innocent. Just because you don’t like the outcome of an investigation, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
    “And to top it all off…..the old concussion theory?? LOL, what next…the devil made him do it?”
    The old concussion theory? Is this some kind of backhanded trick I’ve never heard of?

  111. BKR says: Apr 26, 2010 6:04 PM

    I don’t like Brady but at least he hasn’t had an issue like this, let alone two of them! BIG ben obviously has a penis issue, it does his thinking for him. Or he could just be a moron!

  112. robert ethan says: Apr 26, 2010 7:00 PM

    That explains the mullet.

  113. Bolgheri says: Apr 26, 2010 7:21 PM

    @thetruthhurts:
    “Just another case of us awarding ourselves a TD we didn’t score.”
    Priceless!

  114. Bolgheri says: Apr 26, 2010 7:49 PM

    To: Ben Roethlisberger
    From: Steeler Nation
    Subject: Redemption
    Dear Mr Roethlisberger,
    For multiple years now we have been witness to your two very different public personnas.
    – Gifted, creative, intuitive, exciting and resourceful quarterback of our beloved Black &Gold. We cheered and smiled “wide eyed” when you pulled yet another “Houdini” act escaping the blitz and finding the open man down field. The last Superbowl seemed nothing less than a work of divine intervention. (We also like to think it was Myron smiling down and helping you & Tones out from above.) You receive much help on the field both sides of the ball. It is afterall a team game, and it’s Our team as much as it is yours.
    – 2nd: Steeler Nation is really internally torn up. Turns out our current hero lacks common sense and is a real “heel” and “louse” on a somewhat regular basis when off the field and away from the cameras. You can make amends and turn your life around. There is no escape from the real challenges in front of you. You need help in your personal life just as you do in the game you earn your living playing.
    Show us, make us cheer for you personally, again and again and again. Just as you won us over in the game you can win us over personally. And with each act of attrition, selflessness and charity we will indeed cheer for you.
    Steeler Nation

  115. luvyaben says: Apr 26, 2010 8:06 PM

    My daughter is a student at GSU. The word over the entire campus is that the “victim” made this story up. The only thing she was forced to do that night was to report that she was raped by Ben R. Her sorority sisters forced her to give that statement because of the way Ben was acting that night. He was arrogant and that made the girls upset. The “victim” tryed to get out of making further statements, and even left school to get away from the sorority sisters. Then the ‘sisters” went to the police station and gave their own report. This was after they “huddled” at their sorority house that night to get their story straight. They are now admitting that the lied.
    The media and NFL fan base are trashing Ben. They are accepting the story of drunk college girls as fact. If the media is interested in true reporting they would travel to the campus and interview the students down there. According to the students, during the investigation nobody was talking much. Since the case is closed, the truth is coming out. And the truth is that this story is a lie.
    These lies ruined the lives of Ben R and the police officers that were serving as body gaurds.
    Athletes do act as if they are entitled. But Ben acted no differently then a vast majority of pros who go out partying.

  116. steelforce43 says: Apr 26, 2010 8:28 PM

    I am a Steeler fan for life. However, there are NO EXCUSES for Ben being a complete A$$ off the field. Ben is not the face I want for my fanchise. He has A LONG ROAD to get back into the good graces of the STEELER NATION. A LONG ROAD!

  117. tryagain says: Apr 26, 2010 8:36 PM

    @luvyaben
    sweet username. are you that mom who got on her daughter’s facebook account and bullied the other girl so much she committed suicide? you seem the type.

  118. Deb says: Apr 26, 2010 8:46 PM

    @famucancer …
    Apparently you felt no need to actually check your facts or listen to the DA’s entire press conference in which he clarified the video issue. Wow, what a shock.
    1. The security system is a motion-activated DVR (look it up) recording on a hard drive. When the hard drive is full, it overwrites. No one erased the system. It got full and overwrote, just as it is programmed to do.
    2. NO cameras were in the VIP party area, the hallway, or the bathroom.
    3. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation viewed the footage before the system overwrote. It showed only Roethlisberger’s party entering the club and the woman’s party entering sometime later.
    4. The GBI could have downloaded the footage to disk to preserve it, but since it didn’t show anything useful, they didn’t bother.
    5. You have the IQ of a cantaloupe.

  119. .RebaTe says: Apr 26, 2010 9:22 PM

    luvyaben says: April 26, 2010 8:06 PM
    “My daughter is a student at GSU. The word over the entire campus is that the “victim” made this story up.”
    it sure got quiet in here after THAT post.
    / can’t imagine why

  120. mobey says: Apr 26, 2010 11:18 PM

    Really, someone called “luvyaben” thinks it’s made up?
    Well gosh I guess both rapes were made up then.

  121. tryfuhl says: Apr 26, 2010 11:31 PM

    oh.. yeah.. those were just concussion driven rapes

  122. pawpaw says: Apr 27, 2010 7:06 AM

    If someone is raped they don’t go around bragging about having sex to friends,which is the case in the first accusation. Ben’s a drunk but not a rapist in my opinion..

  123. Deb says: Apr 27, 2010 1:03 PM

    pawpaw says:
    If someone is raped they don’t go around bragging about having sex to friends,which is the case in the first accusation. Ben’s a drunk but not a rapist in my opinion..
    ————————————————
    Wisdom from a pawpaw. Pity the fools who can’t figure out such a simple thing.

  124. RebaT. says: Apr 27, 2010 5:25 PM

    That’s it Ben… get hit in the head a couple more times and end up like Steve Young and Aiken. Doc says no more playing. Steelers say bu-bye!!
    AND Ben, you won’t get the 65 million still owed to you. NOW YOU MAY THINK ABOUT THROWING THE BALL AWAY INSTEAD OF TAKING SACKS YOU IDIOT! In his own words, “I hold the ball too long”. Think of that phrase in all its possible meanings!
    If the Doc says that’s it…. HE’S DONE!!! What do people do in Findley OH anyways? Watch the grass grow?

  125. gogobox says: Apr 28, 2010 10:02 PM

    Eminem’s song lyrics include, “I’d rather turn this club into a bar room brawl. Get as rowdy as Roethlisberger in a bathroom stall.”

  126. Michael LaRocca says: Apr 29, 2010 9:16 AM

    Dude broke a windshield with his forehead. That’s how the NFL gets off the hook.

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