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Bettis thinks Roethlisberger's heart is in the right place

Ben Roethlisberger’s off-field antics made him so unpopular in Pittsburgh this offseason that large numbers of Steelers fans were hoping the team would dump its 28-year-old, two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

But one of the most popular players in the team’s history, Jerome Bettis, says he thinks Roethlisberger will eventually win back the fans.

“He has to keep his head down, play hard and give back to the community,” Bettis told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “If he does that, slowly but surely, he will be able to work through the process.”

Bettis thinks Roethlisberger is a good person who just showed poor judgment.

“It is a situation where he has to prove his heart is in the right place,” Bettis said. “And I know from knowing Ben that his heart is in the right place.”

Still, Bettis knows it’s not going to be an easy season for Roethlisberger or for the Steelers.

“It is not going to be a quick fix,” Bettis said. “They have an uphill battle.”

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61 Responses to “Bettis thinks Roethlisberger's heart is in the right place”
  1. The Purple Nightmare says: Jul 8, 2010 7:31 AM

    But where is his penis ?

  2. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jul 8, 2010 7:34 AM

    Rapenstein’s heart may be in the right place, but his privates have been in a number of wrong, uninvited places… allegedly.

  3. DonTerrelli says: Jul 8, 2010 7:35 AM

    If the Steelers have a winning record by week 10, the fans will love Ben again.

  4. Backlund in 2012 says: Jul 8, 2010 7:38 AM

    It’s not his heart that concerns everyone…

  5. runtheball says: Jul 8, 2010 7:39 AM

    Tremendous player, but Bettis is the biggest two-face phony in sports.

  6. SDCade17 says: Jul 8, 2010 7:40 AM

    He has to keep his head down, play hard”
    Literately, keep it down. I’m not sure about that last part though.

  7. Rodey says: Jul 8, 2010 7:40 AM

    His heart may be in the right place, but we all know his dick isn’t.

  8. brasho says: Jul 8, 2010 7:42 AM

    Yes, his heart is in the right place… but the problem is that he often puts his penis in the wrong place!

  9. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 8, 2010 7:45 AM

    I don’t I think Ben is a Rapist!

  10. Crazy Nick says: Jul 8, 2010 7:45 AM

    I don’t understand what all of this Roethlisberger bashing is about?
    Okay, sure. He’s a felon. And, he’s molested a couple of women. But, he’s a 2-Time Super Bowl Champion!
    That has to count for something, right?

  11. ErikInHell says: Jul 8, 2010 7:50 AM

    Yes, all men with their hearts in the right place will sexually assault stupid, drunk college women in a bar bathroom.

  12. theravenlives2 says: Jul 8, 2010 7:55 AM

    Bettis thinks Roethlisberger is a good person who just showed poor judgment.
    ———————————————
    again, and again, and again, and again…….

  13. Dave says: Jul 8, 2010 7:57 AM

    Everyone forgets that Bettis went through something similar early in Pittsburgh. A woman claimed she was raped by Bettis and it turned out to be false. Ben has a lot of work and will never recover his status or lost millions.

  14. TimTheEnchanter says: Jul 8, 2010 8:05 AM

    # ErikInHell says: July 8, 2010 7:50 AM
    Yes, all men with their hearts in the right place will sexually assault stupid, drunk college women in a bar bathroom.
    ————-
    Well said.

  15. Buck Stallion says: Jul 8, 2010 8:06 AM

    Hey Crazy Nick, please pay attention. He’s not a felon. He has never even been arrested.

  16. Kevinoc63 says: Jul 8, 2010 8:13 AM

    “He has to keep his head down, play hard and give back to the community,” Bettis told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “If he does that, slowly but surely, he will be able to work through the process.”
    It would also help if he would refrain from raping women.
    Just my two cents.

  17. Tim_Stead says: Jul 8, 2010 8:34 AM

    Bettis has his own track record of fine behavior.

  18. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 8, 2010 8:50 AM

    Bettis is the only Steeler I can think of with larger breasts than Rothelisberger.

  19. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jul 8, 2010 8:55 AM

    But what does this have to do with “The Decision”?

  20. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 8, 2010 8:55 AM

    Bettis’ situation is NOTHING like either of Ben’s.
    Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck on Tuesday announced there was not enough evidence to prosecute Bettis,
    Pittsburgh Steelers player Jerome Bettis will not face criminal charges for a sexual encounter with a Westmoreland County woman last summer, and instead his accuser and her uncle are under investigation for trying to extort money from him.
    Witnesses also told police that earlier this year they heard Walters brag about another plot in which a woman was to engage in a sex act with Bettis, claim she had been sexually assaulted, then cash in through a civil lawsuit.
    “There was evidence that was unavoidable in terms of an exculpable nature that indicated at least one person attempted to entrap Mr. Bettis,” Peck said.
    Based upon the clear evidence of this scheme by Walters as reported by many witnesses and the presence of Walters at Bobby Dale’s on the night in question, there is not evidence beyond a reasonable doubt of Jerome Bettis’ guilt of any sexual assault on the evening of Aug. 21, 2002,” Peck said.
    During the investigation, witnesses came forward and implicated Walters in three money-making schemes, two of which directly involved Bettis, Peck said.

  21. Law-Deezie says: Jul 8, 2010 9:08 AM

    @ Tim_Stead….Bettis was “ACCUSED” of sexual misconduct and the woman later admitted to making the story up….
    @ runtheball…..How in the hell can you say Bettis is a two-faced phony? You seriously need help…your comments are “way out there” sometimes…..

  22. MrHumble says: Jul 8, 2010 9:08 AM

    If his “heart was in the right place” as Bettis claims, the Raper wouldn’t be in all the trouble he is in……..period!

  23. Burning River says: Jul 8, 2010 9:10 AM

    It’s a good thing Ben “only” sexually assaulted a few women, and didn’t murder anyone.
    Otherwise, he’d be a Raven.

  24. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Jul 8, 2010 9:15 AM

    “Bettis thinks Roethlisberger’s heart is in the right place”
    ————————————————–
    Who knew that Bettis was a Cardiologist in his spare time?
    ————————————————–
    (The consultation)
    Bettis: “Well, Ben. I have run the full battery of tests on you and I can now tell you that your heart is in the right place. Left-center chest!”
    Big Ben: “Golly Gee, Willikers! Thanks, Doc!”
    Lil Ben: “Skeet! Skeet!”
    Bettis: “Don’t point that thing at me! Pay the receptionist on you’re way out.”

  25. SamHam says: Jul 8, 2010 9:16 AM

    Oh yeah!!–Steeler Haters out in full force…ThePurple Nightmare=DOUCHEBAG–Poo Flinging Monkey=DOUCHEBAG–SDC-=DOUCHEBAG–Rodey=DOUCHEBAG–etc-etc..Florio=DOUCHEBAG

  26. 34swtns says: Jul 8, 2010 9:23 AM

    Roethliberger’s effectiveness has been seriously undermined, no matter what happens in the future. The damage is done.
    And in more breaking news: “Fed up” is still a douche.

  27. djstat says: Jul 8, 2010 9:27 AM

    Unlike your boy Big Ben, there is not one shred of evidence that suggest a certain RAVEN murdered anyone. Read the case and learn the facts. Big Ben on the other hand has plenty of evidence to the contrary and I am sure if he get audited, a nice check of “hush” money has been written.
    What is it with Pennsylvania and supporting criminal QBs? Vick and Worthlesberger

  28. smo05d says: Jul 8, 2010 9:33 AM

    Bettis needs to figure out a better way into the limelight then always talking about Roethlisberger. It’s pathetic.

  29. 2010_DHB_70rec_900yds_10tds says: Jul 8, 2010 10:02 AM

    if he wins the black and yellow fans over, it just shows everybody what kind of people they are. I guess being a winner wipes out the fact he’s a sexaul predator.

  30. GoCaps8 says: Jul 8, 2010 10:08 AM

    If only his hard would be in the right place as well…

  31. Tinbender says: Jul 8, 2010 10:11 AM

    Bettis, you just dropped on my Respect-o-meter.

  32. bobinpuertorico says: Jul 8, 2010 10:27 AM

    Jerome, You might be right about poor Ben, but just so we know that you are not being biased, could you let him rape one of your relatives – perhaps a sister, and then tell us that his heart is in the right place.

  33. footballfan says: Jul 8, 2010 10:30 AM

    WOW.. I’m no Big Ben fan but now people are calling him a felon???? I don’t remember him be convicted of anything.

  34. footballfan says: Jul 8, 2010 10:30 AM

    Okay, sure. He’s a felon. And, he’s molested a couple of women. But, he’s a 2-Time Super Bowl Champion!
    WOW.. I’m no Big Ben fan but now people are calling him a felon???? I don’t remember him be convicted of anything.

  35. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Jul 8, 2010 10:51 AM

    Everyone please watch DTF’s video taped interview about the Ben Allegations. Anyone with an IQ over 80 will see that ……
    Oh wait, you don’t want the truth, you want Ben to be a rapist.
    Nevermind.

  36. CanadianVikingFan says: Jul 8, 2010 11:08 AM

    Thug Life: The AFC North story.
    Coming soon to HBO and NFLN.

  37. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 8, 2010 11:21 AM

    Steel Dahn Sahth says: July 8, 2010 10:51 AM
    Everyone please watch DTF’s video taped interview about the Ben Allegations. Anyone with an IQ over 80 will see that ……
    ——————————————————
    Yeah, he didn’t rape her but did he sexually assault her……..yeah, he did. If you don’t think he at least touched/grabbed her inappropriately when she said no then you are a Steeler fan.
    But the truth……
    Oh wait, you don’t want the truth, because you want her to be a lying whore, who deserves to have the rest of her life ruined.
    If Ben is so innocent he would file a lawsuit. Still waiting for the lawsuit.

  38. jwill007 says: Jul 8, 2010 11:22 AM

    “CanadianVikingFan says:
    July 8, 2010 11:08 AM
    Thug Life: The AFC North story.
    Coming soon to HBO and NFLN.”
    “Choke Life” “The story of the Minnesota Vikings”
    For Steelers fans, Is Ben traveling with the Dingy Bathroom so he has own portelet?

  39. TheBengal13 says: Jul 8, 2010 12:33 PM

    The names “Bettis” and “Roethlisberger” in the same headline sentence make me want to punch a baby.

  40. pageant-judge says: Jul 8, 2010 12:33 PM

    Does anyone think that the GA Girl that accused Ben of Sexual Assault/Rape may still possibly file a Civil Suit against Ben OR is it possible that Ben already paid her off so she can no longer talk to the Media/Press/TV and cannot bring on any further Suits? I heard that in alot of cases if there was a payoff that she cannot reveal that or a Large Amount of the Payoff would have to be returned to the person she sued? Also, I wonder if Ben was drunk that night back in Early March on the night of the GA Case?

  41. CKL says: Jul 8, 2010 12:37 PM

    What a surprise that JB supports BR. They are both egomaniacal douchebags who think they are bigger than the team.

  42. pageant-judge says: Jul 8, 2010 12:40 PM

    http://deadspin.com/145455/big-bens-prom-date
    Take a look at this link about Ben’s High School Prom Date coming to a Steelers Game. It’s Quite Cute! Enjoy!

  43. funi says: Jul 8, 2010 5:11 PM

    Kobe rapes a white girl when married, Tiger been screwing everything that moves when marrod and peopel forgive them, Ben is single and NEVER CHARGED WITH ANYTHING AND IDIOTS HATE HIM???????

  44. Deb says: Jul 8, 2010 5:33 PM

    @Shux …
    Then why didn’t she say that? She made the accusation and was quite specific about it. You can’t rewrite it to suit yourself. He may not be a likeable guy, but the prosecutor in this case reached the same conclusion regarding lack of evidence as the prosecutor in the Bettis case. The only difference is that Steelers fans universally loved Bettis and many dislike Roethlisberger so they refuse to hear the investigators or prosecutor. That’s their prerogative. But he’ll be starting–probably after week four–whether they like it or not. As for your lawsuit question, he really doesn’t have enough because no charges were filed. He has countersued in Nevada.

  45. badthings says: Jul 8, 2010 7:55 PM

    And I know from knowing Ben that his heart is in the right place.
    _____________________________________
    What a joke……………….

  46. Pittsburgh Smells says: Jul 8, 2010 10:56 PM

    Pittsburgh folk are pure trash.

  47. BCGreg says: Jul 8, 2010 11:21 PM

    @ SamHam
    SamHam=President Douchebag

  48. BCGreg says: Jul 8, 2010 11:24 PM

    @ funi
    No, I hate Kobe and Tiger too.

  49. FumbleNuts says: Jul 9, 2010 12:05 AM

    “He has to keep his head down, play hard and give back to the community,”
    Depending on which head does the thinking…..this could be dangerous!

  50. DM says: Jul 9, 2010 8:32 AM

    “keep his head down, play hard and give back to the community,”
    Isn’t that what he was doing with a couple women that got him in trouble in the first place?
    Oh wait, he was keeping his head down and playing hard, he was just giving to the community’s backside.

  51. DM says: Jul 9, 2010 8:34 AM

    funi says:
    July 8, 2010 5:11 PM
    Kobe rapes a white girl when married, Tiger been screwing everything that moves when marrod and peopel forgive them, Ben is single and NEVER CHARGED WITH ANYTHING AND IDIOTS HATE HIM???????
    ************************************
    Kobe’s a douchebag too.
    Tiger didn’t rape.
    I hate rapists who haven’t been charged as much as rapists who have been.

  52. DM says: Jul 9, 2010 8:39 AM

    Bettis just wants BR to replace him as resident fatty.

  53. pageant-judge says: Jul 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    DM says: Bettis just wants BR to replace him as resident fatty.
    ******************************************
    Have you seen Ben lately? He’s in Great Shape and his attitude seems to have improved alot also. You know I’m not really a Steelers Fan and I’m not a Big Ben Fan, but I would feel really bad if this guy has been wrongly accused once or twice of rape. That would be too bad, but I don’t know whether he did it or not? I try to stay objective and so I’m not taking either side.
    I’m just a Southern Belle from Alabama and so I have no ties to the Steelers or Ben. I do wish them the Best of Luck!

  54. Deb says: Jul 9, 2010 3:06 PM

    @pageant-judge …
    According to DA Fred Bright, both Ben and the accuser were extremely intoxicated.
    The DA said there is no evidence the accuser received payment. He said he did not have enough evidence to proceed with or without her testimony. She repeatedly changed her story. Many witnesses identified her as the pursuer, said she was out of sight only 10 minutes, and contradicted her two friends’ account of the bodyguard blocking the door. The medical exam did not support her accusation.
    The only thing Roethlisberger could have gained by paying her would have been a full retraction. She did not retract.

  55. pageant-judge says: Jul 9, 2010 6:20 PM

    Did anyone read on the USA Today Website where this similiar article was written yesterday about Jerome Bettis defending Ben Roethlisberger, is that allegedly according to this poster the 20 year old GA Girl that accused Ben of rape, her own Father told her she would NOT put a Civil Suit on Ben. Does this surprise anyone? It sounds like even her own father does not believe her?

  56. DM says: Jul 9, 2010 6:48 PM

    @pageant-judge
    No, the fact that she’s not going to sue tells us it probably really did happen and the family doesn’t want the kind of shit storm thrown at them as is demonstrated by this board.
    If it was a lie, she would be suing. Why else would you make that kind of thing up?
    Despite the desperate wishes of the Ben groupies here, he’s a POS, a drunk, a rapist and a low life.
    And he’s fat.

  57. DM says: Jul 9, 2010 6:51 PM

    Many witnesses identified Ben as coaxing her away from her friends and said they were out of sight long enough to do who knows what, backing up the friends’ accounts.
    And the medical exam identified male DNA in her underwear and bruising on her personals.
    But, since she didn’t want to be drug through the mud any more – she’d already received death threats – she said she wouldn’t testify so there was no case.

  58. this class sucks says: Jul 9, 2010 7:43 PM

    @DM
    New rule, if you are going to post a fact you MUST provide a link that confirms it.

  59. Deb says: Jul 9, 2010 8:27 PM

    @this class sucks …
    Excellent suggestion.
    @pageant-judge …
    Authorities did not mention finding DNA in her underwear when discussing the medical exam. The miniscule bit of unidentifiable male DNA found on her person was degraded beyond the point expected for recent intercourse. The DA said investigators put her absence from the party at 10 minutes based on their interviews.
    Anonymous people post all kinds of things on blogsites. If you’re genuinely interested in this case, you should go to the source material.
    DA’s 71-minute press conference: http ://kdka.com/video/?i d=71073@kdka.dayport .com
    Four-volume excerpted document sets of the Milledgeville case files/witness statements:
    http://www.post-gazet te.com/pg/10106/1050 964-66.stm
    Also on the Post Gazette site, you’ll find links to contradictory videotaped statements by the accuser.

  60. DM says: Jul 9, 2010 9:58 PM

    @sucks
    Certainly.
    And I’ll even post real links.
    http://www.postgazette.com/pg/10106/1050964-66.stm
    I’ll quote:
    “Results and Conclusions:
    Examination of the vaginal and cervical swabs from Item 1 reveals the presence of Male DNA…”
    It does NOT say it was minuscule or degraded beyond the point expected for recent intercourse. It doesn’t offer editorial interpretation.

  61. Deb says: Jul 10, 2010 12:42 AM

    @pageant-judge …
    Re-checked and discovered DM was correct about a small particle of unidentified male DNA found on the panties. He’s also correct about my editorializing on the lab findings. They used PCR testing, which Scientific.org describes as the only method of amplifying “really miniscule amounts of DNA” but were still unable to identify the sample. But all this has been hashed and rehashed. It’s not a pretty story to dwell on no matter what you believe happened. So I’ll move along now.

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