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NFL clarifies suspension stance on Roethlisberger

Yeah, so there’s a reason why Commissioner Roger Goodell’s comments about reducing Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension sounded so confusing.  

According to league spokesman Brian McCarthy, Goodell will not consider reducing Roethlisberger’s suspension below four games.  He will consider whether to reduce the six-game suspension to four, which has been the plan all around.

The confusion likely came from Goodell not hearing the questions asked by a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter this morning.  (Or just the odd nature of the question itself.)  The paper says Goodell was asked twice whether it was possible for Roethlisberger’s suspension to dip below four games, and both times Goodell gave vague answers.

The league spoke clearly following the story being published, and the Post-Gazette has updated their information.  Fans of the Falcons, Titans, Bucs, and Ravens thank them for doing so.

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56 Responses to “NFL clarifies suspension stance on Roethlisberger”
  1. myspaceyourface says: Aug 5, 2010 2:15 PM

    Ravens suck. . . . . and they’re still talking.

  2. ncoolong says: Aug 5, 2010 2:16 PM

    Yeah, that’s exactly what I just posted on the first column about this topic.
    People need to stop rushing to the podium to make sure their opinions are heard. That’s how things get blown out of proportion in the media.

  3. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Aug 5, 2010 2:20 PM

    How many semesters is DTF getting suspended from school for false accusations, being video taped lying to police, being busted with a fake ID twice in a week, costing a man millions of dollars and a month of his career, and completely ruining the reputation of man whose only crime is being horny?
    GODdell needs to watch DTFs interview, apologize, and eliminate the suspension all together.
    And if he doesn’t, Farve’s e-flash should get at least 8 games.

  4. flake13 says: Aug 5, 2010 2:23 PM

    Six games…
    –For banging some crazy broad who admitted in Emails that the sex was consensual…
    –And becauuse some drunk chick who initially told police he didn’t rape her, then admitted that she never told him to stop, and couldn’t even remember what position they were in when…
    Insanity!
    Looking at the Vince Young non-suspension, I guess if he just punched her lights out it would’ve been okay…
    The world has gone crazy…

  5. Holeinone09 says: Aug 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    Did you see Ben’s pic in the article? He is looking lean and mean right now, in much better shape that I can recall seeing him in for years. As I have been saying, he will be ready to come back with a vengeance, and I predict he will have his best year overall considering focus, leadership, effort, etc. In the end, Ben will be a better person for all this, and the Steelers will be better off.
    GO STEELERS!

  6. Burning River says: Aug 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    Yeah, Rosenthal…like any of those teams are quaking in their boots at the thought of playing the Steelers this year, with the raper, or without.
    They sucked last year. They’re even sorrier this year.

  7. habibfromnewdehli says: Aug 5, 2010 2:32 PM

    LOL @ Roethlisberger apologists.
    and @myspaceyourface
    I agree the Ravens are not as good as the media is hyping them up to be. But they are definitely in better shape than the Steelers are, even with Ben.

  8. dbartdog says: Aug 5, 2010 2:35 PM

    LOL, the guy is a serial rapist and they’re talking about reduction…he belongs in jail.

  9. H8R says: Aug 5, 2010 2:53 PM

    Maybe he’s going to “Unleash Hell”….

  10. tryagain says: Aug 5, 2010 2:58 PM

    ben, the angel, sent from heaven who never did anything wrong, he’s just simply misunderstood. we should all thank our lucky stars that his presence on this earth was during our lifetimes. we are so very blessed. let’s all bow, genuflect and have a moment of silence in honor of this brave brave man.

  11. i'm president charlie! says: Aug 5, 2010 2:58 PM

    To think, if Ben only threw a party where someone got shot and/or punched someone in the face at a bar or stripclub he would be playing week 1.
    I hope all the children out there learn this valuable lesson.

  12. Bdrunk says: Aug 5, 2010 2:58 PM

    Steel Dahn Sahth says:
    August 5, 2010 2:20 PM
    GODdell needs to watch DTFs interview, apologize, and eliminate the suspension all together.
    ——————-
    While I AM in the camp that doesn’t think Ben is the serial rapist he’s made out to be by the scared AFCN rivals, I think the suspension should stick. A big old spotlight was thrown on him being in a compromising position with a drunk girl in the bathroom of a bar. That is bad conduct and it should be punished. That being said, the Commish made an example out of BBR with the long suspension, as a warning to the other ‘tards in the league. He will lose control of it if he continues to use double standards.

  13. ravenfan820 says: Aug 5, 2010 3:02 PM

    myspaceyourface says:
    August 5, 2010 2:15 PM
    Ravens suck. . . . . and they’re still talking
    Jasckass…yours was the first comment…..how could the Ravens fans be the one’s talking????
    This is just as I knew it would be….All of the squealer fans feigned being indignant about what Ben did. But once camp started all would be forgiven and he would be the hero again.
    I understand, all fans do it (Queue the Ray Lewis references)…I’m just saying the Squealer fans are NO better than another fans. Do not put yourselves on a pedestal……

  14. Bdrunk says: Aug 5, 2010 3:05 PM

    dbartdog says:
    August 5, 2010 2:35 PM
    LOL, the guy is a serial rapist and they’re talking about reduction…he belongs in jail.
    ———————
    Congrats! As funny as lolRAPE is, with this one statement you’ve outed yourself as an idiot. Love these folks, they try to get in the heads of their football rivals, and lay a hurtin’ on them, when really they shoot themselves in the foot by even speaking (posting). Please get your “I’m Stupid” sign on the way out, and be sure to wear it loud n’ proud.

  15. FrankoBollo says: Aug 5, 2010 3:07 PM

    Considering how lame the accuser’s story turned out to be, might as well erase the whole suspension.

  16. Bdrunk says: Aug 5, 2010 3:08 PM

    tryagain says:
    August 5, 2010 2:58 PM
    ben, the angel, sent from heaven who never did anything wrong, he’s just simply misunderstood. we should all thank our lucky stars that his presence on this earth was during our lifetimes. we are so very blessed. let’s all bow, genuflect and have a moment of silence in honor of this brave brave man.
    ——————
    This guy gets it. Don’t forget to kiss the rings.

  17. Bdrunk says: Aug 5, 2010 3:09 PM

    ravenfan820 says:
    August 5, 2010 3:02 PM
    myspaceyourface says:
    August 5, 2010 2:15 PM
    Ravens suck. . . . . and they’re still talking
    Jasckass…yours was the first comment…..how could the Ravens fans be the one’s talking????
    This is just as I knew it would be….All of the squealer fans feigned being indignant about what Ben did. But once camp started all would be forgiven and he would be the hero again.
    I understand, all fans do it (Queue the Ray Lewis references)…I’m just saying the Squealer fans are NO better than another fans. Do not put yourselves on a pedestal……
    ——————
    Time heals all wounds. Even knife wounds.

  18. steelers rule says: Aug 5, 2010 3:09 PM

    Being a white QB with no charged = 6 agmes
    Being a black player in fights, arrested and DUI’S= nothing!

  19. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 5, 2010 3:10 PM

    What is Bobby Knight’s stance on rape anyways?

  20. Steeler-lady says: Aug 5, 2010 3:17 PM

    Goodell should of set an example when Billy B got caught cheating too………
    What makes me even more sick is Donte Stallworth got drunk n drove his vehicle into another human being …..hes gonna be suiting up this fall but yall worried about a drunk slut.. im sure yall have seen her type many of times in your local pub.If that chick had at least shed one tear i may have felt something for her.. lol instead she sounded like some valley girl from the 80’s.. “ooo cool””..LMAO
    Her stories didnt match up to her friends either.. she claimed they had no idea who Ben was.. but her friend said they got a call that Ben was in town so they left the party n went downtown to see him… lol then they also said they didnt know who he was but they knew he had a reputation.. lmao he didnt have no rep til this .. lol makes no sense.lol also that he was 6’5 241 lbs. LMAO!

  21. realitypolice says: Aug 5, 2010 3:22 PM

    I love it.
    A few months ago, the Steeler apologists said:
    “we know what BR did was stupid, he shouldn’t have put himself in that situation, but he didn’t commit a crime”.
    Now it’s:
    “DTF ruined the reputation of a good man who didn’t do anything wrong”
    By mid-season it will be:
    “DTF sexually assaulted BR who sitting in a library minding his own business sipping a fresca and reading Shakespeare”.
    Awesome.

  22. Deb says: Aug 5, 2010 3:27 PM

    @Steel Dahn Sahth …
    BEST post on this situation yet. Short and ACCURATE. I know people who worked the case. And since the NFL had investigators in Ga., Preacher Goodell also knows what really happened–which is why his suspension letter only mentioned excessive drinking. Ben will sit four games. That’s the price for being an egomaniacal jackass with the judgment of a 13-year-old. But she didn’t get away w/her false accusation. No matter what PFT bloggers spout, her friends and classmates know better.

  23. whodey1 says: Aug 5, 2010 3:30 PM

    Oh yeah, all the teams are terrified of potentially being able to intercept Roethlisberger three times per game. Teams are terrified of the big bad Steelers.

  24. realitypolice says: Aug 5, 2010 3:38 PM

    Deb says:
    August 5, 2010 3:27 PM
    egomaniacal jackass with the judgment of a 13-year-old.
    ==========================
    Best description of BR even. Nice work Deb.

  25. realitypolice says: Aug 5, 2010 3:39 PM

    replace *even* with *ever* in previous post.

  26. flake13 says: Aug 5, 2010 3:50 PM

    Being a lifelong Steeler fan I agreed with the initial suspension. 4-6 seemed fair.
    But considering the non-suspensions of Young & Benson I think it is extremely unfair. Ridiculous even.

  27. HJC says: Aug 5, 2010 3:53 PM

    BEN IS A RAPIST!
    (Steeler fan here. I’m just trying to satisfy the brain-dead Steeler-hating masses who keep on needing to repeat this mantra no matter what issue is brought up)

  28. tryagain says: Aug 5, 2010 3:56 PM

    @bdrunk – i could never kiss the rings. i’ve always heard you shouldn’t look directly into sunlight and i fear that getting that close to ben with that bright glow of Godlike proportions would blind me. plus, i don’t want the std’s.

  29. Deb says: Aug 5, 2010 3:59 PM

    Thanks, realitypolice, I needed that. Glad someone gets that it’s possible to love the guy’s QB skills, believe he’s innocent of the accusation … but still think he’s a jerk who brought a lot of this on himself :)

  30. realitypolice says: Aug 5, 2010 3:59 PM

    flake13 says:
    August 5, 2010 3:50 PM
    Being a lifelong Steeler fan I agreed with the initial suspension. 4-6 seemed fair.
    But considering the non-suspensions of Young & Benson I think it is extremely unfair. Ridiculous even.
    ======================
    I agree with both points.
    I was stunned when VY didn’t get suspended when he was caught ON FILM assaulting someone and admitted that his only provocation was someone gave an upside down hook-em horns sign.
    I don’t know enough about the Benson case but you would think he deserve some kind of suspension as a lifetime achievement award if nothing else.
    If Goodell is really trying to send a message, he needs to be much more consistent in his decisions.

  31. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Aug 5, 2010 3:59 PM

    @ Bdrunk
    Although I’m not saying Ben is an angel, I am saying he did not commit a crime. And if being in an uncompromising position with a drunk girl is an NFL crime… then so is any athlete who scored with a drunk girl in a limo or hotel, paid for a little extra off of a stripper, texted a pic of his manhood, so on and so forth.
    This is NOT ISLAM. We have laws. Goodell went above those laws and punished Ben for excessive drinking (not a crime) and providing drinks to underaged girls (who had fake IDs).
    Yet so many athletes that did break laws, got a lesser, or ZERO suspension.
    GODdell is walking a very slippery slope here. Maybe all of Wilt Chamberlains records should be erased because he drunkenly fornicated with over 10,000 women.
    I believe drunken consentual sex to be fun.
    The laws of Georgia and USA allow it.
    GODdell need to get off his moral high horse.
    It has been completely, totally, and undeniably proven that Ben did not rape DTF. Period. And even knowing that, GODdell still punished him because Ben “tarnished the shield”.
    No Ben’s not an angel. He is a rich single man with 2 SB rings, and I don’t blame him for taking every advantage of the situation, if that’s what he enjoys. Saint Roger doesn’t agree.

  32. Bdrunk says: Aug 5, 2010 4:03 PM

    whodey1 says:
    August 5, 2010 3:30 PM
    Oh yeah, all the teams are terrified of potentially being able to intercept Roethlisberger three times per game. Teams are terrified of the big bad Steelers.
    ———————
    Odd, the Bungles, having their best season in recent memory, could only pick him twice in two games last season.

  33. GBfanForever says: Aug 5, 2010 4:05 PM

    HJC-
    you just don’t get it. I never used to hate the steelers per se but it’s pretty obvious Big Tool has violated at least a couple women and gotten off scott free as it’s one of the hardest crimes to prove in a court of law, especially when the defendant is ultra rich and has law enforcement in his pocket. Now, as a father of a little girl I hate that guy more than anything and I hate steeler fans for defending him just because he plays football well. Had that happened to my daughter Big Tool would no longer be able to play pro football due to an unfortunate accident. Yeah, I think he’s a rapist and yeah, now I hate the steelers. Drop the pretense that since he never was convicted he never committed a crime. Those things are not mutually exclusive and even you are smart enough to figure that out. I hope this curses the steelers for 1000 years.

  34. nofunleagueNFL says: Aug 5, 2010 4:07 PM

    A 4-6 game suspension for Ben’s poor behavior… are you kidding me. It was never going to be a 6 game suspension, get real. Our “wonderful” commissioner made this proclamation so we would think he was coming down hard on Big Ben. It was always going to be 4 games and don’t be surprised if its reduced to less than 4 games because of Ben’s “goodell” behavior.
    Rothlisberger should have been suspended the entire year, but Goodell couldn’t do that to his beloved Steelers. He knows that the Rooney family wouldn’t have taken to kindly to that long of a suspension. Mr. Goodell, I hope “your” Steelers go 0-16. Ben, I hope you get the help you need to turn your life around.

  35. TexasMadDog says: Aug 5, 2010 4:09 PM

    Let me at him. grrrrrr
    GO DALLAS COWBOYS!!!

  36. Bdrunk says: Aug 5, 2010 4:10 PM

    tryagain says:
    August 5, 2010 3:56 PM
    @bdrunk – i could never kiss the rings. i’ve always heard you shouldn’t look directly into sunlight and i fear that getting that close to ben with that bright glow of Godlike proportions would blind me. plus, i don’t want the std’s.
    ———————-
    I lol’d :)
    I picture “Shine on you Crazy Diamond” playing in the background.

  37. joe6606 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:11 PM

    The NFL should be ashamed for its embarrassing and discriminatory manner in which this story was handled. Anyone else notice how once the video tape of the lying slut was released, the media completely dropped coverage, as it was plainly obvious she was full of crap?
    Pretty sad that Goodell was bullied into making BR take the fall for all white players, as the media was turning this nonstory into a racial one.

  38. flake13 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    When the Commish handed down the suspension he stated that “a pattern of behavior” had been established…thus the 4-6 weeks.
    If he wins the suit against the crazy broad from Nevada [who admitted in emails that the sex was consensual], does that break the “pattern of behavior,” leaving only the Georgia incident?
    Then shouldn’t the suspension be reduced?
    Or can’t we apply logic to NFL discipline any more?

  39. flake13 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:25 PM

    Hey
    GBfanForever
    Didn’t you used to root for Mark Chumura, a married man, who actually was charged and went to trial for RAPING A MINOR?
    [And I have daughters, too...and I'm not raising them to at 20 years old drink themselves into oblivion and follow famous athletes from bar to bar wearing a DTF button.]

  40. Deb says: Aug 5, 2010 4:36 PM

    @GBfanForever …
    Ben’s like 90 percent of the guys in the league who’ll hit anything that throws it at them. But I know people who worked the Ga. case and have read all the files. The medical exam not only showed she didn’t have intercourse with anyone that evening, it also indicated she’d had sex with someone else earlier in the day. The DA was clear in saying this was alcohol-fueled drama and he hoped she and her sorority sisters learned their lesson. The Nevada woman texted admitting consensual sex, and Nev. cops say there’s no evidence a crime ever occurred.
    So please drop the pretense about being a concerned daddy as though no one else here has beloved daughters or nieces. Ben’s an egotistical jackass, but the evidence in these cases is conclusive. You believe he’s a rapist because that’s what you’ve chosen to believe.

  41. blitz43burgh92 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:37 PM

    im so sick of you dumbass haters,sorry your team suxs dick.GO STEELERS

  42. connie says: Aug 5, 2010 4:44 PM

    how has ben changed someone please tell me

  43. shipwreck38 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:49 PM

    All you haters can just STFU. U know the only reason you are talking crap about the Steelers is because you are jealous.

  44. trickbunny says: Aug 5, 2010 4:55 PM

    realitypolice says:
    August 5, 2010 3:22 PM
    I love it.
    A few months ago, the Steeler apologists said:
    “we know what BR did was stupid, he shouldn’t have put himself in that situation, but he didn’t commit a crime”.
    Now it’s:
    “DTF ruined the reputation of a good man who didn’t do anything wrong”
    By mid-season it will be:
    “DTF sexually assaulted BR who sitting in a library minding his own business sipping a fresca and reading Shakespeare”.
    Awesome.
    ————————————————-
    I couldn’t have said it better. Brilliant.

  45. Crip2knight says: Aug 5, 2010 5:01 PM

    Yeah! GO STEELERS and take the Pirates with ya!

  46. Hoof Hearted says: Aug 5, 2010 5:35 PM

    You Steeler haters just can’t bear the fact of Ben coming back after 4 or 6 games and kicking your sorry team’s butt. Guess you all poured yourself an extra bowl of stupid this morning. Enjoy the meal!

  47. Deb says: Aug 5, 2010 6:58 PM

    @Crip2knight …
    Outlaw Josey Whales is that you?
    Or are you just a roboposter?

  48. trickbunny says: Aug 5, 2010 7:01 PM

    Hoof Hearted says:
    August 5, 2010 5:35 PM
    Guess you all poured yourself an extra bowl of stupid this morning. Enjoy the meal!
    ————————————————-
    Only 3 things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and Steelers fans typing incredibly, laughably weak “comebacks” :)

  49. tk1966 says: Aug 5, 2010 7:44 PM

    @ trickbunny
    Since you are an expert on comebacks, why don’t you entertain us all with one of your own. Or was your post your attempt at one?

  50. blackbirdroadkill says: Aug 5, 2010 8:17 PM

    If only there was equity. Ben gets 4-6 weeks for being foolish. Ray Lewis gets a fine for committing murder. Jamal Lewis, 4 weeks for selling cocaine. Cedric Benson gets arrested for punching out a bar employee. Nada. I hope that Ben gets to “know” Flacco’s sister.

  51. queenie says: Aug 5, 2010 8:36 PM

    Go Steelers!
    Do not be too hard on the prostituting rabbit…his momma told me that he wasn’t breast fed as a baby and he’s never gotten over it.

  52. JapDouds says: Aug 5, 2010 10:01 PM

    Deb says:
    August 5, 2010 4:36 PM
    @GBfanForever …
    Ben’s like 90 percent of the guys in the league who’ll hit anything that throws it at them.
    *****************************
    Yet our Ben’s been accused not once, but twice. All the other guys? Not so much
    ***************************
    The medical exam not only showed she didn’t have intercourse with anyone that evening, it also indicated she’d had sex with someone else earlier in the day.
    ************************************
    Pretty amazing analysis to show she had sex but could pin point afternoon from evening.
    Wow.

  53. Deb says: Aug 6, 2010 12:04 AM

    @JapDouds …
    Not amazing.
    Only an infinitessimal amount of DNA is needed for identity testing–much more than would be found in a pindrop of semen. It’s impossible to have sex and not leave even a pindrop of semen, or a single pubic hair, fleck of skin, lick of saliva, etc. But none was found … which means no intercourse with anyone that evening.
    Two flecks of male DNA (not semen or sperm) were found. Since they used the PCR testing method which can amplify the most miniscule samples for identity testing but they still couldn’t increase these samples to the necessary size, they had to be unbelievably small and degraded–which means they weren’t recent and probably were residue left after she’d showered.
    The DA was asked at the press conference if she’d had sex with anyone else that day. He said he couldn’t violate her privacy by commenting.
    See, there’s nothing amazing about it if you do your homework instead of just mouthing off.
    BTW, the Nevada court has on file text messages sent by the plaintiff to friends in the days after the alleged rape in which she admits it was consensual sex.
    Ben brought a lot of this on himself by using the judgment of a 13-year-old, but being an idiot doesn’t make him a sex offender.

  54. gaddy1 says: Aug 6, 2010 10:24 AM

    I can understand the hatred of the Bengals and Raven fans toward the steeler, being one the thousand of Texas fans who root for steelers, yes there are steeler fans who was born and raised in Cowboy and Texan territory. They have the largest fanbase of any team in the NFL, seeing how theres only one superbowl between the Bengals and Raven franchises like i stated before, i can uderstand their hatred. But@GBfanforever, get over that five hundred yard plus passing game and win that Big Ben and the steelers put your on your much improved packers defense late last year in the season.

  55. JapDouds says: Aug 6, 2010 10:14 PM

    @ Deb
    It takes few words to tell the truth but many to hide it.
    You try too hard.

  56. JapDouds says: Aug 6, 2010 10:15 PM

    @ Deb
    It takes few words to tell the truth but many to hide it.
    You try too hard.

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