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Roger Goodell appears to leave door open for shortened Roethlisberger suspension

Let’s start out this one by saying we don’t know exactly what to make of it.

Speaking to Pittsburgh reporters on Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sure made it sound possible that Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension could be reduced below the minimum four games originally prescribed.  (Roethlisberger’s maximum suspension remains six games.)

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Goodell was asked if the suspension could go below four games. Goodell responded: “I’ll make that decision later
this month, but that’s the way it was designed. We’ll evaluate all of
that at the end of the month.”

The fact the question was asked tells us a reporter caught wind of the possibility.  We wouldn’t have thought it was even an option based on precedent.

This could just be Goodell using vague language out of habit.  Again, we’re not sure if something was lost in translation here.  But asked to clarify, Goodell essentially chose not to.

“We’ll make that decision on what the suspension is going to be at the end of the month.”

Goodell said on Wednesday that Roethlisberger has done all he’s been asked “and more.”   Could “more” lead to a suspension reduction bigger than anyone imagined?

UPDATE: Nope.  The league quickly cleared up the confusion.  It’s still 4-6 games.

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42 Responses to “Roger Goodell appears to leave door open for shortened Roethlisberger suspension”
  1. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 5, 2010 1:13 PM

    Was it the back door….HEYO!!!!!!

  2. Wonka says: Aug 5, 2010 1:14 PM

    It should be cut down to 1 or 2 games. Vick had a 6 game suspension reduced to 2, and he had a felony and a drug arrest on his record. Ben has ZERO charges.
    1 to 2 games MAX!

  3. Law-Deezie says: Aug 5, 2010 1:16 PM

    Well then….to the rest of the AFC North…you certainly better hope it’s not reduced….because that would me some serious ass kicking.
    They say he’s extremely focused on rebuilding his image with fans and teamates and that he has worked really hard on that since his suspension. Also word out of camp is that he looks amazing with every ball on target and none dropped as of yet….
    I hope he turns himself around, it would be a shame to go out any different.

  4. TimTheEnchanter says: Aug 5, 2010 1:17 PM

    Brilliant! Because 3 months of managing to stay out of trouble when you know the world is watching your every move MORE than makes up for years of supreme douchebaggery culminated by some extremely unsavory business with a college girl in a bathroom that dragged the league’s reputation through the mud.

  5. jackybadass says: Aug 5, 2010 1:18 PM

    1 week tops ben is reformed

  6. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Aug 5, 2010 1:19 PM

    Ironic that a Pitt-town question was asked at Ravens training camp.
    Keep pouring the hater-ade.

  7. ermi0101 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    Drink some cough syrup mixed with soda… indefinite suspension before finding out your case is getting dismissed. Rape three girls… maybe four games, maybe less. kill massive amounts of dogs, go to prison, make it back to football with a zero tolerance policy, then violate your federal probation by fraternizing with your co-conspirators… no suspension. Is it just me, or does it seem that the player code of conduct only applies to non-stars?!?!

  8. Ufanforreal says: Aug 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    That’s why they have Big Ben taking most of the snaps in TC, they got word that Goody was going to let him off the hook.

  9. smo05d says: Aug 5, 2010 1:21 PM

    It would be nice if a committee of owners, coaches & players could be convened to come up with some actual guidelines for an NFL Commissioner to follow. The amount of arbitrariness and personal discretion used currently by the Commish is ridiculous. How can this be a league that regulates everything so precisely, down to the length of socks and leg-showing during games, except for player & personnel conduct & punishments? Why has the league allowed Goodell to become lawyer, investigator, jury, judge & executioner all in one?

  10. fc1_87 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:23 PM

    All the haters start ……..
    NOW!

  11. Def Youth says: Aug 5, 2010 1:24 PM

    Well, he’s white so that helps him. Plus he’s a QB for a team with a huge bandwagon fanbase. Who didn’t see this load of crap coming?

  12. brownsfn19 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:30 PM

    Goodell is a dumbass plain and simple…stick to the suspensions you hand down…

  13. if yer not first... says: Aug 5, 2010 1:31 PM

    What is it with these so-called “leaders” these days (Goodell, Obama, etc etc) that they don’t even PRETEND to give a f*ck about the way things look?

  14. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 5, 2010 1:32 PM

    Well to be fair, he hasn’t raped anyone in weeks.

  15. numberfour says: Aug 5, 2010 1:32 PM

    that doesnt explain the coddling of ookie lately.

  16. Wonka says: Aug 5, 2010 1:32 PM

    Def Youth says: August 5, 2010 1:24 PM
    Well, he’s white so that helps him.
    _________________________
    Actually it hurts him. Look at all the slack Vince Young, Mike Vick, and Cedric Benson are getting. Look at how much slack guys like Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes, Vincent Jackson, and Chris Henry got. Multiple arrests and incidents, many got no suspension or light and reduced suspensions.
    Ben got harsher punishment because he was a white star QB. Sad state of affairs in today’s America.

  17. JVult says: Aug 5, 2010 1:33 PM

    They should not shorten it less than 4 weeks because the suspension was 4 to 6 weeks. Since he has behaved it should stay at 4 weeks because that was the terms of the original suspension.
    I can’t wait to read more about this over the next few days from homers Rosenthal and Florio.

  18. Krow says: Aug 5, 2010 1:33 PM

    It’s great to be white.

  19. ppdoc13 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:36 PM

    big freaking surprise there. i wonder what the over under on his suspension was in Vegas. There was no question that Ben would be back for game 5. Whatever. He is on notice. Maybe he’ll learn something from this. Hopefully that is the case. No hate. Just the truth.

  20. Old School says: Aug 5, 2010 1:37 PM

    It seems to me this is all about putting butts in the seats.
    if you’re a star, we’ll find an excuse to get you back on the field. Otherwise it’s how sad, too bad.
    The only empty seat at Lambeau will belong to Johnny Jolly’s Mom.

  21. answer3 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:40 PM

    Ben hooked him up with a DTF necklace…

  22. WhoDeySood5 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:40 PM

    Law-Deezie says:
    August 5, 2010 1:16 PM
    Well then….to the rest of the AFC North…you certainly better hope it’s not reduced….because that would me some serious ass kicking.
    They say he’s extremely focused on rebuilding his image with fans and teamates and that he has worked really hard on that since his suspension. Also word out of camp is that he looks amazing with every ball on target and none dropped as of yet….
    I hope he turns himself around, it would be a shame to go out any different.
    *******************************************
    just because he might get a supsension reduced doesn’t take away from the fact they we smoke you twice last year, baltimore also beat you (although in OT), and remember that beating cleveland gave you that essentially ended ur season…..also great word out of camp, Every ball perfectly on target and zero drops….damn, the rest of the AFC N is shaking in their boots

  23. OLDCRACKER says: Aug 5, 2010 1:40 PM

    I’m a Browns fan and always look forward to the Steeler games, …even if we don’t do too well. :)
    But, with all of that said, what has Big Ben been convicted of? Not just accused of but, found guilty and convicted? NOTHING!
    True, he is stupid and a prima donna but, he didn’t stab or shoot anyone (or himself). He didn’t run a stop light and kill someone while drunk & high. He didn’t shoot up a casino or carry loaded hand guns into an airport. He didn’t hurt, torture or kill innocent animals. So, what is the big deal? Let him play!

  24. Jollymon says: Aug 5, 2010 1:41 PM

    So I guess the message here is that you can break the rules and get into trouble several times over the years and you will get a set punishment but if you behave for 2 months while you are being watched like a hawk your punishment will be reduced to almost nothing. Ok kids get into trouble several times and you will get punished but if you are good for a couple days it will all be forgotten.

  25. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 5, 2010 1:47 PM

    OLDCRACKER says:
    August 5, 2010 1:40 PM
    I’m a Browns fan and always look forward to the Steeler games, …even if we don’t do too well. :)
    But, with all of that said, what has Big Ben been convicted of? Not just accused of but, found guilty and convicted? NOTHING!
    __________________
    OJ wasn’t convicted for the murders either. Guess that means the real killer is still out there. I wonder how the search is going.

  26. CPC says: Aug 5, 2010 1:48 PM

    WTF Rosenthal? The AP released a report that states “Goodell was vague when asked several times if Roethlisberger’s suspension could be reduced even further. Later, league officials clarified that the commissioner’s April 21 ruling specified a minimum of four games.” This was released before this post went up. Way to be on top of things.
    Sorry Squealer Fans.

  27. steelerfan9598 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:52 PM

    NO CHARGES should equal NO SUSPENSION.

  28. FrankoBollo says: Aug 5, 2010 1:52 PM

    Ignore the whole “‘ho hotel” thing with Bowe in KC, after lecturing about how it’s all about the morals. Then let Young and Benson — both arrested charged — off the hook. The LEAST he could do is reduce the suspension — if he had any decency he’d rescind the whole thing, period.

  29. dbartdog says: Aug 5, 2010 1:53 PM

    Of course…Big Ben is white…no black guy would get that kind of treatment…I’m white myself, but i have no problem telling it the way it is!

  30. Tenntuxx says: Aug 5, 2010 1:56 PM

    No matter how you slice it, this comes down to Goodell not having a backbone. He’s scared the “steeler nation” will be mad at him.
    I swear you can’t blame Brett Favre for being so inconsistent with his decision making…look at the example he has. Goodell changes his rulings like a woman changes her moods! I mean look, he kicked Pacman Jones out for a year because of something that he got accused of being “involved” in but did not directly do (no proof otherwise) but Ben gets 6 weeks cut down to basically a mean look for being accused of a crime that many do years in jail for, but because Benny’s a good little boy and eats his dinner for a few weeks, they get all nice on him.
    Why have conduct standards if you’re gonna pick and choose how you apply them…and you wonder why the NFL has so many divas…

  31. openfieldtackle says: Aug 5, 2010 1:57 PM

    He’s innocent of these accusations…. but bad judgement.
    He bought underage girls drinks who had a fake ID.
    Took one in the bathroom and got a BJ while she was wearing a DTF badge!
    What would you have done?
    Give him a game and move on!

  32. Ollie says: Aug 5, 2010 1:58 PM

    Look, I love the Steelers, but come on now.
    The whole world is watching, the commisioner, the team, the reporters. Of coarse he is going to do everything right and he knows it his only chance to play. This short time of good behavior means absolutly nothing. Its how he acts down the road after he is back and everything forgotten. How little respect Roger has for our intelligence.
    Go Steelers!!!

  33. robert ethen says: Aug 5, 2010 2:01 PM

    Ruthless gets 2 games off for normal human being behaviour.

  34. MrHumble says: Aug 5, 2010 2:01 PM

    He came out with both guns blasting with his announcements of tougher rules as it related to players actions but Goodell has “quickly” become a real softie and players and agents are taking notice. vince young, m. vick, the raper, pacman, cushing, reggie bush, ced benson, etc. etc. etc……everyone seems to be getting a break now days!

  35. Maddog says: Aug 5, 2010 2:01 PM

    WhoDeySood5 says:
    August 5, 2010 1:40 PM
    just because he might get a supsension reduced doesn’t take away from the fact they we smoke you twice last year, baltimore also beat you (although in OT), and remember that beating cleveland gave you that essentially ended ur season…..also great word out of camp, Every ball perfectly on target and zero drops….damn, the rest of the AFC N is shaking in their boots
    ———————————————
    Well you should be. After losing 3 of your 4, and 4 of 5 if you count being pounded into submission in the wildcard round of the playoffs. The Bengals snuck up on people the first half of last year, then they were shown down the stretch to be frauds. 3 wins in their last 8 games played last year. And those wins were against Cleveland, Detroit, and Kansas City.
    You swept the division last year. Congratulations on the greatest season in Bengals history. But they were exposed during the second half of the season to be the frauds everyone knew they were. Won’t sneak up on teams this year, and playing a first place in the division schedule, they’ll be lucky to go 8-8

  36. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Aug 5, 2010 2:07 PM

    GODdell should watch the video of DTF’s police interview, realize that she’s obviously lying, apologize to Ben, and eliminate the suspension all together.
    Unless of course she’s telling the truth, and Ben assaulted her, while she was sitting the regular way on the toilet, and he was standing, never unbuttoned or unzipped his jeans, and somehow assaulted her using his man hood over the top of the beltloop of his jeans.
    If that’s the case, maybe 6’5″ is not Ben’s height, but his length.
    Pfft. GODdell jumped the gun, and abused his power. He knows it. But he did say 4 or 6 games, so I fully expect 4. So Ratbird fans can breathe easy, you’ll at least have a chance at a late win against a backup QB

  37. OchoUno81 says: Aug 5, 2010 2:09 PM

    If the condom dont’ fit, you must acquit!

  38. ncoolong says: Aug 5, 2010 2:14 PM

    Has anyone considered the possibility that Goodell just simply took the reporter’s question to mean he was asking about the possibility of a reduction from 6 games to 4?

  39. jwill007 says: Aug 5, 2010 2:43 PM

    Did he meet with Ben in the Dingy Bathroom?

  40. AllThat says: Aug 5, 2010 3:43 PM

    @steelerfan9598 says:
    August 5, 2010 1:52 PM
    NO CHARGES should equal NO SUSPENSION.
    =================================
    LOL, best post of the day!!!!!!!!!!!
    oh, you were serious………bwahahahahaha

  41. numberfour says: Aug 5, 2010 4:01 PM

    from the vaults…
    black is beautiful, tan is grand.
    but white is the color of the big boss man.
    ///////////////////////////
    methinks that talk of a 0-2 game suspension for ben was just premature ejaculation.

  42. Crip2knight says: Aug 5, 2010 5:07 PM

    Go Steelers and take the Pirates with you!!

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