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Hines Ward on Roethlisberger's suspension: "We're the ones that have to deal with it"

An offseason dominated by Ben Roethlisberger headlines is finally over.  And despite the Steelers quarterback’s best efforts to do all the right things in training camp, his absence highlights his transgressions on football’s version of Christmas morning.

“And it’s all because of a situation that happened off the field,” said Hines Ward this week. “And we’re the ones who got to deal with it.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls Big Ben’s absence and how he will be received upon returning an issue that will “burn quietly in the locker room, out of the public glare, for the remainder of the season and maybe beyond.”

“If that were me, in his shoes, and we started off bad, that would devastate me because I know what I bring to the team, I know what I mean to this organization, and I let my off-field actions be the reason [for
that],” Ward said.

“It may not be the total reason why we started off bad, but I know me being on field gives us a better chance to win. I would be disappointed. And what happens if they have success without me? And to not be able to be around the guys, that’s a whole other
ballgame.”

Ward has become the unofficial spokesman of the team, the locker room conscience.  If he’s saying this, he’s not the only one thinking it.  There is a sense the Roethlisberger story has calmed down, but Ward seems to think the start of the season only raises the stakes.

“The whole situation is going to have drama, period,” Mr. Ward said.

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  1. joetoronto says: Sep 12, 2010 9:44 AM

    Like him or not, Ward is right.
    If they were all like Ward, the game would be played much better and there would be no need for an arrest meter on this site.

  2. Schatt Maub says: Sep 12, 2010 9:46 AM

    Well, if he would just quit raping women…

  3. Joe Montanahela says: Sep 12, 2010 9:50 AM

    Wines Hard at it again.

  4. YourJustJealous says: Sep 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    Steelers go 8-8 this season.
    This team can no longer be called a class run organization and it’s all due to the Rapist. As long as the violater is with the team the Steelers will continue to have inner friction, turmoil, and division.
    My suggestion is to get rid of the Rapist this offseason or the Steelers will likely go worse than 8-8 next year.
    Also, it would be wise to shed the Rapist’s groupies also. Ya know, the same ones that come on here to post a defense and excuse on EVERY topic related to the Rapist.

  5. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 12, 2010 9:54 AM

    Cry me a river, Hines.

  6. pga5 says: Sep 12, 2010 9:56 AM

    His teammates are unhappy with Ben, because it gives them less of a chance to win. Now that’s a surprise. What’s next, players want to come back too fast from injuries?

  7. jediwrstlr says: Sep 12, 2010 9:57 AM

    The guy was NEVER CHARGED. This is BS, its like saying the commisioner should be suspended for being an idiot, can we prove it no, but is it true……yes.

  8. tv says: Sep 12, 2010 10:00 AM

    Join the club Hines – EVERY team has had key people suspended for doing stupid things off the field – just ask the Falcons for example.
    Typical though that a “Stiller” would bitch about it.

  9. BigBear123 says: Sep 12, 2010 10:02 AM

    East Coast ViQueens?
    Starting to like Hines more and more. He says what he needs to.

  10. Ravens-male-cheerleader says: Sep 12, 2010 10:05 AM

    I love the steelers but I’m so sick of Wines Hard. He’s always playing the “Tony Dungy holier than thou card” even though I hear he is a bigger womanizer than Ben…and he’s married. He needs to keep his mouth shut and concentrate on not losing anymore steps bc there are a crop of young steeler recievers breathing down his neck.

  11. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Sep 12, 2010 10:05 AM

    Nice vote of confidence for Dennis Dixon there.

  12. Katmanduu says: Sep 12, 2010 10:09 AM

    Well…..yeah. Ben’s dooshie behavior has cost him, but the Steelers will be fine. Unlike the overrated Ravens, who make excuse after excuse when they get beat, the Steelers will persevere, and when one of the top five QBs in the league returns from suspension, they will be fine.
    They always are.

  13. Macadamia says: Sep 12, 2010 10:15 AM

    Who’s smiling now Hot Sauce?

  14. Macadamia says: Sep 12, 2010 10:15 AM

    Or was that SOY Sauce? ;)

  15. khall says: Sep 12, 2010 10:18 AM

    “Ward has become the unofficial spokesman of the team, the locker room conscience. If he’s saying this, he’s not the only one thinking it.”
    ____________
    OR you know that if you posted the comments from other teammates that were IN the same article, this wouldn’t have the same impact. Of course we know that the majority here, based on their comments, don’t actually click on the link provided to read the entire piece and just simply go with the TMZ version provided.
    Hines Ward hasn’t met a microphone he’s not in love with. He should be thanking Roethlisberger for all the face time HE’S gotten over this!

  16. Gelardia says: Sep 12, 2010 10:20 AM

    Jeeez, it sounds like Ward expects to loose all those games that Ben’s out. What a downer for the fans. Way to support your current starting QB.

  17. Nosredna says: Sep 12, 2010 10:22 AM

    what? wait…….a player making excuses for play yet to be determined? Gee Rosenthal, it sounds exactly like what your mentor CornFlorioconstantly accuses Favre and the Vikings of doing, yet you make no mention of that here……..
    JACKASS

  18. Fat_Old_Sun says: Sep 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    Ward doesn’t think they are gonna start fast. Seems like someone is concerned about their team.
    At least one person in Pittsburgh hasn’t already forgiven Ben for liquoring up then having huge bodyguard escort an under age girl to a service bathroom for some hot toilet sex.
    HArd to disagree with Ward. Good for him. Though he is still due some Rivers payback.

  19. JimmySmith says: Sep 12, 2010 10:25 AM

    Poor Hines Ward, doesn’t everybody feel sorry for him? What about the girl who was locked in the bathroom stall?
    Let’s face reality folks, Ben Rapesagirl has very serious emotional issues and a sense of entitlement that contribute to his antisocial behavior. The Stealers are welcome to address the issue by signing another QB but if you choose to ignore it, these are the consequences.
    I sincerely hope the team stumbles out of the gate on its way to a 1-3 start. Then I hope the Rooney’s look in the mirror and come to the realization that character matters as much as talent and they begin to make some decisions in the long term interest of the team. Rapesagirl needs to come to the realization that the world doesn’t revolve around him and his sexual needs, as perverse as they might be.

  20. Siggy00 says: Sep 12, 2010 10:26 AM

    Ward’s been a locker room lawyer for years. Where was his conscience about the team when he refused to honor his signed contract in 2005 and he held out?
    Plaxico Burress was already gone, and Ward used that to shake down Dan Rooney for more money by refusing to work.
    Hines’ clubbing in Pittsburgh is well known, and he’s no longer married as a result of it.
    People in glass houses Mr. Leader of the Wideouts.

  21. Siggy00 says: Sep 12, 2010 10:27 AM

    Ward’s been a locker room lawyer for years. Where was his conscience about the team when he refused to honor his signed contract in 2005 and he held out?
    Plaxico Burress was already gone, and Ward used that to shake down Dan Rooney for more money by refusing to work.
    Hines’ clubbing in Pittsburgh is well known, and he’s no longer married as a result of it.
    People in glass houses Mr. Leader of the Wideouts.

  22. DB26 says: Sep 12, 2010 10:30 AM

    This team will have a ton of issues this season. Tomlin showed last year that he cannot hold that locker room together & this is an even worse situation. Between an aging defense, a not so good OL, & this, I don’t understand where any talking head comes away with 10-6 &/or Superbowl predictions…. ???? Puzzling for sure!

  23. runtheball says: Sep 12, 2010 10:33 AM

    Ward doesn’t speak for the team, he speaks for himself. He is consumed with jealousy of Roethlisberger. When the steelers didn’t have a franchise QB, Ward was the face of the team. When Ben established himself in his second year it became Ben’s team much to the chagrin of Ward. Great player, but a two-faced whiny bitch. Total media suck-up, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he was the one floating some of the fake Roethlisberger stories.

  24. Crabcake says: Sep 12, 2010 10:39 AM

    ahhhhahhhhahhh ahhhh ahhhh ahhhhhahhhahahaha.

  25. Buck Stallion says: Sep 12, 2010 10:42 AM

    Although I think Ben is a total POS, how does Ward benefit his team in anyway by spouting this negativity?

  26. njhitman says: Sep 12, 2010 10:43 AM

    So if Ward drops the winning ball is he still going to blame Ben ? Its just last year when Ben was out Ward started flapping his lips saying he should of played but how many big games did Ward miss and know one ran to the reporters talking shit about him . Well lets see how many balls he drops because a ball being droped can be the cost of a game

  27. njhitman says: Sep 12, 2010 10:47 AM

    JimmySmith says:
    September 12, 2010 10:25 AM
    Poor Hines Ward, doesn’t everybody feel sorry for him? What about the girl who was locked in the bathroom stall?
    ————————————–
    Now your saying the girl was locked in a stall what a MORON learn the FACTS first before talking . It was a bathroom and she wasn’t LOCKED in and there was no stalls in the 8X10 BATHROOM

  28. queenie says: Sep 12, 2010 10:50 AM

    @ JimmySmith: You best stop planting yourself in front of the teevee with a six-pack everyday, with your tin-foil hat that has the 2 teevee antennas attached to it (and hopefully with FULLY CHARGED electrodes) and start educating yourself.
    I swear everything you post on PFT is just idiotic and just stupid!
    Go Steelers!!!!!

  29. Terrell Blowens says: Sep 12, 2010 10:51 AM

    Good, call out Roethlisberger. Maybe then, he’ll think about going for consensual sex…

  30. Beckzhere says: Sep 12, 2010 10:53 AM

    I love it!!! Steeled nation has already accepted the beating that Matty Ice and Company is about to unleash on them. Don’t worry Steelers fans, the rapist will be back in a few weeks. After the season is shot of course.

  31. The Terminator says: Sep 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    DB26 says:
    September 12, 2010 10:30 AM
    This team will have a ton of issues this season. Tomlin showed last year that he cannot hold that locker room together & this is an even worse situation. Between an aging defense, a not so good OL, & this, I don’t understand where any talking head comes away with 10-6 &/or Superbowl predictions…. ???? Puzzling for sure!
    __________
    I think you need to worry about your own team which we know are the Clowns….never won a SB..hell never even been to a SB..what a bunch of losers and you have nerve to concern yourself with us….this is what’s puzzling so get real dude or GTFO.
    GO STEELERS!

  32. PirateFreedom says: Sep 12, 2010 11:08 AM

    I’m hoping that every road game the local fans replace the traditional “de-fense” type chants with “no means no!, no means no!” type things.
    because that would be hilarious when a drive gets stopped.

  33. ArtModellsPimp says: Sep 12, 2010 11:27 AM

    One primadonna calling out another primadonna.
    Classic.
    Let the meltdown begin…

  34. Marcinik07 says: Sep 12, 2010 11:36 AM

    He rapes and he likes it. Go Steelers!

  35. IStateYourName says: Sep 12, 2010 11:49 AM

    Shut your mouth, bend over and take it Hines baby. Who did Big Benny do worse, the team or the Milledgeville college girl?

  36. BennyBoy says: Sep 12, 2010 11:50 AM

    Hines is a great player, but he really needs to learn to STFU about things that should stay within the locker room. Have to agree with the posts that are calling him out for loving every microphone he meets and the sound of his own voice.

  37. Drafty says: Sep 12, 2010 11:51 AM

    I don’t know – maybe the officials will cut the Steelers a few jaw-dropping breaks now and then through the course of FrankenBen’s suspension.
    Why break from tradition?

  38. Slippyal2 says: Sep 12, 2010 11:52 AM

    Already making excuses for losing before the games are played.

  39. Bell63 says: Sep 12, 2010 11:58 AM

    If they start out poorly, they have only themselves to blame, not Ben. Stop whining, Hines.

  40. Schatt Maub says: Sep 12, 2010 12:08 PM

    There once was a QB named Ben.
    He went prowling to get him a 10.
    He found only a four,
    Then locked the john door.
    He’s lucky he ain’t in the pen.

  41. Pervy H. says: Sep 12, 2010 12:19 PM

    Just like the Packer fans that boast of ancient titles,the Steeler fans always resort to the 6 Bill Belichick Trophies when their team comes under attack. Face it, Ben has got your whole team messed up. Ward cries like a girl and Ben likes to chase little girls. Ben has served more special sauce to drunk girls at night than the Primanti Bros. Restaurant ………

  42. mudduckswithnoringsarejealous says: Sep 12, 2010 12:21 PM

    we’ve all known hines was as cheap as they come, but it’s gotta piss his own team off now that he’s spewing a bunch of negativity. i get this funny feeling that big ben will remember this when he comes back. anyone else get the feeling ward will be looking for a new team after this year? he’s completely undermining the team.
    i’m not a ben appologist by any means but vicks teammates stuck by him. he was actually arrested for his PROVEN actions. ben had a few incidents, (none proven) and the commish had to send a message to the other players. have faith stiller faithful. support your qb because the devil you don’t know is much worse than the one you know. embrace your FRANCHISE QB. IT’S NOT LIKE THEY GROW ON TREES. he’s a proven winner and a great competitor.

  43. Marcinik07 says: Sep 12, 2010 12:45 PM

    He rapes, but so what, he’s a great QB. GO STEELERS!!!

  44. Deb says: Sep 12, 2010 3:28 PM

    Perv … those are Chuck Noll Trophies, love. Seen any good snapshots of Brett lately? I heard he texted a couple to New York.
    @YourJustJealous … Aww, now why do I get the feeling some Steelers fan stepped on your toes? ROFL Cute name, by the way. English major?
    @JimmySmith … Secanol might help those psychotic episodes you keep having.
    @Fat_Old_Sun … No, baby. A 20-year-old woman was buying her own drinks as she followed the QB from club to club, pinching his bottom and climbing over other men to get to him. The town virgin doesn’t go out wearing a pin that says she’s “Down to F**k” AND explain the pin to a roomful of men. The medical exam showed they had no intercourse. But she complained to cops that he dumped her flat. Hell hath no fury like a DTF woman scorned.
    @BennyBoy … Perfectly said. And it’s time someone named Rooney said it to him.

  45. weezilgirl says: Sep 12, 2010 3:40 PM

    jediwrstlr “The guy was NEVER CHARGED. This is BS, its like saying the commisioner should be suspended for being an idiot, can we prove it no, but is it true……yes.”
    Do you think he will stay away from situations like the one he wasn’t charged for?

  46. Deb says: Sep 12, 2010 4:33 PM

    @jediwrstlr …
    Is it true? Not according to the text messages the Nevada woman sent, the medical exam of the Georgia woman, the police investigation in Georgia, or the DA who said no crime occurred and he hoped those women learned their lesson. But I’m sure a brainless Star Wars groupie knows more than the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the state crime lab, and veteran prosecutors.

  47. DonnyBoy says: Sep 13, 2010 9:14 PM

    What a weird fan base.
    Facts:
    1 – Your QB has alcohol problems
    2 – Your QB not once, not twice but three times put himself in situations that prompted separate women to accuse him of rape – realistically, you and I both know that you don’t get charged multiple times without some coercion being involved
    3 – his teammates don’t particularly like him – he’s no longer captain
    4 – he’s an asshole by all accounts – even according to the apologists
    5 – he’s ugly
    6 – he’s fat
    Why do you throw everyone from Bradshaw to Ward under the bus to protect him? The SBs you won with him were as much in spite of him as because of him.
    Have you no pride in your team or your city or is this just how you all behave when you liquor up in the Squeal City?
    Or is this a form of Stockholm’s Syndrome?

  48. pageant-judge says: Sep 14, 2010 4:01 PM

    I thought when Ben left the team on the night of the final pre-game that Ben and Hines and their teammates were on good terms and Ben even addressed, cried and apologized to the team. What does Hines Ward want now? Ben cannot change his past but hopefully will move forward with his life and get this train wreck corrected. There is no way the Steelers Nation and everyone concerned involved move forward with Hines Ward Crying Everyone a River. Grow Up Hines and Stay Focused and just Be Mature. This too shall pass!

  49. sgraham628 says: Sep 16, 2010 8:20 AM

    Love Hines on the field…but cannot stand him off the field. Ben being out the first four games just gives Hines an excuse to use his favorite line…”No one gave me a chance.”
    Hines, you looked pretty solid against the Falcons. Now just keep your mouth shut and just continue to play since no one is giving you a chance to win.

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