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"Small group" protests Roethlisberger outside Heinz Field

On the inside of Heinz Field, it was all cheers for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as he made his return from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Outside Heinz Field, a group of roughly 20 people marched in protest against Roethlisberger, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Some wore kerchiefs on the bottoms of their faces, presumably to conceal their identities.  (Or perhaps because the person leading the way had been eating too much Beefareeno.)

They carried signs with messages like “Don’t let Big Ben rape again” and “Stop supporting rapists” and “Big Ben’s a jagoff” and “Consent is not a game.”  (We didn’t see any in the Post-Gazette photo of the group that said “Hide your kids, hide your wife.”) 

Per the Post-Gazette, “hundreds” of Steelers fans traded insults with the group.

Regardless of whether anyone agrees with or disagrees with the message the group was sending, the fact that they dared to show up outside Heinz Field and take a stand was either extremely brave or incredibly stupid.  Many Steelers fans have a mother-bear mindset about their team, which gets only stronger after sampling some of the various beverages served at tailgate parties.    

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  1. Buck Stallion says: Oct 18, 2010 8:36 AM

    I don’t care about the Steelers or their division, but it makes me sick to hear this guy talk about how he’s changed, will make better decisions ect. People who are not Steelers fans know he assaulted that woman.

  2. SDW2001 says: Oct 18, 2010 8:41 AM

    Ridiculous. The man wasn’t even CHARGED with anything. The suspension itself shouldn’t even as happened. And no, I’m not a Steelers fan.

  3. footballfan says: Oct 18, 2010 8:44 AM

    Everyone had to know it would happen. Maybe they were Browns fans….

  4. Pastabelly says: Oct 18, 2010 8:44 AM

    They can do a Pennsylvania Turnpike protest march and get Ben first and Vick second.

  5. xxxsixeightxxx says: Oct 18, 2010 8:44 AM

    Why do people who picket think anyone cares what they have to say? Anyone hear ever change their opinion on something cause some tard was holding a clever sign and chanting in ryhmes???

  6. Foxy_Grandpa says: Oct 18, 2010 8:45 AM

    “Or perhaps because the person leading the way had been eating too much Beefareeno”
    It was Rusty!

  7. shadowman1433 says: Oct 18, 2010 8:51 AM

    On the back side of their signs it said “I need tickets”

  8. K-FIZZLE says: Oct 18, 2010 8:56 AM

    I’m sure the protesters are just regulars from PFT. With such creative signs like “Don’t let Big Ben rape again” and”Big Ben’s a jagoff”, it’s a dead giveaway. Losers.

  9. dukelonghorn says: Oct 18, 2010 9:01 AM

    There was no criminal charge. So far Roethlisberger has been doing and saying the right things since the pre-season. If he stays on the path, folks need to start backing off. The Steelers are the team to beat in the NFL right now and even though I’m not a fan I’d just as soon not have to listen to a continued chorus of sore fans of losing teams – just makes the season less enjoyable really.
    Hell, seems like all of sports is just getting less enjoyable. Some of it is deserved – if a baseball player admits to doping over the years, well that was cheating pure and simple. But there’s so much noise these days what with phone cams, twitter, and tabloid trash – starts to get downright depressing. And all the pure as the driven snow righteous ones who line up with tabloids in hand starts to get very very tiring. Unless we’re talking about a real *crime*, forgive and forget and let the (guy/gal) have a 2nd chance.
    Ditto for Tiger, Favre, and Michael Vick to name a few others. People please dismount your high horses so us sports fans can enjoy the season. You are blocking the view.

  10. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 9:03 AM

    “Some wore kerchiefs on the bottoms of their faces, presumably to conceal their identities. ”
    LMAO
    Just like most of the haters that post here.
    Total pussies.

  11. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 9:05 AM

    “Some wore kerchiefs on the bottoms of their faces, presumably to conceal their identities. ”
    Probably just a bunch of hungover Cleveland fans that got their asses kicked Saturday night on the Southside and got “separated” from their tickets.

  12. Super Kyle says: Oct 18, 2010 9:06 AM

    And hide your husband.

  13. BigBear123 says: Oct 18, 2010 9:07 AM

    With no criminal charges pressed the assumption would be that they are Browns fans. Bens crime is being incredibly stupid, a distinction he shares with Favre and another Pennsylvania QB.

  14. CHIEF ZEE says: Oct 18, 2010 9:12 AM

    Big Ben has this always had this sleezy look to him. If he wasnt playing football, he would surely be a use car salesman.

  15. The Real Shuxion says: Oct 18, 2010 9:13 AM

    Outside Heinz Field, a group of roughly 20 people marched in protest against Roethlisberger
    That is 13 more people than the Keep the Oilers in Houston rally in the mid 90′s.

  16. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 9:14 AM

    # Buck Stallion says: October 18, 2010 8:36 AM
    “People who are not Steelers fans know he assaulted that woman.”
    Especially those “fans” in our division.

  17. stiller43 says: Oct 18, 2010 9:18 AM

    Cheered him when he took the field.
    But that “Big Ben’s a Jagoff” sign’s hilarious.

  18. realitypolice says: Oct 18, 2010 9:28 AM

    I’m no fan of BR, but that sounds incredibly stupid.
    They are no different than the ass-clown that wore the Redskin McNabb jersey on the sidelines at Eagles training camp and the Phillies game, or the idiots who run on the field anywhere.
    They are just trying to get attention for themselves.

  19. if yer not first... says: Oct 18, 2010 9:29 AM

    I’m curious for anybody that’s got an answer.
    Saw that a-bag interview with Bill Coward and flat out say he did absolutely nothing wrong. Then later on, according to Peter King, he teared up when he saw his mom and dad in the crowd because of “what he put them through”
    Which is it? Did he do it or not? (And on a side note Pete Rose is not in the HOF because he took his punishment but refused to acknowledge guilt-why does this turd get to go around now proclaiming his innocence on national television?)

  20. andyprough says: Oct 18, 2010 9:40 AM

    Wow! Not every day you can work in a “Beefareno” reference, eh Florio? Impressive!
    Great thing about our country – the right to assemble and peaceably protest. This ain’t no Tiananmen Square. Steeler fans should show some respect for differences in opinion.

  21. Belichick for President says: Oct 18, 2010 9:40 AM

    People need to let it go. Yeah, I’ll say “Rapistberger” just like a Steeler fan would say “Belicheat” to me. But protesting outside a game? Stupid.

  22. longestlegs says: Oct 18, 2010 9:47 AM

    “He was never charged with anything” is one of the worst defenses of all time. People can obviously be guilty of crimes without being charged.

  23. Audient says: Oct 18, 2010 9:50 AM

    I’m glad to see there are 20 Pittsburgh fans with the decency to stand up against this guy.
    I’m glad I’m not a Steelers fan. I wouldn’t want to feel torn about rooting for the team while this guy is the QB.
    To all of you think it didn’t happen because he wasn’t charged and convicted, I suppose you all think OJ didn’t do the crime either. Jury found him not guilty — he must not have killed Nicole and Ron.
    If he didn’t do it, why didn’t he fight the suspension? Why didn’t he fight to clear himself? Answer: cause he did it.
    Charges or no, conviction or no, Ben is disgusting.

  24. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 9:55 AM

    if yer not first… says: October 18, 2010 9:29 AM
    Saw that a-bag interview with Bill Coward and flat out say he did absolutely nothing wrong. Then later on, according to Peter King, he teared up when he saw his mom and dad in the crowd because of “what he put them through”
    Which is it? Did he do it or not?
    =============
    You’re not very bright, are you?

  25. 69ers says: Oct 18, 2010 9:56 AM

    SDW2001 says:
    October 18, 2010 8:41 AM
    “Ridiculous. The man wasn’t even CHARGED with anything. The suspension itself shouldn’t even as happened. And no, I’m not a Steelers fan. ”
    Agreed and I am a Steeler fan. When they announced Ben in pre-game, it was deafening. I heard one boo and it was tool behind who was from Cleveland Steamer, OH

  26. Wonka 2 says: Oct 18, 2010 9:57 AM

    All of the protestors wore masks to hide their identity, except for one. A young woman named Alecia Ott, who is a professional protester / attention whore.
    Ms. Ott went on record with the Post Gazette ON CAMERA no less saying Ben Roethlisberger “is a sexual predator and he violated consent”.
    Funny, maybe she should go work with the Georgia FBI and police departments, because they couldn’t come up with enough evidence to even press charges let alone convict Ben of being a “sexual predator”. Ever hear of liable young lady???
    Ms Ott is is a 20-something student at John Carroll University, a conservative Jesuit School in CLEVELAND OHIO….
    She was also one of the protesters at the G 20 summit earlier this year, where she was arrested. She was also arrested at Carnegie Mellon for protesting some other cause. Other protests she has been involved in include protesting the Iraq war and an air show in Cleveland.
    Morale compass, Alecia Ott, 23 year old female, loud mouth, professional protester and about 15 of her 20-something friends hiding behind masks and bandanas…. Yeah, they represent Steelers fans right? PLEASE! Nothing more than a lost 23 year old girl desperate for attention.

  27. HamBurghlar says: Oct 18, 2010 10:04 AM

    Outside Heinz Field, a group of roughly 20 people marched in protest against Roethlisberger
    LOLZ, add them to the fans of the Cleveland Browns and you get roughly 30 people. It’s ok, Ben’s back, looks good and we won.. Haters will always need something to talk about. Keep yappin, we’ll keep winnin..

  28. if yer not first... says: Oct 18, 2010 10:12 AM

    You’re not very bright, are you?
    THAT’S your answer Cunnie? Seriously, tears and remorse are not logical responses from an innocent man. If he’s innocent righteous indignation would be the appropriate response.

  29. footballfan says: Oct 18, 2010 10:23 AM

    I don’t care about the Steelers or their division, but it makes me sick to hear this guy talk about how he’s changed, will make better decisions ect. People who are not Steelers fans know he assaulted that woman.
    **********
    Funny how all those other fans were there to see it happen but none from Pittsburgh showed up.

  30. contract says: Oct 18, 2010 10:28 AM

    “People who are not Steelers fans know he assaulted that woman.”
    People who reviewed the evidence know that he didn’t …
    D.A. Fredric D. Bright: “We didn’t even have probable cause in this case.”

  31. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 10:30 AM

    # longestlegs says: October 18, 2010 9:47 AM
    “”He was never charged with anything” is one of the worst defenses of all time. People can obviously be guilty of crimes without being charged.”
    Yet you can’t grasp the idea that people who haven’t been charged might be innocent. Strange.
    Not being charged, is there any better defense?

  32. steeler560 says: Oct 18, 2010 10:34 AM

    I heard the same about Ott. Shes a liar and a nutjob. She and her group of protesting friends (they looked like a collection of stoned emos, pretended to be disgruntled Steeler fans upset about the return of Roethlisberger when in fact they’re a bunch of professional protesters jumping from cause to cause without ryhme or reason…up next, they are supposed to be protesting a convention in Iowa about soy-based products…LOSERS!!!!!

  33. ravenfan820 says: Oct 18, 2010 10:35 AM

    sad that a once proud organization such as the squealers have come to this……. How does that taste coming out of your mouth defending that lout?

  34. connie says: Oct 18, 2010 10:35 AM

    Did he do anything or didn’t he. First he acts like he didn’t do anything then he says he is sorry
    for what he put his parents through. Can’t have it both ways.
    Steelers beat the worst team in the league and the fans are jumping up and down.
    All this was set up by the league. Come back from the bye then play the bottom of the pit.
    Ask Peter King he said it again today. He should know. Him and Ben live in the same house.
    Kiss up King
    Ben will always be know as the raping QB
    People just like him on Sundays in Pgh.
    Because they are all to drunk to know any better.

  35. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 10:45 AM

    Audient says: October 18, 2010 9:50 AM
    “If he didn’t do it, why didn’t he fight the suspension?”
    It’s not easy fighting the league when they have a gun to your head. “6 games or 4, you decide…”

  36. BenChokesHisChikin says: Oct 18, 2010 10:46 AM

    Stay classy Pittsburgh…talk about an oxymoron…
    Steeler fans/apologists everywhere can write whatever they want that will make them feel better about having this degenerate sack of human waste for your QB. Stand up Pittsburgh and applaud!!! Cheer him on Steeler nation!!! All hail the rapist!!!
    The fact is, the Steelers brass had a chance to really make a statement and bring in a true leader and someone Steeler & NFL fans could respect. I don’t think anyone denies Roethlisberger’s football talents. But, at the end of the day he is just another room temperature IQ jock with more sh*t than synapses for brains.
    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!! Uh-huh.

  37. longestlegs says: Oct 18, 2010 10:47 AM

    NO probable cause? Alcohol? Dozens of eyewitnesses? Statements from the victim and his entourage confirming Ben and the victim were alone and guarded? Multiple accusations of sexual assault within months against Roethlisberger?
    Sounds like a truly awful DA.
    Anyone who defends this jerk baffles me.

  38. longestlegs says: Oct 18, 2010 10:54 AM

    That said I root for the Steelers most Sundays, or did. My Dad has been a Steelers fan for about 50 years. They’re a great team and for the most part a classy organization, obviously.
    But its just a game. I can’t root for a person who obviously does not value or respect women as equals, charged or no. These protesters may have gone about it the wrong way, but they are definitely in the right.
    Winning is never more important than the welfare of even one other human being. Regardless of how many rings it gets you.
    Only. A. Game.

  39. habman says: Oct 18, 2010 11:00 AM

    Is there anyone outside of the Pittsburgh area code who would want this POS within 20 miles of their daughter or sister? This is a direct reflection on Steeler fans. Defend, defend, defend. Never charged does not translate to innocent. A decent fan base or city would have ran this guy out of town. You are being exposed for what you are, TRASH.

  40. YepHello says: Oct 18, 2010 11:03 AM

    Love how you guys choose to criticize the people on this site that disagree with you by accusing them of “hiding” behind the anonymity of a screen name, I don’t see anyone’s true name or picture posted on their comments, so seems like a classic case of pot calling the kettle black.

  41. YepHello says: Oct 18, 2010 11:15 AM

    The man is not completely innocent, the Personal Conduct Policy is in place to punish any behavior that reflects poorly on the league. Although there is no evidence to prove he raped anyone, he has had 2 accusations of rape in 2 years, and trying to screw a drunk college kid in the bathroom stall of a nightclub is hardly conduct becoming to the league. Big Ben got suspended for giving the NFL a black eye, and the NFL reserves the right to do that. Protesters in Pittsburgh is no big deal, but you Steelers fans had might as well get used to it, I have a feeling that every road game is going to produce a healthy amount of “She said no chants” and boos for Big Ben.

  42. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 11:21 AM

    # ravenfan820 says: October 18, 2010 10:35 AM
    “How does that taste coming out of your mouth defending that lout?”
    Gee, I dunno, how does it taste defending a two-time murderer-rat?

  43. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 11:22 AM

    habman says: October 18, 2010 11:00 AM
    “Never charged does not translate to innocent. ”
    Nor does it translate to guilty.
    I bet that really pisses you off huh?

  44. Holeinone09 says: Oct 18, 2010 11:24 AM

    Let’s see now, about 10 people protesting out of over 65,000 people attending the game. That about sums up the ratio of opinions on this issue, notwithstanding the hating trolls here that post nonstop until they are dripping in pit sweat about this. LMAO.
    Ben, welcome back. Behave and keep doing your job the way you always have. Let the haters swim in their own puke.
    And to connie the fake male Steeler fan, get a life, pal. You clearly don’t have one.
    GO STEELERS!!

  45. conníe says: Oct 18, 2010 11:35 AM

    if yer not first… says: October 18, 2010 10:12 AM
    “THAT’S your answer Cunnie? ”
    Okay… let me put it another way, hopefully this is easier for you to understand:
    Implied Facepalm

  46. Fear Da Tiger says: Oct 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    Wonka 2 says:
    October 18, 2010 9:57 AM
    “Nothing more than a lost 23 year old girl desperate for attention.”
    Sounds like someone Big Ben could be interested in… :)

  47. longestlegs says: Oct 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    Dude says Ray Lewis is a murderer when he was only CONVICTED of obstruction of justice, yet defends Roethlesberger as innocent just because he’s on his team.
    Priceless hypocracy.

  48. Igottz5onit says: Oct 18, 2010 1:43 PM

    longestlegs you have just lost all credibility with me due to the fact that you lied about being a Steelers fan earlier in this same board. Also the main difference to me between Lewis’ and Ben’s predicaments is the fact that there was corraborating evidence in the Lewis case and a conviction (albeit not murder, which is why I can’t understand why people call him a murderer, only adding to his fierce image, to me an obstructionist is less intimidating). Is Ben a dickwad? He almost definitely has been. Can a man change when faced with his most damning flaws? I’d like to believe redemption is a possibility. I feel that when I am too cynical to accept that people can change, I might as well pack it in and become a hermit because I have lost my faith in humanity. So until I see some evidence that he has committed these allegations or is at the very least, still a louse, then I can give him the benefit of the doubt. But I don’t expect you to do it, because you are not a Steelers fan.

  49. longestlegs says: Oct 18, 2010 4:20 PM

    I never said I was a Steelers fan dude, I said I root for the Steelers most Sundays. Specifically because they’re not my team, they’re my Dad’s.
    Even if they were ‘my team’, I guarantee I would feel the same way. I do believe people can change, I do believe in forgiveness, and I do believe that Ben is guilty of assaulting that woman based on statements and reports that I have read. You infer too greatly my friend.

  50. steelerfan9598 says: Oct 18, 2010 5:34 PM

    “If he didn’t do it, why didn’t he fight the suspension? Why didn’t he fight to clear himself? Answer: cause he did it. ”
    OR, because he was suspended for being a jackass for which he IS guilty. Guilty of a crime however? NO. Read the police report. It’s a joke.

  51. Igottz5onit says: Oct 18, 2010 5:52 PM

    Sorry, my fault.

  52. khall says: Oct 18, 2010 6:20 PM

    longestlegs says: October 18, 2010 4:20 PM
    I do believe that Ben is guilty of assaulting that woman based on statements and reports that I have read. You infer too greatly my friend.
    __________
    Which statements? These?
    She said that she and Mr. Roethlisberger went into the restroom, a cramped space with a single commode.
    “I was like, ‘Well, I need to go to the bathroom, let’s go to the bathroom.’ So I went to the bathroom,” she said.
    Or was it these?
    “Mr. Colon said the woman asked him if he knew what her ‘DTF’ nametag meant. She said it was a crude acronym for wanting to have sex.”
    “Authorities have already said the woman was drunk — so much so that an initial police report noted: “It is unclear to what happened after this point due to the complainant’s recollection being foggy from her intoxication level.”
    “While at The Brick, Mr. Colon said, the woman ‘repeatedly attempted to get Roethlisberger’s attention, which included pinching him.’ She wrote that he called her “a tease.”
    “The woman’s handwriting is clearly sloppier than in her subsequent statement, given later in the day. In the first statement, she refers to the quarterback as ‘Ben Rotheseburgehergh.’”
    How about this one?
    “If you want my candid feeling, looking at all the evidence here, we don’t even have probable cause. Probable cause is the standard to make an arrest, and we did not have probable cause. No arrest was made in this case, so there’s no warrant to dismiss. We didn’t even have probable cause in this case.” — The Georgia D.A.

  53. Grumpy Old Man says: Oct 18, 2010 7:57 PM

    glad to see there are at least 20 classy people in pittsburgh
    Ben, aka CONSENTLESSBURGER, is a pig
    the big ben apologists are Pathetic
    as long as you win, we don’t care what you do

  54. longestlegs says: Oct 18, 2010 10:40 PM

    Those along with others. Her intoxication level does call some doubt into the play, but it was confirmed that Ben did have her alone in a bathroom, wit ha bodyguard guarding the door.
    Flirtation and wearing a nametag, drunkness, in no way means that she ‘was asking for it’. Indeed if she was too drunk to consent, that is rape, or at the very least, sexual assault.
    The fact that Ben’s lawyers advised him to stay quiet was pretty brilliant, and standard. I’ll never err in favor of a dude in a position like Ben’s. And yes, I am male.
    But, I already know I’m not going to sway anyone, its just my opinion.

  55. khall says: Oct 19, 2010 1:55 PM

    longestlegs says: October 18, 2010 10:40 PM
    Her intoxication level does call some doubt into the play, but it was confirmed that Ben did have her alone in a bathroom, wit ha bodyguard guarding the door.
    _________
    Link to that “confirmed” report please?

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