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Roethlisberger case settled for “less than a game check”

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stands with head coach Mike Tomlin in San Francisco Reuters

Word emerged late Friday afternoon that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had settled the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him in July 2009 in Nevada.  It’s the ideal time each week for otherwise significant developments to go largely unnoticed.

Given the events of the intervening weekend, including two epic conference title games and the passing of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the Roethlisberger settlement quickly has been forgotten.

But we’ve got some news.  Though no one is saying anything publicly about whether and to what extent money changed hands, a league source tells PFT that the alleged victim received “less than a game check.”

Based on Roethlisberger’s 2011 salary of $6 million, a game check costs $352,941.17.  Based on his 2012 salary of $11.6 million, a game check amounts to $685,352.94.

In contrast, Roethlisberger lost $1.894 million via his four-game suspension in 2010 following the allegations of sexual assault in Georgia, which resulted in no prosecution.

Relative to Roethlisberger’s earnings, a settlement in the mid-six-figure range won’t hurt very much, and it could ultimately be even less than what it would have cost to fully litigate the case through trial, especially if Roethlisberger wanted a scorched-earth Cadillac defense.

While Roethlisberger surely admitted to no wrongdoing as part of the settlement, plenty of people will presume that he wouldn’t have paid money if he was innocent.  The reality, however, is that the passage of time likely allowed him to view it dispassionately as a business proposition, and to make a smart decision independent of whether he believes he would have been vindicated after spending as much or more on legal fees, with the ever-present possibility that he’d lose at trial and pay a lot more.

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  1. ottograham says: Jan 24, 2012 12:45 PM

    alright guys we get it. isnt there a championship game coming up in a few weekends? how about some substantial articles on something that is relevant?

  2. dayumyou says: Jan 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    I’m sure the fact that he has a wife now and just wants to get on with his life had NOTHING to do with his decision…right Mike???

  3. jredshoes says: Jan 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    So that’s something to be proud of? I raped a woman and it only cost me a few hundred k? Nice

  4. 3menandablog says: Jan 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    It’s the offseason. Be careful ladies.

  5. tommyf15 says: Jan 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    Cut to the moral hand wringing in 3…2…1….

  6. edgarpoe2 says: Jan 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    With this and the Georgia public bathroom incident, I hope Roethlisberger has learned his lesson and stays far away from such conduct in the future.

  7. Kaz says: Jan 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    Well with that price he’s free to strike again.. Lesson learned? Doubt it.

  8. pitchblack816 says: Jan 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    Hide yo kids, hide yo wife…..No means No!

  9. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 24, 2012 12:52 PM

    It may have been the “smart” decision because the cost and effort was less…..but if you’re talking a $400,000 payment vs a $500,000 bill, I’d rather spend the extra and clear my name.

    Not that it matters to him because he plays in Pittsburgh and all the outrage and fire the fans felt completely disappeared the minute he took the field again.

  10. goawayeverybody says: Jan 24, 2012 12:52 PM

    He’s still guilty. Innocent people don’t settle.

  11. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 24, 2012 12:53 PM

    “mid-six-figure range”….playing 3 quarters to keep you out of jail for 5 years……as Jim Carey says, “settle…settle….settle”

  12. mrbigass says: Jan 24, 2012 12:53 PM

    Guilt or innocence has nothing to do with it. The cost of litigation has everything to do with it.

    A contractor buddy of mine sued a client for non-payment of 100k. It cost hime 150K in attorney fees, won the case and still hasn’t collected a dime.

    Guess who won……..

  13. Raider-in-PA says: Jan 24, 2012 12:54 PM

    Doesnt mean he didnt do anything wrong.. Just means that the ‘victim’ was willing to shut up for cash…
    Doesnt change the fact that he’s still a grade A arse-hole!….

  14. duanethomas says: Jan 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    Your source can blow it off as less than a game check, but say its 300,000 which she gets tax free and he had to pay taxes on. Its not a small amount of money, even minus the 30% she had to pay attorneys. No guilt and a very expensive lesson.

  15. heat256 says: Jan 24, 2012 12:56 PM

    Shee-it. For that amount, he can harrass me.

  16. QuothTheRaven says: Jan 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    Remember ladies, don’t ever scream for “HELP!” People will not respond. Scream “FIRE!” then people will come running.

  17. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 24, 2012 1:00 PM

    So you’re saying rape doesn’t cost as much as it used to? Karma will get you in the end either way – see Tebow.

  18. randomguy9999 says: Jan 24, 2012 1:01 PM

    it’s hard to believe that the Rooney’s haven’t acted on this considering their history…

    and it’s even harder to believe that Rothy is so stoopid that he keeps on doing this stuff….

    Peyton doesn’t get in that kind of trouble…. if only he were available… wait! hmmmmmm

  19. bensbigbrokennose says: Jan 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    Man he looks like Shrek

  20. vincentbojackson says: Jan 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    That’s a pretty expensive television repair bill.

  21. jacunn2000 says: Jan 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    Good thing the season is 16 games long. Otherwise he might go broke.

  22. roamingabriel says: Jan 24, 2012 1:06 PM

    Thank goodness this is behind Pig Pen so he concentrate on the Pro Bowl game!

  23. toegoat says: Jan 24, 2012 1:11 PM

    KARMA!!!!……. oh wait is that a bad time to use it.

    In all seriousness, glad this is behind him and glad he is on my favorite team. Can’t wait to see who the new OC is going to be.

    Oh and go big blue, don’t want to see the pats get another one.

  24. DonRSD says: Jan 24, 2012 1:12 PM

    Bathroom Ben strikes again!!!

  25. haroldoftherocks says: Jan 24, 2012 1:13 PM

    And the lessons learned?

    For the ladies, the lesson learned is GO FOR IT. LIE, LIE, and tell MORE LIES. Tell your lies for long enough, and you could get close to a half-million dollars. The guy who you’re falsely accusing will, in the end…. “view it dispassionately as a business proposition, and (then) make a smart decision independent of whether he believes he would have been vindicated.”

    For the players…. never be alone with a woman you don’t know. It’s too risky.

  26. steviemo says: Jan 24, 2012 1:13 PM

    The hallway-monitor, anal-retentive censors on this site will never allow this comment but someone please tell Ben that hookers cost a lot less.

  27. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 24, 2012 1:15 PM

    We now have a dollar vaue attached to Ben Roethlisberger’s guilt.

    Nothing says “I’m innocent!” like a quarter of a million dollar payoff, eh Squealer fans?

  28. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jan 24, 2012 1:19 PM

    “….plenty of people will presume that he wouldn’t have paid money if he was innocent.”

    Maybe, if his accuser did not have a history of almost identical allegations upon others, but she does. So don’t presume anything in this instance.

  29. jollyrob68 says: Jan 24, 2012 1:20 PM

    Time to move on. Smart business decision.

  30. peezwizz says: Jan 24, 2012 1:20 PM

    Sinner.

  31. siggy00 says: Jan 24, 2012 1:22 PM

    Let’s also not forget that the NFL was pressuring him to settle…..

  32. wigsplitta says: Jan 24, 2012 1:23 PM

    Rapist! How anyone can root for this guy is beyond me. What kind of millionaire needs to hang out with drunk 18 year old to get laid? Thats pathetic. Whats even worse is that they still won’t sleep with him so he needs to force himself on them. Big Ben, “thrown picks and raping chicks”

  33. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 24, 2012 1:25 PM

    IF you’re innocent and IF you’re a fighter and IF you’re a winner you don’t settle.

    Okay all you Ben lovers out there – which one is Ben NOT?

  34. spungy says: Jan 24, 2012 1:26 PM

    Wait until we see how much his current wife gets when she leaves him.

  35. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 24, 2012 1:27 PM

    “alright guys we get it. isnt there a championship game coming up in a few weekends? how about some substantial articles on something that is relevant?”
    ————————————————————-

    geesh Otto – how long’s this comment been sitting in pending? They really need some admin help at PFT don’t they?

  36. naanunaanu says: Jan 24, 2012 1:33 PM

    Ahhhahaha steelers aren’t looking soo good .

    I’d say stay classy,but we know that will never happen

  37. Kaz says: Jan 24, 2012 1:36 PM

    I’d lose my life savings before I paid any woman who accused me of something as disturbing as rape. My family name is priceless.

  38. steeltroll says: Jan 24, 2012 1:39 PM

    @peytonwantsaflag: “which one is Ben NOT?”
    Accountable to your expectations of what he should be or do. Toodles!

  39. cliverush says: Jan 24, 2012 1:39 PM

    Ben, next time check out Backpage. It will be cheaper and with less publicity.

  40. cunningstunts96 says: Jan 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    Wasn’t this the woman whose friend revealed emails from her to the authorities claiming she hoped a “little Roethlisberger” was on the way, and that she was going to go to Pittsburgh to see if she could run into Ben again?

    Why the hell did he pay her? I’d have sued the ovaries out of that woman.

  41. ottograham says: Jan 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    @pftcensorssuck

    get a life. youre nothing more than dirty brown water trash yourself. lets hope your boys dont cheat this time around next Sunday. Doesnt matter cause Eli and company are gonn get numero 2.

  42. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 24, 2012 1:44 PM

    Gee, I wonder if she’s still sending out those emails bragging about being with Ben?

  43. J Owen Shroyer says: Jan 24, 2012 1:50 PM

    Big Ben is starting up a new fraternity at UPITT, where he will show frat bros the way he bags ladies in bathroom stalls, as well as go from sorority to sorority nailing house moms…get more sports, babes, jokes, beer, and prizes…just google daily grind sports

  44. heyzeus143 says: Jan 24, 2012 1:51 PM

    trash like many selfish American women these days, smart enough to know how to use her only “skill” to get a meal ticket, didn’t she pull this stunt before but failed?

  45. Deb says: Jan 24, 2012 1:53 PM

    The woman sent texts/e-mails to friends after their one-niter saying she couldn’t wait to see Ben again. Cops said they’d had no report of an assault, no evidence an assault had occurred, and would not be opening a criminal investigation.

    This civil suit has dragged on two years, already costing legal fees exceeding the amount of the settlement. If it had continued to trial, Ben would have had to miss camp and/or games to appear in court. That’s why nuisance cases are routinely settled.

    But facts are irrelevant to the fools here posting rapist garbage just to annoy Steelers fans. Rave on, kids.

  46. ottograham says: Jan 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    @J Owen Shroyer

    sorry pal PITT is about as lame as it gets. if youre looking for a good time head to Duquesne University then immediately to the southside of Pittsburgh. Nice try on the joke but you have failed much like the rest of your goals in life.

  47. ottograham says: Jan 24, 2012 1:55 PM

    @peytonwantsaflag

    yeah man… cool comment

  48. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 24, 2012 1:56 PM

    “Accountable to your expectations of what he should be or do. Toodles!”
    ————————————————————–

    Dearest steeltrolldoll- laws against sexual assault aren’t MY expectations – they’re societys.

  49. Deb says: Jan 24, 2012 1:58 PM

    @wigsplitta …

    Way to check your facts, dude. :roll: This woman was older than Ben and there was no mention of alcohol in her complaint. The Georgia woman was 20, not 18, and according to multiple witnesses, was drinking all night as she followed Roethlisberger from club to club pinching his butt and trying to get his attention long before she joined his party. The medical exam showed she fabricated her rape story. If you want to rag on the guy for using poor judgment, at least know what you’re talking about.

  50. edgarprado says: Jan 24, 2012 2:00 PM

    If he settled then he should face another suspension.

  51. stevebozeman says: Jan 24, 2012 2:02 PM

    He’s a bad guy and I could care less about him. It’s a shame he has done this type of thing so many times and never has been punished. Sad.

  52. siggy00 says: Jan 24, 2012 2:14 PM

    “Peyton doesn’t get in that kind of trouble”

    Whoops.

    A little wrong info there Chief.

  53. superbowltruffle says: Jan 24, 2012 2:19 PM

    I wonder is his ankle will be well enough in time to play in the SB.

  54. toegoat says: Jan 24, 2012 2:21 PM

    To everyone saying “if I were innocent I would fight til my name was cleared” :
    If u were raped would u fight it until Justice was served or just take a small(compared to bens salary) payoff and shut up?
    Makes u question the accuser @ least a Lil bit, especially since she has a history of doing the exact same thing to other celebs.
    I’m not saying Ben is guilty or innocent but there is a flaw to some of u peoples logic.

  55. Deb says: Jan 24, 2012 2:25 PM

    @stevebozeman …

    He’s done this type of thing “so many times”? That is hysterical. He was accused by a woman in Nevada with whom he had a one-night stand a year after the fact. She’d run into financial difficulty and sued him for $3 million. Have you even read her complaint or any of the evidence in the case? No.

    A woman in Georgia started ragging him about that case when he refused an invitation to a private sorority party saying it was “a lawsuit waiting to happen.” He threw her out of the party. Later she got her friend, who’d been following Roethlisberger from club to club all night, to accuse him of rape. The medical exam showed no intercourse had occured. She was the only one who told the story about the bodyguard at the door. The other witnesses in the club refuted it. The prosecutor said he didn’t have enough evidence for probable cause that a crime had even occurred. Did you read any of the evidence in that case? Obviously not.

    Those are the only two accusations ever made against Roethlisberger–except, of course, for the ones posted by you guys here on PFT. Yes, he’s been accused of being an ass with fans and groupies. I don’t doubt that’s true. But if they were going to punish football players for that, who’d be left to play?

  56. dayumyou says: Jan 24, 2012 2:25 PM

    stevebozeman says:
    Jan 24, 2012 2:02 PM
    He’s a bad guy and I could care less about him. It’s a shame he has done this type of thing so many times and never has been punished. Sad.

    _____________________________

    Really..so many times before…and u know this how….please where are those links???

  57. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 24, 2012 2:26 PM

    please everyone knew bathroom Ben was guilty way before this. he just confirmed it for us. disgusting….

  58. steeltroll says: Jan 24, 2012 2:26 PM

    @ peytonwantsaflag
    Slow your troll. He was convicted of nothing and you have no idea what happened b/c you weren’t there and your post didn’t reference sexual assault but his manner of settling it to which I gave a response. In short: red herring. Thanks for playing.

  59. njhitman says: Jan 24, 2012 2:28 PM

    QuothTheRaven says:Jan 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    Remember ladies, don’t ever scream for “HELP!” People will not respond. Scream “FIRE!” then people will come running.
    ———————————————————-
    Thats only if Ray Lewis is standing behine them wearing a white suit Owait he got rid of that you know the one with all the blood on it and the DA is still looking for

  60. dayumyou says: Jan 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    and for Karma…anybody else notice that Billy Cundiff’s jersey number is 7…..how appropriate that a #7 knock them out of yet another shot at the SB….LOLOL!!!

    Go Big Ben!!!!

  61. burntorangehorn says: Jan 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    goawayeverybody says:Jan 24, 2012 12:52 PM

    He’s still guilty. Innocent people don’t settle.
    =================================
    Patently untrue. Even people with compelling evidence of their evidence frequently settle, because going to litigation can often cost 2-10 times what settling does, and there’s usually no admission of guilt for the defendant.

  62. toegoat says: Jan 24, 2012 2:34 PM

    @Deb
    Some of these posters are absolutely clueless, good to see someone with some sense on here, and as a part of Steeler nation too!

  63. johntonioholmes says: Jan 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    Probably because there was no case.

    She bragged about being pregnant with his baby.

    All of you people saying “he got away with it” are potentially mentally deficient.

    In case 1: She said she was going to marry him. Sounds to me like Ben just told her “No, I only wanted sex.”

    Nothing illegal about that.

    In case 2: The medical exam revealed no signs of rape; the victim was heavily intoxicated; and if you know anything about sororities, you know that they are not exactly truthful. A former sorority girl president said this in response to the Georgia incident:

    “I don’t believe a bunch of hammered sorority girls in this situation. I’ve seen too much bad behavior amongst them. It’s all about having fun and then making sure you’re not held accountable and your reputation is still good.”

    That was an email sent to Jason Whitlock

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/04/21/big-ben-suspension-fair-reason-think/

    So there was no evidence and the circumstances were questionable. The alleged victim didn’t even want Ben prosecuted and refused to pursue a civil case, despite the fact that civil suits are easier to win and usually involve out of court settlements just to make them go away.

    Look, Ben is not a scrupulous guy, but I don’t believe the assault charges in the least.

    I guarantee he had some sort of contact and then told the women to buzz off, which is why they leveled accusations.

    After spending over a decade around colleges towns and campuses, I’ve seen it all before.

  64. njhitman says: Jan 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    Whats funny is all of these Raven fans talking and how embraced not one but two KILLERS !!! Lets see you still have Ray on the team who lied to the police about the killing and some how his white suit got lost and paid off his friends to take the fall and gave testimony against them . Then Donte Stallworth how much did he pay out

  65. yyyass says: Jan 24, 2012 2:44 PM

    Steeler fans will have to live with people claiming rape on Roethlisberger just like Ravens fans listen to the BS about Ray Lewis murdering someone. Deal with it. It will never go away.

    Now here is where some idiot will say that Roethlisberger didn’t rape anyone but Ray Lewis DID kill someone, thereby completely missing my point.

  66. johntonioholmes says: Jan 24, 2012 2:48 PM

    goawayeverybody

    Ever dealt with criminal proceedings? I didn’t think so.

    Conservatively speaking, 20% of people with a criminal record (not necessarily in jail) are innocent.

    I’ve heard prosecutors say, “I have enough evidence to convict,” which does not mean, “I think he’s guilty.”

    My best friend pleaded guilty to reckless operation because he was going to be charged with vehicular assault otherwise.

    Oh, did I mention that my friend’s car was struck was crossing an intersection because a drunk driver blew a red light at 7 a.m.?

    My friend followed him (while talking to the police), which is why he got arrested.

    He spent three days in jail and then plead guilty to a crime he did not commit.

    Settling happens all of the time. For public figures, it’s a political move, like it was here.

  67. johntonioholmes says: Jan 24, 2012 2:50 PM

    I said, “20% of the people with criminal records are innocent.” I meant to say 10-20%.

  68. njhitman says: Jan 24, 2012 2:55 PM

    The white suit Lewis was wearing the night of the killings has never been found. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard alleged that the bloodstained suit was dumped in a garbage bin outside a fast food restaurant. Lewis’ attorneys, Don Samuel and Ed Garland, of the Atlanta law firm Garland, Samuel & Loeb, negotiated a plea agreement with Howard, the Fulton County District Attorney, where the murder charges against Lewis were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against Oakley and Sweeting, and his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice. Lewis admitted that he gave a misleading statement to police on the morning after the killings (WHY LIE TO THE POLICE IF YOU HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT )

  69. dasmol says: Jan 24, 2012 2:56 PM

    @Deb

    I understand that the woman didn’t have much of a case at all. And that those pesky “nuisance” trials can be quite expensive.

    But come on. The guy is a multimillionnaire. He can afford to clear his name.

  70. johntonioholmes says: Jan 24, 2012 2:59 PM

    peytonwantsaflag

    False conclusion.

    IF you’re a Millionaire, IF your employer is asking you to settle a civil suit, and IF litigation will cost more than a settlement, then you settle.

  71. edisbetterthantroy says: Jan 24, 2012 3:01 PM

    Better save some cash because divorce will cost you a lot more. Doesn’t anyone learn from Kobe?

    True or false, he can’t put himself in these situations. Once is an accident and twice is a trend. Do I believe either of the accused victims? No. Just as much as I believe Ray Lewis is a killer.

    The difference is that Ray didn’t let himself get mixed up in another bad situation.

  72. johntonioholmes says: Jan 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    tfbuckfutter

    No all of the outrage when away when people read the evidence and the case.

    It turns out that both incidences looked (and probably were) entirely bogus!

    Then the league suspended Ben, despite never being charged with a crime or even arrested.

    Of course, Kenny Britt got arrested 230 times in the offseason, but the league only acts when the media feigns outrage.

  73. shlort says: Jan 24, 2012 3:06 PM

    Lets be real. Professional athletes make a lot of money. With that cash comes exposure to premium tail. Cant blame Ben for tapping some ass that he’d never been able to even talk to if here were some shmuck working at a Starbucks. Thing is, Ben had to pay a few hundred grand for the experience when he could have payed just a few grand for it in Nevada.

  74. steeltroll says: Jan 24, 2012 3:06 PM

    Let’s see, what do most of these posts teach us:
    1) failure to jump to immediate conclusions is the equivalent of lack of morality
    2) failure to immediately side with a plaintif is the equivalent of condoning rape
    3) moderation in point of view is cowardice whereas rashness is virtue
    4) pointing out that since we were not there should make us withhold judgment about what happened is the equivalent of being biased in favor of the accused.

  75. rexismybff says: Jan 24, 2012 3:08 PM

    mrbigass says: Jan 24, 2012 12:53 PM

    Guilt or innocence has nothing to do with it. The cost of litigation has everything to do with it.

    A contractor buddy of mine sued a client for non-payment of 100k. It cost hime 150K in attorney fees, won the case and still hasn’t collected a dime.

    Guess who won……..

    ================================

    In this case, I recall newspaper reports early on indicating that the plaintiff had a contingent-fee agreement with her lawyer. So, that means, if it was a $300,000 settlement, the lawyer gets 35% to 45%, plus expenses. And it seemed like he was spending a good amount of money on her case, in terms of court filings and private investigators. So, it’s possible that she has to pay him about $100,000 for his fee, plus another $100,000 for expenses, leaving her only $100,000. Then, in most states, she’s got to pay state and federal taxes on that money – it’s down to maybe $75,000 at that point in terms of dollars in her pocket.

    She quite likely would have made more money keeping her job the last 3-4 years. That’s the nasty side of lawsuits – the newspapers love to report on multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, but when you look at actual spendable income for the winning plaintiff, it’s often less money than they could have made had they worked during that time period and not pursued litigation.

  76. dickroy says: Jan 24, 2012 3:14 PM

    @Deb

    I agree with toegoat. You made excellent points.
    Ben saved a lot of money and time by getting this thing settled.
    All of these people on here making claims that were proven otherwise, just show how simple minded they are.

  77. dasmol says: Jan 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    @johntonioholmes

    IF you’re a Man, you tell your employer that clearing your name and reputation is more important than to you and your Family than protecting the reputation of a team.

    The litigation can never cost more than the settlement, when settling means you’ve sold your integrity.

  78. njhitman says: Jan 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    dasmol says:Jan 24, 2012 2:56 PM

    @Deb

    I understand that the woman didn’t have much of a case at all. And that those pesky “nuisance” trials can be quite expensive.

    But come on. The guy is a multimillionnaire. He can afford to clear his name.
    —————————————–
    Do you know how much this could of cost noless if the trial was set during the seson ? Lets see lawyer fees and time off from playing which it could take weeks so you do the numbers

  79. njhitman says: Jan 24, 2012 3:37 PM

    shlort says:Jan 24, 2012 3:06 PM

    Lets be real. Professional athletes make a lot of money. With that cash comes exposure to premium tail. Cant blame Ben for tapping some ass that he’d never been able to even talk to if here were some shmuck working at a Starbucks. Thing is, Ben had to pay a few hundred grand for the experience when he could have payed just a few grand for it in Nevada.
    ———————————————–
    Get a clue IT was in Nevada Thing that ppl say on here just makes your brain go daaaaa After reading some of the post its like are you smarter then a 1st grader

  80. fcs34 says: Jan 24, 2012 3:52 PM

    Someday this puffy faced inbred POS will get his. Bet on it.

  81. fcs34 says: Jan 24, 2012 3:58 PM

    @steeltroll. You know what else it teaches us?Steeler fans will make excuses for anything as long as the wins keep coming.

  82. stavreafavre says: Jan 24, 2012 4:00 PM

    Less than a game check.
    Still no reality check.

  83. wvucolumbus says: Jan 24, 2012 4:21 PM

    Nothing to see here. Move along please.

  84. Deb says: Jan 24, 2012 4:28 PM

    @dasmol …

    But that’s just it: He wouldn’t have cleared his name. The forensic evidence in Georgia showed–without question–that no intercourse occurred. The testimony of multiple witnesses from multiple locations was that the woman pursued Ben all evening, purchasing her own drinks and making graphic sexual propositions. Multiple witnesses at Cap City refuted the one story about the bodyguard blocking the bathroom door. The DA said in his public press conference that he didn’t have probable cause to show that a crime was even committed and there was no reason to ever revisit this case. He chastised the sorority sisters and Ben for their drunken antics. It can’t get any clearer than that. In his letter suspending Ben–which was a direct result of the publicity–Goodell stated that he had no reason to doubt the findings of the investigation and was not suggesting Ben had committed the crime.

    But here you all are, still insisting he raped a woman the lab showed wasn’t raped … just as you’re insisting he raped a woman who texted friends saying she couldn’t wait to see him again. He will never clear his name. All he could have done by continuing was spend a lot more money, miss practice/game time from a short NFL career, and continue dragging his family through the mud. In Grimm’s original stories, the fairy tales didn’t always end justly.

  85. nflfan555 says: Jan 24, 2012 4:37 PM

    I like his game, but my god he gets away with rape twice, he should have served at least a couple of years, perhaps that is the real crime. Fame and money = get out of jail free. :)

  86. tatum064 says: Jan 24, 2012 4:57 PM

    $685,352.94. – a 1/4 of that MIGHT cover the accrued legal fees over the period of time of the case, excluding lawyer fees – believe it or not, she risked going to trial, and getting nothing if it was a hung jury or he was cleared. – she didnt want the hassle of getting harrassed every where she’d go by fans and gamblers who are pro-Steelers

  87. tatum064 says: Jan 24, 2012 4:59 PM

    mrbigass says:
    Jan 24, 2012 12:53 PM
    Guilt or innocence has nothing to do with it. The cost of litigation has everything to do with it.

    A contractor buddy of mine sued a client for non-payment of 100k. It cost hime 150K in attorney fees, won the case and still hasn’t collected a dime.

    Guess who won……..

    Your buddy had bad legal representation. The settled number always includes the attorney fees and compensation for “salary lost” – should’ve been a 1/4 more plus the 150 – the bigger the settlement, the larger the percentage goes out to the attorney

    they only profit if you do – if your attorney is good.

  88. steeltroll says: Jan 24, 2012 5:31 PM

    “fcs34 says:
    Jan 24, 2012 3:58 PM
    @steeltroll. You know what else it teaches us?Steeler fans will make excuses for anything as long as the wins keep coming.”

    1) failure to jump to immediate conclusions is the equivalent of lack of morality CHECK
    2) failure to immediately side with a plaintif is the equivalent of condoning rape CHECK
    3) moderation in point of view is cowardice whereas rashness is virtue CHECK
    :-)

  89. Deb says: Jan 24, 2012 5:40 PM

    edisbetterthantroy says:

    Do I believe either of the accused victims? No. Just as much as I believe Ray Lewis is a killer.

    The difference is that Ray didn’t let himself get mixed up in another bad situation.
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    True. It’s not a trend of sexual assault, but of irresponsible behavior, egomania, and downright stupidity. That’s why I supported Ben’s suspension. Men in his position have a lot of people depending on them; they can’t afford the luxury of behaving like idiot frat boys. That was something he had to learn the hard way.

    I don’t believe Ray killed anyone, either. He was a street kid who had a hard time letting go of old friends and bad influences after coming into the league. But he learned from that event and changed his life. Ray mentored Ben throughout his suspension, and I hope Ben has taken his advice to heart. I’m sure settling this was not an easy decision, but it was a smart one.

  90. jgo304 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:47 PM

    Thousands of athletes get strange females daily, not very many of them get accused of rape 3 times and people in the know in Ohio also know there are tons of rumors about him during his days at Miami of Ohio. Not to mention he’s a notorious grade A Jagoff to people in Pittsburgh.

    This guy is scum and don’t be suprised if he’s on his way out in Pittsburgh. The writing is on the wall with the firing of Arians, Art the 3rd gave him a final warning before the season started.

    He may not have “Raped” these girls as the yinzers will say, but definately offended them enough to call the police and that’s all I need to know coupled with encounters some of the friends and I have had with him.

  91. lookatthefarside says: Jan 24, 2012 9:12 PM

    After the settlement, little Ben went on to toast with his friends some fine Jesus Juice.

  92. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 25, 2012 4:25 AM

    Still, that’s a lot of money to have to part with so…

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    ATTENTION ALL BARS & CLUBS:

    Do NOT allow this man to run up a tab for any reason.

    Let him pay cash or you may end up sorry…

  93. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 25, 2012 4:34 AM

    dayumyou says:Jan 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    I’m sure the fact that he has a wife now and just wants to get on with his life had NOTHING to do with his decision…right Mike???

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    Gee, ya think? He ain’t the only one, either.

    Look what happened when Michael Jackson was accused of being a gay pedophile by all those people at once. What did he do?

    He got married soon afterwards in an attempt to quiet some of the negative press.

    Is it just a coincidence that accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct seems to have made both of those guys rush quickly to the altar?

    Some big questions to ponder…

  94. dasmol says: Jan 26, 2012 2:46 PM

    @Deb

    None of what you said even makes sense. Everything you pointed out worked for his case against her. So why not go through with a trial, and clear his name?

    Lawyers can yap all day about how a payment is no admission of guilt, and while that may be technically true, it sure looks like ‘hush money.”

    I didn’t say your idol Ben raped anybody. I said that if he didn’t, and he’s a man of integrity, he’d do all he could to clear his name.

    @njhitman says:
    “Do you know how much this could of cost noless if the trial was set during the seson ? Lets see lawyer fees and time off from playing which it could take weeks so you do the numbers”

    Yay, he’ll get to make some more millions. All it’s gonna cost him is his integrity and word as a man.

    There’s really more to life than football and money.

  95. goawayeverybody says: Jan 27, 2012 12:20 AM

    Look up the word “delusional” in the dictionary and you see a picture of someone waving a Terrible Towel.

  96. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 27, 2012 12:38 PM

    goawayeverybody says:Jan 27, 2012 12:20 AM

    Look up the word “delusional” in the dictionary and you see a picture of someone waving a Terrible Towel.

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    LOL! True, very true.

    The photo could also be of a person sitting in a seat near the “Green Monster”…

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