When word first emerged that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had two off-duty police officers with him in Milledgeville, Georgia on the evening of March 4, some of you believed that it meant nothing out of the ordinary might have occurred, since police were there.
In that specific context, the men weren’t police officers. They were security guards, working for Roethlisberger and protecting only one person — Roethlisberger.
We’ve heard that he often has two security guards with him when he travels, and they do more than merely protect. They serve him, too.
Per a league source, their duties included providing Ben with a stick of gum while he was on the course at last year’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Specifically, Ben made a gesture with his hand, and one of the guys brought him the gum.
According to WPXI-TV, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, one of the men helped Roethlisberger construct an eight-foot security fence at his home, possibly misrepresenting in the process an incident involving alleged “intruders” on the property. Roethlisberger at one point submitted a form requesting permission to exceed the Hampton Township code by two feet. Said the form: “Because of recent media and public knowledge of my new contract and
monetary value of the contract, it is for my safety.”
We’re not quire sure who would want to storm Roethlisberger’s house. But now that the Arnold Palmer rumors have been debunked, there’s one less.