Source: Roethlisberger's Arnold Palmer rumors are false

With rampant rumors making the rounds regarding some type of an unpleasant exchange between Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and goldf legend Arnold Palmer, a source close to Roethlisberger says that the rumors “couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Per the source, Roethlisberger and Palmer have met twice, and they have played together at Arnold’s club, the Latrobe Country Club. 

It was awesome,” Roethlisberger said of his golf outing with Palmer in 2008.  “It was Arnold and I on a team against [the late] Coach [Terry] Hoeppner and Spider Miller.  We had a lot of fun.  Just to be out there with him.  He is a legend.  He is maybe the greatest to ever play.  It was fun to hear stories and watch him play.  He chipped in a couple of times and had some great shots.  It was a blast.”

One of the rumors is that Roethlisberger at some point after they played together showed up at the club without Palmer, that Palmer got him onto the course, that Roethlisberger was rude to some kids, that the kids ended up being Palmer’s grandchildren, and that Palmer went berserk on Big Ben.

The source denies it, and since we don’t know whether the story is true or false we’ll defer to the source.

82 responses to “Source: Roethlisberger's Arnold Palmer rumors are false

  1. Mike, at least thanks for printing another side to your first post that you shouldn’t have done in the first place. Now please stop all the National Inquirer-like reporting, and try for a minute to focus on FACTS in this matter. Everyone will be better off. You get enough traffic when you report FACTS.

  2. “since we don’t know whether the story is true or false we’ll defer to the source.”
    Hmph. Normally you would say something like “but they have no reason to be truthful. After all, the fortunes of many people are tied to Rapenstein’s ability to, you know, keep making wads of NFL and endorsement cash”.
    Is Ben Rapenstein too stupid to be considered a “franchise” QB?

  3. A source close to Ben denies it?
    Wow.
    How about getting a source at the club, or find out where the rumor started, not a defendant of the accused?

  4. I didn’t know Arnold was a “gold legend”
    didn’t this site help spread that rumor thismorning?

  5. Your going to believe the Big rapist source?
    Why would declare FALSE immediatly because his “source” says its false?
    I wouldnt trust the mad rapist , or his posse of liars as far as I could throw you Florio

  6. Like I said in the earlier post, the story you linked to was FAR more believable than whatever you were trying to peddle.

  7. Billy The Kid got blamed for robberies that occurred on the same dates hundreds of miles away from each other.
    4,000 people saw Wilt Chamberlain score 100 points in Hershey; 104,000 claimed to be in attendance.
    A line from “The Man Who Liberty Valance” near the end of the movie: “When the legend becomes the fact, print the legend.” Or something like that.

  8. why is this person whose close to roethlisberger (with a vested interest in keeping his name clean) suddenly more reliable than the source “with multiple NFL player connections,” that you used to cite the rumor in the first place? What’s going on here? are you admitting that there was no source to begin with?

  9. I cant wait for all the “why did you post it in the first place”…If you look at the link at the top of the page it says Latest new and RUMORS.

  10. did you say “gold” legend? Way to proofread yourpost Florio.
    P.S. Richard Seymour says hello

  11. So let me get this straight. The gist of this post is that a source close to the NFL says Ben was a jerk to Arnold Palmer, while a source close to Ben says he wasn’t.
    Lots of accountability in this post.

  12. Wow! Imagine that. A false rumor about Ben… It makes you wonder about the other 2 rumors… I’m telling you, he is a walking target… A 2 time Superbowl winning 100 million dollar walking target… I bet people would say anything about the guy to get a buck….

  13. I HOPE SOMEBODY GOES AND PROTEST Ben Roethlisberger FOR RAPING WOMEN LIKE HE’S Pepe Le Pew!!!!! and Mark McGuire too sense you missed heckling him because he left before you found out. Lord knows their doing it to Vick. If Ben can play then Adam “Pacman” Jones can to. They gave pacman an “Outside the Lines” report but Floyd Landis an Ben get a line across the screen. Look at the leader of 2 Superbowls for the Steeler taking Pu$$$% but Nancy Grace comes out for Tiger Woods, Chris Brown, Kobe, Vick, Kanye West and even Charles Barkley but no Roethlisberger media monster to feed!! Where is Roger Clemens’ “Game of Shadows”. You haters are funny like that. The media monster is chasing Glenn Beck’s viewers and rating. I see now. Bottom line is that if Ben can be the face of a franchise then I think Adam “Pacman” Jones can play and Vick hurt dogs but Ben rapes women!!!!!! Pacman Jone was never been charged nor has Marvin Harrison but they got the media’s guilty until guilty treatment. Just accused. As big as domestic violents was with Chris Brown and Kobe, but this guy is accused of raping two women(the media didn’t tell us about the first one until a year later?) Let me guess it just sliped your mind. Yah right. Tiger Woods cheated and people act like he raped all the women involved. (his wife and the mistresses). I didn’t say Tiger didn’t do anything wrong. What I am saying is what Ben has done twice is worse than Vick and Tiger Woods. He did that to a woman. At least thats what they said about Chris Brown. HLN was a “War Against Women” Campaignand this would be the perfect story but I don’t hear anything. The media is racist and its clear as day and if you can’t see it then that just proves your racist. EITHER THAT OR I GUESS “The Media” ONLY HAS ENOUGH ROPE TO LYNCH THE BLACK ATHLETES!!!!!

  14. I HOPE SOMEBODY GOES AND PROTEST Ben Roethlisberger FOR RAPING WOMEN LIKE HE’S Pepe Le Pew!!!!! and Mark McGuire too sense you missed heckling him because he left before you found out. Lord knows their doing it to Vick. If Ben can play then Adam “Pacman” Jones can to. They gave pacman an “Outside the Lines” report but Floyd Landis an Ben get a line across the screen. Look at the leader of 2 Superbowls for the Steeler taking Pu$$$% but Nancy Grace comes out for Tiger Woods, Chris Brown, Kobe, Vick, Kanye West and even Charles Barkley but no Roethlisberger media monster to feed!! Where is Roger Clemens’ “Game of Shadows”. You haters are funny like that. The media monster is chasing Glenn Beck’s viewers and rating. I see now. Bottom line is that if Ben can be the face of a franchise then I think Adam “Pacman” Jones can play and Vick hurt dogs but Ben rapes women!!!!!! Pacman Jone was never been charged nor has Marvin Harrison but they got the media’s guilty until guilty treatment. Just accused. As big as domestic violents was with Chris Brown and Kobe, but this guy is accused of raping two women(the media didn’t tell us about the first one until a year later?) Let me guess it just sliped your mind. Yah right. Tiger Woods cheated and people act like he raped all the women involved. (his wife and the mistresses). I didn’t say Tiger didn’t do anything wrong. What I am saying is what Ben has done twice is worse than Vick and Tiger Woods. He did that to a woman. At least thats what they said about Chris Brown. HLN was a “War Against Women” Campaignand this would be the perfect story but I don’t hear anything. The media is racist and its clear as day and if you can’t see it then that just proves your racist. EITHER THAT OR I GUESS “The Media” ONLY HAS ENOUGH ROPE TO LYNCH THE BLACK ATHLETES!!!!!

  15. who cares ? we should just rename this guy “Ben Sexburgher” and be done with the pervert.

  16. Hopefully Palmer doesn’t have a 20 yr old granddaughter that frequents clubs that Roethlisberger goes too.

  17. Why would someone create a story about Big Ben being the ass that he is to Arnold Palmers’ grandchildren…To me all these rumors have some truth to them…exaggerated or not stories don’t just come out of nowhere…Hope this cocky loser ends up getting charged

  18. C’mon, is this story true? Was there ever a chance it was?
    Look, I’m all for a good “Roethlisberger is an a@@” story, but this was way over the top.
    I mean, the idea that Arnold Palmer would go berserk? Crazy. Just crazy.

  19. NBC Rebrands PFT to PFR Pro Football Rumors. They wanted to change it to TMZ, but it was already taken.

  20. Florio I’m surprised you didn’t blast any one on the comment’s from the last post..

  21. I hate “Bloast” Rapistberger with a passion and even I find this story stupid and useless.

  22. Since facts are now optional. I’m starting a similar rumor, only the part of Arnold Plamer will be played by professional bowling legend Walter Ray Williams.

  23. What did you expect a source close to Big Ben to say? And you believe this source, who clearly has a motive to spin it in favor of Ben?

  24. This story was actually brought up in a Steelers chat with Ed Bouchette about a month ago. A fan asked him about this, and he said that the Post Gazette looked into it, and the story was BS. If you are going to do a smear job, at least do a little reading up on it before you blow your load.

  25. Have you ever golfed with any current or former Steelers players or coaches?
    I have played with quite a few of them. I played with Terry Bradshaw and a couple of coaches, including Bill Cowher. I played with Ken Whisenhunt who is out in Arizona now and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. I played with both of them on the same day. I also played with Ben Roethlisberger. I think they are all pretty good golfers. Ben was outstanding. He did a great job and I enjoyed it very much.
    -Arnold Palmer December 2008

  26. No $hit.. you post completely false stories all the time… I’m not surprised that this one is fake. Check your sources before you post this crap.

  27. Nice job FLORIO, …do you have ENOUGH egg on your face to make me an omlette? That previous post was so disgraceful because it isn’t relevant to what happened in Georgia, it gives new meaning to the phrase “piling on”, and it demonstrated you at your best,… I’m to lazy to confirm this story but I’ll put it out there, w/enough caveats so that I don’t get sued for slander,…

  28. I’m surprised most find this story so unbelievable. A GOLF legend like Palmer invites an NFL player to play at his club. The Rapo Man then takes it upon himself to just show up without Palmer. History has shown that Ben likes drinking and golfing and drinking are linked quite often. So nobody believes Ben was drunk at the golf course, rude to some kids that turn out to be Palmers grandkids and Palmer gets pissed? Actually, I find it more believable than not taking Ben’s noted previous actions into account.

  29. The people wondering if Arnold Palmer is truly a golf legend have no freakin’ business leaving a comment for this story …
    If true, consider Roethlisberger lucky for Palmer only “going beserk” on him, because in his prime Palmer would have left Roethlisberger with a bloody lip and a three wood shoved up his a**.

  30. Whether the story is true or not, I find it interesting that most people are eager to believe it which tells me that Ben has a PR problem, most people think he is an asshole. Its likely to be the truth because most solid citizens don’t ever get accussed of sexual misconduct ever in their life much less twice so there is something to the theory, where there is smoke, there is fire.
    I just hope the criminal justice system works in down there in Alabama and if the girl really was raped, they find a nice 8 X 8 room for Big Ben. Furthermore, I hope Ben’s roommate is twice his size and has an affinity for Ben’s behind so he can feel what it is like to be forced against their will.

  31. This has urban legend written all over it. That being said though I’ll completely dismiss it when I hear from a source close to Palmer.

  32. GOLD LEGEND
    Mr. Florio
    I like your typos.
    Reading a post that has been spell checked, is like being in bed with a woman who is faking an orgazim. (sic)

  33. # JimmySmith foolishly says:
    I just hope the criminal justice system works in down there in Alabama…
    ——————————————————————-
    Dude, Alabama… Really???… Where the hell have you been???

  34. # Ravens Macg says:
    ” It wouldn’t surprise most if it was true………..sounds like his antics!!! ”
    Funny how it’s usually you-frothing-at-the-mouth idiots from Baltimore spewing the most stupidity here. You assclowns actually WANT it to be true.
    Not that I blame you now that you finally feel like you get some payback for all the years of Ray-is-a-murderer crap. (which he is, btw)
    But you guys are way over the top on this one.
    Enough so that I almost wish these allegations were true, and that he gets away with it, just to PISS YOU OFF.

  35. The story is somewhat true…however they were not Palmer’s grandkids, but kids who worked at the golf course. They wanted Ben’s autograph prior to the round that day Palmer played with Ben. The douchebag said he would only sign footballs. So, while they were out on the course the kids went home or went and bought footballs. After the round, they asked for his autograph, he said NO, for whatever reason. When Palmer heard, he said if he didn’t sign the footballs, the accused “rapist” and confirmed douche, would never be welcome at the club again.
    And that is the real story.

  36. That is all this guy does is denies claims made against him. Sure are a bunch of stories out there on this guy with most of them not good.
    As I have wrote before, if it walks like a Duck and talks like a Duck it is a Duck. This guy is bad news no matter how you slice it. After all he is an accussed Rapist and Assaulter of 20 year old girls.
    That is right, he denies those claims as well, who would have guessed. lol

  37. I think I’m going to start a blog so I can write stuff from “sources” that probably isn’t true but that I heard somewhere. That way, professional athletes will call me and I can ask them other questions and get their autographs and then write some more stuff on my blog and then other professional athletes will call me and I can ask them stuff and then write some more things in my blog and then… … …

  38. People, just wait and see what the facts are. If he is guilty he will go to jail, but let’s just wait and see. And what does A.P. have to do with any of this?

  39. @joethaplumber
    Thanks for the double submission of your long rampbling post that made no sense.

  40. This story about Big Ben is absolutely true but a little confusing. I heard this story from a Pittsburgh native who was at the event at Palmer’s club.
    Ben was there for a charity event. When the caddy introduced himself politely, Ben said “whatever, your name is Caddy to me”! During the round he was VERY ignorant and treated the club staff like dirt.
    Arnold got word of this and confronted Ben in the locker room, angrily tellling him “he doesnt care who Ben is, you’re not welcome back here and I want you to leave now!”
    That’s the true story and Ben is a total joke and should be suspended!
    By the way the RAIDERS own him!!! HAHA

  41. I worked at a video store in Findlay, Ohio. When Ben was in high school, he would rent movies and return them without rewinding them.
    I also heard from a reputable source that Ben’s motorcycle accident was a cover up. Apparently Ben drove the green on a short par 4, but did not fix his ball mark. So Palmer cracked him in the face with a 3 wood. Thus themissing teeth and broken face.

  42. @joethaplumber-
    Little confused by what you typed but if I understand correctly, you are saying that certain folks don’t get heckled or harrassed by the media or this site because of their skin color? Let one thing be clear, this site heckles EVERYONE. I dont care what color someone is. Secondly, Mark McGwire is a baseball player and this site reports football. Mark McGwire has been followed and harrassed by the main stream media since he hit the HR record so what are you talking about? Ben Roethlisberger has been all over ESPN for days regarding the rape allegations against him. He has not been proven guilty of anything. Michael Vick admitted to executing dogs. Yes we all realize that raping women is worse than killing dogs but Roethlisberger has not been found guilty of it regardless of public opinion. Roger Clemens has been dragged through the mud and he still has not been proven to do steiroids. Much like Barry Bonds. Chris Brown, Kobe. Tiger and several others you mention have all admitted to their transgressions so I am at a loss as to why you are comparing Roethlisberger (who has only been accused) to all the others you mention. You said that the media did not tell us that Roethisberger was accused of raping the first woman until a year later? What rock have you been living under? Everyone knew about it especially if you read this here site. Why are you so angry? Lynch Black Athletes? Really? Why are so many black athletes putting themselves in compromising positions? How about taking accountability? If everyone is out to get the black athlete, how come OJ walked for MURDERING two white people. One of which was the mother of his children. How come leonard Little walked after killing a woman while drunk and then driving drunk again. The man has nver done any jail time. The list goes on and on. The reality is yes there is still some prejudice is this country. However, the black athlete and black entertainer is the last of the black people dealing with the prejudice. More of it goes on in so many other facets of life compared to sports. Black and white athletes are placed on pedestals in this country but yet you are so angry about how your life is turning out that you need someone to blame. Yes you are right that there is prejudice but to label the entire media or anyone entirely as racist is irresponsible and indicative of somone who is angry and feels sorry for themselves. There is a black man who is president of this country which does mean that there is absolutely no prejudice is this country but is also means that the entire white race is not a bunch of racists.

  43. Well, PILING ON is now illegal in the NFL but obviously not at PFT! Every alleged witness will hear something from somebody about Roethlisberger. While this goes on, all the cheap shots that can be mustered will be let go.
    The Steelers have to continue on as though Ben isn’t coming back. Because he isn’t until he’s there.
    GO STEELERS!

  44. I heard it from a friend who knows someone that knows a caddy at the club, but I’m not sure which version (of the 4 or 5 posted here) it was!
    Idiots!

  45. You know, with all the comments complaining about fact-checking (or lack thereof), I would have thought that SOMEONE would have noticed that the 2008 golf outing with Terry Hoeppner would have been quite difficult since Coach Hoeppner died in 2007.

  46. And I’ve got a good friend that says that FLORIO will make up any BULL SHITTTTS to get a minute of fame….HAHA !! he’s a MORON !!! FLORIO >>>you need to jump off of a big, big, deeep cliff !!! you’re commentary is worth a piece of what my dog plants in the front yard !!! get a life, would ya !
    STEEEELERS RULE !!!!

  47. Flo what a bunch of whiny beaotches some of your posters are…its called “THE RUMOUR MILL”, for cryin our loud!!!!!! So keep postin the frakin rumors!

  48. Hey, ” joethaplumber “……mix in a paragragh or teo……it looks like blah blah blah drivel.
    Which I’m sure, isn’t the case.

  49. Wow funny, no sign of all the haters here — ampats, ppdoc, clk dude, 123456 what’s-his-face…. they sure were all over the original thread that’s now been proven false. Go figure!

  50. This obviously means Ben’s a rapist.
    Because I’m a Browns fan. I mean Bengals. I mean Ravens. It’s not fair : (

  51. FloriosHairHat comparing you to Jerry Springer is dead on…what no stories about Ben CHEATING at golf, & Palmer [THE GOLD LEDGEND} finding out and going beserk?

  52. Frank Burns says:
    March 15, 2010 11:27 PM
    Wow funny, no sign of all the haters here — ampats, ppdoc, clk dude, 123456 what’s-his-face…. they sure were all over the original thread that’s now been proven false. Go figure!
    ————————————————-
    Proven flse by WHOM, Roethlisberger’s “source”??? Yeah, that’s good enough for me. Probably the same guy who stood by the door as Roethlisberger was smashing that chick’s head against the sink, and said “nothing happened in there”.
    This denial would have a bit more credibility if it came froma source close to Palmer instead of Roethlisberger.
    By the way, I don’t think someone who picks the name of the biggest idiot on MASH should be busting balls of someone else’s ID name.

  53. What are Ben’s sources going to say? “Oh yeah, he did that”. Come on. Ask a source close to Palmer or people that maybe work at the club.

  54. March 15, 2010 8:18 PM
    The story is somewhat true…however they were not Palmer’s grandkids, but kids who worked at the golf course. They wanted Ben’s autograph prior to the round that day Palmer played with Ben. The douchebag said he would only sign footballs. So, while they were out on the course the kids went home or went and bought footballs. After the round, they asked for his autograph, he said NO, for whatever reason. When Palmer heard, he said if he didn’t sign the footballs, the accused “rapist” and confirmed douche, would never be welcome at the club again.
    And that is the real story.
    ————————————————–
    Jude From PA says: March 15, 2010 9:02 PM
    This story about Big Ben is absolutely true but a little confusing. I heard this story from a Pittsburgh native who was at the event at Palmer’s club.
    Ben was there for a charity event. When the caddy introduced himself politely, Ben said “whatever, your name is Caddy to me”! During the round he was VERY ignorant and treated the club staff like dirt.
    Arnold got word of this and confronted Ben in the locker room, angrily tellling him “he doesnt care who Ben is, you’re not welcome back here and I want you to leave now!”
    That’s the true story and Ben is a total joke and should be suspended!
    ——————————————————–
    Classic.
    Sums up the whole story nicely.
    Wait here’s the REAL version, that I heard from somebody’s cousin whose uncle had a niece who had a babysitter whose brother used to wait tables and once talked to some guy who golfed with Ben.
    See, some kids came up to Ben at Arnie’s club and asked for autographs. Ben said no way, and told them to come back with collector’s edition Cabbage Patch kids, gold-plated, stuffed with gummy bears.
    Well the kids brought back the gold-plated collector’s edition Cabbage Patch kids, but they were filled with JuJuBees instead. So Ben said no way you get these signed, and walked away.
    The kids then locked themselves in their rooms for 8 months and are scarred for life.
    Oh and then Godzilla came with the Easter Bunny and
    played a round with Sasquatch.
    And THAT is what REALLY happened.

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