Steelers leave door open for punishment of Roethlisberger

With District Attorney Fred Bright announcing today that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won’t face charges for sexual assault, the Steelers have reacted to the news.

“The investigation process in Georgia has been deliberate and the District Attorney’s decision regarding Ben Roethlisberger speaks for itself,” team president Art Rooney II said. 

“During the past few weeks I have met with Ben on a number of occasions, not only to discuss this incident, but also to discuss his commitment to making sure something like this never happens again.  The Pittsburgh Steelers take the conduct of players and staff very seriously.  Ben will now have to work hard to earn back the respect and trust of Steelers fans, and to live up to the leadership responsibilities we all expect of him.

“In the coming days Ben will meet with Commissioner Goodell to discuss his resolve to abide by the league’s personal conduct standards.  After consultation with the Commissioner, our organization will determine the next steps in this process.”

That last sentence leaves the door open for a team-imposed suspension.  We continue to believe that the league office will choose not to set a precedent of disciplining players under the Personal Conduct Policy who have never been arrested or charged, and that the Steelers will impose a short suspension of one or two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

Though Roethlisberger could fight a team-imposed suspension, we think Goodell will make it loud and clear to the quarterback that accepting the punishment is the right thing to do in light of the worry and strain that his behavior has caused.

44 responses to “Steelers leave door open for punishment of Roethlisberger

  1. “1 or 2 games”, that’s it!?
    I’m sorry but that will NOT send the kind of message Ben needs, no friggin way.
    This guy needs a major wake up call and 1 or 2 games doesn’t even come close.

  2. The league and the team are going to go after Ben as hard as they can. If he had been completely exonerated in some fashion, through trial or testimony of the victim, then it would be behind him. But it isn’t a case of “not guilty as charged”, but more of a case of “guilty as sin, but not charged.”.

  3. stay out of trouble ben, dont bite the hand thats feeding you millions of dollars! this is your last chance, make it work.

  4. No charges. Haters lose.
    If Ben did go into the restroom with the woman and if he is publicly drunk then the team and league should punish him.
    Florio you are still classless.

  5. Whoever came up with the little ditty about “sticks and stones….”, obviously never met Fred Bright. He crucified Roethlisberger out there today in the way he chose his remarks and the focus he provided for public opinion. Ben would have been better off in the long run with a trial.

  6. That means they will slap him on the hand with some sort of ‘punishment’ that won’t even make PFT’s Front Page… (That is how small it will be)…
    Pathetic… I hope someone guns for his knees this season.

  7. Ben gone fir 1st 2 games of season.. Steelers will play home to Carolina and AT Buffalo, week 3 at Cleveland and home week 4 vs Oakland.

  8. The Steelers can give him a small suspension or the NFL can give him a much longer one.
    What kind of sexual confusion runs through the mind of this guy; going into the women’s restroom wearing a satanic shirt???
    He needs a suspension in the worst way.

  9. If their is no suspension Goodell is a racist. Vick was suspended before being charged and Pacman was suspended without any convictions. Two games is a joke. Should be 16 that can be reduced to 8 if he meets the commisioners standards. Just like everyone else. Get your head out of your rear Florio and out of Western Pennsylvania.

  10. Even though I’m not a huge Steelers fan, I am a fan of the Rooney’s and coach Mike Tomlin. A class act organization is too good for the likes of a Santonio Holmes or a Ben Roethlisberger. Yet another case of two great talents pissing it away for selfish reasons. Kick them both out I say!! Santonio-Keep your mouth shut!! Ben-Keep your &$!# in your pants!

  11. Hmmm………………
    You mean the Franchise thinks he has done something that requires a punishment?
    Where is Deb & Steeler-Lady defending their stud……………..
    HA HA HA

  12. Punish his dumb ass. I hope the Steelers remind him of his past stupidity: head to car windshield,
    sexual assult accusation in Vegas, sexual assult with college aged girl, golf course stupidity at Latrobe.
    Mr Rooney would stick a lit cigar in Ben’s eye…if he were still alive, hopefully they punish him or Godell mandates he gets help for being a big stupid hillibilly.

  13. “Ben will now have to work hard to earn back the respect and trust of Steelers fans”
    They never once got off their knees during the whole process. He doesn’t have to do a thing. He could go on a shooting spree and wipe out hundreds of people and he still wouldn’t be guilty in the eyes of his moronic fans.

  14. Hey!! Ben will address the media from the Steelers locker room at 7PM tonight. I got this before Florio??????????? Maybe I should start a web site.

  15. stupid ben commits crimeS against women!!! Itss really sad. Can’t say that I like the steelers, but I must admit, the Rooney family is a class act.

  16. We continue to believe that the league office will choose not to set a precedent of disciplining players under the Personal Conduct Policy who have never been arrested or charged, and that the Steelers will impose a short suspension of one or two games for conduct detrimental to the team.
    He’s also white, so like espn, they will wait until a person who is non-white to mess up in order to set the precedent…

  17. @Florio – I think if it is a one or two game suspension, you will see a large number of outraged Black and Gold fans making some very angry statements. Especially given the circumstances described by the prosecutor today, where Ben clearly was setting out the booze in a restricted area for the sorority sisters. Bad enough that some young qb’s like Ben and Matt Leinart involved themselves in these activities when they were in their first or second year in the league.
    At Ben’s current age, this conduct is more reminiscent of the Mark Chmura situation with the underage baby-sitter. For my money, it’s got to be 4 games minimum, unpaid, with a ton of community service. And I don’t want to see him hiding in some rehab – he should not make himself out to be the victim of some “disease” – there is no disease that causes grown men to get drunk and chase younger women.
    If those kinds of terms are unacceptable, I think the Rooney’s should get rid of him as soon as possible, and try to draft Tim Tebow.

  18. Goodell will have no credibility with the players if he doesn’t suspend this douche for at least 1 or 2 games.

  19. I don’t think there are any grounds for a league suspension or a team suspension. A team suspension won’t do anything but hurt the team. Community service would be a more fitting punishment given the complaints about his behavior in the community.
    He needs serious image rehab, and the team has every right to make demands in that area–perhaps they can retroactively write some personal conduct clauses into his contract. He knows he’s down to his last chance. He heard Fred Bright’s press conference, and I’m sure he’s been listening to Pittsburgh radio and reading the blogs. He knows what people think of him, and he knows he still has that Nevada civil trial hanging over his head unless he’s advised him to settle it. He may act like an idiot, but it does take intelligence to play the QB position at his level. So I hope he’ll have the sense to do the work to change his life.
    He’s either going to be Ray Lewis with a revamped image and a long, successful career as a team leader. Or he’s going to be another Ryan Leaf with two Super Bowl rings. His choice.

  20. He’s guilty as sin and he paid her off. Steelers have been the a-holes of the NFL ever since Tomlin took over.

  21. I notice Rooney says the investigation was “deliberate” rather than careful or painstaking.
    As in “deliberately slow and drawn out” to inflict the maximum amount of damage on Ben possible under the circumstances of the case.

  22. Since he is a “kinda rapist,” I guess he can only expect a “kinda punishment.”
    What a shit organization.

  23. If he doesn’t get the message this time he really is a dumb as people say.
    “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son”

  24. I hope ben asks for a trade, I am really getting tired of the steeler organization and this holly then now crap which effects the product they put on the field.
    It is 2010, not 1970, lawyers and people are looking to make a buck any way possible and claiming big ben raped me seems to be the way to fast riches nowadays!

  25. It will be very interesting to see who the Steelers are set to play in week one and two of the 2010 season. I still think it is not a done deal that the Saints will be playing the Vikings to kick off the season and one of the other teams that would be possible would the Steelers.
    I can only imagine the crying that Florio will be posting if the Saints open the season at home against the Steelers and if Roethlisberger is suspended for the game………

  26. What behavior? If it is dropped, he didn’t do anything
    Are we punishing players for going out now?
    How can we punish someone for allegations that didn’t come up as true?

  27. My sources are telling me that the Steeler’s brass feels that this new “Ruthlessonfurburger” burger is going to be a huge seller. (again, it’s a small bun, lots of pink meat, mayo, and ketchup).
    Big B is going to be excluded from a cut of this burger’s profits. They feel that will be punishment enough.

  28. My guess – Goodell will read Ben the riot act but will let the Steelers handle the punishment. Look for them to then impose a 2 game suspension and a zero tolerance policy from here on out.

  29. The time for Ben’s meeting with Godo’hell hasn’t been established yet.
    But the venue has been chosen. It will be “out back in the woodshed”.

  30. Bious says: April 12, 2010 7:00 PM
    What behavior? If it is dropped, he didn’t do anything

  31. If this douche bag is suspended for a game or 2 then look for the league to have the squeelers open the season against the likes of the browns and the lions !!!!!

  32. Bious: Just because the charges were dropped, doesn’t mean he didn’t do anything. It’s the second time he has been in this situation. Obviously, he needs to get his head straight and a suspension is worth trying. If he ends up in the predicament again, it could end his career in Pitt and possibly in the league.

  33. Any chance Steelers fans even give a shyte about what ass Ben is grabbing?
    Pretty sure sometime during the season fans will be waving ‘problem panties’ instead of ‘terrible towels.’
    … you heard it here first!

  34. Probably will suspended for the 1st Preseason game.
    That would make all in Steelerland happy campers.

  35. So let’s get this staight, he’s not being charged but he’s being punished?
    Why don’t they just come out and say “He did it, we all know it, but he has the money to buy his way out of jail so now we have to punish him to make it look good to the rest of the players and fans who know damn well he’s guilty”

  36. “Ben will now have to work hard to earn back the respect and trust of Steelers fans, and to live up to the leadership responsibilities we all expect of him”.
    yea.. well trade him for a 5th round draft pick if your serious.

  37. @ItalianArmyGuy …
    Mark Chmura was a married father in his late 30s drinking with high school students in their teens–not a single guy celebrating his 28th birthday with some college students in their 20s. The situations are not comparable–but I could see that in his future if he doesn’t change directions.
    Tim Tebow may be a fine person with fine leadership skills. But he doesn’t currently have the passing skill to QB an NFL franchise.
    Ben is a jackass. He will clean up his act or wind up like Ryan Leaf. The team should take action–but sitting a $102 million QB is not the answer. That punishes the team, not the man. And I don’t think it addresses his problem. They need to get aggressive and creative with their intervention.

  38. These guys have their heads up their asses. They don’t realize how many people are so pissed off and offended by this thing.

  39. “In my honest opinion, we don’t even have probable cause,” said Wilkinson County District Attorney Fred Bright.
    Why has no one in the media reported that quote?

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