Mendenhall’s Roethlisberger story wasn’t completely accurate

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The story told by former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sticking a rookie with a $25,000 tab was interesting. It would have been even more interesting if it were, you know, accurate.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it started as a dinner for offensive linemen at a steakhouse, not a club. The offensive linemen determined that former Steelers offensive lineman Tony Hills, a rookie at the time, would pay. (Hills, who currently plays for the Cowboys, was a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2008.)

The quarterbacks showed up as well, the linemen ran up a huge bill, and Hills wasn’t able to pay it.

Roethlisberger actually paid roughly half of the amount on the spot, with Hills reimbursing him later.

The practice of sticking rookies with huge bar and club tabs, which was one of the issues raised in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, has ended in Pittsburgh. It’s probably ended with most NFL teams.

60 responses to “Mendenhall’s Roethlisberger story wasn’t completely accurate

  1. All the people who called Ben a jerk etc in the earlier post need to apologize immediately

  2. This was no big deal to begin with, and is now officially ZERO deal. Only news because this is the offseason.

  3. I’m no Roethlisberger fan but that story sounded a little Urban Mythish right from the start

    This sounds a little more realistic

    Unfortunately it’s not unusual to see those jealous of another successful QB leak false information to the media

    I can’t help but wonder if this story started with Goodell and Mike Kensil, then leaked to ESPN (which wasted no time in “correcting” the Oberman story but I think have yet to admit that their NFL sources leaked them false information and correct it

  4. You should always believe an anonymous “source” over someone like Mendenhall who actually goes on record.

    That’s good work there boys! (said in Chief Wiggum voice)

  5. Boy am I not surprised. Can’t wait for all the haters to apologize for their comments…..crickets. The Tebow dude is standing in mamas kitchen stamping his feet and shaking his head as he walks out the door to clean the pigeon poop off a well know statue.

  6. So much for the nutty Mendenhall’s attempt to defame Ben and somehow make himself relevant. Par for the course, he fumbled in his attempt, just like in big games. Now go away Mendenhall.

  7. Who is to say that this version of the story is accurate? The sources here are anonymous. Mendenhall is a stand up guy, I see no reason for him to lie.

  8. Yes, because Ben was a model citizen. He never had any sort of scandal that was hushed up or stupid motorcycling incident that could lead one to believe he might do something else that would be rather idiotic.
    That said, I can believe both stories and could care less either way.
    In the meantime, let’s have more simpleton’s post demands for apologies from people who were led to believe by the same media that something else had happened.

  9. I believe Mendenhall over a “source with knowledge of the situation.” He went on record, the source is anonymous.

    And how does this exonerate Roethlisberger for anything? “Roethlisberger actually paid roughly half of the amount on the spot, with Hills reimbursing him later.” If it is true, then the kid still had to pay it.

  10. I say Hills got off cheap, he should have paid back his salary and signing bonus for being completely ineffective.

  11. Remember when he was a rookie and Ray Lewis broke his shoulder on a tackle? That was pretty much his career. So, $25K seems like an awful lot right now.

  12. This is like the most useless non news I have read in a long time. Thank God it’s a loooooong weekend. All the best to everyone. Have fun and be safe folks.

  13. It takes a big man to admit when you were wrong. Let’s just say Ben/Steelers haters are midgets in that regard. Oh yeah and Brady is one as well.

  14. believe Mendenhall if you want but he went and took dirty laundry and aired it for personal/professional gain.
    thats not exactly how you get yourself a reputation of cooperation or getting information in the future.
    the guy makes himself seem untrustworthy.

  15. I believe Mendenhall, not some anonymous source. Just goes to show you what a weasel Big Ben is when he forces fake people to stick their necks out to save his well sullied reputation. He used to have crooked cops lie for him. Give me Ray Lewis anyday. LOL.

  16. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jul 2, 2015 8:46 PM
    I believe Mendenhall, not some anonymous source…..

    ****

    …. Unless that anonymous source is praising the Patriots or criticizing the league office.

    hypocrite

  17. I wonder what the interest was on the loan? How generous of some dude with tens of millions to float a rookie a short-term loan for a dinner tab. If he had any class, Ben would have paid all but $100 and the story would have never even got out.

  18. Ok so worthlessberger did something nice that took almost no effort considering how much he makes. Doesn’t mean all the evidence he’s a jerk get thrown out the window. Calm down steeler fans.

  19. Ben could easily be the 2nd best QB behind Rodgers this season. Brady suspended. Manning and Brees slipping. Luck still throws way too many picks and gets half his stats against prevent defenses.

  20. The lies told and commonly accepted as fact about Roethlisberger — both in his personal life and his legal situations — are amazing. Both by idiots in Pittsburgh and outside it.

    Yeah, as if Ben would be cheap like that — the guy who’s paid for his entire line to come down to his place in Georgia. And paid the tab for everything else.

    I wonder if the chums who ripped him on the other thread will be man enough to show their faces now and admit how wrong they were.

    Like “jchemengr” — guess that knowledge of that town in Ohio isn’t so great after all, is it?

    Or “churchofthehoody”? Maybe you should check into the facts before you go spouting off — you know, like you whine people do with Brady?

    I would call out citizenstrange, but as we all know, he’s a lost cause.

  21. Apologize? He paid half and was reimbursed. Every other qb in the league willingly spring for their OL. now we know why Ben has been a punching bag his whole career. Cheapskate don’t take care of the big boys blocking for him.

  22. i would have been like “Order up boys!” But when the check came I would have said “Put mine on a seperate check please.” I wouldn’t let them break me.

  23. Sure.. smear a guy for something he didn’t do
    then ooops! Hard to undo perceptions once
    inaccurate stories get around. Mendy might
    want to send Ben a note, for throwing him
    under the bus for no good reason.

  24. Leaving this up so long is you way to say sorry for the incognito thing that was just the nfl being the nfl

  25. enigma2742 says: All the people who called Ben a jerk etc in the earlier post need to apologize immediately.

    ====

    Ok, I’m sorry Ben’s a jerk

  26. justintuckrule says:
    Jul 2, 2015 10:36 PM
    Apologize? He paid half and was reimbursed. Every other qb in the league willingly spring for their OL. now we know why Ben has been a punching bag his whole career. Cheapskate don’t take care of the big boys blocking for him.
    ———————————————

    Yeah, all he does is stuff like flying his entire OL down to his vacation house in Georgia and springing for the whole tab. Or treating them to Vegas trips. Besides the usual dinner-buying stuff.

    See this is exactly what I’m talking about. A bunch of know-nothings spout off on things like this, or his legal issues, without having a clue. Yeah you really “know” why he’s been sacked so much. Has nothing to do with lesser OL talent, right? Must be the cheapness. Wow, are you ever brilliant.

    By the way, did anyone ELSE chip in besides Roethlisberger? I’d say he was pretty cool because he didn’t HAVE to put in a single dime. Hazing like this happens all the time. You never heard about the Dolphins QB pitching in to help poor Jonathan Martin.

    Hey but at least you bothered to show here. The other cowards who spouted off on the original (and now proven wrong) post from this morning are of course nowhere to be found now. Gee what do you think the chances are we’ll see “bradyakagod” or “jchemengr” or “churchofthehoody” or that “tebowedoutoftheplayoffs” guy?

    To sum up: find out all the stuff Roethlisberger has done for his OL. And then, yes, apologize.

  27. Here is something that is accurate: Big Ben has been used for multiple sexual assaults, and Steelers management has never docked him a single day’s pay for it without prompting from the league (ie mandatory suspension by the NFL). Classless franchise.

  28. As a steeler fan I say who cares who paid it I wanna know how you cam run a 25000 tab somewhere…
    Maybe stuff alot cheaper here in Oklahoma

  29. Top 2 Mendenhall bafoon moments:

    -Rookie season, he brags to friends prior to start in Steelers-Raven on MNF, and he gets popped by Ray Lewis breaking his collar bone.

    -His 4th quarter fumble vs Packers in SB, ending all hopes on a comeback. After game he takes no responsibility for loss.

  30. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jul 2, 2015 8:46 PM
    I believe Mendenhall, not some anonymous source…..

    ************************************
    You believe a person that has expressed sympathy for bin Laden. “What kind of person celebrates death?” Mendenhall says. “It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”

    And you praise Ray Lewis a man involved in the murder of another human being and avoided prosecution for it.

    The Six Time Superbowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers own you.

  31. Where does it say that Ben demanded reimbursement from Hills ? Maybe Hills demanded to repay Ben. Either way apparently no one else was going to spring Hills. So how is this negative ? Why is no one bashing the lineman that ran up the huge tab ?

    Ben also has a charity for police dogs in Ohio that he has had for years. What a horrible person.

    At least he was never involved/implicated in the murder of another human being like people that have statues of themselves, like Ray Lewis.

  32. This is soooo stupid! This happens to rookies EVERY YEAR! Isn`t Mendenhall the one who said he believed 911 was an inside job? Didn`t he say he liked Osama Bin Laden? Look this up! He`s a whack job!

  33. Mendenhall was a bust from day one and never had the desire to be a great back, only to get a ton of money fast and scoot.This story brings a little justice to the haters.

  34. I LOL at all the Steelers’ fans worshipping at the Church of Big Ben. How many other NFL QBs are still running from the law? None. Guess he still has crooked cops to lie for him. Mendenhall knows what this guy’s character is all about. Who cares if he had wacky political beliefs? Not the same as remembering WHAT YOU SAW. Hahaha.

  35. The following jokers posted trash about Ben on the original Mendenhall fib post from yesterday:

    cross300
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    jchemengr
    itsfootballbaby
    churchoftthehoody
    STILLlolatpatshaters

    And how many of these clowns have shown up on this thread? Tsk tsk.

    They owe a big-time apology. Remind them every time you see them post their trash on this site.

  36. Big Ben is definitely in the head of the Tebow fraud. He can’t stand not having the last word. The fabricated lies are getting weaker as the years go by. I would say you are embarrassing yourself, but everyone knows you for the troll that you are so shame is not something as an option.

    This type of reporting happens all too often followed by the knee jerking Tebow types making inane comments never apologizing or manning up…..no class.

  37. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jul 3, 2015 1:05 PM
    I LOL at all the Steelers’ fans worshipping at the Church of Big Ben. How many other NFL QBs are still running from the law? None. Guess he still has crooked cops to lie for him. Mendenhall knows what this guy’s character is all about. Who cares if he had wacky political beliefs? Not the same as remembering WHAT YOU SAW. Hahaha.
    ————————————————–

    First of all, this happened at a STEAKHOUSE not a “club” so Mendenhall can’t even remember WHERE this took place. And we’re supposed to believe anything he says? “Ha ha ha” is right, chum.

    It’s clear Mendenhall was trying to act all “big bad NFL veteran” as a consultant for a mediocre show about football, so he spouted off with some tall tale. He really ought to man up and apologize.

    Now here are the facts from credible sources (aka non-Mendenhall):

    1. Roethlisberger and the other QBs showed up late to the dinner. The entire offense ran up the bill.

    2. Roethlisberger actually COVERED the guy’s share of the bill. Not took the guy’s money.

    Yep, old “9/11 Mendenhall” is at it again with the tinfoil-hat fantasies.

    And another Roethlisberger myth is born.

  38. I don’t need the qb of my team to be a nice guy or generous. I need him to play well and win Superbowls for the team that I root for. So this was a nonstory from the start.

  39. ben is such a legend one of the greatest classy young NFL qb in the league Bens incident at the club was clearly mistaken should not have been accuse of rape no one really never listened to the miserable life needing haters around world that were saying Ben raped the 21 yr old in Atlanta club in 2010 witch he never did people with damage in the brain so they couldn’t get that through the minds they obviously did not listen or heard clearly what happened on the news or radio all ben said was he had sex with the girl and they were drunk a little and then he apologized that’s what happened people is to dumb to believe what ben said

  40. proof you have to look it up on Google then goto cnn.com then type police statement Roethlisberger alleged assult scroll down should be there

  41. Thanks steelernld9. What an eye opener. Absolutely astonishing that no charges were filed. Guess the “bodyguards” made sure of that.

  42. So an anonymous source tells a different story from one who goes on record and now Steelers fans want an apology from those calling Big Ben a jerk? Lol. He was a jerk before that story. He’s a great quarterback. I’ll give him that but he’s definitely a jerk. I don’t dislike him because I know quite a few jerks. I may be one to some. My point is simply that it’s hilarious that Pittsburgh fans are really crying over this. They’re starting to be like New England fans.

  43. “I don’t need the qb of my team to be a nice guy or generous. I need him to play well and win Superbowls for the team that I root for. So this was a nonstory from the start.”
    _____________________
    Best post of the thread and it’s not even close!

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