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mesaSteeler
04-13-2010, 07:06 AM
Bires: No respect for Roethlisberger
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By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/april/13/bires-no-respect-for-roethlisberger.html
Tuesday April 13, 2010 07:25 AM

PITTSBURGH _ I don’t know about you, but I could care less if Ben Roethlisberger ever throws another pass for the Steelers.

It’s said that time heals all wounds and that we’re a forgiving people. Still, I’ve lost all respect for the man.

He may have been cleared on a rape charge, but he obviously has some serious issues to resolve.

And so do the Steelers.

On Monday when a Georgia district attorney announced he didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute, he did provide ugly details of what happened in a college-town bar in the wee hours of March 5.

Those details of Roethlisberger’s 28th birthday party escapade _ he called it “Ben-a-palooza” _ paint a disturbing portrait of the kind of guy Roethlisberger really is.

By trying to take advantage of an intoxicated 20-year-old college student, Roethlibserger shamed himself, his family, his team and the NFL.

How can any parent ever again buy a Steelers’ jersey with the No. 7 on it and give it to his kid?

Why would any one, child or adult, ever want to wear a Roethlisberger jersey?

"We do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes,” Fred Bright, the Ocmulgee (Ga.) Judicial Circuit District Attorney, explained during his 55-minute press conference.

Bright later said that if he were Roethlisberger’s father, he’d tell him to “Grow up” and that “You're supposed to stand for something … you need to be a role model for your team, your city, the NFL. You can do better.”

With TVs in the Steelers’ headquarters tuned into Bright’s riveting press conference, a team executive walked by a group of reporters and said, “Good news.”

In other words, this particular fellow was happy Roethlisberger will be running the offense this year and perhaps for years to come.

But there’s a very good chance Roethlisberger won’t play in the season opener.

This week, Roethlisberger is expected to meet with Roger Goodell, who’s made it a priority during his four-year reign as NFL commissioner to strictly enforce the league’s personal conduct code.

Since Roethlisberger is already being sued by a woman from Lake Tahoe, Nev., for sexual assault, Goodell is almost sure to suspend Roethlisberger. It could be a game. It could be two. It could be more.

Even if Goodell doesn’t suspend Roethlisberger, the Steelers should.

You would think that team president Art Rooney II wouldn’t want to come across as a hypocrite.

After all, the Steelers did unload their other hero from the Super Bowl XLIII win. On Monday, wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who caught the game-winning TD pass from Roethlisberger in SB43, was basically given away to the New York Jets for just a fifth-round draft pick.

Granted, Holmes has had several legal problems since he was drafted in 2006. That’s why his latest brushes with the law _ an incident in an Orlando bar on March 7 and a four-game suspension handed down Monday for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy _ forced the Steelers to sever ties with him.

For his mistakes, Holmes was sent packing.

We shall see what punishment Roethlisberger receives from the Steelers.

Besides suspending Roethlisberger, the Steelers could also order him to seek counseling. If he doesn’t comply, they could cut him.

If Roethlisberger agrees to get professional help, the Steelers should tell him that he already has two strikes against him and that one more incident will be strike 3.

Yes, these are indeed sad and troubling times for the Steelers, who for years have been regarded as one of the most respected franchises in any sport.

Kicker Jeff Reed had two run-ins with the law last year (smashing a towel dispenser in a convenient store, and disordery conduct and public drunkeness).

Linebacker James Harrison was arrested for simple assault two years ago for hitting his girlfriend.

Holmes couldn’t stay out of trouble.

But what’s really sad is that the face of the franchise _ the man who signed an 8-year, $102 million contract two years ago _ is among those soiling the Steelers’ once-proud image.

Nine months ago, Roethlisberger was forced to discuss a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him at a press conference at team headquarters. Standing behind Roethlisberger that day in a show of support were coach Mike Tomlin and personnel director Kevin Colbert.

When Roethlisberger met the press Monday night, Tomlin and Colbert were nowhere to be found.

How can anyone in the organization respect Roethlisberger right now?

fansince'76
04-13-2010, 07:08 AM
Lather, rinse, repeat. :blah:

solardave
04-13-2010, 07:16 AM
I'm sure Mike Bires is a real saint, never done a thing wrong in his life. Cream of the crop and all that bullshit!!

I'm not defending Ben but I've made my share of mistakes and I've learned from them.The fact that Ben read from a card during his press conference leaves me questioning his sincerity. I hope he has learned and got the message that NO ONE is exempt.

supa_fly_steeler
04-13-2010, 07:26 AM
Whos Mike Briers?

plenewken
04-13-2010, 07:36 AM
"The fact that Ben read from a card during his press conference leaves me questioning his sincerity."

Me too. Have you watched Tiger Woods' press conference at the Masters? Humongous difference between the 2 individuals.
Ben's gonna have to do much better than that when he's grilled during his civil lawsuit in Nevada, otherwise a big chunk of his signing bonus will be gone.

mesaSteeler
04-13-2010, 07:42 AM
Whos Mike Briers?

Steelers beat reporter for the The Beaver County Times

ysgi
04-13-2010, 07:54 AM
Bires: No respect for Roethlisberger
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By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/april/13/bires-no-respect-for-roethlisberger.html
Tuesday April 13, 2010 07:25 AM

PITTSBURGH _ I don’t know about you, but I could care less if Ben Roethlisberger ever throws another pass for the Steelers.

It’s said that time heals all wounds and that we’re a forgiving people. Still, I’ve lost all respect for the man.

He may have been cleared on a rape charge, but he obviously has some serious issues to resolve.

And so do the Steelers.

On Monday when a Georgia district attorney announced he didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute, he did provide ugly details of what happened in a college-town bar in the wee hours of March 5.

Those details of Roethlisberger’s 28th birthday party escapade _ he called it “Ben-a-palooza” _ paint a disturbing portrait of the kind of guy Roethlisberger really is.

By trying to take advantage of an intoxicated 20-year-old college student, Roethlibserger shamed himself, his family, his team and the NFL.

How can any parent ever again buy a Steelers’ jersey with the No. 7 on it and give it to his kid?

Why would any one, child or adult, ever want to wear a Roethlisberger jersey?

"We do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes,” Fred Bright, the Ocmulgee (Ga.) Judicial

How can anyone in the organization respect Roethlisberger right now?


Looks like this D-bag was looking for a story and couldn't come up with anything REAL, so he just threw up a flare to see how it worked out. And it looks like the OP and plenewken took it hook-line-sinker.
Most of you on here have never been to a REAL club, and I'd say that of that ALMOST NONE have been in a VIP area where is costs $1000 per bottle JUST TO GET IN.
Well lemme tell you what happens in there. Its a lot like making sausage, you just accept it until someone points out the gory details that you weren't aware of. Go back to your useless lives of living vicariously thru sports figures and wait to be disappointed again. Boys will be boys, and Ben will be Ben. Its his life NOT YOURS. But AGAIN - HE DIDNT DO ANYTHING WRONG.

Ben ain't goin' nowhere, so I will wait to see the membership for this board fall by at least 2. We don't need yinz. He didn't even need to address the media. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO. He gives you an inch and you want a mile. You cut down his attire, his warts, and his hair. Then you criticize the fact that he read the statement. How LAME are you all????

plenewken
04-13-2010, 07:56 AM
Looks like this D-bag was looking for a story and couldn't come up with anything REAL, so he just threw up a flare to see how it worked out. And it looks like the OP and plenewken took it hook-line-sinker.
Most of you on here have never been to a REAL club, and I'd say that of that ALMOST NONE have been in a VIP area where is costs $1000 per bottle JUST TO GET IN.
Well lemme tell you what happens in there. Its a lot like making sausage, you just accept it until someone points out the gory details that you weren't aware of. Go back to your useless lives of living vicariously thru sports figures and wait to be disappointed again. Boys will be boys, and Ben will be Ben. Its his life NOT YOURS. But AGAIN - HE DIDNT DO ANYTHING WRONG.

Ben ain't goin' nowhere, so I will wait to see the membership for this board fall by at least 2. We don't need yinz. He didn't even need to address the media. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO. He gives you an inch and you want a mile. You cut down his attire, his warts, and his hair. Then you criticize the fact that he read the statement. How LAME are you all????

Dude,

I could give 2 sh*ts what you think of Ben and of me, but don't try to lecture me, ok?

Gnutella
04-13-2010, 08:59 AM
If any of you sincerely believe that Ben Roethlisberger "didn't do anything wrong," then you're fools who can't see the forest for the trees. A crime doesn't have to be committed in order for the team, the city and the league to be embarrassed -- and I have never been so embarrassed for this team as I am today.

polamalubeast
04-13-2010, 09:40 AM
and I have never been so embarrassed for this team as I am today.

It is the same for me.

I am very embarrassed to know that happen in the last month on the steelers.

It is not easy to make at this time .... I understand the decision to let the steelers Santonio Holmes, it's hard to accept but we just lose because I believe Holmes has the potential to be a big star in this league, but with the reasons we know the steelers have had no choice but to let go and I respect the decision of rooney

I have long been made against the Ben may be suspended, but now I would respect the decision of Goodell (or Ronney) if it suspends Roethlisberger for some games.

I have lived what I lived in the last incident took mois.Il Roethlisberger and he was late March incident Santonio.

I understand that the steelers wanted to send a message to the team from leaving and if it suspends Santonio Roethlisberger's gonna be another message to the team.

By AC, I hope that now that the problems off-road will be complete and say that the steelers can not send a message clearer than prevailed, 2-star players of the team



I feel that the team can not have moments so dark as it was at this time.

1 year ago, Santonio, Roethlisberger help us win the super bowl and I'll always thank them and respect them for it, but the fact remains that in this moment are very embarrassing moment.

But thank you for letting us Santonio help win the super bowl of 2008 and I wish you good luck with the jets, but I advise you to be more careful in the future

For Ben, I still love, just like Santonio, but he needs a suspension that I could understand and live what I lived in the last month.

But I trust they will do with rooney order in the team and regardless of the decision or that Goodell will take on roethlisbeger rooney, rooney respected.The I'll know how they are

Sunday evening I was in a state of shock at the trade of Santonio, but now I understand why he was sharing it but it is very sad to lose such a good young player

stlrtruck
04-13-2010, 11:34 AM
While I don't agree with Roethlisberger's actions or where his moral compass is at this moment, I want the man to do what he's paid to do - win football games!

While his actions have brought a negative vibe to my beloved Steelers, it doesn't mean I'm going to pass judgment on him because he's 8 years older than the girl he was in the bathroom with. Hell my neighbor married a woman 10 years younger than him.

Bires needs to get off his soapbox and start reporting sports not his freakin' opinions about what the Steelers should do with "troubled" players.

Bng_Hevn
04-13-2010, 11:52 AM
I honestly dont' think Ben gives a rat's arse about what people think. Aside from any break-the-bank lawsuit, he is set for life financially and if the Steelers did release him, he is guaranteed to be picked up, as long as he is not suspended.

People use this "The Steelers will lay down the law" with him. LOL, who cares? If he is morally corrupted as to do the things he has done, do you think this scares him? Now, if it were before his big payday, THAT would be a different story.

Bng_Hevn
04-13-2010, 12:00 PM
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2010/04/full-text-of-letter-ben-roethlisbergers-accuser-sent-asking-da-not-to-prosecute/1

DA Fred Bright revealed on Monday, after announcing he would not charge Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger with a crime, that the 20-year-old woman who signed a sexual assault complaint later asked him not to follow through with prosecution.

Following is the full text of the letter, in which attorney David Walbert stressed the woman was not "recanting" her accusation but was concerned about the "intrusive personal experience" a trial would bring:

"As you know, we represent the complainant in the referenced matter, and it is about that that I write you at this time.

"After a great deal of deliberation, our client has instructed us to advise you that she does not want to prosecute this matter further. While I am well aware that the prosecution decision rests with the Distinct Attorney, and not the complaining party, it is appropriate that you be aware of this fact as you make your decision.

"What is obvious in looking forward is that a criminal trial would be a very intrusive personal experience for a complainant in the situation, given the extraordinary media attention that would be inevitable. The media coverage to date and the efforts of the media to access our client have been unnerving to say the least.

"In short, no matter the outcome of a criminal trial, our client has had sound professional advice since this incident that participating in a public trial would not at all be in her best interest as she goes forward with her life. That is a decision that we, as her attorneys, fully support. As should be clear from what I have said here, this decision does not reflect any recanting of our client's complaint, but simply a realistic, personal decision as to what is in her best interests, and what it would be like to go through a trial with the expected media attention.

"Please let me know if you need any further information.

"David Walbert"

-- Sean Leahy


Sounds to me as though the girl was paid off behind the scenes.

Steelers17
04-13-2010, 12:01 PM
"The fact that Ben read from a card during his press conference leaves me questioning his sincerity."

Me too. Have you watched Tiger Woods' press conference at the Masters? Humongous difference between the 2 individuals.
Ben's gonna have to do much better than that when he's grilled during his civil lawsuit in Nevada, otherwise a big chunk of his signing bonus will be gone.

Most assuredly, he will get the wallet out and settle! :tt03: