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Old 07-21-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default How the NFL's personal conduct might apply to Ben

Roethlisberger's Thursday press conference canceled
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09202/985357-100.stm

A press conference scheduled for Thursday at the Steelers UPMC training facility on the South Side to promote quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's reality television show competition with Shaquille O'Neal has been canceled.

The cancellation comes one day after news surfaced of a civil lawsuit that was filed July 17 in Nevada by a woman claiming Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her in 2008.

A spokesman for ABC said the taping of the television show "Shaq Vs." will still take place Friday at Ambridge's Moe Rubenstein Stadium and is to be shown on ABC-TV Aug. 18. Gates will open at 7 p.m. with taping to begin around 8:30 p.m., said Ambridge athletic director Randy Cosgrove, later than the schedule announced earlier this week. Attendance will be limited to about 7,500 people.

In the meantime, an NFL spokesman said today that the league did not have enough information on the civil lawsuit against Roethlisberger to comment, nor determine how it might apply to the Personal Conduct Policy under commissioner Roger Goodell.

Said Greg Aiello, the NFL senior vice president of public relations in an email to the Post-Gazette: "The facts are not clear; it's a civil matter, and it's premature to comment on how the Personal Conduct Policy applies, if at all."

The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy gives the commissioner wide leeway to discipline a player he judges to have violated the league's standard of conduct. An infraction does not have to result in a crime nor, apparently, does it have to be judged by the courts to be illegal.

Here are excerpts from the code that could apply in Roethlisberger's case:

"While criminal activity is clearly outside the scope of permissible conduct, and persons who engage in criminal activity will be subject to discipline, the standard of conduct for persons employed in the NFL is considerably higher. It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the League is based, and is lawful. (Unless you are a cheating coach named Belichick. - mesa)

"Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in a conviction of a crime." (Unless you play for the Patriots - mesa)

Among the various circumstances the Conduct Policy lists where discipline can be imposed, most of them illegal, are these two that could possibly apply to Roethlisberger:

"Conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person; and"

"Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players."

Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said neither Steelers President Art Rooney II nor coach Mike Tomlin would comment on the lawsuit against Roethlisberger.

"At this point, we've heard his side of the story," Lockett said today. "We're not expecting to make a statement. All I would say is we're aware of it, it's in litigation and we can't comment on it. That's where we're leaving it at this point."

The Steelers report to training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe July 31.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09202...#ixzz0LwEympJT
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:19 PM   #2
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So Ben will get suspended for 3 games and The Pats* get another draft pick.

Does anyone still have Bryon's number.............?
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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Uh-oh. Be prepared for Ben to miss a significant number of games if Kommissar Shithead gets involved.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:26 PM   #4
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So Ben will get suspended for 3 games and The Pats* get another draft pick.
Yeah, pretty much, except he'll probably get more like 8 games and the Pats* will get extra draft pickS, plural.
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I think this is one of those things where the NFL would have to wait until the court proceeds are through before they make a decision on punishment, if any.

Now if criminal charges come about, that's a different story. But I am going to assume they are not, seeing how this woman is filing a civil suit and never made a complaint to the police about this.

As far as we know, she has no proof that anything happened. it was supposedly a year ago, which means a rape kit cannot be done. All she has is her word against Ben Roethlisberger's.

She's also a loon, which hurts her case. She imagined a relationship with someone in the military, she could have easily imagined being raped by a rich and famous quarterback.
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unfortunately the commish frequently imagines spooning with robert kraft late at night.
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unfortunately the commish frequently imagines spooning with robert kraft late at night.
Thanks Tony, now I can't get that image out of my head!
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Are you sure it's just imagination?
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He would get suspended if it were criminal charges, but with it just being a civil suit, the commish cannot do a thing until it is final.
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Snaggletooth is probably a Cheats* fan (though she supposedly hails from Canada) who believes in her distorted and demented mind that getting Ben out of the way via suspension paves the way for the Pats* in the AFC.

I know, far fetched - but I leave nothing to the imagination in this case.
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