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Old 04-02-2010, 08:01 AM   #1
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Steelers' Roethlisberger must act like a leader now
Friday, April 02, 2010
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10092/1047369-66.stm

Nobody knows what is going to happen to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It has been four weeks since a 20-year-old Georgia college student accused him of sexual assault, and there's no resolution to the case in sight.

Maybe investigators will decide they don't have enough evidence to prosecute Roethlisberger, and the whole sad, ugly situation will go away. Or maybe he will be charged of a crime and then suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the players' code of conduct. Or maybe Roethlisberger will be convicted, surely meaning the premature end of his days with the Steelers after two Super Bowls in his six seasons with the team.

Until the case is resolved one way or another, don't you want to see Roethlisberger get on with his life instead of remaining in virtual seclusion?

Don't you want to see him back at the Steelers' South Side headquarters with his teammates, getting ready for next season?

Isn't that where he belongs as a team leader?

Roethlisberger's absence Monday at the start of the Steelers' voluntary offseason conditioning program made all of the national news shows -- even on a day when the story broke that teammate Santonio Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII, was named in a civil lawsuit after an alleged assault incident March 7 at a club in Orlando, Fla.

Camera crews camped out at the team's compound, looking to get the first glimpse of Roethlisberger since he was accused of the sexual assault in Milledgeville, Ga., in the early hours of March 5. It was the second such allegation in eight months against Roethlisberger, who was accused of rape in a civil suit filed by a Nevada woman in July 2009. That suit, based on an alleged incident in Lake Tahoe a year earlier, continues to work its way through the legal system.

Apparently, Roethlisberger and Steelers officials decided his presence at the workouts and team meetings this week would be too much of a distraction for the rest of the squad. Coach Mike Tomlin has said he talks with Roethlisberger every day. But there's no word on when Roethlisberger will show up at the team's facility.

It needs to be sooner rather than later for a couple of reasons.

One, based on pictures taken of Roethlisberger on the night of the alleged incident in Georgia, it looks as if he could use the exercise. Did you see them? They are all over the Internet. Try to get past the shirt with Satan on it that Roethlisberger was wearing. Doesn't it look as if he weighs about 300 pounds? A camera can make you look heavier, but that was ridiculous.

And two, Roethlisberger needs to be with his teammates. It's OK if, say, wide receiver Hines Ward or safety Troy Polamalu doesn't make all of the sessions. Not so with Roethlisberger. He is the Steelers' leader, if only because he plays the most important position on the field. His teammates need to see him start preparing for next season as if he did nothing wrong. They need to know he is planning on being with them all season.

As for that distraction business, it will go away after one day. The media will be satisfied if they get their shots of Roethlisberger making the alleged-perp walk into Steelers headquarters. If he stops to take football-related questions -- as he did at training camp last summer after news of the civil suit broke -- great. If he doesn't stop and says later through a team spokesman that he can't talk about an on-going criminal investigation, that's fine, too. The media will move on and the Steelers can go about their business of trying to get ready for next season after what has been a brutal start to the offseason.

The next significant day for Roethlisberger -- at least as far as the Steelers are concerned -- is April 19. That is the first day of the team's organized team activities, which include practice sessions without pads. It's nice to think the Georgia case will be resolved by then. But if it's not, it doesn't matter. Roethlisberger needs to be there. His professional life must go on.
Ron Cook: rcook@post-gazette.com. Ron Cook can be heard on the "Vinnie and Cook" show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan.
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:37 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers' Roethlisberger must act like a leader now

"Experts" like Ron Cook need to quit telling Ben what to do. He's obviously following the advice of his lawyer, which in the long run, is the best thing he can do. The ultimate goal is to get the case dropped so he and the team can move on as soon as possible.

So Ron Cook and his ilk....STFU.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:43 AM   #3
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Steelers' Roethlisberger must act like a leader now
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By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10092/1047369-66.stm

One, based on pictures taken of Roethlisberger on the night of the alleged incident in Georgia, it looks as if he could use the exercise. Did you see them? They are all over the Internet. Try to get past the shirt with Satan on it that Roethlisberger was wearing. Doesn't it look as if he weighs about 300 pounds? A camera can make you look heavier, but that was ridiculous.


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Old 04-02-2010, 11:07 AM   #4
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Default Re: Steelers' Roethlisberger must act like a leader now

Last I checked, the Steelers agreed he should stay away. The media might not be invited inside the facilities, however they are legally allowed to be outside awaiting the arrival of any and all players that arrive.

The last thing Ben's lawyer wants is for someone to goad Ben into saying something that won't help with the Georgia case. Anything he does say to the media can be twisted and turned to be something totally different, today's media is better at twisting and omitting words that ever before.

Once the charges are dropped (which is what I am expecting), Ben will be back at team facilities working out with his fellow teammates.
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What about Farrior not being there? He's our defensive leader. Why isn't Ron Cook on his case?
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What about Farrior not being there? He's our defensive leader. Why isn't Ron Cook on his case?
lol because the amount of views on his article will take a massive nose dive

oh well as soon as you put the word Ben and Should in an article, someone will always read it

Ben will be a leader come the regular season, no need to keep harping on at him and trying to dent his confidence
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Oh no ... Cook ?
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Default Re: Steelers' Roethlisberger must act like a leader now

You know, after 5 years, I'm pretty confident that Ben knows how to run the plays. With or without Ben, I'm pretty sure the team can continue to practice. Everyone's getting weirded out by the idea of Ben missing a voluntary practice, yet no one seems to care about Tom Brady missing his team's first voluntary practice last week (because he evidently felt like chilling out in SoCal). Bret Favre missed the entire preseason on the team that he ended up starting on and I'm pretty sure that the general consensus is that he still did pretty damn well.

This is non-news.
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lol because the amount of views on his article will take a massive nose dive

oh well as soon as you put the word Ben and Should in an article, someone will always read it

Ben will be a leader come the regular season, no need to keep harping on at him and trying to dent his confidence
I know. It was a rhetorical question that shows, as you said, he's just looking for something to fill the downtime between the free agent signing and the draft.
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It is not a big deal that BR is not at the workouts plus as clockwork the media loves stiring the pot. Let's see if there will be any charges then go from there. I think there will not be any charges.
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