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Old 04-12-2010, 11:58 PM   #1
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Steelers or NFL must suspend Roethlisberger
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Matt Freed/Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10103/1049930-66.stm

The NFL suspended former Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes Monday for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be lucky if he doesn't get just as much time off from the NFL or from the Rooneys for violating the sensibilities of decent people everywhere.

If Roethlisberger isn't suspended for at least two games for his despicable behavior in Milledgeville, Ga., last month, there is no justice in the NFL.

Roethlisberger appears to get that, at least. It didn't take him long to swing into damage-control mode. He made his first public appearance at Steelers headquarters Monday night and read a brief statement to the media, saying he is "truly sorry" for the negative attention he brought to the team and the league. He acknowledged he has "much work" to do to win back the trust of Steelers management, his coaches and teammates and the fans. He pledged to make all concerned "proud on all fronts."

The statement was predictable.

Too bad it didn't seem to contain much contrition.

You have to wonder what Roethlisberger sees when he looks in the mirror every morning. Here's guessing he doesn't see a 28-year-old lout who needs to grow up in a hurry and become a respectable human being. If that's the case, he's lying to himself.

Funny, "grow up" is exactly the advice Georgia district attorney Fred Bright gave Roethlisberger when he announced Monday he was not charging him in the sexual assault case involving a 20-year-old college student March 5 at a Milledgeville club because of a lack of enough evidence to get a conviction and because the alleged victim didn't want to pursue the case.

Never have two more appropriate words been uttered about anyone.

They are worth repeating:

"Grow up."

Bright portrayed Roethlisberger as a real creep during his news conference. He said Roethlisberger "provided shots of alcohol" for the alleged underaged victim and her friends. He also said Roethlisberger invited the "highly intoxicated" alleged victim into the club's VIP area and later followed her into a small bathroom.

"Significant questions about what had occurred [after that] persist," Bright said.

The only way Roethlisberger could have looked worse Monday is if Bright had filed criminal charges against him.

"We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger's actions that night," Bright said. "But we do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes."

The NFL has no such limitations. Nor do the Steelers. It is up to one or the other to do the right thing and suspend Roethlisberger for at least two games. His immature, reprehensible behavior has done great harm to the league's brand and to the Steelers' reputation.

Saying "sorry" isn't enough.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to meet with Roethlisberger this week. There is tremendous pressure on Goodell -- some of it racial pressure -- to take a tough position with Roethlisberger. The commissioner has earned something of a reputation for being a hanging judge in his disciplinary dealings with black players such as Michael Vick and Adam "Pac-Man" Jones. He has to know how it would look if he turns soft with a star, two-time Super Bowl-winning, white quarterback, who, clearly, has violated the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

Certainly, the league's black players will be watching closely how Goodell handles the Roethlisberger situation.

There also is pressure on the Steelers -- again, some of it racial -- to come down hard on Roethlisberger. There's no disputing that the team was tough with Holmes, a black wide receiver. A former No. 1 pick and the MVP of the Steelers' win in Super Bowl XLIII, Holmes was traded Sunday night to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft choice. It's obvious the Steelers had tired of his equally loutish off-the-field behavior, which included four incidents involving police intervention since he was drafted in 2006, some absurd tweets on his Twitter account recently and the four-game suspension. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reported the team was so disgusted with Holmes that it would have released him if it hadn't found a trade partner.

Certainly, the Steelers' black players will be watching closely how management handles the Roethlisberger situation.

Steelers president Art Rooney II released a statement Monday saying the team would wait until Goodell has his meeting with Roethlisberger to determine "the next steps in this process."

The next step is a suspension for Roethlisberger.

That can be the only step.

Bright put it best in his "grow-up" lecture to Roethlisberger.

"Come on, 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."
Ron Cook: rcook@post-gazette.com.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10103...#ixzz0kx9W2NiT
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:06 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by mesaSteeler;798329NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to meet with Roethlisberger this week. There is tremendous pressure on Goodell -- some of it racial pressure -- to take a tough position with Roethlisberger. The commissioner has earned something of a reputation for being a hanging judge in his disciplinary dealings with black players such as Michael Vick and Adam "Pac-Man" Jones. [B
He has to know how it would look if he turns soft with a star, two-time Super Bowl-winning, white quarterback, who, clearly, has violated the league's Personal Conduct Policy.[/B]
NFL Personal Conduct Policy as per ESPN

Everyone read that and tell me how Ben "cleary" violated the policy. I'm thinkin Ron Ron should do his homework.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:07 AM   #3
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Suspended for what? He didn't do anything wrong. He was just unfortunate to have a drunk college chick try and take advantage of him. Holmes got suspended because of the drug thing.

But in a worst-case scenario, I'm glad we have Dixon and Batch.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:46 AM   #4
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So much wong about this sentence

Like jackhammer said, how exactly did he "clearly" violate the policy. And, why does everything have to be turned to a racial issue?
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suspended for living his life and drinking? Yea ok Ron. He did nothing wrong, he shouldn't be suspended. Is everyone ****ing nuts?
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ron cook is being controversial to get readers. this was a weak attempt at it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:26 AM   #7
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Yes, apparently so. I still believe there shouldn't be a suspension based upon the information that we know at this point. Now, during the D.A.'s press conference, he said that there was blood coming from the genital area... who knows, if something happened, it could have been too rough. There is a world of possibilities, we may never know what happened in that bathroom. I'm glad that he is legally cleared, which is the most important part. I'm pretty sure Ben will face consequences from both the NFL and the Steelers. The one thing that makes me sick is the fact about the body guard lead the accuser down in the bathroom and stood outside while the "meeting" happened. There are plenty of inconsistencies in her story, she was drinking, she was seen in other photos in other bars, and her stories were changing every time she was interviewed. Maybe she realized she made a mistake trying to accuse of something that didn't happen or maybe she was too intoxicated to realized what had happened. I don't know... I for one am already tired and frustrated about hearing this over and over and over. It's getting just as annoying as the Tiger Woods story got for me. I just hope that the Pens can do really good in the playoffs... that's all I'm hoping for.
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Blood or not we don't even know if Ben banged her. There's no proof.

He'll probably face punishment, but it isn't nearly as clear as some would make it out to be.
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More idiotic ramblings. Just like the other article where Amani Toomer says that Ben should be suspended for 8 games! even though he's never been arrested and never been charged with a crime.
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suspended for living his life and drinking? Yea ok Ron. He did nothing wrong, he shouldn't be suspended. Is everyone ****ing nuts?
he most definatlu can be. read over the nfl code of conduct you you'll understand. i hope he isnt suspended but i wouldnt be surprised if he gets a 1-2 game suspension today after meeting with comish and if not the steelers may still hand it out
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