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Old 08-31-2011, 10:55 AM   #1
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Steelers QB Big Ben sidesteps discipline talk
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Last updated: 9:27 am

Ben Roethlisberger treaded carefully when the NFL's personal conduct policy was broached Tuesday.

But when asked if he has any issues with how commissioner Roger Goodell metes out punishment for players that sully the league's image, the Steelers quarterback said, "As delicately as I can say it, yes. Maybe at some point in my career I'll speak up more on it, but as of right now I'll just say yeah."

The NFL's personal conduct policy has been a hot-button issue for Steelers players since the lockout ended in late July they contend Goodell has too much power but Roethlisberger has remained quiet on the topic.

Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for the first six games of the 2010 season for violating the personal conduct policy. The suspension, later reduced to four games for good behavior, came after Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault for the second time during a nine-month span.

Roethlisberger was not charged in either incident, and Goodell's handling of New England defensive end Albert Haynesworth has led to renewed criticism of his being inconsistent when punishing wayward players.

Haynesworth pleaded no contest to simple assault last week, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly touched a waitress in an inappropriate manner.

ESPN reported that Haynesworth will not be suspended by Goodell, though a league spokesman said yesterday the matter is still under review.

Goodell determines the punishment for players who get into trouble off the field. He also hears all appeals.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:21 PM   #2
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We might as well not bother hoping our Steelers win the SB. It has already been planned that the Patriots will beat the Steelers in the AFC game and win the SB because Kraft's wife has passed away.

That is Goodell's best friend - I think I saw him in the funeral line saying "Don't worry Rob, we'll get you that trophy to ease the pain . . .and just to make it look like I don't favor you, I'll get Jeff Saturday to give his condolences to you in front of the camera . . ."
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I think Ben has wised up immensly. He know's that GODspell doesn't need anymore fire power against the Steeler's than he already drums up. We all know he's always out to nail a Steeler for some miss doing and Ben is keeping his mouth closed. And you know the media will try to bait our players into doing or saying something that will come back and haunt.
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Calling that monstrosity, God in anyway, is an insult to God. I am amazed that in an era of sports where we have Bud Selig and David Stern the last decade, that we have been subjected to the worst commissioner in my lifetime.
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Calling that monstrosity, God in anyway, is an insult to God. I am amazed that in an era of sports where we have Bud Selig and David Stern the last decade, that we have been subjected to the worst commissioner in my lifetime.
Worst commissioner of all time. He doesn't even try to cover the fact that he is going to show favoritism to the Patriots. If Haynesworth were still in Washington how much do you want to bet he would be punished?

If Ben were playing in New England (I just threw up a little in my mouth trying to get this out)
he would have not been in any trouble at all.
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Ben should not be in the papers for anything other than a touchdown! Mouth shut!
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Ben should not be in the papers for anything other than a touchdown! Mouth shut!
Uh, did you read the article? He didn't say anything, really.
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Steelers QB Big Ben sidesteps discipline talk
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Last updated: 9:27 am

Ben Roethlisberger treaded carefully when the NFL's personal conduct policy was broached Tuesday.

But when asked if he has any issues with how commissioner Roger Goodell metes out punishment for players that sully the league's image, the Steelers quarterback said, "As delicately as I can say it, yes. Maybe at some point in my career I'll speak up more on it, but as of right now I'll just say yeah."

The NFL's personal conduct policy has been a hot-button issue for Steelers players since the lockout ended in late July they contend Goodell has too much power but Roethlisberger has remained quiet on the topic.

Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for the first six games of the 2010 season for violating the personal conduct policy. The suspension, later reduced to four games for good behavior, came after Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault for the second time during a nine-month span.

Roethlisberger was not charged in either incident, and Goodell's handling of New England defensive end Albert Haynesworth has led to renewed criticism of his being inconsistent when punishing wayward players.

Haynesworth pleaded no contest to simple assault last week, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly touched a waitress in an inappropriate manner.

ESPN reported that Haynesworth will not be suspended by Goodell, though a league spokesman said yesterday the matter is still under review.

Goodell determines the punishment for players who get into trouble off the field. He also hears all appeals.
How can one person determine punishment for everybody? and on top of that, WTF is he doing hearing the appeals? that is a really broken system, he does have way too much power.
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