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Would you want Big Ben?

With his latest offseason troubles still unfolding, would you want Ben Roethlisberger on your team?

Posted by Matt Brooks on March 12, 2010 12:00 AM
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whitaker200: "Big Ben". How affectionate! What fans!...

dcjazzman: No. All of you apologists are BS'ers. You want Clinton Portis kicked off the team for sometimes acting immaturely (and letting his mouth ste...

dcjazzman: BTW: If Ben were as cool with his s_it as Tiger Woods, I'd applaud him... Ain't nobody accuse Tiger of abuse. Or trying to Bogart some boot...

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KDSmallJr Author Profile Page :

Make an offer now. Sex addict? Dumb? How about winner. How about leading a team down field at the end of games. How about a leader who plays through pain and has skill? Maybe some bad choices, but, if Kobie, and Michael, Tiger, and ..... can be "rehabilitated", Big Ben should be able to, as well - NO?

skinfannomore Author Profile Page :

Would I want him for my team?? Yes... he's a winner.

Would I want him to date my sister?? Hell NO!

He has a problem and needs help. He is a thug to women and there is no telling where his aggression will end.

Get help Ben!!!!!

papple Author Profile Page :

Right now he is only guilty of being a knucklehead. However, the pattern of behavior is disturbing. Why does a grown man need to be out late every night chasing college-aged women? I imagine he has a psychosocial issue regarding his identity off the field. In other words, he only relates to himself as football player. Would I want him on my team? Not now. I want a qb who is stable both mentally and emotionally. From a strictly athletic point of view, I feel a well adjusted qb is going to deliver better results. From an overall perspective, he needs to earn and keep the respect of his team/ locker room. It's possible that he is losing this and the subtle underlying effect of this cannot be accurately gauged; however, I think it's fair to say that the effect is not positive and that makes him a liability.

21stCenturyCaveman Author Profile Page :

This guy is right up Dan Snyder's alley. You remember Jeff George and Neon Deion. Well, Ben can still play, and Snyder's reaching for his checkbook right now to solve his qb situation.

50midgets Author Profile Page :

I don't care about what he does off the field, so sure I'd tske him.

UberDave Author Profile Page :

Papple, this incident happened in an 18+ club, so there could have been high school age women in that club. Roethlisberger wouldn't let any guys near his "VIP Area," he sent his cronies out to get women to come to his table, and ended up in the bathroom with one of them. He has some serious issues, I wouldn't want him anywhere near my team.

lgleagle Author Profile Page :

Our daughter was a student at Miami when Ben would return triumphant after winning his first Super Bowl; his reputation during those campus visits was consistent with the reported behavior and thus, she steered way clear. We are huge Steeler fans and love his work on the field; but are embarassed for the Rooneys who never condone prima donna "above the rules" attitudes. Time to grow up, Ben, and show some adult judgment. You lucked out that the motorcycle accident didn't end your career, and you just might be the victim in the Vegas cross-suits, but a pattern is a pattern and you've added to that perceived pattern by your choices. Your $100M from the Rooneys comes with reasonable prohibitions against disreputable or reckless conduct that might jeopardize the value of the investment in you.

papple Author Profile Page :

Thanks, Uberdave for making my skin crawl even more! I officially want to vomit. What is wrong with this guy?

douglaslbarber Author Profile Page :

Disclosure: I am a diehard Steelers fan.

Until one or both of Ben's cases works its way through the courts, I lack enough information to form a judgement on the merits of the accusations against Roethlisburger.

One of two things is happening. Either the man belongs in prison, or an accusation with no merit has primed the pump for a second such accusation.

Of one thing I am sure. The man is reckless. That's a flaw on most contexts (though perhaps not in the context of professional American football), but it's not in and of itself a crime.

I am in no rush to form an ill-informed opinion.

blasmaic Author Profile Page :

Roethlisberger is very talented on the field and seems adventurous off the field. It's mistaken to call him an idiot or knucklehead or any other crap like that.

Irresponsible young women should not be permitted to ruin things for everyone (including themselves).

If I had a daughter, Ben could screw her if he didn't wear a condom (we don't have any draft picks in our line).

papple Author Profile Page :

db: "One of two things is happening. Either the man belongs in prison, or an accusation with no merit has primed the pump for a second such accusation." i don't think you can go all or nothing. by that, i mean it isn't an "either/ or" situation. he definitely isn't guilty of anything yet. but his decision making is cause for serious alarm (i like the steelers too).
Blasmaic: you're hilarious! nonetheless, i reserve the right to call him a knucklehead because, to me, he is the walking definition. my opinion is fact because it's mine thank you!

whocares666 Author Profile Page :

I think BIG Ben has developed a case of felinity.

whitaker200 Author Profile Page :

"Big Ben". How affectionate! What fans!

dcjazzman Author Profile Page :

No. All of you apologists are BS'ers. You want Clinton Portis kicked off the team for sometimes acting immaturely (and letting his mouth step on his own feet), yet, you'd take a white QB with both a reckless (motorcycle) and budding abusive reputation. A guy who thinks his celebrity allows him to take liberties with young women. Not saying SOME women wouldn't mind being coerced, but my rule when I was a young man was that "No" meant NO. "If you change your mind, YOU let me know..."

dcjazzman Author Profile Page :

BTW: If Ben were as cool with his s_it as Tiger Woods, I'd applaud him... Ain't nobody accuse Tiger of abuse. Or trying to Bogart some bootay. But half the world and MANY of you feel he owes 'society' some kind of apology cuz he was gitting something on the side. Something that was freely given, not something he was trying to TAKE. Big difference. What's the worst offense you could charge him with? Crashing into a fire hydrant? Big difference than trying to crash into some young girl's body.

 
 
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