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THE QUESTION

Does the punishment fit the offense?

Is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games fair? Does the punishment fit the offense?

Posted by Matt Brooks on April 21, 2010 2:17 PM
FROM THE PANEL

Slippery slope

By issuing suspensions to players who have not been charged with crimes, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is in danger of becoming Big Brother

Posted by Jason Maloni, on April 22, 2010 11:51 AM

Goodell had to do something

It's hard to find a fitting punishment when the full extent of the offense remains unknown, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to take action against Ben Roethlisberger and the four-to-six game suspension is about the best he could do.

Posted by Dan Parker, on April 22, 2010 9:55 AM

Moral vs. criminal code

Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Ben Roethlisberger for six games protects the integrity of the NFL's moral standards without overstepping his bounds as commissioner.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on April 22, 2010 1:13 AM

Not about the number

It's not the length of the suspension dolled out to Ben Roethlisberger that matters. It's how he uses that time to recoup his image and grow up.

Posted by Anthony Stalter, on April 22, 2010 12:23 AM

Fortunate son

Ben Roethlisberger should consider himself lucky to walk away with the suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and clean up his act now.

Posted by Robert Littal, on April 21, 2010 11:54 PM

Not the Rooney way

Ben Roethlisberger's alleged transgressions have placed him in a group of former Pittsburgh Steelers who the Rooney family saw fit to unload to maintain the team's values. And like those before him, Roethlisberger is likely on his way out of the Steel City.

Posted by Leonard Shapiro, on April 21, 2010 7:47 PM

It helped another QB

The suspension handed down from Roger Goodell may be tough to swallow, but Ben Roethlisberger need only look to another star quarterback to see how league mandated punishment can help a talented player mature.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on April 21, 2010 4:04 PM

Is the six-game suspension fair?

Is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games fair?

Posted by Reader Poll, on April 21, 2010 3:57 PM

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