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Robert Littal

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I made fun of the Orlando Sentinel blogger who suggested that the Steelers should draft Tim Tebow in the first round as a "mentor" to Ben Roethlisberger. It wasn't a well thought suggestion, but one point that is worth discussion is where do you drawn the line in regards to off the field problems?

When does the headache become too much? At what point does production on the field fail to override the distraction off of it.

The question many are asking is, is Ben Roethlisberger worth the trouble?

The short answer is yes, and the reason is very clear cut in my opinion. We can only go by the information we have as of today, March 12th, 2010. As of today, he as been accused by two women. One is accusing him of rape in a civil suit and one has accused him of sexual assault in a criminal suit. In both cases the facts are hazy at best. Either Roethlisberger is a sexual predator or he just has bad luck with ladies.

I believe in innocent until proven guilty.

I don't like Roger Goddell's policy of punishing players before the legal system has played out. I don't like that dictatorship attitude in regards to the NFL. I don't like teams using off the field activities as an excuse to get rid of players. We have a legal system in play for a reason and it is prudent for people to wait until all the facts are laid out before we start kicking players to the curb.

With that being said, based on Goddell's previous rulings against Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress and Pacman Jones, I would expect Roethlisberger to be suspended immediately if he is charged with sexual assault.

At this present time the only thing Ben Roethlisberger is guilty of, is being an idiot. Alas there are a lot of idiots in the NFL in regards to what goes on off the field, but running an NFL team is not about employing the most outstanding people in the world.

The NFL is filled with bad guys. They might not be criminals, but they aren't the type of guys if you had a daughter you would want to see at your front door. But if they aren't convicted of anything criminal and they are productive on the field that is all that really matters. What they do off of it is their own business. Doesn't matter if it is selling bibles or making it rain at strip clubs.

Super Bowl winning quarterbacks are hard to find. If Roethlisberger was a third string running back he would already be out of the league, but his status as the franchise quarterback gives him a little more rope.

The question it begs is was it enough rope know the rest.

By Robert Littal  |  March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Ben Roethlisberger , NFL , Pittsburgh Steelers , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I HOPE SOMEBODY GOES AND PROTEST Ben Roethlisberger FOR RAPING WOMEN LIKE HE'S Pepe Le Pew!!!!! and Mark McGuire too sense you missed heckling him because he left before you found out. If Ben can play then Adam “Pacman” Jones can to. They gave pacman an “Outside the Lines” report but Floyd Landis an Ben get a line across the screen. Look at the leader of 2 Superbowls for the Steeler taking Pu$$$y but Nancy Grace comes out for Tiger Woods, Chris Brown, Kobe, Vick and even Charles Barkley but no Roethlisberger media monster to feed!! Where is Roger Clemens’ “Game of Shadows”. You haters are funny like that. The media monster is chasing Glenn Beck’s viewers and rating. I see now. Bottom line is that if Ben can be the face of a franchise then I think Adam “Pacman” Jones can play and Vick hurt dogs but Ben rapes women!!!!!!

Posted by: gokusc1 | March 12, 2010 3:13 AM

First of all, if you are going to be a writer, learn to write and spell.
It is well thought OUT (not well thought).
Ugh, never mind. Your entire article, line by line, is riddled with misspelling, atrocious grammatical errors, poor punctuation, etc. It may well have been written by a kindergartner.

But because I am a HUGE Steeler and Big Ben fan, I feel compelled to respond to your weak point that holds about as much weight as a light mist.

The author totally discounts the fact that most NFL contracts also have a morals clause and does not take into consideration one major factor -- the Rooney Family.

He is clearly unaware of how the Rooney's operate (owner of the Steelers).
They don't do things like any other NFL team and never have.
At the first hint of trouble, a player is gone, no matter how good of a player they are (ie: cutting Plax loose before he really got into trouble).
The Steelers have a history of ZERO tolerance - criminal charges or not.
If the actions are egregious enough - and believe me - RAPE and SEXUAL ASSAULT certainly are - the Rooney's will not think twice about letting Big Ben go.

Heck, there was talk of letting Jeff Reed go because he got into a tiff with a police officer when another player peed in a parking lot.
Sexual Assault is a heck of a lot more serious than not being able to get to a bathroom.

Word tonight is, (as Dan Rooney, our current US Ambassador to Ireland, is back in Pittsburgh ahead of St. Patrick's day celebrations here), the Rooney's WILL be talking to Big Ben ASAP.

They will get his "side" of the story but if there is even a whiff of his guilt, they will NOT wait to cut him loose, with or without criminal charges (which I believe are forthcoming).
When you have DNA and a victim's solid and immediate word, along with witnesses, that's a good case for bringing charges right there. Count on it.

Forget the's the Rooney's you need to be watching.
And they are UNlike any other professional franchise sports owners anywhere.

They are MORAL and upstanding citizens and Dan Rooney is not going to let some drunken, sex-crazed QB ruin the team name his father founded, nor his good name as the new US Ambassador to Ireland.

No buddy, Big Ben is NOT worth the trouble, a thousand, 100-million dollar contract dollars times over.

(it pains me to say, as I am a lifelong Steeler fan and had been a HUGE Big Ben fan, but I'm afraid his version of events is looking pretty sketchy. We shall see).

Posted by: jacie2010 | March 12, 2010 4:02 AM

hi ima grammer nazi an im and idiot,, puns intended

Posted by: remarkable4real | March 12, 2010 12:59 PM

"Ben rapes women!!!!!!"

There's no evidence that he raped anyone. In fact, there's some good evidence in the previous case that the woman lied about the whole thing.

Posted by: presto668 | March 12, 2010 3:53 PM

Jacie 2010: If you're going to criticize someone else's grammar, spelling, etc., better make sure yours are perfect. (Hint: They're not.)

Posted by: oldguy2 | March 12, 2010 5:40 PM

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

Posted by: blasmaic | March 12, 2010 9:14 PM

I checked Jacie's grammer and punctuation.
It's perfect. Don't know what the Old Guy dude is talking about. Maybe he's so old he needs his glasses.

And Jacie is right. This blogger is hard to read. Nearly illiterate.

As for Big Ben. He's a drunk-a** punk.
He is well known in Pittsburgh for his boorish antics.
It was only a matter of time.

Anyone following legit sources on this story can see this guy is toast.

More witnesses were interviewed today saying his off-duty cop buddies were blocking the entry-way to the bathroom.
Something was going down there, and this brute will pay.

Posted by: travism1 | March 13, 2010 5:28 AM

Right on with the Grammar Guy.

Posted by: ercle33 | March 13, 2010 8:00 AM

My apologies for the multiple posts.
That was unintended.

Posted by: travism1 | March 13, 2010 10:29 AM

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