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Rothlisberger suspension coming by Tuesday

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by sdbound, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. sdbound

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    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger(notes) on Monday or Tuesday as a result of the recent sexual assault investigation in Milledgeville, Ga., multiple sources have indicated to Yahoo! Sports.

    Though the Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney announced last Monday that Roethlisberger wouldn’t be charged in the case and no player has ever been suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy without being at least charged with a crime, sources close to the quarterback said he is unlikely to fight the punishment.

    Roethlisberger, who apologized following last week’s announcement for the negative attention the incident garnered, would prefer to put the matter to rest as quickly as possible, three sources close to him said.

    “Ben understands where this is going and he knows there’s punishment he’ll have to take,” one of the aforementioned sources close to Roethlisberger said. “He knows how much this hurt the team and the league. He wants to make this right.”

    While NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said he has been given no timetable for a decision, the question remains whether Goodell will keep the suspension to one or two games or make it four games or longer. It is also unknown whether the Steelers will levy an additional penalty upon Roethlisberger or if a punishment will be factored into the league’s suspension. Over the weekend, two league sources said Goodell was growing angrier by the day as more information from the investigation became public.

    The investigation has included statements from witnesses in the case that a bodyguard in Roethlisberger’s entourage blocked other people from going to find Roethlisberger and the woman in a bathroom in the bar where the incident took place.

    While the investigation details damaging evidence against the accuser as well and includes a statement by the woman that she didn’t want to press charges against Roethlisberger, it is clear that Roethlisberger is losing in the court of public opinion.

    “After you read the file and you listen to the player, the only conclusion you can come to is that what he did is unbelievably stupid,” one of the league sources said. “How could he have really thought this was a good idea?”

    This is the second straight offseason in which Roethlisberger has faced sexual misconduct allegations. A Nevada casino worker last July accused Roethlisberger of raping her in 2008. No criminal charges were filed in that case and the civil suit, which includes counter damages, is still ongoing.

    The aftermath of the Roethlisberger investigation stands to dampen an eventful week for the NFL. The league will announce the 2010 NFL schedule on Tuesday and the 75th draft begins in prime time on Thursday.
     
  2. Rainman

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    If I'm not mistaken, "making it right" would include some sort of apology and/or restitution to his victim. [​IMG]

    In the meantime, I found this photo of Ben taken as he left the Commissioner's office:


    [​IMG]
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    I think it needs to come before the draft for a couple of reasons ....

    1) As long as it's in limbo, it's taking away as much or more from the draft.
    2) It's only fair to the rest of the teams to factor in whether or not Pittsburgh could be tempted to take a QB somewhere in the draft.
     
  4. DenverBolt67

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    Those of you who may have missed it, the Steelers management (Don't remember is if was their GM or owner) said the team is ready to punish him, but they have told the league they will wait for the leagues decision. And he said they were told that the league won't make a decision for a couple weeks, so he wasn't expecting a decision until the week after the draft
     
  5. Rainman

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    Hopefully, they're considering a castration. :yes:
     
  6. Brundlefly

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    You mean decapitation
     
  7. Trumpet_Man

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    And to think we could have ended up with the incomparable Ben Rapistburger.
     
  8. Rainman

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    Of "Little Ben"? Sure! :tup:
     
  9. Ride The Lightning

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    What's the over/under? 2 games?
     
  10. Rainman

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    If the NFL wants to mke a statement, it should be SIX games.

    If it's two games or less, it ain't much of a statement at all, if the league is interested in distancing itself from sexual predators.
     
  11. wrbanwal

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    Guilty until proven innocent!!


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  12. Rainman

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    Dude... there was film of smoke coming from Ben's pants! :lol:
     
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    :icon_rofl:
     
  14. HollywoodLeo

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    What exactly would this statement be? That people shouldn't be accused of stuff? Whether or not the accused is proven guilty being unimportant?
     
  15. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    at least ben knows how to use a condom unlike cromartie...:icon_rofl:
     
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  16. DenverBolt67

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    It is telling players to stop putting themselves in positions to be accused of stuff. He wasn't punished for crashing on his motorcycle, nor the 1st assault charge, but when he is putting himself in a position to be accused a second time in less than a year, he deserves to be punished. Guilty or not, he put himself in that position. Grow up and stop going to college clubs if you don't want your name in the news
     
  17. Johnny Lightning

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    Commissioner Goodell says Roethlisberger has violated Personal Conduct Policy

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 19, 2010 3:21 PM ET

    Though the punishment imposed remains to be seen, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated unequivocally that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has violated the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

    "I believe firmly as you know, and we've talked about it before, that all of us in the NFL have to live up to certain standards," Goodell told Dan Patrick on Monday. "That includes our players, coaches, commissioners, everybody. And when somebody doesn't meet that standard, then there will be consequences. . . . [T]here has been a violation of [the Personal Conduct Policy]. The issue here is with respect to a pattern of behavior and bad judgments. You do not have to be convicted or even charged of a crime to be able to demonstrate that you've violated a Personal Conduct Policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league, and everyone associated with the NFL."

    Still, the specific violation remains unclear. Of the litany of specific types of conduct that can violate the Personal Conduct Policy, there are two possible aspects of the policy that were violated: (1) conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person; and (2) conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players.

    Hopefully, the letter sent from Goodell to Roethlisberger (and eventually made available to the media) will specifically explain the behavior that gave rise to the finding of a violation -- and likewise provide other players with precise guidance as to the things they shouldn't do in order to avoid a similar outcome.
     
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    i heard the rooneys are livid and want to trade him..if thats true then who the hell would they trade him to.
     
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    Thats true he is the jets problem now even if they did advance him 500,000 to deal with his problems
     
  20. DenverBolt67

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    I wonder if any teams would take him and his contract on with the issues he has had. He will cost twice what Bradford will cost with the #1 pick, but he is a proven player.
     
  21. Rainman

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    Because... even *IF* the sex was actually consensual, the NFL would still be interested in sending the following message:

    "We don't stand silent in distancing ourselves from the practice of hiring bodyguards who obstruct a young woman's friends from verifying her safety when you're banging her in a public restroom. We'd let it go, Ben, except that there have been other *incidents* in which you've demonstrated very poor judgment and brought negative publicity to the NFL in the process."

    You've noticed that O.J. doesn't get invited to official NFL functions anymore, right? :icon_shrug:

    And what was he convicted of? :icon_huh:
     
  22. Buck Melanoma

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    The NFL isn't a court of law. They're an employer with rules for conduct, just as any other employer can stipulate. While the conduct policy may be unclear to some degree, there is one in place & Ben signed a contract knowing about that policy.

    He doesn't have to be guilty of the crime itself, only of giving the league's reputation a black eye. In this case, Goodell & the Rooney's are judge & jury & will set the sentence.

    Remember something, folks .... these guys are very privileged to get to be professional athletes & earn the kind of money that they earn. They've all seen/heard enough stories to know how to stay out of trouble. If they don't, tough ****. That's they're own stupidity. I don't feel one damn bit sorry for this punk.
     
  23. Trumpet_Man

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    So the black guy knew about the dog killings and goes to jail.

    The white guy raapes (or so it seems) several chicks now and what does he get ?

    Obama is watching all you crackers. :yes:
     
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    One plead guilty to a federal felony, the other hasn't even had charges brought on against him
     
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    By the way, he didn't do jail time for killing dogs or even for dog fighting. He did jail time for moving dogs across state lines for the purpose of illegally gambling. Had he never left Virginia, he would have never faced any federal crimes
     
  26. Trumpet_Man

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    Watch how the Commish handles it if he is guilty or even somewhat guilty (whatever that means) in comparison.

    Compare the punishment against women versus dogs.

    Consider the NFL is widely considered a good old boys network with all the trimmings. Watch how it plays out is the moral of the story.
     
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    I doubt he gets more than 2-3 games. Vick was suspended indefinite, because he was going on trial and facing Jail time. The DA has already decided not to press any charges on Ben. He will be suspended, but it isn't even close to the same situation. I wish he would get suspended for more, but the league just won't, not without chargers being filed against him
     
  28. Buck Melanoma

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    If it weren't for Vick moving the dogs across state lines, he'd have likely skated entirely. I'm from Surry County, VA - grew up there, mom still lives there, we have a family farm there. The county DA is a crooked POS who would have let Mike (who I also know) slide were it not for the feds stepping in.

    None of that, however, negates what Trumpy is saying. There are 2 standards in the NFL & they're based on skin color. To think otherwise is naive at best.

    Ben wasn't convicted & doesn't have to be for his employer to punish him. Let's see what happens. Just remember this - if it walks like a duck & quacks like a duck, it's most likely a friggin' duck.
     
  29. HEXEDBOLT

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    To bad they didn't have enough to files charges on Ben. If dude is doing this kind of crap, he needs to go down just like Tyson did. It's to damn bad there were no surveillance cameras in use then we might be done with his kind of trash.
     
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    [​IMG] Where being a criminal douchebag is celebrated
     

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