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Report: Roethlisberger's reps want 3 games

Posted on: September 1, 2010 6:21 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.com is reporting that Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger’s representatives will ask commissioner Roger Goodell to reduce his six-game suspension to three games when the two sides meet Friday.

If granted, that number would be a huge surprise to virtually everybody who covers and follows the NFL.

It’s been common thought that, because Goodell has said he’s pleased with Roethlisberger’s response to violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, he would reduce the suspension to four games. If Goodell really cuts the original number in half, that must mean Roethlisberger worked his behind off to get back in the commissioner’s good graces.

Oh, and Steelers fans would rejoice.

One paragraph from the story that might interest you, explaining why Roethlisberger’s people have the cojones to ask for such a big reduction:

Some in the Roethlisberger camp have argued since Roethlisberger is the first player suspended by Goodell under the personal conduct policy who has not been arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime, he should not be suspended more than two games. His camp has always considered the six game suspension too harsh. But few believe Goodell will go that far, and some in the Roethlisberger camp do not want to anger the commissioner by asking for too much.

Anybody else out there think the original suspension was too harsh? Considering Roethlisberger's history, I'm not sure that I do.

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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 11:15 am
 

Report: Roethlisberger's reps want 3 games

Once again you make my point for me with a long diatribe concerning my homer bias.  It is a "personal conduct" policy.  Yes, it is enforced to protect business interests.  By definition, morality concerns personal conduct.  The business interests are a function of the public perception of the morality on one's actions.  If you cannot see the connection, there is little else to say.  Which once again gets to the same issue of what specific action the NFL has clear insight to being the suspendable offense.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:15 am
 

Report: Roethlisberger's reps want 3 games

Not every single one is guilty of course, but how often does their case even make it to court to be judged?  I mean you read at least once per week where another athlete or celebrity gets picked up for DUI or assault or gun charges or some other infraction, but within a few weeks they got off with community service, a fine, and a public apology.  It's just not right.  A guy like me gets picked up for DUI and I'm looking at all of those things plus mandatory drug & alcohol classes, AA meetings and visits with a probation officer once per week for a year for a first offense.  A regular person like you and I will always have our day in court, always receive our judgement, and when proven guilty have the book thrown at us.  These guys have high profile lawyers and a PR team to clean up their mess.  I just wish they were held more accountable for their actions.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:08 am
 

Report: Roethlisberger's reps want 3 games

I can see that you are backpedaling from your brady comments b/c you realize that you do not have a leg to stand on and you realize that other members of your beloved steelers have done far far worse.  I do see however that you are trying to once again "shift" the focus from your boys conduct (who you claim you are not defending but really are) to the big bad commisioner and the "morality police" as you like to refer to them.

let me make this easy for you.  NOBODY made a 'morality' judgement about ben or what he did.  NOBODY.  Here is why he was suspended and before you clank away mindlessly at your computer remember these are not my words but a direct quote from an artcile on the subject on this website.

Roethlisberger is the first player suspended by Goodell under the personal conduct policy who was not arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime. However, Goodell said in April the policy allows him to impose such a penalty when the NFL's integrity and reputation are at stake

The very same article went on to say this:

Roethlisberger also is being sued in Nevada by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her there in 2008. No charges were brought in that case, and it did not figure in the NFL's suspension

So if you can stop being so defensive you would see that this is NOT about morality and having kids out of wedlock or not being a good father as you claim.  it is business.  strictly business.  the nfl is a brand.  ANYONE who does conduct that does damage to that brand (or product) will be subject to the suspension. 

To further illustrate the point let me try this.  You have read EVERYWHERE that the Rooneys are pissed.  Have you asked yoruself why?  Let me tell you.  It is NOT because they are making moral judgements about Ben.  it is because they have invested a lot of money in the Steelers as a PRODUCT and this guys REPEATED actions put that product at risk.  When he runs around on a motorcycle without a helmet he risks the money the Rooneys have invested in him.  When he acts like a child and not an adult he hurts the image of the product that the Rooneys have invested in.  again, NOBODY is making moral judgements.  It is business.  is it starting to sink in yet?

As for you ridiculous hypothetical about if Brady "all of a sudden stopped being a good dad' what would the Pats do?  Well if hitting the mother of your child is "being bad" then what did the ultramoral Rooneys do to harrison?  Nothing.  The patriots recognoze their brand and have cut players who have had problems with the law. 

I really suggest that you take the homer gogles off, stop talking out of both sides of your mouth and read what it really out there instead of being reactionary like so many on these boards.



Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:22 am
 

Report: Roethlisberger's reps want 3 games

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