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Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:06 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 1:13 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Roethlisberger -- even before his suspension was reduced to four games today -- knew how costly his off-the-field actions were to the Pittsburgh Steelers. So much so that he had a pretty emotional (and tearful) moment with his teammates following the Steelers' final preseason game.

According to Steel City Insider's Mike Prisuta (subscription, FYI), Roethlisberger "wept" while speaking with his teammates -- for the last time until over a month from now --on Thursday night.
“He broke down,” wide receiver Hines Ward reported late Thursday night in the bowels of Heinz Field.

“The reality sets in. He’s feeling the pain because now it’s hitting home.”
This is the exact attitude -- a repentant one -- that prompted Roger Goodell to reduce Roethlisberger's suspension, and it seems as if it could be the type of thing that really galvanizes the team.

Art Rooney, at the very least, is supportive of his franchise quarterback.

“Commissioner Goodell informed us today that Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension has been reduced to four games," Rooney said in a statement issued by the team. "Ben has done a good job this summer of growing as the person that he needs to be, both on and off the field. I am confident that Ben is committed to continuing in this positive direction. As a team, our focus is now on preparing for the regular season and getting off to a good start on opening weekend."

It's fun to make sarcastic comments about Ben's behavior and to question whether or not he legitimately grew as a person in the offseason. That being said, seeing the comments from the commissioner, his teammates, his owner and now the emotional outpouring from Roethlisberger himself is pretty impressive.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:29 am

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:43 pm

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:31 pm

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

but if you want to blame the victim for "asking for it"  

So wearing a T-shirt saying you are down to #%^& and illegally consuming alcohol does nothing to discredit her?  That logic in court would get shredded by cross-examination.

Ben is or was a jerk, however the media makes judgements that the public seems to buy into. Their job is to sell the story to attract an audience, in essence boost the ratings to increae ad revenue. Myself, I prefer the judicial system for a more factual presentation so I can make an informed opinion on someone or a situation. 

If some sit there and hate Ben Roethlisberger because he plays for the Steelers, fine. But if you do not give people second chances, then what is the point of all of this. If you judge everyone based on TMZ and ESPN, good luck with that.  Back in the 60's Joe Namath and Raymond FLoyd used to run around NY and do all sorts of similar things. But the news teams and internet was not there to jump on every detail of every story like it is today. Does it make Ben exonerated, nope. But it does not give people the right to think he is the only NFL player to take advantage of drunk women and call him a rapist.  For the guys out there who have never tried anything with a young drunk chick, be proud. You probaly fall in the top 2% of the moral class of the U.S.A.

well then maybe you should go spend some time in Saudi Arabia, where they specialize in that kind of idiocy/law. 

I don't agree with those third world tactics, but I digress that some of the principals are right on. Our slap on the wrist system is not always something I agree with, maybe something in the middle would work for me. As far as morality goes, Art Rooney II was the one pushing for the suspension, based on the image on the Steelers and the NFL, I think they got it right.  I also think Ben got it right and has the owner back on his side, the fans are another story.  Does he deserve a second chance, that is up to each individual to make up their own mind, let's let his follow-up actions help us make an informed decision before we call him guilty until proven innocent again.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2010 4:02 pm

Ben wept to teammates, gets from Rooney

The Guy is a scumbag. Was a scumbag before GA. before Reno. It makes me sick that these athelets have a license to abuse, rape women because they are meal tickets for thier teams. And anyone that does not see this in Rothlisburger is either a fool or someone like him.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2010 3:30 pm

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

I think Ben should should not been able to participate in any pre season practice or games. He should have been suspended all 6 regular games or the whole season. I think that will show every NFL player to follow the rules and regulation by the book or they all will be liable for their actions and no excuses will be take no matter what.I think the commissioner should have suspended Ben for the whole six regular games instead of just four because his been doing good lately. I think players will think they can break the rules and get away with it by behaving a few months and when its time to go see the commissioner he will reduce the sentence like he did with Ben.The commissioner did an amezing job and took matters fast.Thank you Commissioner for not letting players get away with the offenses they do off the field!!!

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2010 1:16 pm

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney


Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:34 pm

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

What makes you assume his tears were 'remorse' for something he did as opposed to the emotional realizationt that he's done for the next month and/or grateful for the support he's received from his team and owner?  That seemed to be the point.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2010 11:29 am

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

You play with the bull you get the horns.Yell  Your in the NFL, just like the field,
you gotta C Y A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2010 8:50 am

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

Just for those who don't already know, between 73 and 79 % of all sexual assault cases never end up reported and even fewer get prosecuted.  Because these tend to take place in secluded settings, it becomes a he said vs she said scenario and they are very difficult to prove. I agree with your idea and respect your belief, BUT this very statement validates Big Ben as much as the girl as without proof, there is NO way with any certainty, you can say it happened.  Might it have happened?  Sure?  Might the girl have willingly consented hoping to become his girlfriend and become rich?  Sure.  Might she have had sour graper when Big Ben never called her back?  Sure.  Might she be a lying tramp who was looking for big money?  Sure.  And just as possibly none of those things may be true:  there is NO way for you or I to prove one or the other.

Sure Ben had a bad reputation, but I spent 20 years in the Navy, got drunk more times than I could ever count, laid more women in more countries than I can even remember--and may even have kids running around that I don't know about, but that doesn't make me a rapist or an A--hole.  And I wasn't even the worst of the guys I've known through my career--in fact I had higher morals and refused to take advantage of the East and West coast widows who threw themselves at people ALL the time.  Those who have never been in the Navy, may not know, but the E&W coast widows are navy wives who haunt the bars looking for action when their husbands are out at sea.  One buddy of mine always took them up on their offer, he always said "if it isn't me, it will be someone else, so why shouldn't I enjoy the free ride?"

It is entirely possible that the girl's story is true, but then again....

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2010 8:29 am

Ben wept to teammates, gets support from Rooney

I Dont believe he is remorseful for the girl!  He is remorseful for letting his teammates down.  Everyone keeps saying oh the poor girl in GA.  What poor girl?  The poor girl who was wearing a sticker that said DTF (we do all know what that means right?)   Im sorry but as a woman, after seeing and reading the transcripts of the case, The only thing ben did wrong is making a bad judgement.  She knew what she was doing, You do not enter an over 21 establishment when you are under 21 wearing a sticker like that and truly think that men are not gonna say sexual things to you and want to approach you.  She entered that room willingly!  Is Ben an idiot for his actions? Absolutely, but it does not make him a rapist or a criminal!!! I support Ben all the way!!!!

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