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Leper Friend
02-03-2011, 11:56 AM
http://www.tmz.com/2011/02/03/ben-roeth ... y-packers/ (http://www.tmz.com/2011/02/03/ben-roethlisberger-drinking-boozing-super-bowl-piano-bar-texas-fort-worth-video-footage-green-bay-packers/)

I can't believe every media outlet isn't going crazy over this. Not a big deal at all to me. Colin Cowherd keeps talking about it.

Eich
02-03-2011, 11:59 AM
I have to admit, if I were Ben, I'd be more than a little nervous about partying and drinking late at night in any public bar these days. All it takes is any slighted female to make an accusation of any kind and he's done.

sentinel33
02-03-2011, 12:10 PM
i'm all for Ben having a good time, but he's taking a chance here and i dont like it. Party time is over. time to focus on the game.

JAR
02-03-2011, 12:11 PM
If anyone expects him to live in a bubble, you need to step out if yours for fresh air.

steelsnis
02-03-2011, 12:14 PM
Wasn't this on Tuesday night? He was in a piano bar, not a strip club. The game is on Sunday. Non-issue.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
02-03-2011, 12:16 PM
If I were Ben's agent, I would have him budget for a full-time videographer, with sound, for every minute that he is outside his hotel room.

Cheap expense as insurance against anyone who falsely accuses him of something.

Of course, he has to use his noggin to not do stupid things behind closed doors, but I think he's got that part down, based on all reports.

JAR
02-03-2011, 12:20 PM
If I were Ben's agent, I would have him budget for a full-time videographer, with sound, for every minute that he is outside his hotel room.

Cheap expense as insurance against anyone who falsely accuses him of something.

Of course, he has to use his noggin to not do stupid things behind closed doors, but I think he's got that part down, based on all reports.

And where is the proof that he did something wrong behind closed doors before? The only proof out there comes from a group of drunk dtfs, all with different stories.

MeetJoeGreene
02-03-2011, 12:25 PM
I heard that he and the Piano singer did a mash up of

All you Zombies (The Hooters)
The Bitch is Back (Elton John)
Take it to the Limit (The Eagles)
My Generation (The Who)
I shot the Sherrif (Bob Marley).

JAR
02-03-2011, 12:30 PM
I heard that he and the Piano singer did a mash up of

All you Zombies (The Hooters)
The Bitch [ :) :) /color]is Back (Elton John)
[color=#FF0000]Take it to the Limit (The Eagles)
My Generation (The Who)
I shot the Sherrif (Bob Marley).

:)

Eich
02-03-2011, 01:16 PM
If anyone expects him to live in a bubble, you need to step out if yours for fresh air.

All I know is, if I was in Ben's situation with a pending lawsuit, I'd live in a bubble for a while.

Ghost
02-03-2011, 01:18 PM
Shoudl have worn his "Drink Like a Champion" shirt.

RuthlessBurgher
02-03-2011, 01:20 PM
If anyone expects him to live in a bubble, you need to step out if yours for fresh air.

All I know is, if I was in Ben's situation with a pending lawsuit, I'd live in a bubble for a while.

Our own Costanza2k1 would volunteer to play trivia with you.

THAT'S NOT MOOPS YOU JERK, IT'S MOORS. IT'S A MISPRINT!

:mrgreen:

JAR
02-03-2011, 01:23 PM
If anyone expects him to live in a bubble, you need to step out if yours for fresh air.

All I know is, if I was in Ben's situation with a pending lawsuit, I'd live in a bubble for a while.

Holing up would make him look guilty. Colon was back out with Ben... he must know what really happened that night in GA, no? I also see Starks, Kiesel, Hines and it looks like Miller in that video, why would they chance their reputations on being with Ben, unless they knew the real truth too?

RuthlessBurgher
02-03-2011, 01:25 PM
Shoudl have worn his "Drink Like a Champion" shirt.

Nah...dust off the ol' devil shirt. :evil:

JAR
02-03-2011, 01:28 PM
If anyone expects him to live in a bubble, you need to step out if yours for fresh air.

All I know is, if I was in Ben's situation with a pending lawsuit, I'd live in a bubble for a while.

Our own Costanza2k1 would volunteer to play trivia with you.

THAT'S NOT MOOPS YOU JERK, IT'S MOORS. IT'S A MISPRINT!

:mrgreen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SULQSL4Cd0

Mister Pittsburgh
02-03-2011, 01:29 PM
I love how all the article just say Ben was there....like he was sitting there alone with a pack of cigs and bottle of jack on the bar all drunk and slurring. F'n media is a total joke. I don't think I have seen more garbage articles in a short span of time as I have seen the past 2 weeks. The internet blows in the aspect that any retard can create an 'article' online. Dear Lord I hope we drop 45 points on Green Bay with Ben throwing for 500 yards again and then Deebo drops Goodell with a headbutt as he snatches the trophy from him.

NC Steeler Fan
02-03-2011, 01:37 PM
I love how all the article just say Ben was there....like he was sitting there alone with a pack of cigs and bottle of jack on the bar all drunk and slurring. F'n media is a total joke. I don't think I have seen more garbage articles in a short span of time as I have seen the past 2 weeks. The internet blows in the aspect that any retard can create an 'article' online. Dear Lord I hope we drop 45 points on Green Bay with Ben throwing for 500 yards again and then Deebo drops Goodell with a headbutt as he snatches the trophy from him.

Hell YEAH!! What HE said!! :Beer

ikestops85
02-03-2011, 01:44 PM
I don't know. Ben has been hammered so hard about going out partying and it has hurt his rep big time. I know his rep shouldn't have taken a hit but the fact of the matter is it has. Because of that this sorta pisses me off. He has every right to go out and enjoy himself but the question is ... should he? My answer to that is a big, resounding NO!

He can't afford to leave himself open to that type of scrutiny. Especially with all the slimebags out there. All it takes is one pissed off women to make an accusation and he is toast. Sorry, I know it's not fair but he needs to keep himself secluded.

steelblood
02-03-2011, 01:53 PM
I don't mind that he went to a piano bar. That is pretty tame. I'd rather that he wasn't out drinking late before a big practice day on Wednesday. Furthermore, he knows he is under increased scrutiny this week. He probably should have avoided drinking in public if possible.

feltdizz
02-03-2011, 01:59 PM
its SB week... the guy can go out and have fun. Sounds like he was with a bunch of players.

but after Ben wins another SB and the offseason starts, this is when partying could become a problem.

Crash
02-03-2011, 02:03 PM
A $800 tab for himself and everyone around him during SB week? That's hardly "boozing it up" because you know those prices are spiked.

Hell in Detroit they had old flop houses with tables, chairs, and a juke box and were charging $50 just to get in.

aggiebones
02-03-2011, 02:41 PM
Geez, he's got to get out to loosen up a bit or he'll be too tight to play.
He went AFTER media day, so no biggie. Now he's on curfew. He'll be fine and we'll either win or lose. But winning or losing won't be because of him having club soda at a piano bar.

Crash
02-03-2011, 02:46 PM
The Steelers' QB said: "It was a superstition and tradition on Tuesday night. I take the linemen out to dinner. We went out for barbecue and then we wanted to hear some live music. We just had an enjoyable night."

Roethlisberger also said they were home before the 1 a.m. curfew. On "Piano Man" and Billy Joel, he said: "That's a great piano song isn't it, one of the best. You've got to request that when you're at the piano bar."

Last night, Big Ben said he went to movie and was in bed early. He also said his teammates had a laugh about this becoming a story.

When asked about his players going out, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said: "I'm not concerned about that one iota. It's normal for guys to eat dinner believe it or not. ... I understand things being reported or viewed differently but that's not our concern. Believe it or not guys live lives."

http://superbowlblog.dallasnews.com/arc ... ayers.html (http://superbowlblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/02/steelers-coach-ok-with-players.html)

SteelBucks
02-03-2011, 03:04 PM
When asked about his players going out, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said: "I'm not concerned about that one iota. It's normal for guys to eat dinner believe it or not. ... I understand things being reported or viewed differently but that's not our concern. Believe it or not guys live lives."



Well said Tomlin!

aggiebones
02-03-2011, 03:22 PM
Tomlin should have said he was jealous that noone invited him out for a drink. Or that he himself had a steak and 2 rum and cokes as well that night. Then I'd describe the turd that I left in the toilet as well. See how far they REALLY want to get into our lives.

Jigawatts
02-03-2011, 03:39 PM
At no point in that video did I see Ben "pounding drinks" or "boozing."

Ghost
02-03-2011, 03:42 PM
It's f'n TMZ for goodness sake. They are the dregs of society. I wouldn't pee on the owner of that website if he was on fire.

ScoreKeeper
02-03-2011, 03:42 PM
He should be locked in his room and chained to his desk with only his play book and a glass of water.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
02-03-2011, 03:46 PM
He bought rounds of drinks for the bar and his tab came to $800? How many could he have had? I assume at a place like this that drinks are in the $8.00 range. 100 drinks, around 50 people more or less gets them each 2. Not exactly "boozing it up".

anger 82&95
02-03-2011, 03:51 PM
He should be locked in his room and chained to his desk with only his play book and a glass of water.
With no computer terminal, because he might do something wild like play spider solitaire.

JAR
02-03-2011, 03:57 PM
and Rodgers is sitting in his room wound tighter than a drum.

Aaron Rodgers: “I haven’t been out carousing”
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 3, 2011, 1:37 PM EST
The Steelers have been here in Dallas for three nights, and after two of those three nights, there were stories the next morning about players being out late, enjoying the nightlife.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says there will be no such stories about him.

“I haven’t been out carousing,” Rodgers said today. “I am a homebody, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in my hotel room watching film. I think it is important at the same time that you are sticking with your normal routine. I like to go out to dinner when I’m back home in Green Bay so I’ve gone out to dinner, to a couple of really nice spots, and then come home, relax and watch film.”

On Monday night, Steelers receiver Hines Ward was reportedly out at a strip club. On Wednesday night, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was reportedly “boozing” at a piano bar.

Of course, these are the Super Bowl week stories that can be used to fit any narrative we in the media choose: If the Packers win on Sunday, we’ll say it’s because they were studying while the Steelers were partying. But if the Steelers win on Sunday, we’ll all talk about how they were loose and relaxed while the Packers were too tight.

Rodgers acknowledged that there’s a risk of spending too much time watching film.

“You definitely can over-prepare, but I’m going to stay focused and keep doing the things that I have been doing the past few weeks to prepare,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully the rest of the team does the same.”

Mister Pittsburgh
02-03-2011, 03:59 PM
This stuff is just hillarious. Soon TMZ will scoop a kleenex Ben wiped his nose on out of the trash and have it tested for cocaine just in case. What the hell is wrong with these people?

If I was Ben i wouldn't allow the maid into the room out of fear of accusations. How long to a hotel employee sells Ben's room bill showing he rented a porn movie?

ScoreKeeper
02-03-2011, 04:03 PM
When the Godly Rogers has two rings, then what he has to say will matter.

He's become such a puke.

Sic Deebo....SIC. :Beer

RuthlessBurgher
02-03-2011, 04:10 PM
It's f'n TMZ for goodness sake. They are the dregs of society. I wouldn't pee on the owner of that website if he was on fire.

Matt Spaeth would pee on him whether he was on fire or not. :wink:

Crash
02-03-2011, 04:23 PM
Rodgers isn't carousing because he's too busy ignoring cancer patients.

Btw, this was posted on Scout:


I have a co-worker (an older lady) who's a big TCU fan. She just emailed me to say that she just visited a TCU message board and there were posts about students meeting Ben out and about. Everyone said he was extremely nice, very approachable, that he signed autographs & posed for photos, and, most importantly, was totally in control.

You know, people can go out, have a few drinks, and not behave like an idiot. I don't think Ben should have to live like a hermit -- as a matter of fact, I think he's doing his image a lot of good by appearing in public and behaving.

It's not a big deal for him to be seen having a few drinks and some fun. It's a different story if he's acting like an idiot.

aggiebones
02-03-2011, 05:49 PM
It's f'n TMZ for goodness sake. They are the dregs of society. I wouldn't pee on the owner of that website if he was on fire.


I'd pee on him. Then light him back on fire. :)

AngryAsian
02-03-2011, 05:56 PM
internet + National Inquirer = TMZ

BURGH86STEEL
02-03-2011, 06:46 PM
I don't think it's a good idea for Ben to be seen in any bar after what he's been through.

Crash
02-03-2011, 06:50 PM
I don't think it's a good idea for Ben to be seen in any bar after what he's been through.

So he shouldn't continue to take his OL out? They were in the piano bar for LESS than 2 hours. BFD.

Crash
02-03-2011, 06:55 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spent a night on the town with his offensive linemen Tuesday night, eventually ending up at a Fort Worth piano bar.

“It was superstition and tradition,” Roethlisberger said. “Tuesday night, I take the linemen out to dinner. I just had an enjoyable night. The tradition for the Super Bowl is, one night and they pick where. It's usually a steak place. They picked barbecue this time.”

TMZ offered Internet footage of Roethlisberger (sitting down, most of the time, off to the far left of the video screen) enthusiastically singing along with the crowd to a chorus of Billy Joel's "Piano Man."

According to the website, Roethlisberger paid a tab of about $800 and tipped an additional $200. TMZ also quoted patrons as saying the quarterback was "nice, fun and took care of everyone."

Roethlisberger, incidentally, was accused last year of sexually assaulting a woman at a bar in Georgia. No charges were filed.

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin had no problem with Roethlisberger's actions, even if it was five days before the Super Bowl.

“I'm not concerned one iota,” Tomlin said. “It's normal for guys to eat dinner, believe it or not. During the course of the season, guys go out on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Believe it or not, guys live lives.”

-- Chuck Schilken

Crash
02-03-2011, 06:56 PM
Singing and sitting down in a piano bar. The heathen!

eniparadoxgma
02-03-2011, 07:15 PM
Good for Ben. He's a free American citizen and if he wants to sing karoake and have some drinks I couldn't care less.

Let Aaron Rodgers play the saint.

Crash
02-03-2011, 07:20 PM
Now if went to a strip joint, a VIP room. Yeah that's dumb.

But a piano bar is as mellow as it gets in the social scene, just a bunch of guys who can't sing trying to sing. :tt2

BURGH86STEEL
02-03-2011, 07:31 PM
I don't think it's a good idea for Ben to be seen in any bar after what he's been through.

So he shouldn't continue to take his OL out? They were in the piano bar for LESS than 2 hours. BFD.

I don't believe it was a good idea for Ben to be seen in a bar after what he endured. Like it or not, his image is tarnished. People draw their own conclusions based on the perception of the situation.

Crash
02-03-2011, 07:35 PM
I don't think it's a good idea for Ben to be seen in any bar after what he's been through.

So he shouldn't continue to take his OL out? They were in the piano bar for LESS than 2 hours. BFD.

I don't believe it was a good idea for Ben to be seen in a bar after what he endured. Like it or not, his image is tarnished. People draw their own conclusions based on the perception of the situation.

There is no perception, they were singing in a friggin' piano bar as the tape clearly shows.

His image is tarnished because of half-assed reporting and flat out BS.

Hines went to a strip club, as did Ike Taylor.

You tell me what establishment is worse?

BURGH86STEEL
02-03-2011, 08:13 PM
I don't think it's a good idea for Ben to be seen in any bar after what he's been through.

So he shouldn't continue to take his OL out? They were in the piano bar for LESS than 2 hours. BFD.

I don't believe it was a good idea for Ben to be seen in a bar after what he endured. Like it or not, his image is tarnished. People draw their own conclusions based on the perception of the situation.

There is no perception, they were singing in a friggin' piano bar as the tape clearly shows.

His image is tarnished because of half-assed reporting and flat out BS.

Hines went to a strip club, as did Ike Taylor.

You tell me what establishment is worse?

I don't know where you live but their is a negative perception of Ben.

It's not all BS as you suggest. Ben's image is tarnished because of the decisions he made. There would had been nothing to report if he made better decisions. Ben was the root cause of his problems. That's because he controlled everything about the situations he placed himself into. You like to point the finger at everyone else but the man that was in charge.

All players know the risk of the situations in which they place themselves. They will have to suffer the repercussions of their actions. That goes for what's said in the media or what happens on a personal level with their families.

Crash
02-03-2011, 08:17 PM
Ben's actions were he was in a bar celebrating his birthday and a groupie followed him all night. She then pinched his ass and tried to use Willie Colon as a middle man to get his attention.

You know what's funny? The whole ringleader of that night was Nicole Biancofiore. She has since transferred to Georgia.

Think maybe her BS accusations and breaking the law via fake IDs got her in trouble at GCSU?

SanAntonioSteelerFan
02-03-2011, 08:26 PM
Fire it up, Mr. Peabody, fire it up!! Take me back, way back ... to MARCH 2010!!!!

http://www.pisymbol.com/images/mr_peabody_and_sherman.JPG

Shoe
02-03-2011, 08:59 PM
It's f'n TMZ for goodness sake. They are the dregs of society. I wouldn't pee on the owner of that website if he was on fire.

See, that's where you and me are different. I'd piss on any member of TMZ in a heartbeat.

Crash
02-03-2011, 09:19 PM
This from Peter King, who is the Steelers pool reporter (and probably explains why he was so quick to offer the retraction):

Oh, and regarding Steeler practice today: Roethlisberger was scalding hot. He looked terrific. Four straight red-zone touchdown throws.

NorthCoast
02-03-2011, 09:48 PM
Another case of the media trying to create a story where there is none.

Believe it or not, the SuperBowl week is a high-stress event, even for Ben. He has every right to a release. Glad Tomlin sees it for what it is....

Mister Pittsburgh
02-03-2011, 09:59 PM
Flipped from the NFL Network coverage of the Superbowl to the Dan Patrick show for a few minutes to see what he was covering. They all went around and were saying what they did the previous evening. Two of the guys he has on his show said they went out for BBQ and pretty sure they said they went to a piano bar, might of just said a bar. No mention of Ben though but I didn't stick around on that channel all that long.

fordfixer
02-04-2011, 02:39 AM
Colon defends Roethlisberger after TMZ report
By Mark Kaboly, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, February 4, 2011
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 21329.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_721329.html)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Right tackle Willie Colon has protected Ben Roethlisberger on the football field for years.

On Thursday, Colon came to his quarterback's defense off the field after TMZ.com reported that Roethlisberger and two teammates were partying at a piano bar after curfew two nights earlier.

"We are not 18-year-olds," Colon said. "We made our (1 a.m.) curfew, we were in bed, and we were on time for practice."

Roethlisberger yesterday admitted taking teammates out to dinner and then to watch live music but denied being out past curfew, saying the players were back at the team hotel "way before curfew."

A manager at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Forth Worth told the Tribune-Review that Roethlisberger and four offensive linemen showed up about 10 p.m. Tuesday and left shortly before midnight.

"They participated along with the crowd," said the manager, who wished to remain nameless. "Ben was very gracious. He bought the house one round of drinks, took pictures. ... It was a really cool night."

The manager said the Steelers ran up an $800 tab and left a $200 tip.

Roethlisberger also sang Billy Joel's "Piano man" with the bar's entertainers.

Can Roethlisberger carry a tune?

"He's a great quarterback," the manager said, "not a great singer. He's not going to have a singing career. He probably needs to go into broadcasting (after football)."

TMZ posted video of the Steelers players singing with patrons.

Coach Mike Tomlin wondered what the fuss was about.

"I'm not concerned one iota," he said. "It's normal for guys to eat dinner, believe it or not."

Colon routinely hangs out with Roethlisberger and said Tuesday night's dinner and drinks were innocent.

"People are making a big deal out of it," Colon said.

Roethlisberger routinely takes his linemen out to dinner once a week during the season, usually on Thursdays. He said it is a superstition to dine with his linemen on Tuesday of Super Bowl week. Two years ago in Tampa, they went to P.F. Chang's. This year they decided on Angelo's Barbecue two miles from the team hotel.

After dinner, a few players made the trip to Pete's.

"I got on the mic and said 'We are just here to be respectful, no pictures, no autographs' and people were cool," Colon said. "A lot of the times I have to beg (Roethlisberger) to come out, but he won't.

"He is with his family a lot, with his mom and dad a lot, he is with his fiance, he is with people who he loves to be around."

Read more: Colon defends Roethlisberger after TMZ report - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... z1CyBE3vE1 (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_721329.html#ixzz1CyBE3vE1)

Crash
02-04-2011, 02:44 AM
On the Steelers: Night out part of usual routine
Friday, February 04, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Ben Roethlisberger was spotted Tuesday night out on the town with some teammates at a piano bar. He was caught d-d-d-drinking! He was even caught singing along to a Billy Joel song!

Should Roger Goodell open a full-fledged investigation?

"It was superstition and tradition," Roethlisberger explained in response to the first question asked of him Thursday. "Tuesday night, I take my linemen out to dinner, and we went out to dinner. We went to a great barbecue spot, which they wanted to do. So we went there and they wanted to listen to some live music. So we went to a piano bar and had an enjoyable night."

Coach Mike Tomlin has preached to his players the past two weeks that they should follow their usual routine, to do this week what they might do in the week leading up to a game in October. Tomlin and a number of Roethlisberger's teammates quickly -- some angrily -- came to his defense. Tomlin said his players are permitted to go out. Willie Colon, who was with his quarterback Tuesday, said it a little more strongly.

"We went to a piano bar. We sat there and watched two people sing and play music. If that's a bad thing then we don't need to go out ever, ever again. We're not 18-year-olds. We made our curfew.

"It does [tick] me off a lot because Ben's already been through enough with his whole image. He's extremely humble now, he's matured a lot. He wants to put all his bad media in the past, and it gets tainted again because he decided to sit with his fellow linemen at a piano bar and listen to music."

Roethlisberger, of course, is a special case that draws the spotlight. He was suspended for the first four games of the season by the NFL for shenanigans in a Georgia bar in March. Plus, the Super Bowl can turn a molehill into a mountain in a flash.

The amazing thing was that video of Roethlisberger at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Worth did not appear at TMZ until more than a day later. Naturally, TMZ did not report that the quarterback was just drinking but "pounding drinks." The website also reported that Roethlisberger bought drinks for the bar, paid the $800 tab and added a $200 tip or 25 percent. So, more real evidence that he is a changed man.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that Hines Ward was spotted at a strip club. Fifteen years ago a big deal was made of Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene and others flying from Arizona to Las Vegas on their Tuesday day off before Super Bowl XXX to participate in a Wrestlemania.

"If we were in Pittsburgh and Hines was in a strip club and Ben was out drinking on Monday, would it be an issue?" Casey Hampton asked. "It wouldn't be an issue. You have to do the same things you do to prepare for a game in the Super Bowl that you do to prepare for any other game."

Nobody wrote about Hampton, but he may have visited a strip club or two himself the other night.

"No question," Hampton said about whether he left his hotel room to sample the North Texas nightlife this week. "I'm going to get out, man. I'm not changing for nobody. That's just me, man. I'm a grown man. I've been grown for a long time.

"And, if I go out on Friday night, if that's what I do, that's my business, man, because I know on Sunday I know how to prepare myself to play. If that's how I prepare myself, that's what it is."

Hampton said no one ever asks him what he does in Pittsburgh the week leading up to a game, so why now? Hampton took some of his teammates to show them around his home state the other night.

"Oh, yeah, we definitely went out and had a good time, man. But that's what we do. You can't try to switch it up and please people. You have to go out and do what you need to do to get prepared."

Ward laughed when the topic of Roethlisberger's latest TMZ appearance meant anything.

"If the guy goes out, he goes out. As long as he comes in, he's not missing curfew, he's not getting arrested, he's not causing any trouble.

"You have to enjoy the Super Bowl. But once ... Wednesday came, it's back to business. Guys are just going out to eat dinner. At the end of the day, you're a grown man. You don't have to hide."

Asked if Roethlisberger has to hold himself to a higher standard after all he's gone through this year, Ward said that's not the issue.

"The guy made a mistake. I'm pretty sure he's not going to do the same mistake and go out and do the same thing. He shouldn't have to hide in his house worrying about public perception. If he wants to go out and have a drink or have something with his buddies, he's human, he's having a normal life.

"We don't get caught up in that. It's people outside. At the end of the day, there's always going to be somebody to say something. If the guy is not causing trouble and he's enjoying it, let it be.

"Coach Tomlin ... Mr. [Art] Rooney, they don't get caught up in that stuff. He's done everything up to this point to prove that he is a changed man.

"I got a question the other day, 'Are you worried about what he's going to do in the offseason?' No, I'm not worried about Ben in the offseason. Ben will be fine, he's a grown man. If we have to start worrying about what grown men are going to do, then you can write stories all day long about each and every individual in this world."

NJ-STEELER
02-04-2011, 03:27 AM
"He is with his family a lot, with his mom and dad a lot, he is with his fiance, he is with people who he loves to be around."

Read more: Colon defends Roethlisberger after TMZ report - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... z1CyBE3vE1 (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_721329.html#ixzz1CyBE3vE1)


is that confirmed now? or did willie spill the beans

Crash
02-04-2011, 03:58 AM
It was confirmed weeks ago.

Shawn
02-04-2011, 06:03 AM
I know I will be in the minority. But, I was hoping Ben had given up the drink. Was he drinking or just eating with teammates?

SidSmythe
02-04-2011, 06:36 AM
I know I will be in the minority. But, I was hoping Ben had given up the drink. Was he drinking or just eating with teammates?

with an $800 tab im sure there were some drinks in there. I'm with you, stay away if you can, but if he can handle a few drinks with some BBQ ... have at it as long as he isn't getting "buzzed"

flippy
02-04-2011, 07:17 AM
Shoulda just went to Chuck E Cheese.

Who cares as long as we win.

flippy
02-04-2011, 07:19 AM
Anyone see Hampton interviewed after this? It was classic.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
02-04-2011, 12:09 PM
I know I will be in the minority. But, I was hoping Ben had given up the drink. Was he drinking or just eating with teammates?

He was pounding them Shawn.......thats what TMZ said so believe it.

As I said in another thread, he bought a round for the bar and still only racked up a tab of $800. He could not have drank too much.

grotonsteel
02-04-2011, 12:21 PM
"He is with his family a lot, with his mom and dad a lot, he is with his fiance, he is with people who he loves to be around."

Read more: Colon defends Roethlisberger after TMZ report - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... z1CyBE3vE1 (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_721329.html#ixzz1CyBE3vE1)


is that confirmed now? or did willie spill the beans

Hmm..I was wondering the same thing. Ben has not confirmed about getting engaged.

Interesting tidbit by Willie Colon...

RuthlessBurgher
02-04-2011, 01:26 PM
Shoulda just went to Chuck E Cheese.

Who cares as long as we win.

Just imagine if the big, bad, mean, ol' rapist was seen within 100 yards of children!

Oh, the humanity!

hawaiiansteel
02-04-2011, 02:52 PM
Colon defends Roethlisberger after TMZ report

By Mark Kaboly, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, February 4, 2011


FORT WORTH, Texas — Right tackle Willie Colon has protected Ben Roethlisberger on the football field for years.

On Thursday, Colon came to his quarterback's defense off the field after TMZ.com reported that Roethlisberger and two teammates were partying at a piano bar after curfew two nights earlier.

"We are not 18-year-olds," Colon said. "We made our (1 a.m.) curfew, we were in bed, and we were on time for practice."

Roethlisberger yesterday admitted taking teammates out to dinner and then to watch live music but denied being out past curfew, saying the players were back at the team hotel "way before curfew."

A manager at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Forth Worth told the Tribune-Review that Roethlisberger and four offensive linemen showed up about 10 p.m. Tuesday and left shortly before midnight.

"They participated along with the crowd," said the manager, who wished to remain nameless. "Ben was very gracious. He bought the house one round of drinks, took pictures. ... It was a really cool night."

The manager said the Steelers ran up an $800 tab and left a $200 tip.

Roethlisberger also sang Billy Joel's "Piano man" with the bar's entertainers.

Can Roethlisberger carry a tune?

"He's a great quarterback," the manager said, "not a great singer. He's not going to have a singing career. He probably needs to go into broadcasting (after football)."

TMZ posted video of the Steelers players singing with patrons.

Coach Mike Tomlin wondered what the fuss was about.

"I'm not concerned one iota," he said. "It's normal for guys to eat dinner, believe it or not."

Colon routinely hangs out with Roethlisberger and said Tuesday night's dinner and drinks were innocent.

"People are making a big deal out of it," Colon said.

Roethlisberger routinely takes his linemen out to dinner once a week during the season, usually on Thursdays. He said it is a superstition to dine with his linemen on Tuesday of Super Bowl week. Two years ago in Tampa, they went to P.F. Chang's. This year they decided on Angelo's Barbecue two miles from the team hotel.

After dinner, a few players made the trip to Pete's.

"I got on the mic and said 'We are just here to be respectful, no pictures, no autographs' and people were cool," Colon said. "A lot of the times I have to beg (Roethlisberger) to come out, but he won't.

"He is with his family a lot, with his mom and dad a lot, he is with his fiance, he is with people who he loves to be around."

Read more: Colon defends Roethlisberger after TMZ report - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... z1D0uCSui5 (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_721329.html#ixzz1D0uCSui5)

Ghost
02-04-2011, 03:13 PM
Really....... he shoudn't even have a beer/drink in public? That's what it's come to for some of you? WOW..... (and not in a good way).

If you've choosen a life of abstinence, that's great for you (sincerely). That's a decision you made to apply to your own life. Not surprisingly, there are many who like to imbibe when we go out to eat. I like a bourbon with my steak. I just drank some wine with my mom who was visiting (horrors....).

You have to let him live. The people who will take anything out of this non-story have already decided they hate Ben and he's guilty, facts be damned. Man might as well have a cold brew!!

Iron Shiek
02-04-2011, 03:21 PM
Deadspin calling it as they see it. This is very well written and true in every sense in my opinion:

http://deadspin.com/5751871/


Leave Ben Roethlisberger Alone

Leave Ben Roethlisberger AloneThis photo is of Big Ben at a restaurant, posing for a picture with a fan. Maybe he had a drink or two with dinner. If ESPN's previous mini-circus was any judge, expect them to go with wall-to-wall coverage on this one.

Wednesday morning we received an email:

I took a video of big Ben partying last night in downtown fort worth. Would you be interested in it?

We weren't. AJ offered the guy $5.47, or some weird number, because he's an ******* and that's what he does when he wants to get rid of people. About 12 hours later, the video showed up on TMZ. We don't know what they paid.

The headline is salacious: "Ben Roethlisberger — BOOZING at Texas Piano Bar." The video is not. Roethlisberger took his offensive linemen out for barbecue Tuesday night, a tradition of his. Then they went to a piano bar, where Roethlisberger serenaded them with "Piano Man." He also had a couple of drinks.

ESPN's got a weird way of doing things. Back when the Brett Favre harassment story broke, we took them to task for not even mentioning it for a couple of days. This time, they've gone too far in the other direction. Thursday afternoon, less than 12 hours after TMZ posted the video, there was a link to the story on the front page of ESPN.com. And their football analysts, with very little to do in what's been an uncommonly quiet Super Bowl week, took it on.

Reader Jonathan sends the rundown from this morning's SportsCenter segment:

1. Commentary by Steve Levy
2. The TMZ Video
3. Response from Ben Roethlisberger
4. Response from Mike Tomlin
5. Response from Heath Miller
6. Report from Suzy Kolber outside of the Steelers hotel
7. Analysis from Jon Gruden
8. Analysis from Mark Schlereth
9. Analysis from Tedy Bruschi
10. Analysis from Sean Payton
11. Analysis from Keyshawn Johnson
12. Analysis from Steve Young


That's an awful lot of talking heads for a story that's being framed as "this isn't really a big deal." It's the oldest trick in the book: here's something that's not news, and we're going to spend 5 minutes talking about how it's not news, and by doing so, we're making it news.

It's also illustrative of the importance of timing. If this video was released two months ago — before the Steelers' playoff success, before the engagement, before we all decided that winter would be Roethlisberger's redemption — it would have been a huge red flag, an "oh look, Ben's boozing again" talking point. But just as easily as it would have fit into that narrative, it slides seamlessly into this one: Ben Roethlisberger's a normal, happy guy with lots of friends on his team and he's finally able to enjoy life and work after overcoming adversity. Neither narrative is more correct than the other, as they're both pure constructions of a media desperate for every piece of news to fit into an overarching storyline. And maybe Roethlisberger's earned this extra scrutiny by doing some very bad things. But sometimes, a quarterback singing Billy Joel is just a quarterback singing Billy Joel.

NJ-STEELER
02-04-2011, 07:19 PM
It was confirmed weeks ago.


i thought Ben had "no comment" to the pittsburgh media

Shawn
02-04-2011, 10:26 PM
Really....... he shoudn't even have a beer/drink in public? That's what it's come to for some of you? WOW..... (and not in a good way).

If you've choosen a life of abstinence, that's great for you (sincerely). That's a decision you made to apply to your own life. Not surprisingly, there are many who like to imbibe when we go out to eat. I like a bourbon with my steak. I just drank some wine with my mom who was visiting (horrors....).

You have to let him live. The people who will take anything out of this non-story have already decided they hate Ben and he's guilty, facts be damned. Man might as well have a cold brew!!

This is just my opinion so take it for what it's worth. I believe the great majority of people can drink alcohol without issue. I see nothing wrong with having an adult beverage or two with your meal.

But, there is a minority of people who's drinking is a problem. Is Ben one of those people? Only, Ben knows. I have heard of some behaviors, stories that give me pause. It's not just about Georgia either. Without going over all of that as it really serves no purpose...lets just say Ben might be one of those people who best leave it alone. When bad things seem to follow those who are drinking...it is certainly a red flag.

For me, I was hoping for not only Ben the quarterback but Ben the person that he had given up the drink. But, like I said...I will likely be in the minority.