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Steelers Disagree with Seymour Fine

Several of the Pittsburgh Steelers had some words to say about the $25,000 fine for the punch that connected flush with Roethlisberger’s jaw.  Hines Ward and Randle El told reports that players would be fined more and possible suspended if such a hit occurred on Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. It’s true that the National Football League protects the 2 golden buys and the punishment for Richard Seymour would have been much steeper.

Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Seymour’s punishment would have been stiffer if he had hitTom Brady or Peyton Manning.

“It would have been a little more,” Randle El told the Post-Gazette. “Or if one of our guys did it, there would have been more.”

Fellow wideout Hines Ward went further. The Post-Gazette reported Thursday that Ward said on his local radio show Tuesday that Seymour would have been suspended if he had struck either Brady or Manning.

Ward would not comment on his radio show comments when asked by the Post-Gazette but told the paper that the NFL isn’t “being consistent with all the fines and the calls.”

Roethlisberger, asked if the ruling would have been different if his name were different, was frank in his response.

“We all know the answer to that one. Easy,” Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette.

Owens calls Roethlisberger soft

Terrell Owens is making headlines again in his latest episode of the T.O. ocho show; this time calling Ben Roethlisberger soft.  Watch the video below:

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Referee Clarifies Roethlisberger Fumble

Listen to the clarification provided by the referee after the Steelers vs Dolphins game regarding the Ben Roethlisberger fumble.

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The return of Roethlisberber

Ben Roethlisberger will be returning to the Steelers OTA’s on Tuesday. Roethlisberger has completed the mandatory evaluations imposed by commisioner Roger Goodell. With that being said, Roethlisberger still faces the 6 game suspension and will likely practice as the Steelers number 2 quarterback behind Byron Leftwich.

It is expected that Roethlisberger’s suspension will be reduced to 4 games but that has not been confirmed by the NFL league office.

Hines Ward comments on Roethlisberger suspension

Hines Ward has never shied away from speaking his mind and this time was no different.  The Steelers’ Ward is a co-captain, and all-time leading receiver for the organization.  Ward chimed in on the Roethlisberger situation today, the first of the mandatory 3-day training camp by remarking:

Wide receiver Hines Ward says quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s six-game suspension is disappointing but justified and threatens to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers in a precarious position when the season begins.

There is nothing wrong with Ward’s comments;  He is simply speaking the truth.  In fact, this isn’t the first time Ward has been critical of Roethlisberger.  Recall last year when Ward called out Roethlisberger for not playing against the Baltimore Ravens due to an injury.  The season was on the line and the Steelers couldn’t afford to lose any more games.  Ward was critical of Roethlisberger and thought he could have played despite the injury. Dennis Dixon was the replacement during that game and while Dixon performed well, his inexperience showed by throwing an interception in overtime to lose the game

Rapper Eminem Calls Out Roethlisberger in Song

Rapper Eminem mentions Roethlisberger in a new song called: Despicable

I’d rather turn this club into a bar room brawl. Get as rowdy as Roethlisberger in a bathroom stall.

The song by Eminem will not be released in his latest value but is available via his official website.

Roethlisberger responds to Goodells 6-game suspension

Monday, the Steelers 2-time winning Super Bowl winning quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger made an official announcement regarding the 6-game suspension handed to him by NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell. Roethlisberger, although not convicted of a crime, violated the the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“The Commissioner’s decision to suspend me speaks clearly that more is expected of me. I am accountable for the consequences of my actions. Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me — and more.

“Missing games will be devastating for me. I am sorry to let down my teammates and the entire Steelers fan base. I am disappointed that I have reached this point and will not put myself in this situation again. 

“I appreciate the opportunities that I have been given in my life and will make the necessary improvements.”

Ben Roethlisberger: Outside the Lines

Two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger was apparently causing division within the Steelers the locker room according to ESPN reporting of the situation.

Outside the lines interviews former Steelers players Najeh Davenport and Mike Logan regarding Roethlisberger and the story behind his antics, leadership, work ethic and bodyguards.

Davenport reports on Roethlisberger’s bodyguards in addition to an anonymous witness that recalls Roethlisberger hiring bodyguards after an incident in which a gun was pointed at his head.

Logan, whom now is a local Pittsburgh Sports Report recalls a very sticky situation and locker room divide between Roethlisberger and about 60% of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room.  The incident ended with Joey Porter calling out Roethlisberger about his work ethic indicating that he was the last one too practice and the first one to leave.

Watch the Outside the Lines video at ESPN.

PFT: The Paparazzi of the NFL slams Roethlisberger, the Steelers organization and fan base

Pro Football Talk (PFT) is back at it again with its inaccurate paparazzi like reporting. And an unanmed editor with a history of dislike for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Rooney Family, and the entire city of Pittsburgh and its fan base found the latest Ben Roethlisberger incident as a perfect opportunity to “take a shot”.

It still remains to be seen whether Roethlisberger will be charged in Georgia, where perhaps appropriately he wore a shirt bearing the image of a horned devil (via TMZ). Regardless, the question of whether Roethlisberger is a good guy or a bad guy churns through the national consciousness, and the signs are pointing toward an eventual verdict of “turd.”

So, explain to me what Roethlisberger’s wardrobe has to do with this incident? Who cares! I bet I could go through the editor of this articles wardrobe and rip their taste in clothes on the internet but again, who cares!

Consider this quote from Ashley Madden, a Georgia College & State University student who witnessed Roethlisberger act like a jerk when someone tried to take his picture on the night that the lights allegedly went out in Milledgeville. “[H]e snapped at her,” Madden told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “saying, ‘Don’t take a picture unless I’m ready.”

First of all, most people don’t like to have their picture taken (especially celebrities, pro athletes, etc) without being “ready”. Why? Because they know it’ll be plastered on the internet for millions to see and ridicule. Secondly, the “snapped” comment is purely speculation at this point. It should also be noted that TMZ has posted several pictures online of Roethlisberger taking pictures with before the incident occured. Again, I guess the editor failed to do their due diligence of research before making these comments.

We’re heard chatter of Roethlisberger directing that same attitude toward persons in various contexts, and people of goodwill and pure heart simply don’t treat others that way.

Isn’t it funny that the PFT editor adds this comment but fails to include the following TMZ report which is a complete discrepancy of the previous two comments.

According to people at the Velvet Elvis, Ben was very friendly inside his establishment — even taking pictures with fans. We’re also told Ben was “not inappropriate at all”

Planet Steelers can actually develop evidence from several legit sources (NOT NAMED PFT), which would indicate that Roethlisberger has a bit more “heart” than what the PFT editor is giving him credit for. Just a few to note:

  • Roethlisberger is a huge dog fan and has been very supportive in giving grants in the support of K-9 service units. In 2006, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed its first grant to help the Police Department in Roethlisberger’s hometown of Findlay, Ohio replace their service dog, Flip, who was tragically shot and killed.The grant also purchased a K-9 ballistic vest for the Findlay Ohio Police Department, and in 2007 the foundation will disperse additional grants to support or purchase service dogs and vests that assist police and fire departments in cities where Roethlisberger’s team will play throughout the season.
  • Roethlisberger is known to be very good about signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. More specifically, he always signs autographs for children and physically disabled fans and/or children.
  • Roethlisberger has been known to be a leader on and off the field according to his teammates
  • Roethlisberger is highly involved in the Pittsburgh community and participates in various charities and charity funding events such as basketball games, golf tournaments, etc
  • Roethlisberger and the Steelers are involved with the “Make a Wish Foundation”. The below link shows Roethlisberger’s day with Akeem Havens, a paralyzed teenager who’s dream became a reality when he met his favorite player, Ben Roethlisberger. Click here for the video.

And finally, the biggest shocker of them all, the editor from PFT says..

If he ever loses the people in Pittsburgh who have come to blindly adore him, it might be time to call it quits and settle down in a small town in a state other than Georgia.

So what is the editor trying to say here? Is the editor hinting that the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base is uneducated? This comment in particular is very unprofessional, invalid and just simply wrong. I, like most Steelers fans want justice. If Roethlisberger is innocent then this should be put behind him by both the fans and the media. If he is guilty, then Roethlisberger will have to face the consequences like anyone else.

As far as PFT, let the editor hate Roethlisberger, the Steelers organization and fan base. They have proven to be the paparazzi of NFL sites when inaccurate and misdirected articles such as the ones I referenced in this article.

Before the Roethlisberger Assault Incident…

Posted below, TMZ news outlet reports a picture of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger strolling through Georgia restaurant hours before the alleged sexual assault incident took place (see below):

Ben Roethlisberger (TMZ)

Ben Roethlisberger (TMZ)

“TMZ has learned Roethlisberger spent some time at the Velvet Elvis in Georgia last night — before heading over to the Capital City Club … where the Steelers QB allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman in the bathroom.

According to people at the Velvet Elvis, Ben was very friendly inside his establishment — even taking pictures with fans. We’re also told Ben was “not inappropriate at all” — though we’re told Ben did have one beer while inside.”

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