So TMZ being the heartless, self-centered, and completely pointless so called “news” source that they are, breaks a story about how Ben went out boozing on Tuesday night. You can see the full article here. They report the following:
TMZ has obtained FOOTAGE of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback hanging out at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Worth Texas … where he sang his face off from 11:00 PM until 1:15 AM the next morning.
Sources inside the bar tell us Big Ben arrived with two massive teammates — and bought several rounds of drinks for himself AND the entire bar.
We’re told Ben racked up an $800 tab — and tipped an additional $200. People inside the bar tell us Ben was “nice, fun and took care of everyone.”
In the clip, Ben can be seen singing along to the Billy Joel classic “Piano Man” while his teammates joined in on the fun.
So, we gotta ask …
UPDATE: This morning, Ben told reporters about his big night out … saying, “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.”
Please somebody say it isn’t so! Players went out during Super Bowl week? Are you kidding me?! Oh, and get this, they ate dinner too and had a few drinks! Please somebody call the Milledgeville Police and tell them! Be sure to let them know also that Hines Ward went to a strip club too! You know, that stuff is illegal if you are a human being. I think possibly Coach Tomlin should have had an ankle bracelet on Ben so he could monitor him.
The fact that Roethlisberger even justified himself to the media today speaks volumes in itself. He doesn’t have to say or do anything to anybody. He’s a grown man. I hear we’re even allowed to go out now and then these days, but maybe that’s just a rumor. Ben has paid his debt, he did everything he was supposed to and then some. Anybody who wants to go off on some tangent that Ben should be in his hotel room sitting in a corner or reading his playbook needs to check their reality at the door because they obviously have no concept of it. These players, on both teams, have been working since last week getting the game plan in and watching film trying to find any edge they can. They all go out and have a good time during this week, you need that chance to relax and have fun. The Super Bowl experience is one to be treasured and embraced. You never know if you’ll get back again in your career, so why not enjoy it. If there is ever a day to go out and enjoy yourself, it’s right after media day. Perhaps I’m wrong about the Packers though, they were probably all back in their rooms singing Kum Ba Yah.
The Steelers had a good practice today, Ben was sharp, and the team is happy to be back in a routine again. They know what’s at stake, they know how to prepare, and they will spend the remainder of the week studying, practicing, and getting ready for Sunday night. They will be ready, the Packers will be ready, and TMZ needs to go find Paris Hilton because this whole “Ben Boozing” story is about as empty as the Cleveland Browns Lombardi Trophy Case.