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75Steeler
04-14-2010, 08:32 PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today he plans to further investigate, analyze and discuss Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's conduct before he renders a decision in "the near future" on whether to punish him.

Goodell didn't tip his hand Wednesday night, moments before joining a banquet to honor Steelers patriarch Dan Rooney, who was receiving the AFL-CIO's Pennsylvania Citizen of the Year award at the Westin Downtown.

However, Goodell noted that after meeting with the Steelers' star quarterback at the NFL's New York offices Tuesday, he hoped Roethlisberger better grasped the gravity of the conduct code across the league.

"We met for a couple of hours. We had a good discussion," Mr. Goodell said of the three-hour meeting one day after the local district attorney announced that he wasn't going to file charges in a Milledgeville, Ga., bar incident investigated as a sexual assault.

"I think he understands how important the personal-conduct policy is to the NFL. And I hope he has a better understanding of how important it is for everybody in the league.

"We'll continue to gather more information. We'll continue to have that analysis done. And we'll consider it, and we'll make a decision in the near future. I don't know if I'd say there's a normal time [period]. We like to be thorough. We like to be sure we fully understand it. We've talked to, obviously, the player. We'll talk to the Players Association. I think anytime you can get more input into the various factors that are going on, the better decision you'll make.

"What you've got to do is, understand that we have a very high standard of conduct for everybody involved with the NFL, whether it's a player, a coach or the Commissioner. And that we all are all held to that high standard. It's something that I believe in firmly. We owe that to our fans. We owe that to our partners. And it's something we'll continue to reinforce."

Goodell declined to discuss what type of penalty he is considering.

In an earlier press conference before the dinner, Rooney declined to publicly discuss the "serious matter" surrounding Roethlisberger.

He offered simply, "Everybody makes mistakes.

"My job is in Ireland," added Rooney, now the U.S. ambassador to that country, indicating that the team in his absence is run by his son, president Art Rooney II, along with coach Mike Tomlin and director of player personnel Kevin Colbert.

"I would just say that it's a serious matter. And it's being handled properly with Art, Mike and Kevin Colbert. I think they're handling it very well. The Commissioner as you know saw Ben [in New York Tuesday]. I don't have any more to say."

Asked about the general behavior his family expects of Steelers, Rooney -- standing with state AFL-CIO officers, his son, Jim, and Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch -- said: "I think the players have to be special. And we have a special man here in Charlie, what he's done, what his foundation does as far as children in this community is exemplary. That's the way it should be. Everybody makes mistakes. But I don't even want to talk about that."



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Big T
04-14-2010, 10:17 PM
Sounds about right...we probably won't get a decision until after the draft when all the excitement and anticipation goes down...Goodell doesn't want to ruin that...

coldrolled
04-14-2010, 10:44 PM
Sounds about right...we probably won't get a decision until after the draft when all the excitement and anticipation goes down...Goodell doesn't want to ruin that...

community service.:yellowthumb:

nuclearchihuahuas
04-14-2010, 11:56 PM
sounds like Goodell is trying to find a way out...cool!

LatrobePA
04-15-2010, 12:09 AM
community service.:yellowthumb:

Just keep him away from the local YMCA this summer power washing gum from sidewalks...Damn that could be ugly!!

SnakeEyes43
04-15-2010, 01:12 AM
sounds like Goodell is trying to find a way out...cool!

That's how I thought it sounded too. Maybe this "suspension" talk will dwindle down to just a fine.
Ben must have done some serious:buttkiss:
I don't want Ben gone even one game...last year one game was what the Playoff race came down to!

nuclearchihuahuas
04-15-2010, 05:14 PM
I don't approve of the behavior but I do not think steelernation should suffer because of his action. Unfortunately, I am foreseeing a serious suspension and major fine. The buzz words and catch phrases regarding how seriously they are taking this--scary--I'm telling you the Rooney's dont like the idea of being associated with a sexual assault at all...the NFL (Goodell) doesn't want to be associated with sexual assault--I'm betting Ben's is going to sit for at least 4 games and pay a major fine if they don't trade him

Speeed
04-15-2010, 08:32 PM
I don't approve of the behavior but I do not think steelernation should suffer because of his action. Unfortunately, I am foreseeing a serious suspension and major fine. The buzz words and catch phrases regarding how seriously they are taking this--scary--I'm telling you the Rooney's dont like the idea of being associated with a sexual assault at all...the NFL (Goodell) doesn't want to be associated with sexual assault--I'm betting Ben's is going to sit for at least 4 games and pay a major fine if they don't trade him

Associated with? All this amounted to was an accusation. In fact, two accusations from two different women. We all know what happened. They got naughty and the "victim" schemed. That is a crime. Poor judgment by Ben but an outright crime by the female. Ben won't press the case - and I think I know why.....the explicit details would come out. Ben does not want that to happen. As a result the bogus charges are dropped, and it all goes away for the "victim." She lost nothing, but had everything to gain.

This case, in fact both Ben cases, clearly illustrate how merely accusing someone can destroy them. False accusations garner zero punishment. The legal system is broken in this way. The NFL has no business even sticking it's nose in this case. If they are gonna' make an example of Ben, then from here on out they cannot be selective about who they punish and how they punish.

With all of that said, I think Ben is guilty of poor judgment. He was behaving like a drunk frat boy. If he were benched by the Steelers for going out and getting drunk and acting stupid, then I would totally agree. But just because some Suzy Sorority accused him of something he did not do should have no bearing on all of this.

I am disappointed but I have faith he will grow up and act like a man.

Dobre Shunka
04-15-2010, 11:54 PM
Obviously, we all wish it never happened, but I do think both the Steelers and the League are taking it very seriously and handling it correctly.

The last of the Mom & Pop sports franchise will not hesistate in metering out punishment or even parting ways, even at the cost of the team if they have to. They have done it before they will do it again.

They'll will come to the correct penance.

cmerrifield
04-16-2010, 06:52 AM
I am glad Goodell is still looking at the facts. I want him to be thorough.

$teelersRule
04-16-2010, 08:15 AM
idk... when i first heard about the allegations i was very upset that Ben "put himself in this position" like everyone else says. Now that it has come out that no charges are being brought onto him i say to myself why is this guy still getting crucified over this? I mean he is a young guy still in his 20's and he met a girl and and banged her that night (ohhh my God how could anyone say that?!?!) lets be honest with ourselves here havent A LOT of people out there had there nights where things get a little too hot and heavy on the first night you meet someone? I know it sure has happened to me and im only 21 years old and dont make 100 million dollars!! If he did rape or sexually assault this girl then obviously thats terrible but there are no charges being brought now, so i feel like everyone is saying this stuff like "he put himself in a bad position" just to stay mad at him even though most of us have done the exact same thing he is about to get suspended for doing. I dont think it is fair. You can call me a homer or whatever but i would believe this way no matter what player it was. According to the law Ben had a one night stand and thats what all of this is about. If that was against the law i should already be in jail. thank you all for listening to my raid and PEACE!!