October 16, 2012 in Steelers
Steelers rookie defensive lineman, Alameda Ta’amu, was arrested early Sunday on charges of leading police on a chase while driving drunk and crashing into parked cars, injuring a woman, authorities said. The team announced that he has been suspended for two weeks and is banned from Steelers facilities.
If he did assault the arresting officers he needs to go. There is no room for this volatility in the Steelers organization.
September 3, 2010 in Steelers
Well, it’s official, the NFL has announced that Ben’s suspension has been reduced to the expected four games. He’ll be eligible to return for the Cleveland game on October 17th. There was talk of a request to reduce the slap to 3 games. This would have been a huge mistake. Can’t blame the Steelers’ organization for giving it try but the Commish cannot set that kind of precedent.
I know there was commentary that Ben was going above and beyond in his actions. Well that’s great. Let’s not lose sight that his probation was to straighten up and fly right. To do exactly what the rest of the league is already doing. Should he be rewarded for doing what he should have been doing all along?
The Steelers fan in me was quietly wishing for the 3 game suspension but deep down I know that wouldn’t be the right message to send. Now that that hurdle is behind us let’s hope Ben stays on the straight and narrow.
August 4, 2010 in Steelers
With NFL Commish scheduled to visit Steelers training camp tomorrow (Thursday August 5th) the smart money is saying Ben’s suspension will be reduced to the lesser 4 games rather than the possible 6. Ben has laid low and presumably done the things the NFL dictated as his path to redemption in the league. These things are a virtual sure thing. The big question is, ‘Has Ben learned a lesson?’ Will there be another embarrassing escapade down the road? None of us can possibly know that. Only Ben, knows how he really feels and I’d venture a guess that he could honestly say it won’t happen again. We have all, however, seen people backslide. It’s relatively easy to do the right thing when the world and your boss are watching your every move. It could be slightly more difficult when those prying eyes are gone. One thing we can bank on, is that with his history, Ben will always have someone secretly watching him for a slip up. He needs to be on best behavior. This age of cell phone cameras and Twitter mean that his slip ups will be documented and flashed across the media in an instant. Gone are the days of Joe Namith and the willingness to turn a blind eye to our hero being a cad (or worse).
April 21, 2010 in Steelers
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell has announced that Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for 6 games with a possible reduction to 4 games with conditions. He will be forced to undergo a behavioral examination by a medical professional.
Meanwhile, there are rumors of Steelers trade talks. Possibly with Cleveland?
April 15, 2010 in Steelers
Steelers’ President, Art Rooney II, spoke to the press today (April 15, 2010) at 2:30. The key points of his remarks were as follows:
Commish would like a couple weeks to review the matter.
Discipline will probably be announced the week after the draft.
The Steelers are prepared to take disciplinary action at this point.
The team and the league will work together on discipline.
Each player has the responsibility to uphold the highest standards.
Ben’s conduct did not meet these standards.
Ben has agreed that he will accept the repercussions.
We will give Ben the opportunity to prove his commitment to earing respect
“We have not discussed a trade with any other club.”
I don’t know about you, but the way Rooney parsed his reply to what could have been a yes or no question sure sends a message that there have at least been trade discussions within the Board Room on the North Side.
On Santonio Holmes, Rooney said he’s a very talented player, but he had multiple violations of policies and additional off field problems. Rooney wished him well and commented that they would have loved to get more for him in the trade. The 5th round pick was the best they could do in the current market.
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