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Here’s guessing Roethlisberger sits two games for conduct

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All signs Monday point to any possible charges against Ben Roethlisberger being dismissed, meaning things slowly should get back to normal for he and the Steelers. The last month has been one of story after story coming out about the night of March 5th, as Roethlisberger has been under a microscope as well as exactly what went down with a 20-year old accusing him of sexual assault. Now though, those distractions should go away.

Despite that, it remains blurry about what, if any, type of punishment the QB will have to face from the league. Sure, no charges were levied at Roethlisberger, but taking into consideration what took place last offseason with another woman involving the QB, has commish Roger Goodell finally seen enough? A decision about if the QB is going to have to face a suspension is up to Goodell, and here’s betting despite being not charged with a crime, Ben is going to have to sit a pair of games.

Now one would say that it’s not a fair judgment to have to suspend a player that was not charged with a crime that easily could have been considered hear-say, but Goodell will throw the “player conduct policy” charge at the QB, meaning that it’s time to take a seat and think about his actions.

Fair? Maybe. Then again, if Roethlsiberger has to sit games one and two of the season, and let’s say those are games against the Ravens and Bengals, and the team starts 0-2 with Dennis Dixon under center, then Steeler Nation is going to be in quite the uproar. On the other hand, will sitting Ben a couple game get him the message that he simply has to end this 18-year-old behavior.

My guess -Ben’s gonna sit two games. What do you think?

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Ed

    April 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Give me a break if Ben is not charged with nothing why be suspended. Is the commissioner the Pope. I went to bars for ten years of my younger life and if every girl that I hit on cried sexual assult. I would still be in prison. He didn’t use drugs or murder someone, hit them with a car. It’s he says she says and that all this is. I’m afraid to ride by a high school and even look at a girl. Might get picked up by police for looking. This is reticulist. He has not sinned cast the first stone.

  2. brooke

    April 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Ben needs to be punished for his behavor.He gets away with all of this it’ll happen again.I say get a new QB.

  3. Matt Loede

    April 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Ed,

    Couldn’t agree more with the issues surrounding women these days, BUT, the commish is going to use that ‘personal conduct policy’ in this case, and also point to last offseason for Ben. Bottom line, if he doesn’t suspend Ben, he’s going to watched from here on in with a fine tooth comb.

  4. Matt Loede

    April 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Brooke,

    It’s ‘he said, she said’, we don’t know the specifics of the case, and how do you or we know the girl was the one pushing for physical contact? We don’t, and that’s why Ben is not going to be charged.

    As for getting a new QB – no way, Ben has won two Super Bowls and has a $100 million dollar contract, he’s not going anywhere.

  5. Adam

    April 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    no chicks should be commenting,,,please go away as we do not value your opinion anyhow

  6. grumbje

    April 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Adam, you’re an iodt, but that’s obvious to everyone I guess. A suspension in this case is pointless. He needs a sit down with Mr. Rooney and have it clearly explained to him that his NFL career, his future in the NFL & the Steelers reputation are more important than boozing and grabbing T&A…keep it up, you’re out of here, end of story.

  7. Matt Loede

    April 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Grumbje – I am fairly certain that Ben has already had that conversation after 1. the motorcycle accident a few years back, and 2. after his “incident” in the offseason last year.

    At the end of the day, taking money out of players pockets, and sitting them down is about the only way to get through to them to make it known they have a level of accountability to the team. We’ll see if he finally gets it.

  8. mark

    April 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I do believe Ben is going to get a game or 2 for “misconduct”. I have to also say that, if he didnt get charged, didnt go to court, wasnt found guilty; there should be no suspension. If he went to court, then there was probable cause, charges were brought and then a suspension would be more in order regardless of the outcome.
    Whatever, Ben should be grateful for this outcome and clean up his act, regardless of if he was guilty or not. This is the same QB that used to put “WWJD” on his cleats(What Would Jesus Do). Has he strayed from his onetime Pious outlook?

  9. Curt

    April 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I say suspend him, he’s put his self in the lime light in negative manner to many times. I would rather see him suspended than rather give him the impression that he is invincible.

  10. Ed

    April 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Everyone wants to run with people’s social life. Bill Clinton one of the best presidents in the last fifty years got persecuted by right who are a bunch of liers in the pocket of insurance companies and corporation suck asses. If you didn’t commit a crime leave the guy alone. If I was Ben if I got suspended I would go to ACLU and sue the NFL. Social life as nothing to do with his job as a football player. All you Mr Good Guys out there cast the first stone. I bet your closet is full of Sh____ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Bill Clinton

    April 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky. Way to go Ed. Bring my name into the mix. I’ve been laying low, collecting donations to my library and massage parlor and not bothering anyone and you go ahead and bring me into this. I feel your pain. I wonder if Ben has the number of that college girl he just hooked up with?

  12. Adam

    April 11, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Im not an idiot as you say…the dude is a tool ok iget it. like ive previously said the first girl is clearly a loon, and the second one who knows….the facts are clear no news is good news when you are a 2 time SB champ and on a team that is always in the hunt. So you think we should just suspend him come on, that is just stupid. He has a frat boy mentality that needs to end but when it is all said and done W’s are all that matters with the owners. I doubt he will get suspended he will apologize for bringing evil thoughts to out team but will not admit crap and probaly already had the georgia estate for sale.

  13. DG

    April 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    If the league doesn’t suspend him, the Rooney’s should. They’ve just sent a clear message that off the field antics will not be tolerated, and they need to follow through with their star.

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