Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger to miss 6 games

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dodged a bullet when he was not criminally charged for sexual assault in Georgia. However, he did not fare well when it came to Roger Goodell and the NFL.

Roethlisberger is facing several disciplinary actions for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. One that will effect the Pittsburgh Steelers the most is the suspension for the first six games of the 2010 season. Roethlisberger will miss these six games without pay which will cost him an estimated $2.8 million. He is also ordered to submit to a "comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals" and he is not allowed to partake in offseason activities until he completes the evaluation and is cleared.

The letter that Goodell wrote to the six-year veteran who has won two Super Bowls for the Pittsburgh Steelers revealed the following quotes from Goodell. "I recognize that the allegations in Georgia were disputed and that they did not result in criminal charges being filed against you. My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans. Your conduct raises sufficient concerns that I believe effective intervention now is the best step for your personal and professional welfare."

So far, 16 players have been suspended by Goodell under the NFL's personal conduct policy in the 3 1/2 years he has been the commissioner. Ben Roethlisberger is the first player, however, to be suspended under this policy and not be arrested or criminally charged with a crime.

Roethlisberger is a great athlete who could be considered one of the top five current quarterbacks who has already won two Super Bowls. He could easily win a couple more. However, he needs to start thinking about becoming more mature in his private life, stop taking risks, and putting himself in positions that lead to nothing but trouble.

Rumors are already floating around that the Pittsburgh Steelers are fed up with Roethlisberger's off field behavior and are seeking a possible trade. In exchange, the Steelers are allegedly looking for a top 10 draft pick.

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