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    Default Steelers Players Told to Get In Line Or Get Out

    Big Ben practices; Steelers tell team to 'get in line' or get out.

    Ben Roethlisberger practiced Monday with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with several players saying they were warned that misconduct will not be tolerated. One added they were told to "get in line" or "get kicked out of line."



    Roethlisberger was on the field a week after learning he will not be charged by Georgia prosecutors for sexual assault. The quarterback did not speak to reporters after practice.

    The NFL said Monday there is no timetable for a decision on possible punishment, although the Steelers expect the league to act next week. Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to publicly verify reports that he may decide Tuesday or Wednesday, but confirmed to the Dan Patrick Radio Show that there has been a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

    "Yes, there has been a violation of that," Goodell said. "The issue here is respect to a pattern of behavior ... bad judgments."

    At a meeting before the Steelers' Monday practice, multiple players said they were told the team now has a zero-tolerance policy regarding misconduct. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, the MVP of the Steelers' Super Bowl victory in February 2009, was traded to the Jets for a fifth-round draft pick last week following a series of problems.

    "We were told early this morning that either you get in line or you'll get kicked out of line -- you're going to be traded or you're not going to be here," right tackle Willie Colon said. "If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, they're going to get rid of you."

    Coach Mike Tomlin denied delivering such a message, but defensive end Aaron Smith confirmed remarks were made to the Steelers "as a group."

    "Guys took it different ways, depending on how they interpreted it, but I think ... after what we've seen go on, there's not going to be much tolerance for stuff around here," Smith said.

    This was a voluntary practice for the Steelers, their first since they concluded a 9-7 season in January. Roethlisberger also participated in off-the-field conditioning work for several days last week.

    The quarterback had been accused by a college student of sexual assault in March. Team president Art Rooney II said the Steelers were ready to punish the quarterback, but declined to do so because such action could be contested by the players' union.
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    "If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, they're going to get rid of you."
    Huh?

    I mean, I understand the principle point but the way that is either worded or said it comes off as saying "If your off the field conduct makes you suck on the field then get the **** out" with their usage of "good football player"
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    Huh?

    I mean, I understand the principle point but the way that is either worded or said it comes off as saying "If your off the field conduct makes you suck on the field then get the **** out" with their usage of "good football player"
    I thought the exact same thing.
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    Default Re: Steelers Players Told to Get In Line Or Get Out

    so Ben shouldn't wear this t-shirt to team meetings?



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    By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer 24 mins ago
    PITTSBURGH Ben Roethlisberger practiced Monday with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with several players saying they were warned that misconduct will not be tolerated. One added they were told to "get in line" or "get kicked out of line."
    Roethlisberger was on the field a week after learning he will not be charged by Georgia prosecutors for sexual assault. The quarterback did not speak to reporters after practice.
    The NFL said Monday there is no timetable for a decision on possible punishment, although the Steelers expect the league to act next week.
    At a meeting with coach Mike Tomlin before practice, multiple players said they were told the Steelers now have a zero-tolerance policy regarding misconduct. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, the MVP of the Steelers' Super Bowl victory in February 2009, was traded to the Jets for a fifth-round draft pick last week following a series of problems.
    "We were told early this morning that either you get in line or you'll get kicked out of line you're going to be traded or you're not going to be here," right tackle Willie Colon said. "If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, they're going to get rid of you."
    Tomlin met with players before practice and that's where players said the message was delivered. The coach, however, denied making those remarks. Tomlin rarely discusses issues he addresses with his players.
    "Guys took it different ways, depending on how they interpreted it, but I think ... after what we've seen go on, there's not going to be much tolerance for stuff around here," Smith said.
    This was a voluntary practice for the Steelers, their first since they concluded a 9-7 season in January. Roethlisberger also participated in off-the-field conditioning work for several days last week.
    The quarterback had been accused by a college student of sexual assault in March. Team president Art Rooney II said the Steelers were ready to punish the quarterback, but declined to do so because such action could be contested by the players' union.

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    Default Re: Steelers Players Told to Get In Line Or Get Out

    Am I the only one who thinks it's a shame that this message had to be given to adults? These people are paid millions and they have to be told shape up or ship out? Getthe****outtahere already...

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    so Ben shouldn't wear this t-shirt to team meetings?



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    Default Re: Steelers Players Told to Get In Line Or Get Out

    I noticed 7 shot glasses on the t-shirt.

    I guess that means we win another Super bowl this year!
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    Am I the only one who thinks it's a shame that this message had to be given to adults? These people are paid millions and they have to be told shape up or ship out? Getthe****outtahere already...
    Sometimes, adults need to be reminded that they are adults and that examples sometimes have to be made.

    I think we all know of one exemplar.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    Am I the only one who thinks it's a shame that this message had to be given to adults? These people are paid millions and they have to be told shape up or ship out? Getthe****outtahere already...
    ...and somewhere there's a ****load of Steelers fans pumping their fists in the air and saying something stupid like "Yeah Rooney's! You tell them!"

    Whatever. It's just bull**** PR to help fix the Steelers tarnished image to the rsest of the nation. When it comes down to it, the Steelers aren't dumb enough to try and field a team full of choir boys over talent. they don't want the success level of the Lions and Browns
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    Default Re: Steelers Players Told to Get In Line Or Get Out

    A lot of it comes down to common sense. It sounds like the message that was told directly to Ben was relayed to the entire team. The Rooney's know they aren't going to have 45 choir boys, and there will be isolated incidents, but it is the national headline grabbing incidents that won't be tolerated anymore.
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    Default Re: Steelers Players Told to Get In Line Or Get Out

    Steelers hear of new zero-tolerance policy

    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 19, 2010


    Multiple Pittsburgh Steelers players said today that coach Mike Tomlin gathered them together and informed them of a new zero-tolerance policy for off-field misconduct.

    "We were told early this morning either you get in line or you get kicked out of line," said offensive lineman Willie Colon, who was with Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia the night he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a bar bathroom. "You are going to be traded or you're not going to be here. If your conduct is going to play a part in you not being a good football player, they are going to get rid of you. . . . There is a zero tolerance, not only with the NFL but with the Steelers."

    According to the Associated Press, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin denied making those remarks. But the AP also reports that multiple players confirmed they were told there's a new zero-tolerance policy.

    "Guys took it different ways, depending on how they interpreted it, but I think . . . after what we've seen go on, there's not going to be much tolerance for stuff around here," defensive end Aaron Smith said.

    It's interesting that Smith says players "took it different ways," because one of the reasons the Steelers have been subject to criticism on this front is that the team has handled off-field misconduct in different ways for different players. Two years ago, when star linebacker James Harrison was accused of domestic violence, the Steelers were quick to accept his explanation. When mediocre wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was accused of domestic violence, the Steelers were quick to cut him.

    That seeming contradiction led to Steelers owner Dan Rooney releasing a statement saying, "Each incident must be considered on a case-by-case basis." But "zero tolerance" suggests that future incidents won't be considered on a case-by-case basis, and that any incident at all would lead the Steelers to send a player packing.

    Last week, Steelers President Art Rooney II acknowledged that a player's contributions on the field will be considered when the team determines whether to keep a player who has gotten into off-field trouble.

    "As you can imagine, to keep our commitment to our fans to consistently put the best possible team on the field, we must also evaluate a player's likely contribution, both in short term and the long term," Rooney said.

    And so we expect the Steelers to live up to their zero-tolerance policy if the next guy to get in trouble is the 53rd man on the roster. The real test of the Steelers' mettle is whether they'll apply "zero tolerance" to their stars. So far, they haven't.

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    one small glimmer of hope that Ben is finally starting to listen to advice - he has started wearing a new helmet that was designed to reduce concussions, something he has been resisting up until now.



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    -good, if he listens to advice and cleans himself up and stays straight then eventually, I will in time accept him back....that goes for on the field performance too....he's got to play well.

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    -good, if he listens to advice and cleans himself up and stays straight then eventually, I will in time accept him back....that goes for on the field performance too....he's got to play well.
    It will easier to accept his on field behavior than his off field ****.

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