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    Originally Published: June 4, 2010

    Roethlisberger fumbling chance to heal

    By Jeffri Chadiha
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    The most interesting news about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday wasn't that he spoke to the media after his Pittsburgh Steelers practice. Instead, it was a report on the NFL Network later that day that should have raised eyebrows.

    Supposedly, Roethlisberger's public relations specialists want to use a national sit-down interview as a way for him to bare his soul in the wake of his alleged sexual assault scandal. You know -- a chat with Oprah, Larry King or even somebody from this company, all of whom would jump at such an exclusive.

    If true, this is humorous because Roethlisberger doesn't need such a forum to move his life in the right direction. He needs only to grow up and answer the tough questions as soon as possible. Roethlisberger could have taken such a step Thursday, when he chatted with local reporters on his way off the practice field.

    What he ultimately gave them was the type of drivel he's offered since the story broke regarding his alleged actions in a Georgia nightclub, where a college student accused him of sexually assaulting her.


    Roethlisberger -- who will miss at least four games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy -- talked about how great it was to be back practicing with his teammates. He said he'd put a lot of thought into his past behavior and that he'd been working closely with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on ways to mature.

    But when asked about what specific changes Roethlisberger had been making lately, the star quarterback gave the reporters nothing. "A lot of them are personal things," he said. "You know, which is just something that I need to do."

    That was about as good as it got from Roethlisberger. The sad part is that he probably thinks he said something productive. The reality is that he would have been better served to stay quiet.

    By offering such bland answers, Roethlisberger left the impression that either: 1) he isn't ready or willing to address such matters publicly, or 2) he thinks the media should be happy with whatever little bit of time he gives them these days.

    Of course, there is a third possibility behind his actions -- that he believes a conversation with a prominent national interviewer will help cleanse his image if he saves the good stuff for that kind of opportunity.

    If this were 1995, that approach might have some merit. Back in those days -- before the rise of the Internet and the rampant growth of cable television -- we expected celebrities to apologize for their most salacious scandals before people like Oprah or Larry King or somebody on "60 Minutes."




    Whenever Ben Roethlisberger wants to tell his story, he will have an audience.


    That's where we went for the biggest stories. We thought such celebs were being courageous in addressing their most private issues on the biggest of stages.

    That's just not the case today. Celebrities often run to such shows because they expect empathy and sympathy in return. They assume an hour under the microscope will be rewarded with a quick re-entry into the arms of a once-adoring public. They realize we're all suckers for a great comeback story. And what better way to start such a tale than with some serious emoting and a string of heartfelt apologies on a highly rated program.

    The assumption here is that Roethlisberger is chasing just such a goal if he's going the national sit-down route. The only problem is that he needs to understand exactly what the potential backlash could be with such a move.

    Given that Roethlisberger already has responded to this scandal with forgettable comments -- he also read a brief public statement to reporters after the charges were dropped in April -- he must realize that people's faith in his sincerity is vanishing.

    His fans want to be mesmerized by his candor, not manipulated by his handlers.

    The other issue he must consider is how this story would play in a one-hour interview. The details that already have gone public are so salacious that there's no way Roethlisberger could win over an audience immediately with his contrition.

    No matter how you look at this situation, we're talking about a wealthy, big-time pro athlete with a history of being a jerk making moves on a drunk, 20-year-old student who probably was awed by his presence. Even Regis Philbin could look hardcore when handed that much material to work with in an interview.

    This is why Roethlisberger's best course of action is to start putting this ordeal behind him as soon as possible. He easily could answer the tough questions at the Steelers' facility, then go home and hang out with family and friends. The people who are handling his public relations should know that as well as anybody. There's simply no way he's going to ease that process by doing it on a larger stage.

    Unfortunately, the world of sports and celebrity has become so complicated that a guy like Roethlisberger can fail to see the simplest way to handle this situation.

    He doesn't need Oprah's set or a spot across from Larry King. All Roethlisberger has to do is say he's ready to open up about how this experience has affected his life.

    Once that day arrives, you can bet there will be more than enough people willing to listen to whatever he has to say.

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    The fact is it is his personal life and he is allowed to keep his fix on is behavior or attitude to himself. This wrtitter is trying to stir the pot and the thing is, Ben is taking his steps, taking his punishment for this all to be resolved .


    There will always be some lack of talented reporter (s) that will bring up Big Ben when they fail to come up with an original thought or headline for when things are slow.

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    What do they want him to say? The media camps out for the OTA to get him to speak. He has to oblige before it gets to the rest of the team. He can't really say anything other than what he did because then there would be a REAL story to talk about. This is what I don't like about the off season. I couldn't care less about this ****. I want to talk about FOOTBALL. The media turns this **** into a reality show.

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    [HIGH-LIGHT]The fact is it is his personal life and he is allowed to keep his fix on is behavior or attitude to himself. [/HIGH-LIGHT]This wrtitter is trying to stir the pot and the thing is, Ben is taking his steps, taking his punishment for this all to be resolved .


    There will always be some lack of talented reporter (s) that will bring up Big Ben when they fail to come up with an original thought or headline for when things are slow.
    You should all know it doesn't work that way. High profile athletes live off of fans money and sports franchises live off of fans money AND taxpayer dollars. They forfeited privacy when they chose this life, so yes they do owe fans an accounting for criminal behavior. If they don't like it, they can step back and work a menial job like the average person does. You can't have it both ways and they wouldn't think they could if the kool-aide drinkers would fess up to reality.

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    You should all know it doesn't work that way. High profile athletes live off of fans money and sports franchises live off of fans money AND taxpayer dollars. They forfeited privacy when they chose this life, so yes they do owe fans an accounting for criminal behavior. If they don't like it, they can step back and work a menial job like the average person does. You can't have it both ways and they wouldn't think they could if the kool-aide drinkers would fess up to reality.
    Reality? He has something to do with TWO Super Bowl trophies and he wasn't convicted of anything I think we have gotten our money's worth and what do you want him to do or say? Do you want him to admit guilt, put himself in jail and sign up for Raiders training camp so he doesn't infect the rest of our choir boys? Oh yeeeaaahhh


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    Reality? He has something to do with TWO Super Bowl trophies and he wasn't convicted of anything I think we have gotten our money's worth and what do you want him to do or say? Do you want him to admit guilt, put himself in jail and sign up for Raiders training camp so he doesn't infect the rest of our choir boys? Oh yeeeaaahhh

    Man oh man, is that kool-aide drinking or what bro? We got our money's worth, WHAT???

    Like the kool-aide man pic though.

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    Ben has put himself in a no win situation over the last 2 years, and has to do whatever is best to begin cleaning his image up. It isn't gonna happen overnight either. I choose to sit back and wait to see what he does.
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    Man oh man, is that kool-aide drinking or what bro? We got our money's worth, WHAT???

    Like the kool-aide man pic though.
    2 trophies in the case, that is what I mean by getting your money's worth. You don't draft guys to be good Sumatrans.

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    2 trophies in the case, that is what I mean by getting your money's worth. You don't draft guys to be good Sumatrans.
    Ben stunk it up for the 1st trophy, and he had a pretty good game when the defense won the second. Money's worth...maybe... the bigger question is, does being a good athlete allow you a free pass for heinous behavior?

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    Ben stunk it up for the 1st trophy, and he had a pretty good game when the defense won the second. Money's worth...maybe... the bigger question is, does being a good athlete allow you a free pass for heinous behavior?
    The defense did NOT win the second.They **** the bed in that game and blew it in the second half.If it weren't for Ben and Smoke,the Cards win that game.

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    There is nothing wrong with what Ben said/did at the OTA's last week and there's nothing wrong with him going on Oprah, King, etc to have a big sitdown.

    This writer is grasping at straws.

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    Ben doesn't get a free pass and he did bring this on himself. I'm just saying this writter is just being a smuck and trying to make the flames of the fire bigger than they really are. Ben is the reason we got to the first Super Bowl and yes, he had a poor showing in our first Super Bowl but, would you have rather had Kordell or O'Donnell ?


    Ben and Santonio saved and won our second Super Bowl. It's my opinion our defense of that Super Bowl began to decline or show their weaknesses in that game and it follwed through to last season.

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    Just another SI caricature of a journalist doing a Ray Lewis, to whit, piling on after the event to ensure that his ****tiness is clear for all to see.
    '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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    The defense did NOT win the second.They **** the bed in that game and blew it in the second half.If it weren't for Ben and Smoke,the Cards win that game.
    Les, Les, Les... The game consisted of more than the last quarter. If the Defense would not have been so good in the 1st half, we would have been to far behind to win it on the last series. It is no secret that the defense is what got us to the super bowl that year to start with.

    Holy ****!!! you guys are myopic as hell sometimes.....but I like y'all anyways you make me laugh.

    The defense did come apart a bit at the end of the 3rd and through the 4th and yes that final drive was spectacular (more for smoky than Ben) but Ben did not win that game for us, he played well, but wasn't the hero of the game, so to chalk the win up to Ben is ridiculous.

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    [HIGH-LIGHT]Ben doesn't get a free pass and he did bring this on himself. I'm just saying this writter is just being a smuck and trying to make the flames of the fire bigger than they really are.[/HIGH-LIGHT] [HIGH-LIGHT]Ben is the reason we got to the first Super Bowl [/HIGH-LIGHT]and yes, he had a poor showing in our first Super Bowl but, would you have rather had Kordell or O'Donnell ?


    Ben and Santonio saved and won our second Super Bowl. It's my opinion our defense of that Super Bowl began to decline or show their weaknesses in that game and it follwed through to last season.

    The 1st highlight I agree with (like that matters).

    The second highlight... not so much. Ben had a good rookie year and was a vast improvement over Tommy "wanna-be" Maddox, but that isn't saying too much is it. Ben was a part of us getting to that super bowl, but the REASON, nah, you must have 50' arms bro, cause you reaching HARD!!!

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