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article imageRoethlisberger facing discipline

By Michael Bearak     Apr 13, 2010 in Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Rothlisberger is set to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday on the heels him not facing charges for assault or rape.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, has handled the actions of a number of NFL stars including Michael Vick, and Plaxico Burris by handing out hefty suspensions for their behavior as it affected the league's image. Now Goodell is sitting down with Ben Rothlisberger concerning a series of allegations over his sexual conduct and how it has affect the NFL.
In a recent interview, former Steelers' quarterback Terry Bradshaw was asked about Ben Rothlisberger and his take on the events that have transpired recently. Bradshaw had four simple words for Rothlisberger, "Stay out of trouble."
Bradshaw went on to explain how their relationship has not been very good saying, "Our relationship is not any good. When I told him to park the motorcycle, he got pissed. Alright? Then he had the accident. And since then, there's, you know ... he doesn't like me, and I'm learning not to like him."
Now it sounds like Steelers fans are starting to turn on their team and its quarterback. According to a Twitter, tweet by @MarcMick, "I'm a pretty hardcore Steelers fan (and father of 2 young daughters). I'm done with this team as long as Ben is a part of it.''
Tuesday's meeting with commissioner Goodell comes after the Georgia district attorney Fred Bright released a statement that while he did not have the evidence to prosecute Rothlisberger he would tell the man the following things if he were his son, "Grow up. Come on, you're supposed to stand for something.'' The Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reported that Steelers' owner Art Rooney II was furious as he had to listen to the list of sordid affiars listed by Bright in his news conference.
While a suspension hasn't been announced by either the NFL or the Steelers, articles like those on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
In the end NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello stated that the league would review all of the facts and follow-up with both the Steelers and Rothlisberger but gave no time-line.
In a written statement the league said, "Commissioner Goodell met today with Ben Roethlisberger and his representatives to discuss the recent incident involving his personal conduct. In accordance with the league's personal conduct policy, our office will review all the facts and follow up at the appropriate time with the Steelers and Ben."
ESPN reported that local talk shows were flooded with callers who were angry with the behavior of Ben Rothlisberger.
It is possible for the Steelers to punish their quarterback before the NFL and even in-place of the NFL handing down punishment. People are calling for Rothlisberger to sit for a couple of games at the start of the season, now even one of his few endorsements for beef jerkey has dropped him as their spokesman.
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