Pittsburgh Steeler Head Coach Mike Tomlin Supports Ben Roethlisberger

April 25th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Pittsburgh Steelers are known as an organization that does not tolerate misbehavior on the part of their players  for which they invest their future in.

This issue came to the forefront with the second instance in 12 months of two-time winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his alleged sexual assault with a 20-year-old college student in Milledgeville, Ga back on March 5.

While no charges were filed in the case, Roethlisberger was suspended six games by the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for conduct unbecoming a professional football player.

Goodell is a person that is known for not tolerating repeated behavior, and this became evident by the suspension of Roethliberger.

Upon learning of the suspension of Roethlisberger, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin issued his statements on this situation.

“I know he is going to make a comment regarding the discipline of the commissioner on Monday, and I’ll let him do that,” Tomlin remarked. “My understanding is at this point is he’s ready to meet those challenges and take the necessary steps to move forward with his career.”

The Steelers director of football operations expressed his support for the quarterback.

“We can’t defend the behavior or the actions as an organization and we won’t, but we do defend his opportunity to make right, and I think that’s the right thing to do,” Kevin Colbert remarked. “This guy has helped us win two world championships. He’s made some mistakes, but he also deserves the opportunity to rectify those mistakes. And we stand behind his opportunity to do that.”

ESPN reports however that Colbert was not speaking on behalf of Tomlin or the Steelers organization.

In addition to his six-game suspension, Roethlisberger will have to meet certain requirements regarding behavioral assessments, for which he can reduce the suspension to four games.

Pittsburgh has recently added quarterback Byron Leftwich to the roster.

“We’ll make some hard and fast decisions going into training camp,” Tomlin said. “The reality is you can’t get four guys ready to play in camp. Right now, we’ll work with all three of these men in the short term, see where they, get reacquainted with Byron Leftwich. … There’s a lot of teaching to be done and we’re going to do that and make a decision prior to going to Latrobe [for camp].”

The Steelers are among the betting favorites on USA Online Sportsbooks to win Super Bowl XLV.

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One Response to “Pittsburgh Steeler Head Coach Mike Tomlin Supports Ben Roethlisberger”
  1. megan tobin-jones Says:

    Dump Big boorish Ben.

    LOVE him as a QB, but he has lessons to learn. Serious lessons in humility, or he’ll only get worse.
    one of the reasons I love and respect the Steelers as a team and organization is they don’t put up with bad behavior. Don’t put up with this. And show Ben the tough love he needs.

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