It is still uncertain whether or not the Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback will be suspended to start the 2010 regular season, though all signs seem to be pointing in that direction.
The NFL has stated that the announcement is likely to be made after the draft at the earliest, and even the Rooney’s seem to think a suspension is in place for their star quarterback.
The punishment seems inevitable at this point. Although there weren’t any criminal charges against him, the memo Commissioner Goodell sent to teams last week is a clue of what’s coming for the 6-foot-5, 240 pound signal caller. In the statement, Goodell said:
“The Policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior. We must conduct ourselves in a way that ‘is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful.”
Basically, what he is saying is that he doesn’t care if you are found guilty of it or not, you’re gonna be punished. Note to players: watch out for who you hang out with. People are going to be out to get you more than ever.
If nothing else, I think Goodell punishes Ben to show that he doesn’t hand out special treatment to any certain player. Goodell has done a nice job at handling trouble-makers so far.
Big Ben gets a 2-4 game suspension to start the season. Put your money on it.