Ben Roethlisberger’s Accuser: “This is not OK.”

What Did Ben Roethlisberger’s Female Accuser Say To Him?: ”

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Ben Roethlsiberger’s accuser, the young woman that claimed she was sexually assaulted by him in a Capital City nightclub, according to authorities told him, “No, this is not OK.”

Ironic as it may seem, just ran a story on April being sexual assault awareness month.

According to reports, Ben had two bodyguards with him that evening. Over 500 pages of documents seem to indicate that Roethlisberger was encouraging the younger girls to drink. One witness said he had made crude comments during the evening. Ben had also referred to the accuser as a tease. Later in the evening, when Ben’s accuser was dunk, she was led down a hallway by one of the bodyguards–Anthony Barravecchio. According to reports, a couple of the girl’s friends tried to follow but were stopped by another bodyguard, Ed Joyner. Ann Marie Lubatti, one of the accuser’s friends, told the bodyguard that her friend was dunk and it wasn’t right. Lubatti said that he (the bodyguard) couldn’t look her in the eye and said he didn’t know what she was talking about.

Alone with Roethlisberger, the accuser told him “this isn’t OK.” Roethlisberger responded “It’s OK.” If you want full details, you can read them on ESPN.

Afterwards, the girls walked out and Lubatti walked up to the first policeman she saw and told him what happened. When Roethlisberger returned to his lake home, a friend asked him why police were at the nightclub. Roethlisberger told him that he was in the back with the accuser “messing around.”

As it turns out, after reviewing all the evidence, the DA won’t be charging Roethlisberger due to lack of evidence and the fact that the young accuser doesn’t want to pursue it in court. Hmm, I wonder if her pocketbook got any bigger…?

Roethlisberger’s bodyguards? It turns out they are both police officers but were not on official duty that night. Is this sounding janky to anyone yet? When asked about the accuser, both bodyguards say they have “no memory” of her. Well I’ll be.

Suffice it to say that the Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell are a bit disappointed. Their response to the incident will probably unfold in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, what do you think the punishment, if any, should be for Roethlisberger?

Mike Holmgren On Rebuilding The Cleveland Browns

One-on-One With Mike Holmgren: Rebuilding the Browns: ”

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Mike Holmgren emerged from his first presidential morning at the NFL‘s annual league meetings unscathed. No scars were visible, and Holmgren did not seem ruffled by the fact he was not in the annual photo of the league’s coaches.

‘I’m getting there,’ Holmgren said of his adjustment to his front-office role with the Cleveland Browns.

Holmgren is a rarity in the NFL: Ask a question and he’ll answer. If he can’t, he’ll simply admit it. Monday, the new Browns president addressed many issues, among them his and the Browns’ thinking about quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen (thumbs neither up nor down) and Sam Bradford (thumbs up) as the draft approaches.

He also discussed his thought process in keeping Eric Mangini as coach after a 5-11 season, his thinking in trading Brady Quinn and his approach to changing 11 years of losing in Cleveland. He even related a story about being challenged by a fan who was not thrilled the Browns had traded Quinn, and conceded season-ticket and suite sales are not what the team would want.

In an exclusive Q&A with FanHouse, Holmgren first specified his most important job: “Put a good product on the field. That and to do it with a certain degree of fiscal responsibility.””

NFL’s Plaxico Burress Meets Bubba. Ok, This Is Not Even Funny.

Plaxico Burress Heckled by Fellow Inmates Upon Arrival at Rikers: “Chris Burkeby Chris Burke

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Plaxico BurressPlaxico Burress received a rude welcome to prison life Tuesday. When he arrived at Rikers Island to begin a two-year sentence, his fellow inmates taunted him — sometimes obscenely — and heckled him with taunts of ‘Giants Suck,’ jail guards told the New York Post.

Cue the most obvious statement you’ll read all day:

‘He was depressed,’ one of the guards told the Post after Burress spent his first night behind bars. ‘He was trying to keep to himself, but everyone was yelling at him.’

Plaxico Burress Heckled by Fellow Inmates Upon Arrival at Rikers originally appeared on Fanhouse NFL Blog on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sympathy Or Stupidity? Former NFL Star Plaxico Burress Gets 2 Years For Gun Charges

Can Other Players Learn From Plaxico's Sad, Lonely Tale? NFL Sure Hopes So: “Thomas Georgeby Thomas George

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Plaxico BurressA former Giants teammate who spoke with Plaxico Burress hours before he was sentenced to two years in prison on gun charges Tuesday said that Burress told him it was ‘just beginning to dawn on me I am going in.”

As has often been the case, Burress got it late. Way too late. Executives from the Steelers (where Burress played from 2000-2004) and Giants (2005-2008) painted a similar picture of their time with Burress.

Even so, the league office and each NFL team took notice of Burress clinging to his son before walking that lonely plank into confinement — they did not have to know him well to feel compassion and concern. Or to use this as one more tool to educate their players on guns and football, how the mix is not natural. Only with education and responsibility can both co-exist. That is the NFL’s continued mantra.

They know the next NFL gun case will surface.

Can Other Players Learn From Plaxico’s Sad, Lonely Tale? NFL Sure Hopes So originally appeared on Fanhouse NFL Blog on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Crazy But true: NFL Fines Sheldon Brown Of Philadelphia Eagles For Wearing Jason Mask

NFL Fines Sheldon Brown $10K for Wearing Jason Mask: “Ryan Wilsonby Ryan Wilson

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Pretty sure even those fans with just a passing interest in football probably thought to themselves, ‘Yep, he’s definitely getting fined,’ when the EaglesSheldon Brown was announced prior to last Sunday’s game while sporting a Jason mask. Gretz even fake tweeted it (proof reproduced after the jump).

And yesterday, the Real_RogerGoodell did what everybody expected: garnished Brown’s wages for prematurely celebrating Halloween. Via PFT (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter), Brown is now out $10,000 for the ‘uniform violation.’

Forgetting the ten grand for a moment, Brown might want to tone it down a bit for another reason: the Saints hung 48 on the Eagles last week. The mask didn’t take, apparently.

NFL Fines Sheldon Brown $10K for Wearing Jason Mask originally appeared on Fanhouse Backporch on Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans Brawl Results In Hair Loss & Fines

Texans-Titans Brawl Results in Fines, Missing Chunk of Hair: “Stephanie Stradleyby Stephanie Stradley

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Andre Johnson isn’t much of a talker by most accounts, though Cortland Finnegan got his attention last Sunday. During the Texans’ 34-31 win over the Titans, Johnson and Finnegan were yapping at each other the entire day, which eventually turned into a brawl after Johnson threw Finnegan into the players on the Texans sideline.

The other sideline is a dangerous place for any player to be during a brawl, and, according to this report from Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle, one unnamed Texan took a chunk of Finnegan’s red hair off the field as a souvenir of the fight. Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones was ejected from the game for throwing a punch and one of the smallest Texans, wide receiver David Anderson, was assessed an offsetting 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Texans-Titans Brawl Results in Fines, Missing Chunk of Hair originally appeared on Fanhouse NFL Blog on Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Marvin Lewis Doesn’t Deserve The Cincinnati Bengals: Antwan Odom Gets 5 Sacks

After losing last week on a last second play to the Denver Broncos, Marvin Lewis escapes by the skin of his teeth in a well played win by the Cincinnati Bengals over the Green Bay Packers. However, had it not been for exceptional play by a few key players, the Bengals surely would have lost again. It seems Lewis may end up being their downfall–if he hasn’t been already.

Being one of the worst teams in the NFL in the last two decades, losing for the Cincinnati Bengals has become a habit. It seems Marvin Lewis is ok with it. Can you imagine Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin, Mike Ditka, Vince Lomabrdi or any of the other coaching greats in history seeming so satisfied with such a lackluster team? Maybe being a wet paper bag is just Marvin’s personality and demeanor, then why is he coaching? What coach other than a loser could sleep at night with the kind of record he has had? How can the man look himself in the mirror? Surely he has donated ALL of his paycheck to orphans, the poor and homeless. No person in their right mind with a good conscience could accept a paycheck for doing what he has done (or really for what he HASN’T done).

Rather than step up and take responsibility for the loss at Denver, he blames it on one freak play at the end of the game. What about the other 90% of the game Marvin where your offense did nothing? Man up and take some responsibility. Who is responsible for their poor record Marvin? If not you, then who? Either coach or get out if you don’t want to coach Marvin. He obviously doesn’t have the killer instinct and isn’t able to go for the jugular when he has a team down.

Being up 7 points with over 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter, rather than try a field goal or go for it on 4th and 1 on the opponents 35 yard line, Marvin punts it. Are you kidding me Marvin? Were the Packers paying him? Why didn’t he go for the kill at that point to swing momentum in their favor? Because he was hoping the Bengals would win–just like he has for the last 10 years. The fact that the Bengals won today has absolutely nothing to do with Marvin Lewis and everything to do with a few exceptional players that didn’t buy into Lewis’ loser-like mentality of whoa is me.

Cedric Benson, a new running back addition to the team, carried the Bengals for 143 yards. Antwan Odom finally played the like player he is and recorded 5 sacks–yes, you read that correctly–5 sacks. Without those 2 players, we lose that game. Really, if Odom doesn’t have such a breakout game, we lose. Are you kidding me? One player with 5 sacks? I could have coached that team and won the game. What the heck does Lewis want???  Only an idiot could lose a game where you have one player with 5 sacks, a punter that averages over 50 yards a punt in Kevin Huber, and a running back that carries for 143 yards. With those kind of stats, if Lewis can’t win that game, he shouldn’t be coaching in football, period. Not in the NFL, not in college, high school, or pee-wee. That guy walks around like whoa is me–he reminds me of bad-luck Schleprock on the Flintstones. Get a life Marvin. Get fired up and ticked-off win your team loses or when your team loses games they should have won. Or when your team almost loses in games a 3rd grader could have coached and won.

Yah, the responsibility for winning no longer lies with the Bengals. They have shown they want to compete. Many of the players that want to compete are new to the team. So it’s not like Marvin has created this winning environment. In fact, he’s done the exact opposite really. He’s created an environment where losing is acceptable, expected, and it’s ok–as long as you try and keep “fighting.” Marvin hasn’t fought one day since he’s arrived in Cincinnati. He is fortunate enough to be working with players that are new to the system , used to winning, and don’t accept the loser mentality that Marvin has allowed to pervade the Bengals locker room over the years. Yes, the Bengals won. But in no large part due to Marvin Lewis. Hopefully the newer players will continue their winning ways and Marvin will stay out of the way. Just stay out of the way Marvin. Let the players play and the other coaches coach. You keep doing your “whoa is me” routine when they lose. Of course it’s not your fault when they lose Marvin, you’re just the coach!

Darren Woodson From ESPN Reports Michael Vick Could Go To Green Bay Packers–No Way.

     On ESPN today, Darren Woodson reported that Michael Vick, coming off a 2 year prison stint for federal dogfighting charges, could possibly end up playing at Green Bay. Woodson’s first choice for Vick was the Carolina Panthers since they see the Atlanta Falcons twice a year. Woodson also went onto say Vick could go to the Baltimaore Ravens. Personally, I believe Carolina or Baltimore are much more likely than Green Bay.

     Why not Green Bay? Have you ever been there? I haven’t but I hear it’s really cold…and a small town. Green Bay just doesn’t strike me as a town that would cozy up to a former federal inmate like Vick. Call me crazy, but Green Bay strikes me as a hard-working, middle class, old-fashioned, blue-collar type of town–the type of town that could hold his history against him. I really don’t see Vick liking the cold weather there either. Comong from Atlata, I’m thinking Vick prefers the warmer climate states. Green Bay isn’t warm.

     So, if Green Bay wanted to commit franchise suicide, then sure, they might give Vick a chance. But we’re talking about a Vince Lombardi town taking in a wannabe-big-time-thug- not-quite-there- dog-fighting-dysfunctional-former-felon that’s hard for kids to look up to. Not going to happen. Woodson is way off here. Come on Woodson, use your head dude. Don’t just always read what the cue card says.