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08:17 AM ET 09.03 | It's probably a good thing Terry Bradshaw isn't part of Ben Roethlisberger's character witness effort. The NFL should not lower the suspension imposed on Roethlisberger by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, Bradshaw told reporters at the AdvoCare V-100 kickoff luncheon. "Oh, my God. I pray they don't cut it to four games, I hope they leave it at six," Bradshaw said. "There's no excuse for that. What happens is, these guys -- their egos get out of hand."

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September 3, 2010  08:19 AM ET

Like Bradshaw has room to talk.

September 3, 2010  08:19 AM ET

Na, only four.

September 3, 2010  08:20 AM ET

Terry...you're not the only one. Somehow this punk needs to learn a hard lesson and doesn't deserve leniency....scum.

September 3, 2010  08:24 AM ET

i love ya terry...but you gotta get off the high horse....

September 3, 2010  08:35 AM ET

Terry needs to go back to his naked room.....and please close the door...

September 3, 2010  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Terry needs to go back to his naked room.....and please close the door...

B A R F!!!! dude, its way too early for that.

September 3, 2010  08:42 AM ET

He is a grown man. If he wants to chase skirts legally then so be it. If he date rapes then lock him up. His problem is he is an idiot outside the lines. Party Smart BIG DIM

September 3, 2010  08:47 AM ET

Exactly what has Ben done to warrant a reduction in his suspension? Should he be rewarded for not getting underage girls drunk and dragging them off to bathrooms to have sex with them while his bodyguard stands there keeping people out? Have we fallen that far?

Ben should serve the full suspension for 2 reasons.

1. He was given the suspension for doing very immoral things and the NFL needs to make a stand.

2. Public Relations. Can you imagine the backlash if he is allowed to serve fewer games? The NFL is openly recruiting women to watch their product. Then they say that a guy who gets underage girls drunk to have sex with them should have their suspension reduced for not doing it recently sends a horrible message.

September 3, 2010  08:57 AM ET

Bradshaw talking about inflated egos is akin to Bill Gates talking about unstable computer code. Ben should be talking to lawyers. Maybe however he likes the idea of playing a short season. Still someone needs to head up the committee to run Goodall out of town.

September 3, 2010  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Terry needs to go back to his naked room.....and please close the door...

Damn man - way too early in the morning for THAT!

September 3, 2010  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Exactly what has Ben done to warrant a reduction in his suspension? Should he be rewarded for not getting underage girls drunk and dragging them off to bathrooms to have sex with them while his bodyguard stands there keeping people out? Have we fallen that far?Ben should serve the full suspension for 2 reasons.1. He was given the suspension for doing very immoral things and the NFL needs to make a stand.2. Public Relations. Can you imagine the backlash if he is allowed to serve fewer games? The NFL is openly recruiting women to watch their product. Then they say that a guy who gets underage girls drunk to have sex with them should have their suspension reduced for not doing it recently sends a horrible message.

sure sure... the NFL should set "standards" on moral issues...how bout they offer a pension for ex-players whose sacrifices allow you to be a lucrative buisness...futhermore, what "proof" does the NFL have to warrent the inital suspension.. As far as recruiting women is concerned, the NFL's weekly representative of women are its cheerleaders(insert women as objects comment here)....every other commerical is alcohol related...yeah sure the NFL as moral...sure they should worry about backlash....

September 3, 2010  09:07 AM ET
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sure sure... the NFL should set "standards" on moral issues...how bout they offer a pension for ex-players whose sacrifices allow you to be a lucrative buisness...futhermore, what "proof" does the NFL have to warrent the inital suspension.. As far as recruiting women is concerned, the NFL's weekly representative of women are its cheerleaders(insert women as objects comment here)....every other commerical is alcohol related...yeah sure the NFL as moral...sure they should worry about backlash....

Every contract has a morals clause. Ben signed his contract knowing that, so that part is pretty simple.

Second, you didn't address what he has done to warrant having the suspension reduced.

Third, what happened to the retired players and their unfortunate situation has nothing to do with what Ben did, so don't even try to bring that up.

Forth, the NFL doesn't need a conviction to give out the suspension. All they need to do is make a connection to the image of the game. That's pretty easy when a "star" player is in a college town getting underage girls drunk to have sex with them. This isn't the first incident either.

Fifth, the cheerleaders. You are reaching here, there is a big leap from getting girls drunk to have sex with them to cheerleaders.

Sixth, what does alcohol have to do with anything? Last I checked Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Perhaps you read about it in history?

September 3, 2010  09:09 AM ET

The original suspension basically said that it could be reduced if Big Ben behaved himself and jumpled through all the required hoops. He's done that. So, it's up to The Commish to make good.

Regardless of what you think of a player, when you set terms for a suspension you should live by them. Mike Vick wasn't supposed to associate with his thug friends, but he did, and he wasn't punished by either the parole board or the league.

Leftwich got hurt last night. He'll be out 2-4 weeks. So, the suspension plus the injury already puts the Steelers in QB trouble in a tough division. How long do you think they'll last with Charlie Batch?

September 3, 2010  09:12 AM ET

Why was an underage girl in the bar in the first place. Who served her the booze, who held her down and who poured the booze down her throat. The whole story reeks of a little gold digging party **** that got in over her head.

September 3, 2010  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The original suspension basically said that it could be reduced if Big Ben behaved himself and jumpled through all the required hoops. He's done that. So, it's up to The Commish to make good.Regardless of what you think of a player, when you set terms for a suspension you should live by them. Mike Vick wasn't supposed to associate with his thug friends, but he did, and he wasn't punished by either the parole board or the league.Leftwich got hurt last night. He'll be out 2-4 weeks. So, the suspension plus the injury already puts the Steelers in QB trouble in a tough division. How long do you think they'll last with Charlie Batch?

In fairness though, the NFL didn't guarantee a reduction in suspension. Plus, the injury situation of Pittsburgh shouldn't influence the NFL's decision at all. If they let it, then they would have separate rules for elite players, and even though it does exist, they can't let it come to the forefront here.

September 3, 2010  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Every contract has a morals clause. Ben signed his contract knowing that, so that part is pretty simple.Second, you didn't address what he has done to warrant having the suspension reduced.Third, what happened to the retired players and their unfortunate situation has nothing to do with what Ben did, so don't even try to bring that up.Forth, the NFL doesn't need a conviction to give out the suspension. All they need to do is make a connection to the image of the game. That's pretty easy when a "star" player is in a college town getting underage girls drunk to have sex with them. This isn't the first incident either.Fifth, the cheerleaders. You are reaching here, there is a big leap from getting girls drunk to have sex with them to cheerleaders.Sixth, what does alcohol have to do with anything? Last I checked Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Perhaps you read about it in history?

just challenging the NFL as a moral authority...I think they have a lot of self reflection ahead

I was making a parallel, a young female watches a three hour NFL broadcast, she sees footall, alcohol, sex and cheerleaders... not objecting to any of these, just challenging the NFL as a moral authority...(which is what the basis for ben's current suspension since they have no proof of broken laws) I think they have a lot of self reflection ahead to be a relavant voice on morality....just an opinion, no biggie....

September 3, 2010  09:16 AM ET
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Why was an underage girl in the bar in the first place. Who served her the booze, who held her down and who poured the booze down her throat. The whole story reeks of a little gold digging party **** that got in over her head.

Ben served her the booze. Yes, the bar should have checked ID's, but I'm sure since Ben was a "star", they let it slide.

You really aren't in a position to decide if she was "gold digging" or not. Remember, the D.A. didn't prosecute not because he didn't think a crime took place, but because he didn't think he could get a conviction on the case with the evidence he had.

"Here the overall circumstances do not lead to a viable prosecution. If they did, I would be pursuing it vigorously," Bright said. "We do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes." - that is a quote from the D.A.

September 3, 2010  09:17 AM ET
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just challenging the NFL as a moral authority...I think they have a lot of self reflection aheadI was making a parallel, a young female watches a three hour NFL broadcast, she sees footall, alcohol, sex and cheerleaders... not objecting to any of these, just challenging the NFL as a moral authority...(which is what the basis for ben's current suspension since they have no proof of broken laws) I think they have a lot of self reflection ahead to be a relavant voice on morality....just an opinion, no biggie....

Fair 'nuff. I just have a real problem with guys who do what Ben did. He used his stardom in ways that it should never be used.

September 3, 2010  09:20 AM ET
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Why was an underage girl in the bar in the first place. Who served her the booze, who held her down and who poured the booze down her throat. The whole story reeks of a little gold digging party **** that got in over her head.

Some where Lawrence Taylor is smiling. Won't help though.

 
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