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STEELERS: Santonio Holmes TRADED & Big Ben News…

12 Apr

Well, it looks like the Steelers won’t have to worry about Holmes’ reported 4-game suspension.

Why, you ask? The Rooneys are FED UP and have had enough, and are “breaking up” with Santonio.  Santonio Holmes has been traded to the New York Jets for a 5th round draft pick. Sources say that this was the best offer on the table — and, had the Steelers not been able to make this trade, they would have out-and-out CUT Holmes. The Steelers have had enough.

While the team will surely miss his on-the-field talent, the Steelers organization and fans will likely not miss his off-the-field behavior. (Though, so far, this trade has not yet provoked Holmes to encourage anyone’s suicide via social media.)

Some people are criticizing this move, but I think that it was a good decision. After all, the Steelers organization is about more than on-field skills and is a team that prides itself on more than just winning. While Holmes is a great player, the Steelers do not need his BS or his baggage…this is one franchise that has a reputation to uphold!

So, New York, enjoy your clearance item. How does it feel to get a Super Bowl MVP on sale?

Let’s hope that no other Steelers become “damaged goods.”

If I were Jeff Reed and Big Ben, I’d watch my off-field antics a little more carefully, and beware those drunken shenanigans.

PS: Big Ben press conference today at 2:00 pm EST. While ESPN reported that Roethlisberger would NOT face sexual assault charges, some sources are reporting (as recently as yesterday and today) that a final decision in Roethlisberger’s case could be months away. Additionally, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to meet with Ben at some point THIS WEEK. Stay tuned!

STEELERS Update: News on BIG BEN Roethlisberger and SANTONIO Holmes cases!

10 Apr

Steelers quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger will learn his fate on Monday, April 12th, 2010. While his attorney suspects that NO charges will be filed; there has been no official disclosure on what the Georgia D.A. has actually decided. A decision has been made in the case, though,  and will be revealed in an official press conference on Monday at 2pm at the Baldwin County Courthouse.

While the details of the investigation have been under lockdown and the parties involved are remaining tight-lipped, Ben’s lawyer claims that “all signs are pointing towards no charges being filed” against Roethlisberger in the sexual assault case. While no official decision has been released, ESPN has already jumped the gun in reporting on this suspicion: that no charges will be filed. Roethlisberger fans are surely hoping that they are correct. It sounds like good news for the QB.

As for Santonio Holmes, he has still been “tweeting away” and still faces accusations that he assaulted a woman in a Florida night club but throwing a drink on her as a verbal, “heated” argument ensued. (Though his attorney is now filing audio evidence to the contrary.)

However, now there is even MORE trouble for Steelers’ receiver Santonio Holmes. Today, multiple sources are reporting that Holmes will face a 4-game suspension at the beginning of the season, for allegedly violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Details are still murky, and it is unclear whether he missed a drug test or was “caught” with an illegal substance in his system.

Fans are growing increasingly frustrated with the Steelers quarterback and receiver. Ben has earned nicknames like “Rapistberger” due to his two separate sexual assault accusations, while many suspect that this will be the last year Holmes will play for Pittsburgh. Just in the past few weeks, Holmes has had the assault charges filed against him, told a fan to “go kill himself” via Twitter, and now, faces a substance abuse violation, in addition to past marijuana charges, domestic abuse charges, and nude photos online.

Steeler Nation can only hope that these guys get it together and shape up in time for the season, so that their personal shortcomings will not be a distraction to the team. It is a shame that these unfortunate personal choices are tarnishing the always-upstanding image of the Steeler organization.

Do these photos below depict what a STEELER *should* represent??    😦

Steelers’ Santonio Holmes Needs to Learn When NOT to Tweet!

30 Mar

You’ve already read my thoughts on the Steelers’ latest situations including yesterday’s news of an incident with Santonio Holmes.

In my previous blog entry, “Another Steelers Uh-Oh”,  I said that it was dumb of him to be tweeting and posting things on his Twitter account in regards to the lawsuit.

His management team and/or PR person and/or conscience should really know better, and should have him lay off the social media for awhile.

But even as the media, fans, and foes alike were commenting on his seemingly smug posts yesterday in regards to his latest infraction; Santonio kept on tweeting.

If he wasn’t in trouble before, I’m guessing that he will be now. Art Rooney already expressed his disapponitment with Santonio Holmes’ civil suit….but this was before he told a fan to kill himself. (Yes. Read on….)

In addition to the tweets mentioned in my post yesterday, Holmes also wrote about how he was “LMAO all the way to the bank”, telling his fans that they dont know him, and they don’t cut his check. (Non-computer-geeks: LMAO = Laughing My Ass Off.)

The most shocking, though?

Check it out….

Here is one of his tweets from last night:

http://twitter.com/santonio10/status/11282727131

“@DMKayser y u tryna make me look like the bad guy. U shud try finding the worst thing that you could drink n kill urself”

This was posted under Santonio’s official, “Verified” Twitter account, for the whole world to see. Granted, this @DMKayser person has since deleted their account and we do not know how much this individual was heckling Holmes or what he was saying.

However, that being said, it shouldn’t matter. Santonio Holmes is a public figure, and a grown man, and even if he is upset about the lawsuit, he should not be flying off the handle on social media outlets, running his mouth, and saying nasty things to presumably innocent followers – like telling them to go drink something that will kill them.

Listen, I’m a HUUUUUGE Steelers fan. Ask any of my friends or family. So that isn’t the issue. It isn’t like I’m trying to badmouth our players. It’s just that since I AM such a huge Steelers fan, I do not want people on our team to distract the other players and/or give a bad name to the organization that was built on class.

Just sayin’.

Another Steelers Uh-Oh: First Roethlisbeger, now Holmes – Santonio’s Assault Accusations and My Thoughts…

29 Mar

Is Papa Rooney going to have to take a break from Ireland to fly in to the ‘Burgh to lay down the law?

What is with the recent string of Steelers’ infractions? (Jeff Reed, Big Ben, now this, to name a few?)

Steelers Wide Receiver – and Super Bowl XLIII MVP – is being sued by a Florida woman for alleged assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress. The woman claims that Holmes allegedly  threw a glass of liquor at her at Orlando club Rain following an apparent dispute over seating in the VIP section where Holmes lost his temper and assaulted her.

She also claims that she was going to press charges, but that Holmes and the police department pressured her not to due to his standing as an NFL super star.

As of now, she is filing a civil lawsuit against him, seeking at least $15,000 and whatever else the court deems appropriate in regards to the situation.

Santonio posted his thoughts on Twitter today (maybe not the best move from a PR standpoint) saying, “Before anyone decides to state unknown fact please do research 1st. In the end it makes you look like the fool” (which is true, but probably not wise for him to tweet about) and telling his Twitter fans to “find something else to gossip about” in addition to talking about “living the Good Life” in reference to a Kanye West song. Some followers and local media outlets have claimed that his “tweets” seemed smug and cocky, and that his reaction isn’t appropriate given the situation.

Holmes told Rachel Nichols of ESPN that, “the matter will be put to bed within 24 hours.” This is his 4th run-in with the law; the other charges including domestic violence, possession of marijuana, and disorderly conduct.  (Not to mention, those infamous naked shower photos.) So far, the Steelers and the NFL have not commented.

My personal belief is that these guys are getting out of line. They get paid unfathomable amounts of money to do something that they love – they should at least have the decency and respect to represent their team with class and respect. Maybe Tomlin should schedule a character-building workshop?

Or, is he a part of the problem? As one friend put it, maybe Tomlin is putting too much trust in his players to be responsible and make mature, careful decisions. (After all, not all of them are sweet, religious, stand-up citizens like Troy Polamalu .)

But is Tomlin putting TOO much trust in his players to behave off the field? Is this the right thing to do? These are twentysomething young men, with more money than they know what to do with, who are used to being idolized and getting what they want. The character and morale of athletes in general seems to have went down. Gone is a sense of accountability and grateulness, replaced with a sense of entitlement and invincibility.

Regardless of the situations, guilty or innocent, gold-diggers or truth-tellers – athletes like Ben Roethliesberger and Santonio Holmes – ESPECIALLY since they represent the integrity of the Steelers franchise and the pride of Pittsburgh – should be more careful about putting themselves in potentially precarious situations.

The worst thing that I read today is that, “The Steelers are the New Bengals.” Please, no.

And Tomlin? Maybe he needs to set some boundaries and stop acting like the step-parent who just wants his kids to like him, letting them do whatever they want as his “family” (i.e. the team, fans, the city) suffers because of it. I am not blaming him, but someone needs to encourage these guys to get their acts together.

Apparently, Roger Goodell still wants to speak with Big Ben, but the Holmes incident isn’t as pressing a matter. I’m sure that the Rooneys will talk to Holmes on these accusations, however, and  Tomlin will likely comment on it to the public at some point.

What do you guys think? Will all of the media frenzy and these silly accusations and immature infractions distract the Steelers for the upcoming season?

I do value them all as players and respect them on an athletic level, and I am sure that they aren’t all bad guys per se. After all, everyone makes mistakes, but Steelers players DO need to value their role as representatives of our team, our city, and one of the most legendary franchises in NFL history.

Here’s hoping that Holmes is right and that, $15,000 later, this matter is put to bed in no time, for the sake of Pittsburgh and the sake of the team. Isn’t the Ben situation enough?