QB freak

By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 22, 2010

A few weeks ago, it was looking like Roethlisberger might skate. His people were all set up to spin this as a drunk girl making a legal case out of a little kissy-face in a nightclub bathroom. But the salacious details, coupled with the real possibility now that other incidents may be out there, are forcing team ownership and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell into a very tight spot.

Among other things, this could easily exacerbate racial tensions in the league. If Roethlisberger doesn’t get a pretty serious suspension, the black players in the league are going to wonder what makes him any different from Pacman Jones or Santonio Holmes or any of the other reprobates who felt Goodell’s iron hand. Either way, the guy, pretty clearly, is a real asshole. More later as additional details emerge.

Matt Taibbi can be reached at m_taibbi@yahoo.com.

LEADER BOARD
QUENTIN WYCHE (EX-FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL) | murder, taunting | 100
BOGDAN RUDENKO (COLORADO SPRINGS GOLD KINGS) | murder | 90
BRENT VINSON (EX-TENNESSEE) | accessory to murder | 89
MIGUEL STARKS AND REGINALD RICE (THE CITADEL) | Clockwork Orange–style home invasion | 88
ROBERT MITCHELL AND KELLY WHITNEY (EX–SETON HALL) | eight — count ’em eight — counts of kidnapping | 85
TYLER CAMPBELL (COASTAL CAROLINA) | kidnapping and pet assault | 70
WARREN SAPP (EX-BUCS) | girlfriend-choking | 63
BEN ROETHLISBERGER (STEELERS) | another sexual assault allegation | 60
GARY BROWN (FLORIDA) | girl-hitting/scratching | 58
SANTONIO HOLMES (STEELERS) | chucking a glass at chick's face in nightclub | 58
LAMICHAEL JAMES (OREGON) | girlfriend-choking | 58
DEON ANDERSON (COWBOYS) | scary gun-waving incident | 50
GERALD AND BRANDON LAIRD, AND THEIR CRAZY-ASS GRANDPA (TIGERS, YANKEES) | messing with Eddie House's wife, attacking security guards | 48
GILBERT ARENAS (WIZARDS) | fun with guns | 40
CHRIS TERRY (EX-CHIEFS, BENGALS) | a standard "Bulldog" | 35
DUSTY DVORACEK (BEARS) | being a big hulking drunken menace to bouncers | 31
TERRANCE TOLIVER (LSU) | resisting arrest, getting himself Tasered | 31
DEQUAN STARLING AND T.J. DRAKEFORD (MARSHALL) | shoving cops while smashed | 28
KIKO ALONSO (OREGON) | DUI; another arrested Duck | 25
RONNIE BROWN (DOLPHINS) | DUI | 25
Chris Chelios (Chicago Wolves) | DUI | 25
REY MAUALUGA (BENGALS) | driving drunk en route to teenie ménage a trois | 25
JEREMIAH MASOLI AND GARRETT EMBRY (OREGON) | boosting laptops | 20
GUY MORRISS (TEXAS A&M COMMERCE) | suppressing First Amendment | 19
RYAN LEAF (EX-CHARGERS) | being the worst quarterback of all time, stealing hydrocodone | 17
TERRY GLENN (EX-PATRIOTS) | blew off rental-car bill | 9
CHARLES ROGERS (EX-LIONS) | violated court order by passing out drunk in a plate of Mexican food | 8
COREY STOKES (VILLANOVA) | peeing between cars | 0.43
SHAUN ROGERS (BROWNS) | putting loaded .45 on airport metal detector | 19

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