How much does a night of drunken bar sex cost? In the case of one well-known NFL quarterback the estimates are close to $2.8 million. Up until yesterday the Steelers were standing by their man, but now seem to want him to walk the line . . . or some other country song title. (Below, Tony Romo’s ex country singer Carrie Underwood sings “Stand by Your Man” for Big Ben.)
The NFL cracked down on one of its stars Wednesday, suspending Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for not merely a few games but the first six of the season, even though he avoided sexual-assault charges in Georgia. Roethlisberger’s behavior reportedly has triggered what once would have been unthinkable: The Steelers are testing the market to trade him. According to an espn.com report, the club had called several teams, including the 49ers and Raiders, by Wednesday afternoon.
The 49ers at this point have not expressed any interest in the quarterback, according to a league source. The Raiders don’t comment on other teams’ players. The two-time Super Bowl winner was banned without pay for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy and was ordered to undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals.”
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