It’s fans like Becky Rickard that Ben Roethlisberger haslost.The 33-year-old Rickard is a Pittsburgher and a fan of everyteam in town. She’s come out to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play,even though they haven’t had a winning season since 1992, whenRoethlisberger was just a backyard quarterback.She should love the Steelers and their six Super Bowl titles,including two under the direction of Roethlisberger. Right?“I had a Ben jersey and gave it away,” said Rickard, who onthis night has replaced her expensive, tossed-aside Roethlisbergerjersey with a Pirates T-shirt. “We’re a proud city and we don’tlike anything to make us look bad. Ben has tainted what our imageis.”Rickard might as well be speaking for many of the 300,000-pluscitizens in this clannish Rust Belt town.Roethlisberger has worn out his welcome in Pittsburgh.The good will generated by those NFL titles, capped by hismemorable last-minute TD pass to Santonio Holmes in the Super Bowl15 months ago, is all gone. It’s been lost in Roethlisberger’snight of tearing through a Georgia college town wearing a devilT-shirt, one that ended with an underage college student accusinghim of sexual assault in a nightclub bathroom. The case won’t beprosecuted, but the quarterback’s latest episode of bad behaviorhas destroyed his reputation in Pittsburgh… Read full this story
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