Small group protests Roethlisberger's return
About two dozen people protested Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's return to the Steelers' lineup by marching from the National Aviary to Heinz Field.
A Steelers fan taunts those protesting outside Heinz Field Ben Roethlisberger's return to the Steelers' lineup on Sunday.
Two dozen people, many covering their faces with gold bandanas, protested Ben Roethlisberger's return to the Steelers' lineup.
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About 20 people holding signs in protest against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walked from the National Aviary on the city's North Side to Heinz Field today.
The group, which was protesting Mr. Roethlisberger's return as quarterback after a four-game suspension for violating the National Football League's personal conduct policy, was greatly outnumbered by other Steelers fans wearing No. 7 football jerseys and chanting in support of Mr. Roethlisberger.
For more than an hour, the group of protesters, later joined by an eight-person, self-described "radical marching band," stood outside the main entrance to Heinz Field, holding signs that said "Big Ben's a jagoff: Steelers fans against sexual assault" and "Consent is not a game."
Hundreds of Steelers fans who walked by the group, many of them wearing Roethlisberger jerseys, traded insults and yelled their support for the newly reinstated quarterback.
In March, Mr. Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old female Georgia college student after a night of drinking in a Milledgeville, Ga., bar. He was not charged by Georgia authorities.
First Published October 17, 2010 1:53 pm