Player Not On The Patriots Appears To Illegally Use Cellphone On Sidelines, Doesn’t Get Investigated [POLL]

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Ben Roethlisberger — the Pittsburgh Steelers’ injured starting quarterback — is at the center of the NFL’s latest media disaster.

During Thursday’s disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, cameras caught Roethlisberger consulting a black, rectangular object on the sidelines.

The Steelers claim that it was only Big Ben’s play card, but the Internet seems to think it’s a cellphone, citing what appears to be a side-mounted volume button as evidence.


Camera 2 (WATCH):

The NFL prohibits any personnel from using cellular devices on the sidelines during games. In fact, former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was fined $10,000 in 2012 for calling his wife from the sidelines after suffering a concussion during a game.

An NFL spokesman provided TheDC with the following statement in the incident:

After looking into the matter, our on-site representatives confirmed Roethlisberger was holding a black armband with a clear cover that contained the Steelers play sheet. It was not a cell phone.

[h/t: Pro Football Talk]

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