Ben Roethlisberger Admits To Porn, Alcohol Addiction

Ben Roethlisberger admitted to being a porn and alcohol addict during a faith conference called ManUp Pittsburgh held Saturday. Roethlisberger used his 15 minutes to address things that have gone wrong in his life and how he’s overcoming those obstacles via faith and his Christianity.

Here’s what Big Ben had to say about his porn and alcohol addictions:

“I’ve fallen as short as anybody,” Roethlisberger said while speaking with former Steelers player Tunch Ilkin, one of the program’s hosts. “I’ve been addicted to alcohol. I’ve been addicted to pornography, which makes me then not the best husband, not the best father, not the best Christian I can be.

“You have to dedicate yourself and understand that you can get out of it because of the grace of God.”

“I’m trying to be a better Christian than I am an athlete at football,” Roethlisberger said. “I push myself every day to do that. It starts here. It’s not always easy. People don’t realize all the time that us athletes, we’re human. We sin like everyone else. We make mistakes. We get addicted to things. We sin.”

Porn star Stormy Daniels wrote in her book about being “terrified” during an encounter with the Steelers quarterback at a Lake Tahoe hotel. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, wrote that Roethlisberger requested a “good night kiss,” CNN reported. She denied the overture and said he pushed her hotel room door lightly. 

Roethlisberger was accused of sexual misconduct in 2009 and 2010. In the 2009 civil lawsuit, a woman claimed Ben raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room. The 2010 case revolved around a college student accusing Ben of raping her in a Georgia nightclub bathroom. The Lake Tahoe case was eventually dismissed after a settlement was reached. The 2010 case never materialized into charges. Roger Goodell would go on to suspend Roethlisberger six games during the 2010 season, but that would ultimately be reduced to four games.

Roethlisberger claims he lost his way when he left his hometown of Findlay, Ohio to attend Miami University. “I wasn’t as strong of a Christian in college as I wish I would have been,” he said. Baptized for a second time three years ago, Ben says his belief in Christ became stronger at that point in his life.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. It is the big difference to what we are seeing in the world. Forgiveness. Forgiveness is key. God forgives. Forgiving does not mean condoning the action. Just as a parent does, when a child does something wrong they don’t condone what they did but they don’t cancel them forever. They forgive them and how the world should work.

    It is hard to grow up and learn and mature and even harder when your life is on display by social media or being famous. Forgiving people would help takes us all to a better place as a country.

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