Ben Roethlisberger Admits to Struggling With Alcohol and Porn Addictions in the Past, Says He Got Baptized Again to Show His Commitment to Christ and His Family

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger speaks during ManUp Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 20, 2020. | Screenshot: Crowdcast.io/Urban Impact

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger admitted over the Father’s Day weekend that he has struggled in the past with alcohol and pornography addictions and explained that he got baptized for a second time to show his commitment to Christ, his wife and children.

“I’ve fallen as short as anybody,” Roethlisberger, a father of three, said. “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.”

The 38-year-old Ohio native was a speaker Saturday at a virtual conference called ManUp Pittsburgh, an annual gathering for 1,500 men in the tri-state area hosted by the Christian organization Urban Impact in conjunction with Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.

The conference seeks to encourage and teach men to be “godly leaders for their families” and raise awareness of the “devastating impact of fatherlessness among youth today.” Because of the coronavirus crisis, the free conference was held online this year.

The veteran quarterback advised the men struggling with their addictions that they have to “dedicate” themselves.

“You have to understand that you can get out of it because of the grace of God and Him saying, ‘Listen, you are good enough for me the way you are,’” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger explained that he grew up in the church, went to services every Sunday and had great parents who are “great Christian people.” He said he gave his life to Christ in middle school.

However, like so many people, he struggled in his faith after he went off to play football at the University of Miami in Ohio, a struggle that continued through his early years in the NFL.

Roethlisberger was the starting quarterback for the school’s football team from 2001 to 2003 and was drafted by the Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft.

He said that he was not equipped to handle the fortune and fame that comes with being a first-round selection or a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

He was twice accused of sexual assault about a decade ago. A hotel employee accused the young quarterback in 2009 of raping her. However, he and the hotel chain denied the allegations and a friend later claimed that the woman bragged about sleeping with Roethlisberger.

In 2010, a college student accused Roethlisberger of raping her but the district attorney did not have enough evidence to prosecute following a request from the victim who feared that such a prosecution would be an intrusive experience. Roethlisberger received a four-game suspension and went on to win Super Bowl XLV that season.

Porn star Stormy Daniels also claims to have had an encounter with him that left her “terrified” after being introduced by Donald Trump in 2006.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith