Food Company Prefers Its Roethlisberger Well Done

Judy Battista of the NEW YORK TIMES reports today that the company that produced beef jerky endorsed by Ben Roethlisberger has moved to drop its contract with the quarterback.

Big Ben's Beef Jerky Soft and Tender

(Roethlisberger no longer Soft! Tender!)

Ty Ballou, owner of Pittsburgh-based PLB Sports, Inc., confirmed the news to Battista and made clear that Roethlisberger’s offseason problems led him to the decision.

“We’ve made a lot of money together. I’m leaving a lot on the table by terminating this contract. Even thought there were no criminal charges, there are just enough issues here that it’s the best interests of PLB Sports to break ties.

“I can’t imagine anyone touching Ben Roethlisberger. Enough is enough. I hope there is a suspension. At some point in time, Ben has got to put himself in the right position and understand what it means to be a celebrity, a quarterback, a Steelers player.

Ballou told Darren Rovell of CNBC that he was comfortable breaking his contract with Roethlisberger because of a morals clause in the deal.
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