Blogs have been popping up all over the Internet with tales -- albeit unverifiable -- of Roethlisberger crudely hitting on women, refusing to pay cheap cover charges and obnoxiously flouting his status as the Steelers' golden boy.
"No one here is shocked or surprised by the recent sequence of events at all. I love the Steelers like everyone else here, but the majority of the city has had enough of Ben and is ready to move on without him," one blogger wrote in a piece posted on Deadspin. "Unfortunately his contract will make him un-tradeable, and we are all stuck with this giant tool playing QB."
Best said that while she has never had any personal experiences with Roethlisberger, rumors of his party-boy tendencies have swirled around Pittsburgh for years.
Opinion writers have been taking their own shots.
The Indiana Gazette's Matthew Burgland called Roethlisberger a "jerk" in the first sentence of today's piece. It was followed by "He's a louse. He's a poor excuse for a man. He's no role model."
And then: "But he's a hell of a quarterback, isn't he?"
It's a sentiment some seem to share.
"Even if his image was badly tarnished, images can be repaired. Great quarterbacks cannot be easily replaced," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette opinion writer Bob Smizik said, before going on to muse that trading even a football great like Roethlisberger might be the team's best way to "reclaim their special brand."