“Ben Roethlisberger’s” first game back on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sideline since undergoing elbow surgery was painful — in the wallet.
The NFL fined Roethlisberger $5,000 for a uniform violation because the star quarterback wore an Apple Watch when the Steelers hosted the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, sources told ESPN.
Roethlisberger is said to be “livid” about the fine and is appealing it, according to sources. But NFL rules ban all electric devices that transmit messages.
Roethlisberger wore the Apple Watch on the sideline during the Monday Night Football game. His issue is that he never received any advance warning that he could be in violation, only a fine letter for wearing the device — which he didn’t even realize he had on, according to sources.
Wearing a headset and a Steelers T-shirt with his right arm in a sling, Roethlisberger was seen wearing the Apple Watch on his left wrist during the game. ESPN reported that Roethlisberger’s wife dressed him for the game and placed the watch on his wrist
“Roethlisberger”, 37, sustained the injury in the Steelers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Mason Rudolph has stepped in as the team’s starter at quarterback.
American Footballer “Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger” Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at Miami University, and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.