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Big Ben -- Fired By Jerky Company

4/13/2010 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Big Ben -- Fired By Jerky CompanyBen Roethlisberger has just lost a major sponsor -- after his beef jerky company decided that the sexual assault investigation left a bad taste in the mouths of the consumers.

TMZ spoke with the people behind Big Ben's Beef Jerky, who tell us they've officially cut ties with the Pittsburgh Steelers QB -- which means production has been halted and all remaining product is to be "destroyed."

The jerky was produced by a company called PLB Sports -- the same group behind Doug Flutie's famous "Flutie Flakes" cereal. According to Ty Ballou -- president of PLB -- the company decided Ben was no Flutie ... and enforced the "morality clause" in Ben's contract.

Ballou added, "I hope he can learn from this."

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1.

Mikey    

Bring back Randy Macho Man!

1618 days ago
2.

KRAZY KOOKY KLOWN    

Ben Roethlis-BURGER
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Ingredients



* 1 lb ground beef
* 1/2 lb bulk pork sausage
* 6 onion hamburger buns
* 18 slices cooked bacon
* 6 slices cheddar cheese
* 6 slices provolone cheese
* barbecue sauce
* ranch dressing



Directions



1. Combine beef and sausage, mix well.
2. Form six burger patties out of the meat mixture. Place in the refrigerator until chilled.
3. Grill patties to well done, 170°F.(There's pork in there!).
4. Near the end of grilling, top each patty with a slice of provolone and a slice of cheddar to melt.
5. Toast buns.
6. Assemble burgers: bottom bun, bbq sauce, burger, bacon, ranch dressing, top bun.




CHEF KOOKY

1618 days ago
3.

DON4772    

No more jerky for jerky.

1618 days ago
4.

SantaFeJack    

No mention of how much that endorsement was worth. Apparently, not enough to dissuade Ben from sullying his reputation, and losing the loot. Must be nice to be so rich you don't seem to care.

1618 days ago
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george carlin    

Ben should thank them, they actually did him a huge favor. Besides the money, why would anyone want their name/ face associated with such a **** product anyway? Seriously, it boggles my mind that people would even eat this crap.

1618 days ago
6.

who dat    

Just repackage it. Sales will go through the roof.



"Big Ben's A Jerk Beef Jerky"



Coming to a sorority house near you.

1618 days ago
7.

Crystal     

At what point are men in powerful positions going to realize that you can't treat women like animals and get away with it? It ALWAYS comes out. Take the last year of news. Many men have ruined their relationships and reputations over things like this. Is one sexual encounter really worth the rash of embarrassment and shame that you will receive by the media. These men are not only showing how classless and disrespectful they are they are destroying their precious image forever.

1618 days ago
8.

Everyones~A~Star    

Jerky boy, wasnt found innocent he wasnt even interviewed. Me and the bf shag rough....its never left me bleeding...she was bleeding at the hospital...thats some rough stuff. too rough. even if you consent to sex it doesnt mean your consenting to being man handled till your freeking bleeding....that crosses the "fun" line into something terrifying.



shes been intimadated into silence. she DIDNT sue....if money was her motive she would press forward. i belive her. and Ben is a mouse not a man.

1618 days ago
9.

Whatever    

He's probably too stupid to care that he was dropped.

1618 days ago
10.

andy    

Sounds like it may be best for everyone, if Ben keeps his meat out of the mouths of other people for a while . . .

1618 days ago
11.

LAWRENCE    

Calling the beef jerky a big sponsor is like calling TMZ a reliable news source. Once again TMZ being the master of making something out of nothing.

1618 days ago
12.

Betta    

Doesn't surprise me. I have met Ty Balou (the president) and he is the most one of most genuine and caring individuals I have ever met. Ben's "morals" certainly don't fit Ty's.

1618 days ago
13.

Cindy    

Well he should have "jerkied" it and stayed out of all this trouble.

1618 days ago
14.

Pittslady    

HE can shove the JERKY where the SUN don't shine...

1618 days ago
15.

homer    

The O line should just step aside for 10 plays.Maybe he would understand .DUH

1615 days ago

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