Ben Roethlisberger, Scapegoat or Jackass?

Posted: April 21, 2010 in NFL
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So Big Ben is going to be suspended for six games this season. He might even be traded, if you can believe the rumors.

To be fair, Ben has not been convicted of anything. The Milledgeville (Ga.) district attorney has stated there is not enough evidence to pursue a criminal case against Roethlisberger. Ben is being suspended for being a jackass. And he should be suspended. There seems to be an epidemic of jackassery running through professional sports. From Roethlisberger to Tiger Woods to Gilbert Arenas, professional athletes are making the worst decisions imaginable.

Some say he is being made an example of because he is a star of the league.  It seems to me that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is sending a message to every player in the league; Get your act together because no one is untouchable.

This is not the first “problem” Roethlisberger has had.  First there was the motorcycle accident: not wearing a helmet even after he was told to, and the 2008 accusation of rape by a Lake Tahoe woman. This seems like a guy who wants to court danger. Bad decision after bad decision. What’s it going to take for all pro athletes to wise up?

Just remember, we live in a 24/7 news cycle. Every phone has a camera; TMZ is running wild so anything you do in public is probably going to be seen by someone. Stop acting like a jackass!!

So, not only is Roethlisberger getting suspended (without pay) but now there are rumors flying around that he may be traded. How do you go from being a two-time Super Bowl champion to being suspended and possibly traded? Answer: By being a jackass.

I know we’re coming up on the NFL Draft and hopefully the timing of this announcement will knock some sense into the new NFL rookie class. So to them I say: Don’t act like a jackass and you will have a long and happy career.


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