My email and phone have been burning up:
Ben Roethlisberger was suspended Wednesday for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the league announced.
Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment a week after prosecutors decided not to charge Roethlisberger in a case involving a 20-year-old college student who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Georgia nightclub in March.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback also was ordered to undergo a comprehensive behavioral evaluation. Goodell will evaluate Roethlisberger’s progress before the season and might consider reducing the suspension to four games.
A lot of my Steelers fans friends are livid about this- “He wasn’t even arrested” is a popular refrain, and I just have to laugh.
Spare me- he’s getting off light. He’s being held to a lower standard than the Geico voiceover guy, who just made a phone call to a bunch of wingnuts and was fired.
He’s getting a four game suspension, assuming he does what he is told to do. No one blinked an eye when Santonio Holmes got the same length suspension for smoking some kind bud (and he wasn’t arrested either, btw), something that I don’t even think should be a crime. And I’m just assuming Santonio, with his money and so much to lose, is smoking good reefer. If he is risking everything to blow hot piss tests for seedy bags of shake and stems, he needs another four games tossed on to his suspension just for being an asshole.
What Ben did was beyond excuse. It may not be technically rape to ply under-aged women with alcohol until they are so drunk they blow a .20+ BAC, then take them back into a back room and have sex in a bathroom with them, but it sure as hell does make you an asshole. And that would be the case if you were a teenager or a college student yourself, but a grown man who already has been accused of predatory behavior?
I’ll always be a Steelers fan, and I’m so tribal about my team I’ll deal with whatever the Rooneys decide. But Ben needs to get his act together, because if he doesn’t, he’s going to ruin some more lives, including his own. Right now he could be set for life, but he needs to get it through his head that no one wants an autographed picture of a rapist hanging on their wall. No matter how many Super Bowl’s you win. I hope he gets the message the Rooneys and the NFL are trying to send him.