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Big Ben Banished
April 22, 2010 - Seth Staskey
Roger Goodell announced the punishment for Ben Roethlisberger Wednesday. The Steelers' quarterback will sit four games for sure and could possibly sit as many as six games total.
I couldn't agree more with the punishment. Yes, Roethlisberger wasn't charged in the court of law, but he's held to a higer standard. I know it's cliche, but professional athletes are role models. Yes, they're people too and they make mistakes, but they've got to learn that they are setting an example for not only fans and children throughout this country, but for others in the league.
The commish came down tough on Roethlisberger because it's not his first incident. I think it's safe to say that Big Ben has a Big problem and needs to get the mandated counseling ASAP. Not just so he can resume his football career under the demonstrated guidelines, but due to the fact that he's got a problem. Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me couldn't be any truer.
Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault while in Colorado for a celebrity golf tournament. Those charges were eventually thrown out, but he's still faced with a civil suit. Knowing, you've been down that road before, why wouldn't you think before you act and realize that you've been there and done that. No, the ego and arrogance that comes with being a professional athlete got the best of Roethlisberger, who's image has been officially tarnished.
The suspension will end and Roethlisberger will again be a highly productive player in the NFL, but more importantly, and maybe most importantly, Roethlisberger's image may never recover.
As for the Steelers, I don't believe they'll trade Roethlisberger. I mean the guy's been unbelievable during his career with two Super Bowl rings already and he's just entering the prime of his career. You don't find quarterbacks like Roethlisberger every day. He's a top five quarterback and the organization -- though it prides itself on running a squeaky clean organization -- realizes this.
I think the efforting to move him is a great PR stunt for the Steelers. It looks good in the public eye that they're speaking that they are trying to move him, but when it boils down to it, they won't.
Hopefully, Roethlisberger isn't too much of a distraction when he does return to the Steelers. Because like Tiger Woods, he's going to have to answer a lot of tough questions when he does return.
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