Well the Steelers’ first regular season game has come and gone with them landing on top. Though Dixon, the starting quarterback, had a rocky game, it was a win nonetheless. Many skeptical eyes were on the Steelers with the suspension of their star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, and the team proved that they could succeed without him. However, the question still remains: Is it fair to suspend a player who was never convicted of a crime? My opinion is yes, and I’ll explain why.
First, lets look at what we know. We know that Ben was in a bar with a group of people that contained under age girls. We know that Ben and a girl went back to the bathroom alone. After the girl and her friends left the bar they took her to the police where she explained what happened in a confused an intoxicated state in which some of her answers didn’t pair up. Last and most important, the girl and her parents did not press charges against Ben Roethlisberger.
In no way am I going to judge the underage girl in this situation. I do not know what her intentions were and what she was thinking and doing on the night of the incident. All I know is that if i was assaulted I would press charges regardless of who the person was or the situation that I put myself in. However, I do have judgments to pass on Big Ben.
As an avid Steelers fan and Big Ben fan this is a very disappointing article to write. I think it is fair to say that we all want our favorite star quarterbacks to be stand-up guys. We want them to win us Super Bowls and be good citizens that are deserving of each victory. The suspension of four regular season games for Ben is a fair punishment because he is not conducting himself in a very favorable fashion. Ben was not charged with any crime, but he put himself in a situation that is unprofessional and unfair to his fans. As a professional sports athlete he has an obligation to be a good role model to young kids who are cheering for him every week. My step son, 9 years old, heard my husband and I talking about Ben’s suspension and he asked us what Ben did to get in trouble. We both looked at each other for a moment not knowing what to say. We couldn’t tell him that Ben was in a bar with young girls and may have raped one of them. At that point in time I was angry with Ben Roethlisberger for being involved in an incident that we couldn’t talk about in front of our son.
Ben may ruin his career and his reputation if he doesn’t stop this kind of behavior. I understand that he is rich and famous but he needs grow up and look at how his actions affect the young people who look up to him. Perhaps a four game suspension will allot him the time he needs to mature and think about his role in society. He is by far not the first football player to be suspended from the sport. Unfortunately, many players commit crimes and are convicted in a court of law. Ben Roethlisberger was convicted of no crime but he is guilty in my eyes of being irresponsible and stupid. Perhaps if he was quarterback of some other team I wouldn’t care as much. But the fact is that Big Ben is a Steeler and we are Steelers fans and we don’t want this behavior on our team. I hope that this is the last time Ben is in the media on negative note. Everyone deserves another chance and I hope he takes advantage of it because I think the Steelers will be okay without him.