Brett Favre scandal news is dominating the NFL right now. Yet the Brett Favre scandal is hardly the first of its kind to affect an NFL quarterback. In fact, the last sex scandal involving a quarterback would have been the big story this week, if not for this ordeal. Ben Roethlisberger is coming back this week after his suspension over rape accusations. However, with all the buzz over Favre and his scandal, fewer people are debating Roethlisberger’s past at this point.
Favre’s ordeal involves the Internet, racy messages and pictures, and the New York Jets. In addition, it comes during a rather terrible time on the field, as his final season is going terribly on all counts. But for all the hits he is taking, it could be much worse.
Although the scandal is ugly, it is hardly as bad as being accused of rape – twice. Ben Roethlisberger faced just that, and paid for it on the field. Because he was suspected of rape for a second time, Roethlisberger was suspended for the year’s first six games, although it was finally reduced to four.
Since then, everyone pointed to this Sunday as a big event, as Roethlisberger is finally coming back against the Browns. Now Pittsburgh and NFL fans across the country will see if they can put Roethlisberger’s off-field troubles behind them in order to root for him. However, that debate is being put on the back burner now.
As it turns out, the only beneficiary from the Favre scandal may be Roethlisberger, since his return and alleged misbehavior is a subplot topic this week. Given that the Steelers nearly went undefeated without him, they have proved to be much more stable – and perhaps less newsworthy – than the Vikings.
As such, the Vikings-Cowboys “Panic Bowl” and the speculation over whether Favre will play is the big story of the week. Roethlisberger will still be a curiosity, but he will hardly seem as controversial by comparison. Of course, suspicions over him are far more serious, yet to the press and league, Favre dwarfs all, no matter what.
Still, since the Favre scandal directly follows Roethlisberger’s, Roger Goodell is bound to be even more annoyed. He just got past dealing with Roethlisberger, and now he may have to suspend another megastar quarterback for his personal conduct. At the least, how he handled Favre will certainly be compared to the Roethlisberger case, despite the different circumstances.
But there is still a chance for Roethlisberger to make better headlines on the field, especially with the Steelers looking like contenders again. Yet the scandal involving Favre may not have a light at the end of the tunnel, given his additional struggles on the field. For now, it appears both him and Roethlisberger will be in action this Sunday anyway.
Associated Press- “Brett Favre can’t audible his way out of this mess”