If you’re a football fan, the week before the Super Bowl is almost as fun as the game itself.
Big Ben treated his O-line to dinner, but the group’s evening continued on at local karaoke bar and from the footage they seemed to be having a great time.
The group had a set curfew of 1 a.m., which wasn’t broken as far as we know. Still, it was a small group of players and they certainly are entitled to enjoy themselves.
I must admit that as a woman, seeing Roethlisberger singing Billy Joel, without a care in the world, stung.
Roethlisberger, not once, but twice has gotten in trouble for his off-field behavior and inappropriate conduct toward women.
Why would Goodell feel the need to go above the law and punish Big Ben?
What came to my mind was the quote, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Both instances were within six months of each other and both women accused Roethlisberger of rape. This is not something that is taken lightly, but to be connected twice in close proximity, obviously Roethlisberger’s character had to be looked at.
Goodell kept the public informed of the proceedings—not specifics, but enough to know it was a very serious matter not being taken lightly.
Roethlisberger’s reputation was not good to begin with, as not one teammate came forward in his defense.
Now, just months after this fiasco, Roethlisberger had his third chance to be in the spotlight again.
Just getting to the Super Bowl is such a challenge and with all that has gone on in Roethlisberger’s personal life a humbled Big Ben would have been expected.
If not for himself, but out of respect for his teammates, the league and the women he hurt.
Roethlisberger didn’t seem to feel the same way, as dinner alone would have been fine, but to go get rowdy at a bar after that is a slap in the face.
Some people don’t see it that way, as Roethlisberger is doing what he has every right to do, just like his teammates.
I disagree because if Roethlisberger had any regard for his actions he would never have gone to that bar.
The plain reason being that the moment Roethlisberger acted inappropriately, his set of rules changed. Roethlisberger lost the public’s trust, not once, but twice.
In this specific situation, Roethlisberger technically followed the rules.
However, it does speak volumes about his character because he could have gone back to the hotel following dinner. Roethlisberger should know better.
For this time, the better quarterback and person won.
Congratulations to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers!
- Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers Need Leadership More Than Ever Against the Pack (football.rawsignal.com)
- Ben Roethlisberger Suffers Knee Injury; Steelers Score Field Goal (sbnation.com)
- Super Bowl XLV: Why Ben Roethlisberger Needs To Win Another Ring (football.rawsignal.com)
- Super Bowl 2011 Score: Ben Roethlisberger Throws TD And Runs The Option, 28-25 Packers (sbnation.com)