Ben Roethlisberger

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May 122012
 

 

I’m going to start a new business. I’ll pay multiple random women to accuse superstar athletes of rape and then bet on the opposing team. It’ll have to be convince. The woman would have to find the superstar athlete and be around him to make it look more convincing and it wouldn’t work for all athletes (I can’t see anyone believing Peyton Manning went to a night club, let alone raped someone), but this could be a serious business.

 Look, I don’t know if Ben Roethlisberger raped either of the two women. The only three people in the world who know for sure are Big Ben and those two women. However, I do know that the case was thrown out by the courts system because there wasn’t enough evidence against him. In the eyes of the law, he is innocent. I don’t think it’s up to the NFL to say that he is gulity when the courts did not. The NBA did not suspend Kobe when he was going through his rape trial and that case actually went to trial. Big Ben’s case was thrown out before it went to trial.

There are some people out there who say Big Ben should have been suspended based on the damage he did to the NFL’s image and because of his history of stupid decisions. I will agree that this situation hurts the NFL’s image a bit. However, is it really right to suspend someone for damaging the league’s image if he didn’t do anything wrong (and in the eyes of the law he didn’t)? As for his stupid decisions, yes they are stupid, but that’s all they are. Going to a nightclub when you’re a famous athlete, especially a football player, pretty stupid. Going on your motorcycle without a helmet and crashing (duh…) yes, stupid. However, can you really suspend someone for being stupid? JaMarcus Russell can barely talk and he hasn’t been suspended. Vince Young got a 6 on the wonderlic. He hasn’t been suspended.

In the end, Ben Roethlisberger is an American which means he has the right to be innocent until proven gulity. There’s a chance he did something wrong, but there’s also a good chance he didn’t do something wrong. I don’t think it’s fair that the NFL ruin his career and the Steelers season by suspending him for 6 games for something there’s a good chance he didn’t do and for something he is not gulity of doing according to law.

 

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