I make no secret I believe Ben Roethlisberger violated that girl in the bar in Georgia. To be frank, the reports simply fit together far too well not to be true.
Either this girl is the best liar on the planet, or what she says truly happened and she was violated in a way that no person should ever have to go through.
But even if the Steelers don’t feel the same way about the situation, they should still be looking for a way to move the embattled quarterback before things really hit the fan.
Recently, Roethlisberger told the media he doesn’t see the need to quit drinking. Apparently he believes drinking has not had anything to do with all the trouble in which he’s been in.
He sees no correlation between drinking and impaired judgment. Either that, or he just thinks he’s the only person alive immune to the effects of alcohol on your decision-making. And for him, he needs to be thinking as clearly as possible at all times for his sake and for the sake of any co-eds within a 30-mile radius.
His unwillingness to stop making bad decisions makes me absolutely confident that he will repeat these heinous actions that have already put his career in jeopardy, not to mention his freedom.
Getting away with it the first two times is going to do nothing but empower him. He’s going to feel untouchable and will attempt the same thing yet again. And when it happens for a third time, Roger Goodell will hand down a year-long suspension without even blinking.
The Steelers have always represented that blue-collar working man of Pittsburgh. They’ve always been a hard-nosed team known for its class off the field. But as long as Roethlisberger is wearing their colors, they’ll forever be associated with the most heinous of crimes.
And realistically, they’re not Super Bowl contenders anyway. They could probably sucker some team out of a few draft picks, and then when Roethlisberger slips up again and is gone for an entire season, if not longer, it won’t be on them.
Byron Leftwich is more than capable of filling in for the season while they attempt to figure out a long-term fix, so there’s no time better than right now (except for maybe before the draft) to make this move, wash their hands of this disgraceful person, and move forward.
They’re going to be playing without Roethlisberger one way or another, so they might as well make it on their teams and get something in return before he’s taken by either Commissioner Goodell via a suspension, or by the legal system via a conviction.