Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger Asks for Suspension to Be Reduced

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5520964

The gist of the story is that Friday, Roethlisberger's representatives will sit down with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and request his suspension be cut from the current six games to three or less.  In case you live under a rock, Roethlisberger was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy after he allegedly took a twenty year old girl into the men's room of a nightclub and sexually assaulted her while one of his body guards stood watch.

It was the most recent example of what has largely been a long run of stupidity and douchebaggery for Ben Roethlisberger.  Even if you don't even consider the unconscionable idiocy of his helmet-less motorcycle crash, Roethlisberger had basically proved to be no better than a skidmark on the human race.

Read the description of what happened that night.  It's terrifying.  (from wikipedia)

"In interviews with the police on the night of the incident, the victim alleged that Roethlisberger, after inviting the victim and her friends to the V.I.P. area of the nightclub, encouraged them to do numerous shots of alcohol before one of his bodyguards—an off-duty Coraopolis, Pennsylvania/"Pittsburgh International Airport interdiction" officer [3]—led her down a hallway to a stool and left. Roethlisberger approached and allegedly exposed himself and, despite the victim's protests, followed her into what turned out to be a bathroom when she tried to leave through the first door she saw. The victim claims Roethlisberger then had sex with her. Friends of the victim attempted to intervene out of worry, but the second of Roethlisberger's bodyguards—an off-duty Pennsylvania State Trooper—avoided eye contact and said he did not know what they were talking about. The policemen later claimed to "have no memory" of meeting the victim.[97]"


This incident aside, Roethlisberger has a longstanding history of being an asshole.  There are numerous reports placing Roethlisberger at college an even high school parties in Ohio where he went to school.  The fans in Pittsburgh, while appreciative of his talents on the field were forced to wonder, "why is he such an asshole?"  From being known for blowing off the check and tipping poorly at bars and restaurants to exhibiting increasingly hostile behavior at nightclubs, the type of person Roethlisberger has continually shown himself to be, is a scumbag.

Probably the worst is a story by The National Sports Review  detailing how 'Big Ben' blew off scheduled Make-A-Wish Foundation appearances for a little girl with cystic fibrosis.  Now unfortunately TNSR doesn't go into detail, and the family was only willing to confirm the report, wanting to protect the privacy of their daughter, but it's difficult to imagine an instance in which that behavior is acceptable.

I know that the life of a professional athlete can be trying and some commitments inevitably end up being broken.  I'm sure it's been done before, but usually there's an ellipsis.  "Star Athlete Misses Make-A-Wish Appearance...shows up unannounced with autographed jerseys for everyone following day."  With Roethlisberger there's no ellipsis.  Not 'but,' no second part to the story.  He just blew off a sick kid, probably to go swimming in his vault of money or to fuck unconsenting twenty year olds.  You know, the usual.

The guy is a pox on humanity, and now he doesn't even want to have to suffer the consequences of his actions.  He's lucky that he got the long straw when it comes to celebrity trials.  Plaxico Burress only harmed himself with his stupidity, and he got a ticket to jail for two years.  Roethlisberger irreparably damaged at least one woman, and got six games and counseling.

Man up and take it you asshole.

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