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Should Roger Goddell Suspend Ben Roethlisberger Now

by Robert Littal | Posted on Monday, March 22nd, 2010
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Here is what Goodell had to say about Roethlisberger at the annual owners’ meeting:

“We take the issue very seriously,” Goodell said Monday at a news conference here during the league’s annual meeting. “We are concerned Ben continues to put himself in this position.”

My own beliefs on NFL suspensions are that you shouldn’t be suspended without convictions.  Until you are convicted you should be able to play.

The reasoning is simple; if you are found not guilty in the eyes of the law you were falsely accused.

Roger Goodell doesn’t believe in that.  He will suspend you just for hanging around trouble and for him to be consistent he must suspend Ben Roethlisberger.

This is not the first or second time Roethlisberger has been involved with something that has embarrassed himself, his team and the league.

People overlooked the motorcycle crashed because he almost died.

People overlooked the first sexual assault accusation because it was a civil suit.

Finally it appears people are taking these claims seriously and Goodell who has suspended players for less needs to show that he doesn’t play favorites.

Remember Pacman Jones never spent one day in jail for anything that he was “accused” of and that didn’t stop Goodell for suspending him indefinitely.

Time for him to show that he is truly an unbiased commissioner.

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  1. @fatboypat says:

    yes 2 reasons one detrimental actions to the league, and 2 for being the dumbest player for getting in that situation

  2. billy says:

    Yeah your right
    But unfortunately as we know players are not treated equally………if this is Donovan McNabb with the same circumstances the media/Goodell's handling of the case would be totally different

    I am a Steeler fan so I am happy that Ben is not suspended.

    But if the commish is keeping it consistent
    Then Ben should be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation..

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  4. CF98 says:

    You can't really use the accident as that's a stupid decision but its not of a criminal nature and well Goodell wasn't even the commissioner when that happened.

  5. Midas says:

    billy,
    as a steeler fan would u be open to a trade to get Donovan, and give up Big Ben?

    When Ward called out Ben late last season, i was surprised. Maybe that was Ward's way of saying be a better leader to BB.

    In spite of the concern expressed by the league and the Steeler organization, Big Ben's photo still appears at the top of the official website. Vick and Tiger lost entire sponsorship deals. No news from sponsors questioning their commitment to BB.

    I believe NFL Commish suspends BB with or without a conviction.

  6. JerzeeBred says:

    If Goddell was going to suspend Big Ben, he would've been suspended him. Not going to happen, even though he should be suspended.

  7. luvtheshoes says:

    I agree that Goddell needs to be consistent and Ben certainly meets the requirements of a suspension according to Goddell's previous actions. However, I just want to point out that being found "not guilty" of a crime does not automatically mean you were falsely accused. It could mean that but it also could mean that the evidence wasn't strong enough to overcome a "beyond a reasonable doubt" presumption. That's why people are determined to be "not guilty" rather than "innocent".

  8. HB Leopard says:

    Roethlisberger should be gone for the season. He went to that bar, plyed young and underage women with alcohol and carried out a dispicable act in a seedy bathroom. No character like this deserves to play without counseling and ahuge act like a years suspension to get his attention.

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