What, No Ben Bashing?

Curly MorrisAnalyst IMarch 6, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks back to the huddle after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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I get up this morning and turn my computer on to see a link on MSN's front page about an NFL QB accused of a sex crime.

Obviously curious, I click on the link and alas, it's Steelers' signal caller Ben Rothlisberger who has found himself in the middle of sexual assault charges...again.


Of course, I because of Rothlisberger's legal issues with a rape allegation last year, I expected this story to be a lead on most web based sports sites.

But this was not the case.

In fact, in most instances the story was relegated to the fourth ot fifth blurb in a side box.

Surely here on BR where the writers are more opintionated and much less politically correct than the 'pros', somebody would've made a stink about this guy finding himself charged with two sex crimes in the span of one calendar year.

But this was not the case.

Okay, maybe the internet was a step behind the television today. So I cruised through the 200,000 sports themed stations on Direct TV where certainly somebody was most certainly ripping this guy to shreds for at the very least putting himself in a comprimising situation where a cloud of suspicion could even be levied at him, especially after his previous incident.

But this was not the case.

Strangely enough, I remember when the NBA's Kobe Bryant found himself in the middle of a sexual assault charge, (I digress, in Bryant's case it was a rape charge), the story was the lead on not only every sports outlet but most television and radio stations in every format.

At the time, Bryant was a three time world champion, Rothlisberger has two titles under his belt in a sport that is unequivocally the most popular in America and he plays for one of the most storied and beloved franchises in American sports history. His penchant for being accused of sex crimes surely is a much bigger story than Bryant's right?

Obviously not.

To be fair, from a league standpoint, Bryant wasn't forced to miss any work while dealing with his legal issues. A lot of people (correctly or not) seemed to be willing to concede that while Bryant may have been guilty of adultery, he may have been the target of an extortion scheme by a woman whose mental stability and promisuity became issues as the trial, and eventually non-trail was forthcoming.

Even today, years later, after charges against Bryant were dismissed and he has re-ascended to the top of the NBA public relations food chain, it is not uncommon to find people in chatrooms and on message boards refering to Bryant as a 'rapist'.

I wonder though if Bryant had been accused a second time, if NBA Commissioner David Stern would have been as accomodating to Bryant considering all of the negative publicity that would've ensued.

Then again if the media animosity toward Bryant would've been akin to what Rothlisberger is having to deal with now, maybe Stern would not be too concerned.

For some reason, not many others are overly concerned either.