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Is Ben Roethlisberger Guilty Of More Than Just Bad Judgement?

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IMarch 9, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger is in hot water...again. Wasn't it this time last year that we heard allegations surface about Roethlisberger assaulting another woman? Didn't he also get himself into hot water for riding a motorcycle without a helmet? An accident that could have taken his life but by God's grace he came out of alive.

After the first time he was in this kind of trouble, you'd think he would have learned not to put himself in those kind of situations again. Yet, a year later, here we are again and here he is again. The same trouble, the same allegations.

But is this time different from the first? Is Ben guilty of more than just bad judgement this time around? According to reports, the accuser did apparently go to the hospital and underwent a medical exam, though the results of that exam have not been made public.

Ben hired an attorney who, oddly enough, also represented Ray Lewis during his murder trial as well as rapper T.I. At least he has a good defense attorney who will say exactly what they're supposed to say, "my client didn't do it, he's innocent," yadda yadda yadda, we know how all that goes.

But if you're Ben Roethlisberger, how do you put yourself in a situation where this kind of thing might happen to you again? Whether he assaulted the girl is irrelevant in my thinking at this point. What matters is why he put himself in this situation...again.

Ben, you have to know that as an NFL quarterback that people are going to try to take advantage of you. They are going to try to get what they can from you, regardless of whether it's your dignity or your pride. Didn't you go through the seminar they give all the NFL players when they are rookies?

This isn't the first professional athlete to be accused of these kind of things as Los Angeles Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant went through the same torment because of a bad decision he made. We still don't know if an assault took place but we do know that he was with a woman who wasn't his wife. Sound familiar Tiger Woods?

I get that athletes have a huge target on their back from not only the media but from the public as well. But I know guys like Ben watch television, they listen to the media reports of guys like Kobe and Tiger getting in to trouble with this kind of stuff. Wouldn't it click in your head that maybe you want to stay away from what they got themselves in to?

As of right now, there have been no charges filed against Ben from the Georgia police or the district attorney. Evidence has undoubtedly been collected and the accuse has probably been questioned by the local authorities. So what happens now from the legal standpoint is anyone's guess.

What happens from the Steeler's point of view is also up in the air until all this sorts itself out. For now, we'll watch the media and the tabloids for the next update. Whether Ben comes out of this unscathed, again, is yet to be seen but this has got to be the wake up call that rings Big Ben's bell.

He may have gotten out of the first one and he may get out of this one, but who's to say he'll be so lucky the next time?

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