On March 5, with the second set of allegations against Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault in less than a year, there was an amazing division between Steelers Nation. One that was so large, none I have ever seen even comes close to comparing to it.
For weeks, without new information in any way, shape, or form, Steeler Nation has chosen their side, and fought for it.
On the one side, led by Todd Flemming, there were people that chose the "con" side of the argument.
Regardless of their point of view, he did it. He was doing SOMETHING he should not be doing. Moral issues, and those wanting him gone, were quick to point out their side of the situation.
Then there was the other side, the "pro", where those of us on this side insisted that we allow the evidence to come out, and go from there. Included with this side, I will add the group that did not seem to care, as long as he was able to play football.
On both sides of the ring, Steeler Nation was out in full force, fighting for what they believe.
Both sides, in typical Steeler Nation fashion, fought to the end for their side.
Now that evidence has finally come out, and we have a much better idea of what happened, it is time for Steeler Nation to put this behind us, erase the lines in the sand, and put the fighting to bed.
Here is what we KNOW to this point.
The accuser has refused to be interviewed by the police for a second time.
The accuser was 10 times over the legal limit for someone under 21 at the time of the incident.
GBI has withdrawn a request for Roethlisberger's DNA.
There is NO video evidence from the night club from the night in question.
As it has been stated, at this point, there is almost no chance for Roethlisberger to be proven guilty, and from the stand point of the fans, we now have no way to cure up any speculation as to what happened.
At some point, probably towards the beginning of the start of the season, FOX or CBS or ESPN will get a sit down interview with Ben Roethlisberger, at which time he will tell his version of the story.
It will be up to us all at that time to decide if we believe him or not. But as the criminal case has all but been dropped, as Steeler Nation, it is time for us to come back together. Re-unite if you will, and end our fighting.
The fact is, Roethlisberger is once again set to lead our beloved Steelers, hopefully to another Super Bowl championship. For those that have jumped of the Steelers band wagon, I hope you are willing to take the Roethlisberger's jersey out of the trash, and once again wear it with pride.
Roethlisberger is our guy, and like him or not, will be leading our team into the future.