Big Ben and Holmes Accusations: Should The Steelers Be Looked at Differently?

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 1, 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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This NFL offseason is going to be one the Pittsburgh Steelers will want to forget.

The Steelers had a disappointing end to their 2009 season by failing to make the playoffs, and since then, everything has gone downhill.

Ben Roethlisberger's controversy has been dragged out for nearly a month. We are hearing the situation from every angle possible around the country, from sports writers to national columnists.

At this point in time, we still aren't positive on the information that is given to us. Was this event an entire setup or an example of dishonesty? Or is Roethisliberger, who has faced two similar situations in the past year, guilty of something?

Many writers, online bloggers, and fans are on the fence. In some cases, they feel Roethlisberger has not been aware of his actions, but needs to pay the price, whether that is jail time or losing thousands of dollars.

But if Roethisberger hasn't been charged for anything yet, why should he be prosecuted by the NFL office?

Earlier this week in a column on written by Jemele Hill, a new argument was brought up: race. With Pacman Jones, Mike Vick, and Plaxico Burress being suspended in a quick period, why is Roethlisberger any different?

Whether or not Roethlisberger's accuser is right or wrong, the Steelers are getting a lot of negative publicity that even they couldn't have imagined.

Last week, while I was probably the last writer who got onto the topic, I said that I believed Roethlisberger should not be suspended by the NFL, but if Steelers ownership decided on it, I wouldn't mind.

Then, as if the situation couldn't get any worse for the Steelers, accusations rose against receiver Santonio Holmes.

According to a report, a woman (who is currently unnamed) filed a civil suit claiming that Holmes threw a drink in her face.  This (in some eyes) isn't surprising by Holmes, who has faced previous run-ins with the law.

The Steelers organization is facing twice the amount of criticism because they are looked upon as one of the classy franchises in sports.

So this bars my question today. After the accusations die down, will the Pittsburgh Steelers be looked at differently?

The team is run by the Rooney family, and it has always been a no-tolerance policy in the 'Burgh. Being a fan of their biggest rival and living on the east coast for quite some time, I have watched the Steelers in action.

Yet that doesn't stop myself from writing an article with all bias aside.

Up to this point, the Steelers are doing everything they can to quiet the situation down. After originally saying Roethlisberger would meet at voluntary workouts, they pulled back on their word.

I could be looking into this too much, but with so much speculation, it's too early for certain. Maybe the Steelers believe the NFL will suspend Roethlisberger.

Or are the Steelers ready to take action against their star quarterback and start with backup Dennis Dixon for the season?

In the end, I hope the Steelers make the right decision. These next few months will truly change the fans' perspective of the Steelers.

Whether it is good or bad remains to be seen, but I can only hope once all the information is brought out, the Steelers we have come to know as fans of the sport can take matters into their own hands.


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