The Pittsburgh Steelers have flouted 2 Super Bowl Championships the past 5 years. And they deserved both of them. We watched as Big Ben rocketed a ball to Santonio Holmes in the corner of the endzone for a TD. And we thought things were going great.
But recent events have caused fans, like me, to rethink the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, they are a great team, and will remain the a threat in their division. But don't great football teams comprise of players who genuinely care about the game? Shouldn't they respect the game? Unfortunately, Ben Roethilsberger has not done so by exhibiting unacceptable behavior. As NY Daily News writer Gary Myers puts it, "Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl hero Ben Roethlisberger [and Santonio Holmes] is now in hot water".
Roethlisberger has been accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in Milledgeville, Ga. The supposed assualt took place March 5. Authorities are still investigating the situation but no decision has been made whether Roethlisberger will be charged. In addition, Roethilsberger chose to stay away from the beginning of the Steelers' offseason conditioning program last week, which is peculiar since he has an impressive attendance record at these workouts.
And it's not the first time this quarterback has created bad off-the-field headlines. Roethlisberger is facing a lawsuit filed last year by a hotel worker in Nevada claiming he raped her. He was also arrested in 2008 for possession of marijuana. Common man!
All in all, I still like the Steelers. They are the most decorated franchise in history. And I will still cheer for them at Heinz field in sub-zero temperatures. But I just ask them to behave like the champions they really are.