The recent trade of Santonio Holmes has merit. It sends a message to fans and the players within the organization that certain things will not be tolerated. Amongst those things are allegation's of abuse and/or public misconduct, drug use, and open threats made to the public.
Unfortunately, it also sends a message that other things such as shacking up with heavily intoxicated underage females in dive bar bathrooms will be tolerated as long as you are in a position deemed more difficult to replace. I don't believe the decision to trade Santonio and keep Ben had anything to do with skin color. I believe it had everything to do with bottom line business reality.
The simple fact is that franchise-quality quarterbacks don't grow on trees. There's a reason why the league has turned the quarterback position into a porcelain doll that can't be touched. They believe that the position is too damn hard to replace, and without one, even a league built on "parity" will field teams incapable of breaking .500.
Despite all this, I beg the Rooneys as long time Steeler fan to put an end to the double standard. Put an end to the mixed signals. Put an end to Ben's career as a Pittsburgh Steeler.
Ben Roethlisberger is a fine quarterback, but that isn't enough. He has a mental image of what he thinks he is, and it isn't gelling with reality. As Terry Bradshaw said in a recent interview, "I'm not that good looking, and neither is Ben." The truth hurts, but it's called the truth for a reason.
There's a reason Tom Brady is dating Gisele Bundchen and posing on the cover of GQ while Ben Roethlisberger is chasing down underage sorority girls and showing up to press conferences with a freshly trimmed mullet. It's not because he can't win the big one, because he's already proven that he can. It's because he's an average-looking chubby faced quarterback whose game with the helmet off pales in comparison to his game with it on.
Despite their efforts, I highly doubt the Steelers organization is going to be successful in convincing Ben that he is no Don Juan, and highly I doubt that he will magically find a way to land himself a fine looking actress or super model that turns him into an honest man. Instead, I believe he will continue to frequent dive bars and clubs looking to surround himself with girls who are more interested in taking a picture with him to up their Facebook status then they are in having sexual relations with him.
In closing, I don't disagree with the organization's decision to dump Holmes, but with that I think they should serve Ben his walking papers as well. It saddens me to see a Steeler great like Terry Bradshaw talk about his relationship with the current Steeler QB. It should be one of respect and guidance, but instead its blossomed into a mutual dislike. I'm with Terry. Ben is an immature borderline ugly kid who longs to live the life of a rock star.
Do the right thing.