Dear, Steelers fans, Steelers haters, NFC lovers, AFC lovers, young, old, male, and female,
It's time to put the Ben Roethlisberger debate to rest.
The allegations against Ben Roethlisberger are the biggest headline to hit the NFL since Michael Vick was found to have led an underground dog fighting ring three years ago.
The end result is that no charges were filed because of a lack of evidence and because the accuser decided to drop the case. Whether Roethlisberger faces suspension or any other punishment will not be known until after the NFL Draft, which has transitioned to a new three-day format and will start this Thursday evening.
However, the debate of whether Roethlisberger committed any crime or deserves punishment still rages on. And it could become a debate the likes of which haven't been seen since the O.J. Simpson trial.
There are hundreds of articles taking one side or the other being published daily, followed by thousands of comments either affirming or detesting the articles' point of view.
Some of these comments are informative and truly are in the spirit of debate.
Some are not.
On either side of the debate there are hundreds of comments containing racism, hate speech, foul language, sexism, and sometimes just pure hatred.
A case involving rape or sexual assault is extremely controversial and hits close to home emotionally for many, which is part of the reason why so many people have had such emotional responses.
However, debating the validity of the results of the investigation is like debating religion. Everyone will believe what they will and seldom will someone on the opposite side actually see things from the other's point of view, regardless of facts that either present.
So here's a proposition: Can we just agree to disagree?
Regardless of what any of us think, it will not change the outcome of the investigation, nor impact the decision of Roger Goodell and the Steelers organization.
This time of year should be about free agency, the Draft and teams' schedules for next year, not about fighting one another about morals and the validity of a criminal investigation.
I ask, no, plead NFL nation to get back to football. Depending on talks this season, we may not have football in 2011. Wouldn't you rather enjoy this season instead of spending the whole time debating something we can't impact?
Update: Apparently Goodell changed his decision and will announce Roethlisberger's punishment sometime early this week before the NFL Draft.