As a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, I have taken a lot of heat lately.
Most of it is because I have taken the stance that Ben Roethlisberger should not be suspended due to the allegations that he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman in a bar in Georgia.
Since news broke, there have been tons of stories. Did he do it? What evidence is there? How long should he be suspended? Is the NFL taking it easy on him because he is white?
The Roethlisberger incident happened on March 5, 2010. Since that day, Bleacher Report has been bombed with reports for and against Roethlisberger.
Tonight, on pft.com, there is a story about an incident that happened the day of the AFC Championship game.
Colts DT Eric Foster allegedly sexually assaulted a young lady in his hotel room.
I am not for ONE SECOND going to say the man is innocent or guilty, because as of this point, we know nothing about this.
My point is, this incident happened over a month prior to the Roethlisberger incident, and why are we only hearing of this now? Why has Roger Goodell not mentioned anything about a possible suspension?
Why have we not heard about this on ESPN, or PFT, or any of the other "real" news outlets?
Why have we not heard anything about the Colts being fined for their players' behavior? The Steelers are being fined $100,000.
There was an outcry of racism, saying how if Ben was a black man, he would have been suspended by now. As it turns out, there WAS in fact a black man that has similar charges being brought against him, and we have not heard a word about it.
For the longest time, I have suspected that Ben Roethlisberger should just take whatever punishment the NFL gave him and be done with it.
The NFL has changed their personal conduct policy, and Roethlisberger is going to be the first person suspended without being charged or convicted of a crime. Roethlisberger and the NFLPA need to fight this to the end.
The suspension situation just got a LOT harder for the NFL and Goodell. I hope that he does not take the color of skin into consideration when handing down suspensions.