Ben "Blame It On The Alcohol" Roethlisberger?

Chad LakkisContributor IApril 21, 2010

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 19:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers practices on April 19, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Blame it on the vodka? Blame it on the henny? All that drinking made Big Ben whip out little Benny?

Huh? Is that what NFL Commissioner would like us to believe?

Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers' two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback has been the focus of several sexual assault/rape accusations the past three off-seasons, and while many will agree to disagree on the amount of games allotted to his suspension, I'd like to focus on another aspect of the reported reprimanding.

Specifically, the reports that suggest Ben will be required to attend "voluntary" alcohol counseling as a means to reduce his suspension from six games down to four.

I'm not here to defend Roethlisbereger. Conversely, I'm also not here to convict him. I simply think that the notion he needs alcohol counseling to remedy his recent run in with less than cooperative women is ridiculous.

What is the NFL's thought process here?

A four game suspension will turn into six games if he doesn't admit that Budweiser made him do it? Seriously?

If the commissioner and his team thinks there is a good chance that Roethlisberger did in fact do what he is being accused of, despite the lack of conclusive evidence, do they think some smoke and mirrors alcohol counseling program is really going to turn around a repeated rapist?

Or do they care more about using alcoholism as a scapegoat to draw the attention away from what really went down? I mean, everyone knows men don't chase women with the intent to rape unless they have a few drinks in their system, Right?

Actually, my bad, I do remember that classic Budweiser Super Bowl commercial from a few years back. You know, the one with the talking frogs?


In all seriousness, I hope that the suspension reduction is based on more than his agreeing to accept alcohol counseling. If Roethlisberger even remotely did any of the things he is being accused of, he is going to need more than a few tips on how to handle his booze.

While Steeler fans may be angry, this suspension could be the best thing for Roethlisberger and the Steelers. We don't know all the facts and if he truly needs help, he has nearly limitless resources around him capable of giving it.

If he doesn't accept it, then he may find himself traded, out of the league for good, or worse yet, behind bars.