Big Ben Should Sue NFL & Goodell Over Unjustified 6-Game Suspension

John NeumanCorrespondent IApril 21, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 27, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Since when did Roger Goodell become a certified investigator? A six-game suspension with no crime committed?


Since when does Ben Roethlisberger have to get put on trial twice? Ask the self-proclaimed judge Roger Goodell.


Goodell thinks that he is bigger than the U.S. Court System and he needs to be sent a message as this situation has gotten completely out of control.


Goodell clearly was rooting for charges to be pressed against Roethlisberger and was clearly upset, behind the scenes, that no action was taken. One of our basic rights is the right not to be tried for a crime twice, especially by someone who isn’t even a legit individual involved with law enforcement.


Goodell decided he was going to put Roth on trial himself. He took the time to gather police reports and gather statements from individuals at the scene.  He clearly did not respect the prosecutor of Milledgeville, Ga.


Will Big Ben take legal action against the league?  Likely not because he is owed $66 million dollars on his contract and the Steelers could terminate that deal if he took the ‘fight the system’ route.


Goodell’s policy has been defeated before, which the league quietly swept under the rug last year when Pat and Kevin Williams sued the NFL for their skewed policies. The judge ruled that both players immediately be reinstated into the lineup and they won their case against the league, not having to serve large suspensions.


Roethlisberger would likely have a slam dunk if he decided to take the league to court over the ruling. It would also send a much-needed message to a commissioner on a power trip since the day he took command.


I’ve never heard of an individual being suspended for no direct reason. Ben is suspended because someone made accusations against him, which had no validity when assessed by public law professionals.


Players and other high-profile athletes in positions of power are targets for these types of cases. An individual has consensual sex with an athlete and understands that if they can win a civil suit against an athlete or even press charges that they may receive a huge lump sum buyout. Many players are targets of this type of situation, but Goodell would not understand, because women aren’t exactly following him into bathrooms or hotel rooms.


The ruling by the Georgia investigators was clear and concise—no crime had been committed. Now, Roethlisberger is serving a suspension? Had this happened in the MLB there would likely have not been any action taken by the league as they respect the court system.


In this case, Roger Goodell needs to be sent a message. There was no crime. In the words of the Georgia prosecutor, “We do not prosecute morals, we prosecute crimes.” And Roger Goodell should respect the system and do the same.