Why I Am Not Buying What Ben Roethlisberger Is Saying

Justin PetersonCorrespondent IJune 4, 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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Are you buying what Ben Roethlisberger is saying about changing his attitude towards life and how he treats people?  I am sorry folks, but I can't believe a word Big Ben has said since returning to the Steelers off season workouts this week. If I remember correctly we have heard Roethlisberger make these statements in the past only to arrive at where he is today.

After Roethlisberger crashed his motorcycle, didn't Big Ben say he would be more careful with what he did off the field?  Or how about last year when a woman accused Roethlisberger of rape in Nevada?  Once again Ben said he needed to be more careful of who he associated with outside of football, saying he learned his lesson.  Did the media and fans believe Big Ben after each one of these incidents?  You better believe we did!

When Roethlisberger would speak about these past 2 incidents, he would say one thing to make the fans and media happy, but in reality was thinking and doing the complete opposite.  He had the I am a 2 time Superbowl winning quarterback, I can do what I want.

When this 3rd incident came out, Roethlisberger once again made us all look dumb by going out and finding a way to get in some serious trouble, but this time down in Georgia. 

The 3rd incident did not help Ben's popularity with fans.  The Media had a field day digging deep to really find out what kind of person Roethlisberger really was when the camera was off. Reports went all the way back to his college days in Ohio.  The article that was published in Sports Illustrated was the worst. S.I. dragged Ben's name through the mud making him look horrible.  Were these stories warranted? Did he deserve it?

Can Big Ben change his ways and become a better person? Of course he can. Why then, does it take being suspended by the NFL and almost being traded away from the Steelers for Roethlisberger to finally say ok, I need to treat people right before my luck runs out.

This is exactly the reason I do not buy into his statements about being better. Why couldn't he have learned to respected people on his own? Why did it take Ben being suspended? He was forced to make these changes, he liked the way he lived before this 3rd incident. I am sure if this 3rd incident was kept under wraps, he would still be the same rude person he was before, not caring how he treated others and thinking everything is a joke.

If you have an opinion about Roethlisberger and his new attitude please share it.