As a Green Bay fan and Pittsburgh resident, nothing makes me cringe more than hearing about a recent sexual assault case involving seven Packers players. After all, we’re still dealing with the aftermath of the Ben Roethlisberger debacle.
When I saw the Associated Press release, one statement in particular caught my attention: “Lake Delton police have not released the player's name.”
When Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault, his name was attached to the crime from the moment the story appeared in black and white. The name of the victim, of course, was held in confidence.
Does that not seem strange to anyone? I am certainly not defending the sexual deviants of the world, but when a case is still open and charges have not even been filed, it doesn’t seem fair that either person’s reputation should be put under the spotlight. Even if no charges are made, and even if there is not one shred of reliable evidence, that person will never be looked at the same again.
So thank you, Lake Delton police, for starting off on the right foot.
Other sources are now naming Brandon Underwood as the “seventh player” in this case, but again: “Police declined to release the name...on Saturday.”
And this is how it should be.
I won’t lie to you. When I read the story, I was immediately curious about the players involved. Was it a veteran or a rookie? Was it a starter or someone who was “expendable”? And was it someone who already had a questionable reputation? It’s certainly good that Johnny Jolly was nowhere close to this thing.
As we have already seen, the media will do the investigating for us. For right or wrong, our curiosity will be satisfied as the technological world becomes more advanced by the minute.
The duties of the police have not been forgotten. They have responded to this incident with what seems to be the utmost professionalism.
I would like to be the first to say: “Keep up the good work.”