Prior to suspending Roethlisberger, Goodell allowed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to complete their inquiry.
The GBI stated that there is not enough evidence to get a conviction against Roethlisberger.
Goodell stated that it did not matter if a player is charged or not. Any actions that will make the NFL look bad are actions that he is going to suspend people for.
Yes, crimes against women are unacceptable. But the reality is, there is no evidence that Roethlisberger did anything illegal in the first place.
Shaun Rogers - Weapon was found on him.
Vince Young - Video evidence shows that he was in the fight.
Mike Vick - Evidence proves he violated the terms of his reinstatement.
Cedric Benson - Third alcohol involved incident in two years.
Robaire Smith - Weapon found on him.
In all of these cases, it is obvious that there is more evidence against all of these players.
When Goodell makes his ruling against any and all of these men, he is going to have to use the Roethlisberger suspension as the basis for their suspensions.
If none of these men are suspended, then there will be legal issues based on the fact that there was not enough evidence to even charge Roethlisberger, and all of the other men were caught with irrefutable evidence.