Being in the Pittsburgh area, I have heard every angle of the Roethlisberger debate and Pittsburgh Steelers are still very divided on it.
You have the fans that think he should serve every second of his six-game suspension, the ones who think four is enough, and the others who think he should be on the field for all 18 games—or is it still 16?
At any rate, my allegiance lies in the latter group. Big Ben may not be the smartest player around and he put himself in a terrible situation, but nothing was proved against him.
He is getting punished for what, exactly? Since we all know he will be serving some sort of suspension, four games is the right amount.
It is the right amount because Dictator, I mean Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t go any lower. Goodell is wielding his power and doing it very unfairly.
This is an unprecedented case, and Goodell was clearly going to make an example out of Roethlisberger. This was clear from the start and he wasn’t going to deviate from it.
If you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you certainly want to see a four-game suspension because you could easily start 4-0.
The start of the schedule has the Steelers playing the Atlanta Flacons, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Baltimore Ravens.
The Falcons and Ravens appear to be the only tough games in there and the Ravens are very badly dinged up on the defensive side of the ball.
You also factor in the Steelers have the bye in Week 5, and it seems like more of a reason to cut it to four games. By suspending six games you are really only missing five weeks of action.
One of the biggest problems—if not the biggest—is the fact that you are hurting his chances of making money. Heat will probably get thrown my way because he makes millions of dollars, but this severely cuts his chances to reach incentives.
Not only are you taking the game checks out of his hand, but you are hurting his pocket by having him play in six fewer games. With only 10 games to play, he surely will not hit his incentives milestones.
He will still be a millionaire, but you are basically taking money out of his pocket.
The biggest reason he should get this suspension cut down is because he has been a model citizen every since. He hasn’t gotten into one bit of trouble and has done everything Goodell has asked of him.
You may not have heard of community service he has done, and that is fine with me. He shouldn’t be doing community service and then running to tell everyone that will listen.
That shows he has learned humility and he is taking care of this the right way. Goodell asked him to do certain things and he has done them.
If Goodell wants to suspend someone for nothing, then he should follow his word and reduce the suspension for good behavior.
Some people are going to point to race and say that this shouldn’t be reduced because a black player would never get the same treatment. That is just crazy and isn’t true.
Why should Roethlisberger get punished because some fans and media think the fact that he is white is playing in his favor?
No matter how you dice this situation Big Ben should be on the field in week six.