Ben Roethlisberger and his team are to meet with Roger Goodell and league officials to try and have his six game suspension reduced to 2 or 3 games. It has already been rumored that Goodell would likely reduce the suspension to 4 games based on Roethlisberger's behavior. The argument that Roethlisberger and his team plan to make is that Big Ben wasn't actually charged with anything and didn't "actually commit any real crime."
In legal terms, Roethlisberger didn't commit a crime, but that should not excuse actions. He has now been accused twice of forcefully putting himself onto women in an unwanted way. I don't know about you, but I think his actions have been a lot worse than other players who have been suspended. The NFL once suspended Ricky Williams for the whole season for smoking marijuana. Am I condoning the use of marijuana? No. But is smoking pot anywhere near as bad as being accused of raping two women? I would think that most people would agree that it is not.
Roethlisberger is not the first high profile player to be suspended for off the field issues. We have seen players like Mike Vick and Adam Jones get into to trouble off the field and they had to serve their full suspensions. So why should the case with Roethlisberger be any different? It shouldn't. Big Ben's actions were out of line and an embarrassment for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL.
Roger Goodell needs to stick to his guns and make Roethlisberger serve the full 6 game suspension. This goes beyond more than football and wins and losses. The way that Ben Roethlisberger has been treating women is disgusting and unacceptable. Reducing Ben's suspension would send the wrong message to the public as well as the other players in the NFL. Just because your an NFL superstar quarterback with two Super Bowl rings doesn't mean you get to play by a different set of rules (because apparently Big Ben thinks does).
So Mr. Goodell, make Ben sit out the first 6 games like you said you would. The original punishment fits the crime.