I am a staunch supporter of the American legal and justice system. Ben Roethlisberger was not convicted in a court of law. He was not even arraigned. A grand jury was never convened.
He was, however, far from innocent. His actions were that of a low life scumbag, and they were supported, sadly, by some of the officers at the scene.
I'm not here to re-hash that incident or the first accusation made against Ben Roethlisberger either.
Now "Big Ben" is coming back to play for the Steelers, and that's all that matters. All I watch and read about is how much better their offense will be, how their playoff and Super Bowl chances have increased and just how plain giddy everyone is that he's back.
We have very short memories. Michael Vick lost hundreds of millions of dollars, his job, went to prison and had to beg to get back in the NFL. When he did, he was met with protests, disgust, hate and controversy.
Yes, I know he was convicted, as he should have been. His crimes were horrific, but I still believe he overpaid.
Then, I believe he paid again after he got out of prison. His crimes were also against animals, not human beings. I say that with the full understanding of the nature of the crime, so save it.
Today, Roethlisberger gets to play again. It appears nobody really cares why he was suspended. They're just happy he got the suspension reduced, and it's over.
"Big Ben" has been accused twice. The first time I paid no attention. The second time was different. I read a lot of the papers released. He's lucky that charges we're not pressed, but it was pretty easy to figure out why.
Guess what that makes "Big Ben?" It has been my experience that if there are two incidents we are aware of, there are more we don't know about. It would be one hell of a coincidence if the press just happen to find out about the only two things Big Ben ever did wrong.
I know Roethlisberger is now walking, hat in hand with his "Golly gee, aw shucks" attitude. He's seen the light and knows everything he's ever done wrong. It is reminiscent of an old saying:
A man convicted of murder has "Found Jesus" while in prison. Asked when he "Found Jesus," his response was, "After you found me!"
Even though I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan, I have been an NFL fan for over 40 years. Certainly that included the Steelers for many years. I've always admired the organization for the class act is has been.
I was also a fan of Roethlisberger. Now, he was hardly worth the time it took me to write this, but at least I feel a little better. I know one person who wrote something about why he was suspended.
While you root and scream and cheer for "Big Ben" and the Steelers today, hopefully somewhere in the back of your mind you'll remember why the low life was suspended.
You can have him and keep him.