Ben Roethlisberger: The Big White Example, Was His Punishment Too Harsh

Mad ChadAnalyst IOctober 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on while playing the Cleveland Browns on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 28-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The title says it all.

Another black player arrested with no suspension.

Early last week, Braylon Edwards, wide receiver for the New York Jets was ARRESTED for a DWI (drunk driving) in New York City. Edwards, has a history of bad behavior including being charged with assault on a man outside a night club.

Yet, the NFL has no plans to suspend Edwards, and he even gets to play Sunday night against the Dolphins. His only punishment: He'll be BENCHED FOR ONE QUARTER. Here in Pittsburgh, the Steelers offense will continue to struggle without it's star quarterback and best offensive player because he's suspended for the first four games, DESPITE NOT BEING CHARGED OR ARRESTED FOR ANY TYPE OF CRIME.

Why is that?

Is it because he's a quarterback? Well, that can't be. Vince Young, who's a really well known athlete, and a quarterback for the Tennessee Titans was charged with an assault this past summer. There's a even a video of Young assaulting a man on YouTube.

Numerous other black NFL players were arrested and charged with crimes this past summer, yet the only ones that were suspended were due to failing a drug test, which is an automatic four-game suspension.

Ben-haters will come at me and say that what Roethlisberger did was wrong and he was trying to take advantage of a girl.

Here's some facts about the girl:

1. She was wearing a DTF name tag. For those of you who don't know what that means, I'll tell, it means willing to have sex with someone.

2. She and her friends followed Roethlisberger and his entourage around all night, including multiple locations. Who was chasing who?

3. She admitted there was no rape involved. So the Rapistberger and rapist jokes that your douche-bag friends tell make them sound like an uneducated idiot.

All this aside, the bottom line is that there is something very wrong going on. Roethlisberger is being treated very unfairly by the media and football fans. Even people in Pittsburgh have turned on him.

Why? Because he snubbed you for an autograph? Because he wasn't nice to you at your lousy restaurant job? Ben Roethlisberger has done nothing besides win games and championships for the city of Pittsburgh and the franchise. Yet everybody threw him under the bus.

Furthermore, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of NFL, has been very inconsistent in his punishments. More than that, he used Big Ben as the "Big White Example."  He's been very lenient when it comes to punishing black athletes, giving them a slap on the wrist. Roethlisberger, who committed no crimes, was used as example, a white example.

Going back to Edwards, take a look at this part of the NFL code of conduct:

"The Personal Conduct Policy makes clear that I may impose discipline 'even where the conduct does not result in conviction of a crime' as, for example, where the conduct 'imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person."

"The Personal Conduct Policy also states that discipline is appropriate for conduct that 'undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs or NFL players.' By any measure, your conduct satisfies that standard."

Edwards put himself, two of his teammates and the general public at risk by the irresponsible consumption of alcohol and subsequently operating a motor vehicle.  So how does Edward's behavior differ and what rationale can the league use to ignore it? 

The problem is, of course, that Goodell owes no one an explanation and for whatever reason, no journalist will ask the question. Can we say, "double-standard?"

Ask yourself this: How would the black community react if a high-profile black player was suspended for the same length, WITHOUT being charged with a crime or even arrested?

Al Sharpton would be everywhere Goodell was at every moment. There would be town meetings and protests in the streets. However, Roethlisberger is white, and rich white people are looked at differently. Blatant racism in front of all your stupid faces.

Not to mention, I'm sure Edwards will be charged with this crime. I guess the letter of Goodell's law isn't so black and white—or maybe that's all it is.


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