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Super Bowl XLV: Why Big Ben Roethlisberger Hasn't Learned a Thing

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24-19. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Kate ConroySenior Analyst IIDecember 17, 2016

If you’re a football fan, the week before the Super Bowl is almost as fun as the game itself.
 
So, by now you have probably heard or seen the footage of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates out on the town in Dallas, Texas this past Tuesday night.
 
Big Ben treated his O-line to dinner, but the group’s evening continued on at local karaoke bar and from the footage they seemed to be having a great time.
 
The group had a set curfew of 1 a.m., which wasn’t broken as far as we know. Still, it was a small group of players and they certainly are entitled to enjoy themselves.
 
I must admit that as a woman, seeing Roethlisberger singing Billy Joel, without a care in the world, stung.
 
Roethlisberger, not once, but twice has gotten in trouble for his off-field behavior and inappropriate conduct toward women.
 
Though no charges came about in either case, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him at the start of the 2010 season for six games, which later dropped to four games.
 
Why would Goodell feel the need to go above the law and punish Big Ben?
 
What came to my mind was the quote, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
 
Both instances were within six months of each other and both women accused Roethlisberger of rape. This is not something that is taken lightly, but to be connected twice in close proximity, obviously Roethlisberger’s character had to be looked at.
 
Goodell kept the public informed of the proceedings—not specifics, but enough to know it was a very serious matter not being taken lightly.
 
Roethlisberger’s reputation was not good to begin with, as not one teammate came forward in his defense.
 
Now, just months after this fiasco, Roethlisberger is back in the spotlight playing for a chance to win his third Super Bowl.
 
Just getting to the Super Bowl is such a challenge and with all that has gone on in Roethlisberger’s personal life, you would assume he would be humbled.
 
If not for himself, but out of respect for his teammates, the league and the women he hurt.
 
Roethlisberger didn’t seem to feel the same way, as dinner alone would have been fine, but to go get rowdy at a bar after that is a slap in the face.
 
Some people don’t see it that way, as Roethlisberger is doing what he has every right to do, just like his teammates.
 
I disagree because if Roethlisberger had any regard for his actions he would never have gone to that bar.
 
The plain reason being that the moment Roethlisberger acted inappropriately, his set of rules changed. Roethlisberger lost the public’s trust, not once, but twice.
 
In this specific situation, Roethlisberger technically followed the rules.
 
However, it does speak volumes about his character because he could have gone back to the hotel following dinner. Roethlisberger should know better.

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