Safe Until Proven Guilty: Why Ben Roethlisberger Should Not Be Suspended

Old AccountSenior Writer IMarch 24, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks back to the huddle after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The case against Ben Roethlisberger continues to be up in the air as we speak. As charges await to be filed in the sexual assault case, the rumors continue to fly around the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Will Roger Goodell suspend Roethlisberger for being involved not once, but twice in a 12 month span?

Are the Steelers considering the preparation without Roethlisberger on the team?

Goodell has noted he plans on meeting with the Steelers quarterback at some point in time, but not sure on an exact date.

Last night more news broke on the case that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has dropped the request for Roethlisberger's DNA. Some legal experts believe this does not mean the end of the case, instead it's possible the information isn't needed.

Yet, the talk continues to rise regarding the possible suspension of Roethlisberger.

My first reaction is the fact of this is what the NFL is known for. Goodell is known for taking his strong stance against players whom he feels violated the conduct of what an employee of the National Football League should be.

However, I do not see this as a suspendable action just yet.

I completely agree that Roethlisberger needs to be more aware of his actions, along with the places he puts himself in.

Is it an action that is suspension worthy? Not at the moment. If the league wants to put Ben into classes, then that makes sense to me.

If in any case the Pittsburgh Steelers decide to personally suspend him for embarrassing the franchise, I wouldn't disagree either.

The NFL, though, should wait for more evidence before giving Roethlisberger a suspension. If charges are fully filed and the feds have evidence against him, then there isn't a choice here.

The motto says innocent until proven guilty. Ben Roethlisberger should be in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform come Week One, if not convicted of these accusations.

Matt Miselis is an NFL writer and Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. Questions/comments? Email him at miselism29@hotmail.com. Also follow him on twitter: http://twitter.com/MattMiselis


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