"I Hope That He's Learned Something from This, I Really Do."

Steve SmithContributor IApril 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers argues a call with back judge Perry Paganelli during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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So the results of the DA's investigation are that Ben Roethlisberger will not be prosecuted. Like a lot of other people I am happy that he will be playing football later this fall but I listened to what Mr. Bright said and I could not help but hope that Big Ben was also listening very carefully.

Bright said:

  • "We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger's actions that night,''  "But we do not prosecute morals, we prosecute crimes."
  • Bright said If it were his son, he would tell him to "grow up.''
  • "Come on, you're supposed to stand for something,''
  • "You don't need to put yourself in position of 'These ladies, come over the back and these shots are on me,' whatever . . .
  • "You need to be a role model for your team, your city, the NFL. You can do better."
  • "I hope that he's learned something from this, I really do."

So Ben Roethlisberger here is my two-cents worth:

You can continue down the path you have chosen or you can do what we all hope you do:

GROW UP

and

realize that you are in a very unique position that very few get to be in: a professional football player (emphasis is mine).

One last note: I have a 12 year old son and put on Ben Roethlisber's #7 jersey the other day to go to school and then caught himself and said "Oh, I probably shouldn't wear this should I?"

Is that the kind of role model you want to be for a 12 year old who plays LT on his youth football team?

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