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Ben Roethlisberger's Suspension Is for His Own Good

Josh McCainSenior Writer IApril 22, 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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I know many Pittsburgh Steelers fans are probably upset that their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss up to six games to begin the 2010 season.

However, if they want Ben to continue to have success, it needed to happen.

I am not going to even pretend to know what happened between Ben and the two different women who have accused him of sexual assault.  Both cases are a matter of he said, she said.

What I do know, though, is between those two incidents and his motorcycle accident, Ben doesn't make the best decisions when he's not on the field.

Big Ben needed a wake-up call and I believe this six game suspension, without pay I might add, is just what the doctor ordered.

Thus far in his short career, Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls and lived an apparent wild social life with little or no repercussions.

With that much success and money and no one telling you that you can't do something, that is a recipe for disaster.

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Even though Ben was never arrested and charges were never brought against him, the NFL had to do something.  Not only to protect their image, but to try and get one of their star players back on (if he was ever there) the right track.

This is a moment in Roethlisberger's life where he can look in the mirror and decide if what he sees isn't who he really is. He can clean up his act, or can blame everyone else but himself and end up getting bounced from the league.

I hope he makes the right choices from here on out.

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