Big Ben – Guilty as charged

Of being inept and careless that is….

Regardless of the outcome through the court system, he will be guilty of poor judgement and lack of common sense.  Much has been said about Roethlisberger’s “active lifestyle” in recent weeks, and how he’s a target because he’s a celebrity…. yet, very few have made any reference to his accountability in all of this.  Before I get called any names here, let me begin by saying, I am a big fan of Big Ben – The football player.  As a matter of fact, in my first blog I compared him to the great Joe Montana (But I bet you Joe never got in this kind of trouble)  Yet, Big Ben as an individual and how he carries himself in his private life leaves much to be desired.

In less than a year, he’s being accused, twice, of sexual assault.  One of them is a Hotel worker out of Nevada that claims Roethlisberger forced himself on her, and that case is still pending.  Less than 8 months later, he’s being accused of sexual assault from a 20-year-old female  from GA.  Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a grown man and he should be allowed to go out and have a good time.  Like him, I am 28 yrs and I too enjoy drinking and hanging out with friends…. maybe get a little crazy, do a little dancing, you know…. difference is, I am not the face of a 75 year old prestigious Franchise that recently invested  over 100 million in me to be their “guy”.

What Big Ben fails to realize at times, is that Steelers are not just a team… they are the heart and soul of the City.  Pittsburghers see the team as a representative of their community.  To most fans, The Steelers are not just a team, it’s an extension of who they are.  The Rooney family are royalty in Pittsburgh.  And the Rooney’s trusted Big Ben to be the Face of the Franchise.  Big Ben needs to realize his actions don’t only affect him or the team, but a whole community that loves him and embraces him.

Again, I understand the argument about he’s a celebrity, he’s a target, people are just trying to take advantage….. but what about him?  Where’s his accountability?  Why put yourself in these type of situations.  Why go out at 2am in a college town?  I am not saying he shouldn’t go out or do whatever he wants in his free time… but at 28, what is he doing hanging out with a bunch of college kids?  If he wants to hang out at 2 am, there are plenty of places he could’ve gone that are  more upscale,  more discreet and private than a college hang out.  Which raises the following question… is he that needy for fame?  Does he need to be the center of attention all the time?  He does it during the season guys, he’s always exaggerating  injuries, adding comments for the pregame show… is he that insecure?

Let’s be honest, he’s a great clutch player.  He delivered one of the most memorable drives in Super Bowl history in 2008, finishing with an even more amazing throw and catch for a TD to win the game.  He’s got more come-from-behind victories than any other QB in the league since 2004.  We can count on Big Ben, with him under center, we always have a chance. All that attention, all that pressure… I mean, it could be addicting.   But as good as he is under pressure, could it be possible that he covets the attention so much, he tries to get it through other means during the offseason?

Look, I want Big Ben.  I am a huge fan of his.  But I love the Steelers more.  He’s great and I want him leading our team for years to come but at what expense?  He’s 28 years old, he needs to understand he can no longer put himself in these type of situations.  If allegations were to be true, there could be serious legal consequences, let alone his professional football career coming to an early end.  Big Ben needs to revisit his priorities and change his habits, otherwise, he will continue to make the same mistakes.

I believe the Rooneys will give him an opportunity to amend things, they did it with James Harrison after a domestic dispute in 2008, so I can see them doing it for their Franchise QB.  However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben doesn’t change his “active” lifestyle and continues to put the Organization in a bad light, that he will be there much longer.  No one is bigger than the game, and certainly, no one is bigger than the Steelers.

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2 Responses to “Big Ben – Guilty as charged”

  1. Common sense…..something many people in this world lack! Of course you can’t blame the guy for wanting to have some fun, but as the (expensive) face of a well known franchise, one needs to step up to the plate and be a responsible MAN. Ben, Tiger, Jesse James, the list goes on! When will people ever be happy with what they have?

    On the flip side, you might feel a little sorry for this guy, given that anything he does will be watched, and chances are, even if he was at an upscale locale someone is still going to accuse him of something…..he is worth millions!

    Being the youngest Super Bowl winning quarterback in NFL history has it’s privilages…..but it also comes with a price to pay.

  2. Ah! I couldn’t agree with you more! I just wrote a similar post about the responsibility–and privilege–of being a Steeler’s quarterback. Ben seems to COMPLETELY forget at times!

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