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Big Ben is franchise no more

Posted on: March 10, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger is shown at a party with a t-shirt saying "Drink Like a Champion Today"

Ben Roethlisberger is slowly going to the bad side of everyone in the NFL. Within the last year, the two time Super Bowl winner has been accused of raping a women at a resort in Lake Tahoe and this past weekend, he was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a bar in Georgia. This type of behavior could be expected from a single 28-year-old with a normal life but Big Ben leads no normal life. That $105 million contract he carries with the Steelers makes him a target for scrutiny and it should be a lesson to him to grow up.  Big Ben needs to learn that after college is when you become an adult. If he wants to make a lasting impression in the NFL, he needs to stop hanging around bars with a whole bunch of underage girls and getting photographed in a t-shirt that prompts excessive drinking.

This is not the first offense for the young Big Ben. Back in 2006, Roethlisberger got into a motorcycle accident that severely injured him and almost ruined his career. When this occurred, most critics just blamed it on immaturity that should come with age. Just Ben being irresponsible. This was supposed to be his wake up call to grow up and become that quarterback that everyone was hoping for. Well, I guess it never happened. When most people go through a life threatening accident, they tend to analyze their lives, realize their stupid behavior and revamp their lives and live with more responsibility. Not Big Ben. He has decided that growing up and being a respectful adult in society is not priority number one. When was the last time you saw Tom Brady in the news for supposedly raping a girl? How about when did he get caught last at a college party? It doesn’t happen to the big time quarterbacks. They realize that they are a brand to the public. They may be playing the game they love, but they are scrutinized on a daily basis because they are held to a higher standard in society.

Here is what Big Ben needs to do to fix his problem.

  • First and foremost, Roethlisberger needs to get this sexual assault charge straightened out in Georgia. His lawyers claimed today that nothing happened, so Roethlisberger needs to prove it. He needs to cooperate with the police fully and get the charges dropped. After that, he needs to stay at his house in Georgia and not wander off to little college bars.
  • Second, Roethlisberger needs to make sure that the rape charges in Lake Tahoe get taken care of. If his case is anything like the Kobe Bryant case, it needs to get resolved quickly. Bryant learned quickly that once that ordeal is done, it is time to move on and forget about everything that happened. Once that case is done, Roethlisberger needs to stay out of the public life and try and rebuild his image.
  • Lastly, Roethlisberger needs to find a mentor. Someone should be calling Tony Dungey or anyone that can teach this immature gentleman about life. He needs someone who can teach him how to appreciate what he has in life and not run around town being a drunk idiot every chance he gets. This mentor will help Roethlisberger grow up and learn what it really means to be a role model and a franchise quarterback.

Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle after he crashed it in 2006 while not wearing a helmet or carrying a valid Motorcycle Driving License


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