Sport

Ben Roethlisberger was easy to admire as a quarterback, but not as a man

Ben Roethlisberger is lucky that football legacies are not decided by finales. If Sunday night was indeed Big Ben’s last ever NFL game, as he has strongly hinted, it wasn’t exactly a mic drop. In the 42-21 beatdown by the Chiefs, Roethlisberger struggled with rollouts, and lacked the creativity and finesse of his opposing number, Patrick Mahomes.

Just as no one places too much weight on Dan Marino’s 62-7 playoff loss to the Jaguars in his career finale, Roethlisberger’s clunker of an ending won’t be a significant part of his story. But in comparison to Marino – or most other quarterbacks – Roethlisberger’s legacy is complicated.

His on-field success over an 18-season NFL career speaks for itself. Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl winner and will one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Steelers haven’t suffered a single losing season with him under center. In turn, they’ve been a playoff staple – during Sunday’s loss Roethlisberger passed Joe Montana and Brett Favre for the third-most career passing yards in the playoffs.

Injuries and age have taken their toll, and in recent years the team often won in spite of their quarterback rather than because of him. Roethlisberger in his prime, though, was an absolute marvel. With his signature pump fakes and ability to escape pressure, he had a habit of extending plays and converting first downs that didn’t seem possible … until they were. He wasn’t flashy like younger quarterbacks such as Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen. Nor was he a quarterback like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, who often seem five steps ahead of opposing defensive coordinators. He was just Ben. Gritty. Strong. Tough.

While Roethlisberger’s farewell tour has come with incessant gushing from teammates, broadcasters and Steelers fans, the NFL world at large doesn’t have the same fuzzy feelings. Some of that is Roethlisberger’s personality. He’s surly and can be difficult with the media. He also has a history of publicly calling out teammates.

But most of the hostility stems from Roethlisberger’s history with women.

ESPN’s Brian Griese spent the majority of Week 18’s Monday Night Football broadcast talking up Roethlisberger as if were the Messiah. At one point, Griese paused his lovefest to channel his inner journalist and vaguely mention that Roethlisberger has “made some mistakes.”

The first “mistake” occurred in 2008 when Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault by Andrea McNulty, then an employee of a Lake Tahoe hotel and casino. McNulty said she was lured to his hotel room under the guise of fixing a broken television. Her complaint alleges that Roethlisberger blocked the door when she tried to leave. According to the lawsuit the quarterback grabbed her and then tried to kiss her. Roethlisberger denied the allegations and never faced any criminal charges. He reached an out of court settlement with McNulty in 2011.

The NFL did not punish Roethlisberger. McNulty, on the other hand, was the recipient of backlash from those who did not like to think of their favorite quarterback as an alleged sexual assaulter. McNulty later suffered from depression.

In 2010, another accusation surfaced when a 20-year-old college student in Georgia claimed that Roethlisberger assaulted her in the bathroom stall of a nightclub. Her complaint alleged that Roethlisberger’s bodyguard grabbed the woman’s arm and escorted her to a hallway where the quarterback was waiting with “his penis out of his pants.” She says he went on to rape her and a subsequent medical examination of the woman found “superficial laceration and bruising and slight bleeding in the genital area” although no semen was detected. The case was dropped after authorities cited insufficient evidence. Roethlisberger was questioned by just one police officer who coincidentally had asked Roethlisberger to pose for a photo earlier that night and allegedly later described the accuser as a “drunken bitch”.

The NFL finally swooped in with a six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy but later reduced it to four games for “good behavior.” Yes, an accused rapist received the same punishment from the league as Tom Brady for releasing air from footballs.

Roethlisberger already had a history of reckless behavior, most notably when he crashed his motorcycle in 2006, suffering serious facial injuries. He was not wearing a helmet and it was reported that he did not have a valid license at the time of the crash.

By the time of his suspension, many in the Steelers organization had tired of Roethlisberger’s behavior. One of the team’s other star players, receiver Hines Ward, said the NFL suspension was “justified”, adding: “When you’re in the quarterback position, everybody looks to you and there are certain situations you can’t put yourself in.”

Since then Roethlisberger has stayed out of trouble. He married in 2011 and is a father of three. And he went on to win a lot more football games, an achievement that was more than enough for many fans to forget about his past.

Roethlisberger is, of course, not the only alleged rapist to be embraced by his team’s fanbase. But there’s something especially difficult to swallow as we consider him as a player and person. When we consider that the quarterback is supposed to be the ultimate leader. From a talent standpoint, the Steelers have been lucky to have a future Hall of Famer under center for so many years. But the future Hall of Famer is far luckier that the actions he’s accused of didn’t ruin him.

Roethlisberger was accused before Ray Rice punched his wife on camera and the league was forced to pretend it cares about its players’ behavior off the field. What if these accusations had come out during the more recent #MeToo movement? There are a variety of sliding doors scenarios that could have led to us bidding adieu to Big Ben years ago. But instead we’ve had 18 years of Roethlisberger – glorious for some, uncomfortable and infuriating for many.

133 Comments

  1. I very delighted to find this internet site on bing, just what I was searching for as well saved to fav

  2. I’m often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and maintain checking for brand spanking new information.

  3. Mua Dàn âm thanh karaoke PA giao tận nơi và tham khảo thêm nhiều sản phẩm khác. Miễn phí vận chuyển toàn quốc cho mọi đơn hàng . Đổi trả dễ dàng.

  4. G�nes Enerjisi Ekipmanlarimizla Elektrik �retiminizi Degistirin. Bizimle Iletisime Ge�in. Ankara B�lgesinde Uygun Fiyatli G�nes Paneli mi ariyorsunuz? Bizi Arayin

  5. naturally like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other hand I will surely come again again.

  6. naturally like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other hand I will surely come again again.

  7. For the reason that the admin of this site is working, no uncertainty very quickly it will be renowned, due to its quality contents.

  8. G�nes Enerjisi Ekipmanlarimizla Elektrik �retiminizi Degistirin. Bizimle Iletisime Ge�in. Ankara B�lgesinde Uygun Fiyatli G�nes Paneli mi ariyorsunuz? Bizi Arayin

  9. Very well presented. Every quote was awesome and thanks for sharing the content. Keep sharing and keep motivating others.

  10. You’re so awesome! I don’t believe I have read a single thing like that before. So great to find someone with some original thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  11. Great information shared.. really enjoyed reading this post thank you author for sharing this post .. appreciated

  12. For the reason that the admin of this site is working, no uncertainty very quickly it will be renowned, due to its quality contents.

  13. For the reason that the admin of this site is working, no uncertainty very quickly it will be renowned, due to its quality contents.

  14. For the reason that the admin of this site is working, no uncertainty very quickly it will be renowned, due to its quality contents.

  15. Great information shared.. really enjoyed reading this post thank you author for sharing this post .. appreciated

  16. For the reason that the admin of this site is working, no uncertainty very quickly it will be renowned, due to its quality contents.

  17. I really like reading through a post that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

  18. Hi there to all, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this website’s post to be updated on a regular basis. It carries pleasant stuff.

  19. Avşa Adası hakkında detaylı bilgi almak ve ucuz apart, pansiyon ve otelden ücretsiz rezervayon yapmak için sitemizden yararlanabilirsiniz.

  20. You set such a good example for your kids. Cant wait to read more on your site. Your friend in Calaveras County.

  21. Very well presented. Every quote was awesome and thanks for sharing the content. Keep sharing and keep motivating others.

  22. Very well presented. Every quote was awesome and thanks for sharing the content. Keep sharing and keep motivating others.

  23. Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our site. Keep up the great writing

  24. I am truly thankful to the owner of this web site who has shared this fantastic piece of writing at at this place.

  25. You’re so awesome! I don’t believe I have read a single thing like that before. So great to find someone with some original thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  26. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  27. You’re so awesome! I don’t believe I have read a single thing like that before. So great to find someone with some original thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  28. I very delighted to find this internet site on bing, just what I was searching for as well saved to fav

  29. I very delighted to find this internet site on bing, just what I was searching for as well saved to fav

  30. Hi there to all, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this website’s post to be updated on a regular basis. It carries pleasant stuff.

  31. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  32. For the reason that the admin of this site is working, no uncertainty very quickly it will be renowned, due to its quality contents.

  33. I very delighted to find this internet site on bing, just what I was searching for as well saved to fav

  34. Tüm ambalaj ürünleriniz fibertedarik.com adresinde. Kraft çanta, karton bardak, plastik bardak, çorba kasesi, patates kutusu, burger kutusu ve daha bir çok ürün ile hizmetinizdeyiz.

  35. I’m often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and maintain checking for brand spanking new information.

  36. I truly appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark site list and will

  37. I can drive 10 miles, walk 50 feet. Turn around and before I know it, I’d be back home. Or would I? I’m not sure but that’s just how it is.

  38. Hi there to all, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this website’s post to be updated on a regular basis. It carries pleasant stuff.

  39. Money Robot Submitter is the most powerful SEO automation tool designed to publish your content and backlinks to thousands of websites.

  40. Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our site. Keep up the great writing

  41. I very delighted to find this internet site on bing, just what I was searching for as well saved to fav

  42. naturally like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other hand I will surely come again again.

  43. Hi there to all, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this website’s post to be updated on a regular basis. It carries pleasant stuff.

  44. I very delighted to find this internet site on bing, just what I was searching for as well saved to fav

  45. Hi there to all, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this website’s post to be updated on a regular basis. It carries pleasant stuff.

  46. This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am really happy to read everthing at one place

  47. Very well presented. Every quote was awesome and thanks for sharing the content. Keep sharing and keep motivating others.

  48. Very well presented. Every quote was awesome and thanks for sharing the content. Keep sharing and keep motivating others.

  49. Very well presented. Every quote was awesome and thanks for sharing the content. Keep sharing and keep motivating others.

  50. This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am really happy to read everthing at one place

  51. naturally like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other hand I will surely come again again.

  52. naturally like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other hand I will surely come again again.

  53. Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our site. Keep up the great writing

  54. I am truly thankful to the owner of this web site who has shared this fantastic piece of writing at at this place.

  55. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  56. I am truly thankful to the owner of this web site who has shared this fantastic piece of writing at at this place.

  57. I comprehend it as you make sense of in this article, however they could get somewhat wreckless and end up in prison, perhaps their mother and father don’t rescue them, perhaps they do.

  58. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  59. Hello. Are You There ??. We Are Provider of Telegram Real Active Members, Youtube Real Subscribers, Views, NFT Twitter Followers. Many Many More Real Services. Which Boost Your Business.

  60. Hi there to all, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this website’s post to be updated on a regular basis. It carries pleasant stuff.

  61. Hi there to all, for the reason that I am genuinely keen of reading this website’s post to be updated on a regular basis. It carries pleasant stuff.

  62. naturally like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other hand I will surely come again again.

  63. Yapılan çalışmalar piyasa araştırmaları, detaylı maliyet analizleri ve indirekt (SGK,Vergiler, Harçlar vb.) giderleri de kapsar şekilde anahtar teslimi olarak sunulmaktadır. Merter Proje Yönetimi resmi idarelere ve müşavir firmalara da ihale şartnamesi, idari ve teknik şartnameler, sözleşme tasarısı, keşif metraj çalışmaları, tahmini bedel tespiti ve bunun gibi gerekli tüm çalışmaları yapmaktadır.

  64. I am truly thankful to the owner of this web site who has shared this fantastic piece of writing at at this place.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button