Making the Right Move

If you aren’t an avid sports fan like me who watches ESPN every morning, then you probably haven’t heard about Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, a publicist’s nightmare. Here is the run down:
2006 Off-season: Rothlisberger crashes his motorcycle. He wasn’t wearing a helmet.
2009 Off-season: Rothlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Lake Tahoe hotel room. (Charges Dropped)
2010 Off-season: Rothlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year old college student in the women’s restroom of a nightclub. (Charges Dropped)

After this latest sexual assault scandal, Rothlisberger has been suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for 4-6 regular season games, even though all legal charges were dropped. This has caused some confusion among certain ESPN analysts, stating that the suspension is too severe because Rothlisberger was not charged. In my opinion, this disciplinary action is exactly what Rothlisberger deserves. For example, he continues to get into legal trouble year, after year, after year, and it is obvious that he hasn’t learned his lesson yet. As an NFL player, especially one who is in a such a high leadership role and the face of his team, should be responsible to hold himself at a higher standard. I mean, why in the world would a 28 year-old even be at a nightclub in the middle of a college town? There is no reason for that. Even though Rothlisberger might have been falsely accused, continuing to place himself in these shady situations just shows he is asking for trouble. Therefore, severe measures have to be taken to serve as a wake-up call to this great player. I don’t want to see such a talented athlete throw it all away and I don’t think Goodell does either.



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4 responses to “Making the Right Move

  1. Great post! I have heard a little bit about the scandal going on with him but I didn’t realize he had been charged before. I agree that even though he wasn’t convicted his behavior must have led other’s to question what was going on and so obviously he was up to something. When you are in the spotlight I really believe you should show respect to yourself and those who look up to you. In a sense he is a leader and now imagine all those fans who loved him and followed him, how do you think they feel now?! Great post, I really like how much research you did.

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  3. I haven’t heard anything about this player and all his indiscretions, but I am familiar with the sports world and all the scandals that go on. While his charges were dropped I, like you, can’t help but wonder why he was out in a college town and even put himself in a situation where something bad could happen. I think athletes need to take more responsibility and protect themselves. I think it’s partly the responsibility of their pr person to make sure they keep them out of trouble. I’m sure it would be a difficult job for them though. I feel as though his punishment was justified and more athletes need to wake up and realize that they could get into trouble to if they don’t start watching what they do.

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