Musing with Cecil Buffington
April 27, 2010
Big Ben; The Face of the National Football League
I watched with amusement as Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback Ben Rothlisberger held a press conference to “accept” the punishment handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Rothlisberger was accused of sexual assault of a 20-year old college student in Milledgeville, Georgia last month. The local district attorney declined to prosecute after the victim asked that charges not be placed against the NFL player. He also cited a “lack of evidence.” Stay tuned for massive civil lawsuits or some kind of big-buck settlement from the NFL player and the "victim."
Rothlisberger displayed an arrogance that betrayed his sincerity as he said. “The commissioner's decision to suspend me speaks clearly that more is expected of me. I am accountable for the consequences of my actions. Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family.”
He was handed a six-game suspension, with the possibility of it being reduced to four games if he displays good behavior and undergoes specialized counseling.
What would I have done if I had been the Commissioner of the NFL? Rothlisberger would have been gone. Banned. Kicked out of the league and literally fired ~ never again to play a down in the NFL.
Now I know this would have resulted in lawsuits, union intervention and mass squawking from all the left wing, do-as-you-please immoral nut cases out there, but it would have sent a message that the league will not tolerate this type of behavior from an employee.
Personally, I don’t watch very many NFL games. I do watch Matt Ryan and the local Falcons at times. I enjoy watching Brett Farve, Curt Warner and Peyton Manning perform their magic every now and then. But I really think High school and college football is the showcase of the sport. Even some college football is tainted by unscrupulous coaches, agents and high school prima-donnas.
Since this was the second incident involving Rothlisberger and allegations of sexual impropriety in the span of two years, it stands to reason Rothlisberger is a ticking time bomb waiting to again explode on another young victim somewhere down the road.
Here’s hoping that at some point as we move forward he will finally “pay the piper” for his selfish and immoral conduct. But . . . I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.