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Can you depend on Ben?

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Having been a long-time Cincinnati Bengals fan, I've seen our share of players that have tried to bend the mighty laws and suffered a Tiger Woods-esque beating in the media. Whether it's players having a good time out on the town or illegally parking on a sidewalk, the issue transformed from the seriousness of the crime to the simple truth that one has to weigh. Is the player dependable enough to stay out of trouble and play on Sundays?

A player like Ben Roethlisberger who is dealing with another high profile incident off the field -- something he's yet to be charged with -- causes pause. He's a talented player that's led the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowl wins, a feat that many great quarterbacks have never achieved. There's no question that he's a gamer.

Still, even with the seriousness of what he's being accused of, the question with Ben Roethlisberger is whether you can depend on him to be there for the team. Will he be suspended? Will he be occupied with legal wrangling? Having experienced that as a Bengals fan a few years ago, I would elect to move on. To me it's not character that is the primary worry, even though it's advisable to integrate that into the equation. It's whether or not they'll play on Sundays. And that's the most important aspect of any football team. If you can't play, what good are you?

By Josh Kirkendall  |  March 12, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  | Category:  Ben Roethlisberger , Cincinnati Bengals Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I HOPE SOMEBODY GOES AND PROTEST Ben Roethlisberger FOR RAPING WOMEN LIKE HE'S Pepe Le Pew!!!!! Lord knows their doing it to Vick. If Ben can play then Adam “Pacman” Jones, Tank Johnson and Marvin Harrison can too. They gave pacman an “Outside the Lines” report because of allegations only, but Floyd Landis an Ben get a line across the screen. Look at the leader of 2 Superbowls for the Steeler taking Pu$$$% but Nancy Grace comes out for Tiger Woods, Chris Brown, Kobe, Vick, Kanye West and even Charles Barkley but no Roethlisberger media monster to feed!! Bottom line is that if Ben can be the face of a franchise then I think Adam “Pacman” Jones can play and Vick hurt dogs but Ben rapes women!!!!!! HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace and Joy Behar have a "War On Women” campaign and this would be the perfect story but I don't hear anything. The media is racist and its clear as day and if you can't see it then that just proves your racist. EITHER THAT OR I GUESS “The Media” ONLY HAS ENOUGH ROPE TO LYNCH THE BLACK CELEBS!!!!! Tigers infidelity is bigger than Ben Roethlisberger two criminal cases. It's racist because nobody on TV has compared him to O.J. Simpson yet. They compare all the black male celebs to him. The bottom line is that if Kobe's chick hadn't had three men’s sperm in her he would probably be in jail. The media had the country believing he did it. To those that say sexual assault could mean a smack on the ass. You dont get a kit and DNA test for a "slap on the ass"

Posted by: gokusc1 | March 16, 2010 9:02 PM

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