Rehab I Said No , No , No ……. !
At this moment in time I think it’s pretty fair to say that the public has become sick and tired of the antics of many of today’s high profiled athletes , celebrities and celeb wannabe’s ? Personally , I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about them just as long as they’re not espousing their lifestyle to the young and impressionable children !
Golfer Tiger Woods seen inset alongside several of the women that he was clandestinely involved in his extramarital affairs behind the back of his wife , Elin Nordegren . photo appears courtesy of Paris Match S.A @ ………..
We’ve seen the fallout from the Tiger Woods’ sexual “malaprop” and the fact the golfer has entered into rehab for his alleged sexual addiction ? I’d like to know how does this really work ………”.sexual addiction that is ” ? We all tend to “love sex” in one form or another and it’s a personal choice as to who “we” want have sex with ! That’s unless you happen to be a deviant who’ll prey on any victim one deems fit ? Ben Roethlisberger come down you’ve won the prize of “deviant of the of the Year” . Mind you , given the antics and the alleged notoriety of Sandra Bullock’s now “estranged husband” Jesse James and his antics. I don’t think it’d be that much of a stretch to have the triumvirate of James , Roethlisberger and Woods share the award !.
Courtesy of Fox News
Early Monday evening, after the world learned he would not be prosecuted for sexual assault, Ben Roethlisberger appeared in front of his locker and issued a statement that made Tiger Woods look like a master of humility and introspection.
He didn’t mention his conduct or his drinking.
He said he was “truly sorry,” but not for what.
He said he wanted to be a leader and a “role model to kids,” but didn’t say how.
And, of course, he didn’t take any questions.
It wasn’t the kind of performance that helps a man reclaim his reputation. Even after a month-plus investigation resulted in no charges, there remain only three reasonable ways to consider Roethlisberger.
One, he’s a bad guy.
Two, he’s a bad guy when drunk.
Three — and this really strains credulity — he’s as dumb as he looks.
Whichever position you take, he still deserves to be suspended. I say two regular-season games. And it would be nice — not to mention useful — to see the Steelers themselves — read: those righteous Rooney heirs — mete out the punishment. If not, let that responsibility fall, as usual, to the NFL commissioner.
“We do not prosecute morals,” Fred Bright, district attorney for Georgia’s Ocmulgee judicial district, said Monday afternoon. “We prosecute crimes.”
It’s a good thing, too. But Roger Goodell’s NFL fancies itself much like a kosher hot dog, subject to loftier codes. From the 2009 Personal Conduct Policy:
“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. … You are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful.
“Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline.”
Hence, the DA’s decision not to prosecute Ben Roethlisberger for sexual assault isn’t cause for the black and gold to rejoice. There wasn’t much in the DA’s news conference that came as a surprise. No one acquainted with Roethlisberger via Google images would be shocked to find the Steelers’ team MVP with a young woman in what Bright termed the “small, dingy bathroom” of a college bar. The inquiry by local police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has produced a narrative that was basically everything you expected.
One the evening of March 4 and into the wee hours of March 5, Roethlisberger was out bar hopping with his entourage. The 20-year-old “victim” — Bright’s word, not mine — was doing with the same with her sorority sisters. The two parties met at various establishments along the way, where the quarterback and the co-ed made small talk.
“Some of a sexual nature,” Bright said.
Finally, at Capital City’s VIP room — not for nothing, but how many VIPs can there be in the metropolis of Milledgeville? — Roethlisberger summoned the sorority girls and “provided shots of alcohol.” Bright’s account fits nicely with an earlier report quoting the two-time Super Bowl winner as saying: “All you bitches, take my shots.”
“Everyone agrees,” Bright said, “that the victim was highly intoxicated.”
Again, I’m shocked.
Next, the prosecutor said, “one of the bodyguards guided the victim down a back hallway. Mr. Roethlisberger followed her down the hallway into a small bathroom.”
She sustained a “superficial laceration and slight bleeding in the genital area.” A test performed at the hospital indicated the presence of male DNA.
That’s not evidence of criminal conduct, or, rather, not nearly enough evidence to prove it. And so there’s no reason not to accept Bright’s representation — what happened in that dingy bathroom cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, the same cannot be said for Roethlisberger’s behavior. Under the Personal Conduct Policy, he can be disciplined for “conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs or NFL players.” Roethlisberger, who signed a $102 million contract in 2008, falls squarely in that unfortunate realm.
He’d have been better off in a standard-issue strip joint. Instead, the league has a two-time Super Bowl winner raising hell in a college town. Hustling sorority girls with tequila? And that bodyguard escort to the bathroom? Sorry, but the picture that emerges from all this is that of a sexual bully. All you bitches, take my shots! That’s the face of a franchise talking, and not just any franchise, but pious Art Rooney’s Steelers.
Roethlisberger’s escapades might not rise to the level of criminal conduct, but beyond any reasonable doubt, they injure the integrity and reputation of the NFL and its Pittsburgh franchise. What’s more, they are proof — again, beyond any doubt — of invincible stupidity. Remember, this is a guy who’s already being sued for alleged sexual assault in Nevada.
Over the weekend, the Steelers traded Santonio Holmes to the Jets, a Super Bowl MVP for a fifth-round pick. It was seen as a “statement,” proof Pittsburgh wouldn’t stand for recurring incidents of bad behavior among its players. Holmes, who had a domestic violence charge dropped a few years back, now seems like a recalcitrant pot smoker. His career with the Jets will begin with a mandatory four-game suspension, meaning he’s been caught violating the league’s substance abuse policy three previous times.
It’s worth noting Roethlisberger’s misdeeds were more widely covered, and therefore, as the league might argue, more injurious to its reputation. So you can’t help but ask: Is Holmes that much worse than Roethlisberger? Or is it just easier to replace a black receiver than a white franchise quarterback?
I’ll concede those aren’t entirely fair questions. But like the league’s conduct policy, they are rooted in perception. By the way, whose misdeeds have received more coverage? Perception is reputation. And reputation is more than a man’s deed. It’s what he has gotten away with.
On Monday afternoon, Steelers President Art Rooney II issued a statement, saying: “During the past few weeks, I have met with Ben on a number of occasions, not only to discuss this incident, but also to discuss his commitment to making sure something like this never happens again.”
A two-game suspension would be a good place to start.
Woods has been in rehab not long after the now infamous incident that took place on Thanksgiving Day’s eve of last year. James has now entered rehab in order to try and shake his “rocky marriage to the Oscar winner , Bullock. And with Roethlisberger now having “dodged a bullet” concerning the sexual assault allegations made against him by a young female co-ed student in the town of Milledgeville , Georgia. Is there anything left to say but to ask all three of these individuals what the fu_k are you doing with your lives ?
It is now being reported that Roethlisberger will voluntarily enter into the NFL’s substance abuse program for “alcohol abuse” . Given the player’s proclivity for insobriety and the mere fact that is the now “the third time “ that he’s ran afoul of the law. Why in hell’s name was he not made to enter the program after the first such alleged incident with regard to his run in with law enforcement in Lake Tahoe ? Alcohol it is also alleged played a part in that incident . Never mind the fact that the coaching staff and front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers have appeared to be as docile as a church mouse in now dealing with all three incidents concerning their Pro Bowl and Superbowl winning quarterback . You’d have thought that an alleged disciplinarian such as the Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin might have and show “some balls” ? But I guess he has been emasculated by his players having won a Superbowl alongside them as their coach ?
One would now think that the NFL and the fact its image conscious commissioner Roger Goodell would on appearance want to be proactive in dealing with such incidents concerning the players and their off the field troubles ? But you’d be hard pressed to really see anything of that nature forthcoming from the commissioner. It were as if he were some “gilded lily” waiting to be watered in order for him to spring to life. If the truth be told the complete lack of action by the NFLPA is as equally disturbing ! And NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has shown little if any resolve , in either making a public statement , much less gathering the executive members of his board together , to see how best to deal with this ongoing problem , in conjunction with the NFL .
For all “three individuals “ mentioned, the pain they’ve no doubt caused the immediate members of their families can’t be overlooked . But hopefully, the actions that they now each seek to take will in some way their attitude and give them a much more healthy respect of others and also for those said to be closest to them. Above all also , each has to stand and be held accountable for the actions and transgressions rather than trying to hide behind the facade of a lie. When “the lie” becomes a repeated effort to shy away from responsibility for one’s actions . In reality , it shows and says a great deal about that person and their complete lack of character and moral fiber !
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