Ben Roethlisberger

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Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension came of no surprise to me. Even though Ben was never arrested or found guilty on the rape charges, his image is a reflection of the National Football League. Mr. Roger Goodell has every right to punish one of the league’s superstars that give the NFL a bad name.

However, I’m not sure that an average person in the working world would undergo the same treatment Ben has gotten. Due to his highly recognizable name, the media has swarmed the story and reported multiple instances of women stepping forward who claim to have been sexually assaulted as well. I’m not sure an average working individual would have been laid off or given a “suspension” from work because of legal issues in their private lives. Especially if that individual was not found guilty in court.

Since Roger Goodell has stepped into office as commissioner, he has put his foot down on legal issues with his employees. Some examples of this include when Donte Stallworth killed a man while driving his car under the influence of alcohol, Adam “Pacman” Jones’s constant trouble with the police, and Michael Vick’s dog allegations. Before entering the league as commissioner, the National Football League was known for employing “thugs” or not well behaved football players.

One notably interesting thing I recall Goodell accomplishing is creating a program for incoming NFL rookies before their season starts. Last year, I believe Deion Sanders took all the first round draft picks and accompanied them through the NFL Hall of Fame. He first asked all the rookies if this was a place they wanted to be once they retire. After agreeing, Deion delivered a strong message that indicated the only way to be in the Hall of Fame is through hard work and being a positive influence in society.

Going back to the Ben Roethlisberger suspension, I believe NFL players do need to be…...

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