Charges were dropped, he’s a free man. Until he gets convicted of something I assume everything was consentual, even if drunkenly so.
If camera phones, close circuit TV in bars, and women who’re quick to call “assault” was the norm back in the 60’s I think we’d have much different views on guys like Joe Namath, Mickey Mantle, hell maybe even Roger Staubach and Johnny Unitas.
I think the whole thing with Big Ben is that he’s out being a playboy and he’s a millionaire and being careless about it. That doesn’t sit well with a lot of folks, and the media, espn, nfl network, and all the talk radio shows now have something to talk about at a time of year when there’s hardly ANYTHING to talk about except a lackluster draft whose format is lame this year.
And because Basketball, Hockey, and Baseball can’t hold a candle to Football.
The other thing I’m curious about is 6-Burgs new zero tolerance policy. Must have a Big Ben exemption clause?
$100 million franchise QBs get a lot more rope than a top 20 WR with one year left on his rookie deal. The organization gave Ben a huge signing bonus two years ago, and they can’t recoup any of that money if they trade him. The Rooneys are old-school Irish, so you can be damn sure they aren’t going to absorb that kind of a loss unless he gets in trouble again.
It’s a simple business decision. I will be shocked if they trade him. Steelers fans may be upset now, but they’ll be screaming bloody murder if we trade him and end up 6-10 this year.