Big Ben: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

April 14, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Americans are well aware of the legal standard "innocent until proven guilty." It is a phrase that epitomizes our sense of fairness, our creed of being a nation of laws, not men. It is, however, only a legal standard. In the mind of the public, the accused are often guilty whether or not they are ever proven to be so. I needn't go into the details of the O.J. Simpson case to prove my point.
This is where Pittsburgh Steelers fans find themselves today. Ben Roethlisberger, their two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, has been proven guilty of nothing. He has never been charged with a crime (except riding a motorcycle without a helmet with out the proper license).
In the minds of many however, he is guilty of something. Some say it is poor judgement, embarrassing the league and the team. Others will still believe that he raped a college girl in the cramped bathroom of a Georgia nightclub. We are free to believe what we like, we aren't bound by the concept of "innocent until pr...

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