The Ben Roethlisberger Situation: Not a Race Issue for Goodell

March 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In an article on ESPN.com , Jemele Hill attempts to compare the recent allegations against Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger with those of Pacman Jones and Michael Vick.
Meanwhile, she wonders why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has failed to act, implying that race is the reason.
Look, that is bull and here is why.
First of all, comparing Roethlisberger's situation with those of repeat offenders like Pacman and the horrendous actions of a Mike Vick are ludicrous. It's apples and oranges.
Vick was already charged and had appeared in court before Goodell did anything.
Pacman Jones was arrested or questioned by police multiple times in multiple states and was charged with felonies in two states before he was suspended.

Second, even if he wanted to do something, just what can Goodell legally do at this point?
It's a case of "he said, she said" and as the author herself notes, no charges have been brought offi...

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