Ben Roethlisberger may yet find himself divorced traded by the Steelers for another player who does not “put the NFL in a bad light” by “off the field conduct.” But for now, he’s simply been separated from suspended for six days without pay, following an off the field incident involving drunken college girls and a 20 year old who claimed he sexually assaulted her in a Georgia nighclub. Luckily for Ben Roethlisberger no charges were filed and he was not even arrested(?!) even though he was ordered to undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation” by the NFL. However, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Roethlisberger could find himself on a new team soon. Earlier this month, the Steelers traded wide receiver Santonio Holmes, Super Bowl XLIII’s most valuable player, to the New York Jets after an off-the-field incident.
Sounds like marriage problems could be brewing to me. Roethlisberger better submit to some marriage counseling fast if he wants to save this relationship. Although, there are some fairly strong whispers that this relationship may be irretrievably broken since this is hardly the first time that an allegation like this has surfaced against Roethlisberger. Again, the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Last year, a woman claimed she was raped by the quarterback in 2008 in a Lake Tahoe, Nev., hotel room. Although no criminal charges were filed, the woman, Andrea McNulty, filed a civil suit against Roethlisberger to compel him to make a public admission, give her an apology and $100,000.
Under the league’s policy, a professional behavioral evaluation is mandatory. Once the evaluation is completed, Roethlisberger might be allowed to return to the team for training camp and practices. However, Goodell said he would review Roethlisberger’s progress before the start of the NFL regular season and consider whether to reduce his suspension to four games.
If Roethlisberger’s fails to cooperate, the suspension could be longer.
Wow. If I were him, I’d submit to the behavioral evaluation, stat. Even if a divorce trade ensues, once he gets re-married picked up by another team…like who the Falcons?….he surely won’t want his reputation to follow him around.
Image credit: www.flickr.com