With the recent news of the killing of Harambe the gorilla and the harassment that ensued, it allows me the opportunity to address something that has been stuck in my craw for a number of years now.
Most of us are familiar with Michael Vick. He was the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons when he was arrested in 2007 for operating a dog fighting ring on his property. After his arrest it was revealed to the public that not only was Vick running a dog fighting ring but he had also committed some unspeakable acts against dogs that had lost their fights. Vick was convicted and spent 18 months in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Ben Roethlisberger has been the starting quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2004. Since that time has won the storied franchise two Super Bowl championships, however, he is not without controversy of his own. In 2010 Roethlisberger was accused of allegedly raping a woman in the bathroom of a Georgia nightclub. His security detail was even accused of not only allegedly standing at the bathroom door while the alleged rape took place but also interfering with the police investigation. Roethlisberger was never charged due to a lack of evidence. Many people seem to think that he got away with it due to his stature within the sports world.
Since serving his sentence Michael Vick has not only stayed out of trouble but lobbied for a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to willingly watch a dog fight and a felony for bringing a child to a dog fight. Roethlisberger never even saw the inside of a holding cell which a number of people say was a miscarriage of justice.
So why is Michael Vick still reviled while Roethlisberger is heralded as a hero in Pittsburgh? The answer is simple. As a society, at least here in America, we value the welfare of animals more than our fellow human beings. I’m not saying that Michael Vick is a saint by any means, however, he paid his debt to society and has kept his nose clean since his release from prison yet he’s still reviled to this day. Meanwhile an alleged rapist is celebrated around the NFL like he’s the second coming of Christ. If the accusations are to be believed he violated a woman sexually against her will. Even if Roethlisberger had done time people would have been more willing to forgive a rapist than an animal abuser.
Here’s the cold hard truth people, animals, including all of your pets and mine, are lesser life forms. It doesn’t matter if they’re dogs, cats, horses, gorillas or what have you, when it comes right down to it we are the dominant species of our world. We should have more sympathy for a thinking and feeling human victim of rape than an abused animal yet we anthropomorphize animals into being an equal species on the level of man. I’m not advocating animal abuse but at the end of the day people are more important than animals. Yes, our pets may be cute and fluffy but when all is said and done they’re just animals yet we’ll value the life of a dog we never even knew over the welfare of a rape victim. Just one more instance that shows as a society our priorities are are nowhere near in order.
As for the off-field problems that nearly derailed his career before the season, Williams adds, “Winning cures a lot of things. A lot of sins are forgiven.”
Not in my eyes. The only redemption that Doucheliesberger can give is if he left the Steelers.
This isn’t the Cowboys or the Bengals we’re talking about. It’s the Pittsburgh freakin’ Steelers. A team that I thought held its players to a higher standard but I guess I was wrong. As a long time Steelers fan I am embarrassed that this douchetastic assclown is the QB. He could win 10 Super Bowls and I wouldn’t care. He is a black eye on the history of the Steelers that should be expunged.
I hope the Jets continue their winning streak against the AFC powerhouses tomorrow and send the Steelers packing.
So I have this problem. I’ve been a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers since I was 10-years-old. Granted back then the Steelers were the team in the NFL. Little kids, being what they are, want to root for winners so there was a lot of us that were Steeler fans. Little kids are the worst front-runners. Not to mention that growing up in South Jersey we didn’t really have our own team. There were mostly Eagles fans mixed in with some Giants fans.
There was one year that the Steelers played the Eagles in a preseason game. The Steelers won the game and my dad knew a guy who worked security at Vets Stadium and was able to get me into the Steelers locker room. I got to meet a lot of Steeler legends that day. I got to meet and get autographs from Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, and my favorite player of all time Rocky Bleier. My Steeler jersey carries the number 20 worn by Bleier. I cherish this memory because it was one of the few good memories I share with my father but I digress.
As I got older I did not abandon the Steelers as teams like the Cowboys *spit* and 49ers began building their own dynasties. I was no fair weather fan. I suffered through the Bubby Brister years. I was heartbroken when Neil O’Donnell threw away our chance of winning a Super Bowl against the hated Cowboys. I witnessed the deterioration of Kordell Stewart after he transitioned from Slash to the starting QB.
Then came Ben Roethlisberger. Supposedly the best QB the Steelers had since the much vaunted Terry Bradshaw. You can’t argue with results. He took the Steelers back to the promised land of the Super Bowl twice and was victorious both times. Not that there weren’t problems along the way.
Roethlisberger is obviously not the brightest crayon in the box when he’s away from football. He missed some games after crashing his motorcycle while not wearing a helmet. Now in the past year he’s been accused in a pair of sexual assaults. He wasn’t charged by police but the NFL thought there was enough evidence to suspend him for a handful of games.
I’ve never been a big Roethlisberger fan. Pittsburgh has a history of its QBs melting down. When they gave him the multi-year multi-million dollar contract I knew it was a mistake. Now with his suspension now served he’s back under center for the Steelers.
Call me a pussy if you want but I don’t want an ‘alleged’ sexual predator being the QB for my team. I can’t in good conscience root for the Steelers while he is such an integral part of the team. If they were to win the Super Bowl this year I would not acknowledge it.
Now the problem is who do I root for in the meantime. That’s where fantasy football comes in. Each year I always end up with an inordinate amount of players from a specific team. This year that team is the San Diego Chargers. Not the best team to root for but at least I have somewhat of a vested interest in their success. Philip Rivers is the QB on two of my teams and I also have various running backs and wide receivers scattered throughout all three of my teams.
So for the 2010 season I will be a Chargers fan unless the Steelers get rid of Roethlisberger before then.