Ben Roethlisberger Is Not the Smartest Man
I am a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and like any fan, my first instinct is always to defend my hometown players. However, with the rash of news that has surfaced lately about Ben Roethlisberger (and Santonio Holmes) I fear the cynicism I first formed as a Pirates fan has now crept into other realms.
Many people have lambasted Terry Bradshaw over the years for either appearing to be or flat out being a less-than-bright fellow. However, he has his moments of clarity. Case in point:
Bradshaw is right. While I personally believe that, given the complete lack of evidence against him, we can't really accuse Big Ben of anything other than being dumb. That being said, I'm one of the more clear-headed sports fans out there, and as Bradshaw alluded to, perception is reality.
Now, a Boston attorney by the name of Harry Manion has added that he was part of a third investigation against Roethlisberger, and added this:
“Unless he’s totally brain dead — and we don’t know — he would be scared,” Manion said. “Because he has really walked a perilous line here...And you know, there’s only so far that he said/she said will get you. There’s only so far that paying hush money will get you, if hush money is paid. And there’s only so far that, ‘Gee, we’re celebrities, we have a target on our back,’ will get you. When you see this much smoke, month after month and continuously …”
Manion and Bradshaw are right. Ben and others (including, previously, myself) might deem it unfair for him to be criminalized when he hasn't been convicted of any crime, but when you hear a story often enough, people are going to start to wonder, and that's the last thing his reputation needs.