The NFL has made their suspension of Ben Roethlisberger official, and they've released a lengthy statement that includes excerpts from Roger Goodell's letter to the QB. Roethlisberger "must undergo a comprehensive behavioral evaluation by medical professionals and will be suspended without pay for the first six games of the regular season for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy".
I've been following the back-and-forth that's gone on across various forms of media today, and I feel like the following point needs made, for everyone who said this isn't fair for Roethlisberger: don't forget that this is a business. If you believe for one second that Goodell has enjoyed benching one of his league's biggest stars (as well as the incredible scrutiny of himself and his policies), I think you're terribly misled. And in that same vein, I can't imagine that the Steelers were enthralled at the prospect of dealing their two-time Super Bowl-winning QB, of which there are a grand total of two in the NFL.
The easy thing would've been for the team and the league to look the other way. It certainly happened enough in Major League Baseball with their PED problem for a very long time. But consider that the Steelers are basically giving up on their franchise QB 15 months after Super Bowl 43, and the league just put him on ice for up to six weeks. That's heavy stuff. Don't assume you know all the details of what's gone down with Roethlisberger in the past, because I sure don't. Say what you want, but whatever problems were there with Ben must have been extremely bad, because from a business point of view, this is a major blow to both the Steelers and the NFL.
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