Thursday, April 22, 2010
When Super Bowl heros become stupid
At first, it was going be about Ben Roethlisberger, but the more I thought about it it becomes about key players on a winning Super Bowl teams making poor judgment. NFL suspended Ben Roethlisberger for six games without pay and will not re-join the Steelers at any form til he completes "comprehensive behavioral evaluation" for violating Personal Conduct Policy. This stemming from sexual assault allegation last month in Georgia despite no charges. It marks the second time in three years he been accused of sexual misconduct. In 2006, he had a motorcycle accident with head and facial injuries as a result for not wearing a helmet. He had expired temporary motorcycle permit as well. Roethlisberger led the Steelers to two Super Bowl wins including MVP of Super Bowl XL. His suspension has Steelers thinking of trading him for this year's first round pick, but rescinded and plan to let him stay with the team. This comes after Steelers cut ties and traded wide receiver Santanio Holmes few weeks ago after series of run-ins. The last straw came after getting handed with a four-game suspension for violating NFL Substance Policy along with getting sued by a woman who claimed he threw glass at her and told her not to press charges. Holmes was MVP of Super XLIII. Another key Super Bowl player end up doing hard time. Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who made the winning catch of Super Bowl XLIII, found himself serving two-years in New York prison for a weapons charge violation after accidentally shoot himself at New York nightclub. Prior to the shooting police responded to two domestic disturbance calls at his household. It happened 10 months after the Super Bowl. Does winning the Super Bowl make a few players think they are held above higher ground and allow do something stupid off-the-field? Hopefully prison, a new change of scenery, and help of evaluation make players crash back to earth.