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Roger Godell is WRONG


  I don't know if Ben Roethlisberger's conduct as of late has been good, bad, or otherwise. I do, however, know that Roger Godell's has been bad. Two women have made claims of sexual assault against Ben. The first woman had her credibility ruined when her friend outed her as just suing for money. The second woman tried to have charges pressed, but the police investigation produced no cause for doing so. The police could find nothing to support the woman' claim, and she eventually withdrew her complaint. Did she file her complaint in civil court later, where the burden of proof is substantially lower? No, she did not.

   The point here is that we don't know if Ben sexually mistreated anyone. All he's admitted to is not being a good public figure while drunk. Anything beyond that is pure and complete speculation. This is the first time in history the NFL has suspended someone (for off field issues) who HAS NOT EVEN BEEN CHARGED with a crime. Our speculation is pretty benign, but Mr Godell's hunches are hurting a man's career for something no fact has show him to have done. If Ben's is convicted or found liable on any accusation related to these allegations, then by all means take the guy down. That has not yet happened yet Mr. Godell is treating Ben as if he should be locked up. The NFL investigated the matter independently, so something they found must have persuaded Mr. Godell that Ben did something wrong to the woman. IF that is indeed the the case, then Mr. Godell needs to be sharing these findings with law enforcement. If it implicates Ben in a crime, it ceases to be proprietary. So, Mr. Godell is either violating the law himself, or is suspending Ben on simple speculative hunches.

   If I were Ben, I would demand Mr. Godell retract his decision or I would punish Mr. Godell. I'd quit the NFL and/or lobby the NFLPA to use its weight to change his mind. Other players should be outraged about this too, because it could happen to any one of them.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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