One of the more striking moments of the NFL Draft occurred when fans bashed Ben Roethlisberger just before the Pittsburgh Steelers' first-round selection was announced. The crowd chanted, "She said no," in reference to details from the police investigation of the quarterback's alleged sexual assault in March.
What made the chants especially notable was that Pittsburgh's pick was to be announced by Zach Hatfield, a 15-year-old who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia and who endured a heart attack last summer. The crowd's jeers turned to cheers right when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed the microphone over to Hatfield.
It turns out the Belfry, Ky. native had a plan to fully leverage his time at the NFL Draft, which he described to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as "probably the best day of my life." While backstage with Goodell, the teenager asked the commissioner if "maybe you could unsuspend Ben Roethlisberger?"
Unsurprisingly, Goodell declined to accomodate Hatfield's request. Roethlisberger is currently suspended for six games and is forced to undergo a "comprehensive behavioral evaluation," although the punishment could drop to four games. For more information about Hatfield, check out the rest of the Post-Gazette article.