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04:58 PM on 03/25/2010
Mr. Rogers you stated the following:
Slice the deck as you wish, if Roethlisberger were African-American there would be no independent investigation, DNA would have to be submitted and a meeting with Goodell would have already taken place.
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I guess Ray Lewis and Jamal Lewis didn't use the the same independent private investigator in their cases, Charles Mittelstadt, that Roethlisberger has? And please provide this list of African American players that have met with Goodell prior to any charges being filed? Dude, you need to get your facts straight.
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Dexter Rogers
05:29 PM on 03/25/2010
My facts are fine. The premise of my commentary is Ben is getting a pass because he's a white quarterback in the NFL. He plays the glamour position in the game. He's won two Super Bowls. Had an African-American quarterback been in the SAME situation as Ben is in now he would have MORE persistent coverage. You think African-American athletes are covered the same as white athletes?
04:36 PM on 03/25/2010
By the way, the reason they don't want his DNA is that she didn't have any DNA evidence from her accuser on her body or clothing after testing the substances that were found. That's already been reported.
04:35 PM on 03/25/2010
Isn’t there enough issues of real racism in the world to concentrate on without trying to conjure it up with the way a pro football QB is being portrayed in the media? Why does race have to be an issue in this situation? Roethlisberger hasn't even been charged with any crime. These are accusations that are still being investigated. I don’t see the purpose of these type of racial bias claims. Seems like it stirs the pot rather than performing any constructive good. The guy hasn’t been charged. The case for the prosecution is falling apart after just a few weeks and the case will probably be dropped anyhow.
I'm no Roethlisberger apologist. He's definitely guilty of bad judgment. As previously pointed out by others here, there’s been a plethora of questioning and critical reports about Roethlisberger's behavior and activities in the media, not just on the night of the alleged crime, but in general. He hasn't been going through this unscathed. His image is taking a gigantic hit right now. If these charges start to stick, he'll feel some heat in the media. Maybe then, a comparison can be drawn to black athletes that have had to face criminal charges. I'm really not sure I understand what you want the media to do differently in this case. Shout from the highest mountain that Ben is guilty? Is that what would make you happy? That wasn't done in the Bryant case. Please don't make it out like it was.
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Dexter Rogers
05:39 PM on 03/25/2010
Thanks for your response. I feel what you are saying. Yes, there's a lot of racism in other sectors of this country. President Obama is under fire for his Health Care Plan and folks have tweeted they want him dead. And not solely because of the plan-it's because a combination of his politics and his complexion. Facts are, if Big Ben were African-American he would face MORE scrutiny than he has up to this point. Do you think African-American athletes and white athletes get covered with the same level of consistency?
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04:22 PM on 03/25/2010
latest from Jason Whitlock, a man not afraid to point out hypocrisy in race matters. He's behind the NFL's wait and see attitude with Ben but he does equate Roethlisberger to Pacman Jones. Feel free to disagree with Mr. Whitlock. http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/the-truth-behind-big-ben-mcnabb-tebow
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Dexter Rogers
04:41 PM on 03/25/2010
I respect Whitlock's position but I typically disagree with him. I view him as an accomodator. Where he could make a difference he seems like he's taking a stand but in my opinion it's typically the wrong one. Watch my recent appearance on CNN and it will break down how it really is:
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Dexter Rogers
04:41 PM on 03/25/2010
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/03/12/sanchez.football.dbl.standard.cnn
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03:06 PM on 03/25/2010
Dexter, we must watch and read different news outlets because from my perspective, Big Ben has been crucified by the press before indictments have been served. What can Goodell do at this point but lecture Ben. Forget race. This is all about image and the fall afterwards.
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Dexter Rogers
01:06 PM on 03/25/2010
Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them. I hope you keep reading whether you agree or disagree. Now to address your comments. No, it's about the "white guys" turn. It should be a level of consistency in media coverage on the MAINSTREAM. My question to you is simply this: If Ben Roethlisberger were an African-American quarterback would he be getting MORE or LESS media coverage?

Again, thanks for stopping by. Peace.
01:20 PM on 03/25/2010
It is impossible to tell or compare at this point. In all the examples you mentioned a crime or indecency had already been committed. None has been known, admitted, or proved yet with Roethlisberger.
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12:46 PM on 03/25/2010
The alleged victim refuses to cooperate with the police. Her sorority sisters refused to support her. There is no physical evidence...

There is no case.
11:47 AM on 03/25/2010
The racial conspiracy theories are getting old. Ronnie Brown and Will Allen have been arrested AND CHARGED with DUI . Tony McDaniels has been arrested and CHARGED with domestic violence. Those are serious charges. Donte Stallworth KILLED a man when Stallworth was drunk AND high. Killing people is pretty serious, no? McDaniel was charged with domestic violence. Beating women is serious. They've been arrested and charged. Suspended? No. Goodell meeting announced? No. Are they being treated differently? Ben is under is far more scrutiny than the 3 black Dolphins' players that have ACTUALLY BEEN CHARGED WITH CRIMES. Ben hasn't been charged. The media coverage has slowed because until the investigation is complete there's nothing to talk about that hasn't been beaten like a dead horse, of course with the exception of the racist nonsense. Roethlisberger isn't being treated differently than anyone else. If he's charged, he'll get suspended (if not cut ). If he's found guilty, that suspension will be HUGE and he'll definitely be cut. So please, stop trying to jump on the old, used up, virtually valueless and overplayed racecard, especially when the full hand hasn't even been dealt yet. Lastly, you cry about media coverage. It's discussed EVERYDAY on sports networks, and the last time I checked (2 sconds ago) there are 8,124 articles that can be found on google regarding Ben. 8,124!!!!. Go check yourself. That's a RIDICULOUS amount of coverage. No one has anything knew to say, including you: It's racist! Is it? Or are
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Dexter Rogers
12:48 PM on 03/25/2010
Thank you for your comments. Yes, there a lot of articles on the internet about Ben these days. What about MAINSTREAM coverage? Kobe, Ray Lewis, Mike Vick, Plax etc. were all covered with a high level of coverage BEFORE they were charged. Ben has not been charged. This is second sexual allegation charge in as many years. Bottom line: If it were an African-American quarterback it would be more coverage both mainstream and online. All I suggest is be consistent with coverage irrespective of color. Peace!
01:07 PM on 03/25/2010
No, what your suggesting is racial in terms of media coverage. I have seen plenty of mainstream coverage in the past month to suggest "fairness" by your terms in these ALLEGATIONS.
01:12 PM on 03/25/2010
What exactly is there for the media to cover at this point??? Everything has been quiet and the alleged victims name has been withheld so nothing to investigate there. With all the other athletes you mentioned the victims were named. Ray Lewis-MURDER-VICTIM NAMED, BRYANT-VICTIM OR MISTRESS WAS NAMED, WOOD-SEVERAL MISTRESSES NAMED. Point being there is nowhere for the media to branch off its coverage to. If your so sure of your opinion then why don't you give the mainstream media suggestions on what they SHOULD be covering at this point. Obviously there is nowhere to go with or you wouldn't have resorted to writing this very article.
11:39 AM on 03/25/2010
There is something called the presumption of innocence in the American criminal justice system, and as of today, Ben has not been charged in a criminal investigation. Not the matter in Georgia NOR the one in Nevada, which is a civil matter only as the plaintiff never contacted the police; draw your own conclusions on that one.
Goodell should not do anything penalizing Ben until the police have concluded their investigation. He is more than in his rights as commissioner to have a "come to Jesus" meeting with Ben, because frankly, he needs to be counseled on his public appearances and behavioral choices.
Unless he is charged and convicted, I assume Ben is innocent.
I don't think he is getting a pass because he is white either. There are plenty of speculations and articles out there talking about it.
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Dexter Rogers
12:54 PM on 03/25/2010
Thank you for you comment. Much appreciated. There is suppose to be a presumption of innocence but we all know the court of public opinion socially engineers the minds of many to draw a conviction before cases reach trial. So let's keep it real here. Also, this incident took place Mar. 5. Goodell just spoke out on the incident a day or so ago. This is his second allegation. Furthermore, Ben is not getting a pass "solely" on color but it does play a part. View the following video where I appeared on CNN which breaks it down: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/03/12/sanchez.football.dbl.standard.cnn

Peace!
11:37 AM on 03/25/2010
This is possibly the dumbest perspective I have ever heard. I guess the entire media world is out to protect the guy too, right? It has nothing to do with race, or protecting this guy over that guy. Dude is single, not married, unlike Kobe, Tiger, etc..

Here's the thing. It is a fact that rich athletes get away with things you and I cannot because of money. It is a fact that women chase rich athletes to get their claws into the quick cash and fame. In short, it is what it is, and the lack of coverage might simply mean that this dude is just not as famous as KOBE or TIGER, and therefore, not as interesting, period.
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Dexter Rogers
12:59 PM on 03/25/2010
I appreciate your comments. Thanks for you time. Now to address your comment. Ben is pretty famous. How many other quarterbacks in the NFL can say they have 2 Super rings at age 28? Furthermore, this is his second sexual assault allegation in as many years. The first one in all likelyhood will be heading to court. My point is this, if Ben were African-American there would more persistent coverage in the MAINSTREAM. A lot of what's online never makes it the networks. Wouldn't you agree? I bet if Michael Vick or any other African-American quarterback was in the same shoes as Ben there would be much more coverage. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/03/12/sanchez.football.dbl.standard.cnn
11:23 AM on 03/25/2010
I wonder how many white men would have criminal records or at least arrest records if we face the same level of police scrutiny as African American Men. I definitely would have been arrested a couple of times.

BTW, I'm a white male. My reaction to the first accusation: "he probably did it."
11:19 AM on 03/25/2010
I Agree... Goodell sat down with them after they were convicted of a crime Ben hasn't even been charged with anything they are still investigating.

Keep up these very interesting and pointless articles
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Dexter Rogers
01:04 PM on 03/25/2010
Thank you for your response. I will keep up the pointless articles. Because they are so pointless they got me on world-wide television with CNN on Rick's List. Thanks for stopping by. Peace!http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2010/03/12/sanchez.football.dbl.standard.cnn
01:23 PM on 03/25/2010
It got you on there because the MAINSTREAM media is that desperate to find another ANGLE to cover on this case.
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11:02 AM on 03/25/2010
So, even though the media learned from the MISTAKES they made in the Kobe trial, you want them to INTENTIONALLY REPEAT THOSE MISTAKES again, because this time...it's a white guy's turn.

That's rational.

Did Goodell sit down with Vick or Stallworth or Burress before they were charged with crimes? No, he did not.

Would it be appropriate for Goodell to meet with Ben before knowing what the charges are? Not really.