We are in an era of high-profile tawdriness among our highest profile athletic stars. From Tiger to Big Ben and now LT, we are seeing patterns of behavior that have gone unchecked for years and, in the case of Taylor, decades.
By suspending Roethlisberger, Roger Goodell is sending a message to the entire NFL cohort that it is a privilege and responsibility to play in the league, and that off-the-field misconduct will not be tolerated.
With Goodell's mantra that playing the NFL is a privilege and not a right, consequences are probable here.
The Steelers seem to be cleaning house. They are ridding themselves of troubled players who don't fit the Steeler mold. Well, if that's the case then Roethlisberger should start packing his bags as well.
While enjoying the plaudits of the crowd, star athletes begin to believe they are special. Athletes should not get away with what otherwise would be criminal or civil offenses.
Media coverage of the incident has been hypocritical, particularly from a racial standpoint. Say as you wish, but if Roethlisberger were African-American he'd be covered with a higher level of persistence and scrutiny.
They'll unpave paradise and put up a football stadium? Dodgers owner Frank McCourt wants to bring an NFL franchise to LA and have it play in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.
While we don't know the facts about Ben Roethlisberger's case, we do know that the lead prosecutor investigating it seems to be taking his public duty seriously. We tip our hats to Fred Bright.
Should we as African-Americans be more upset at the racist stereotypes being "celebrated" at a college frat party or at the behavior of those like Antonio Cromartie which feed into them?
At the beginning of this NBA season, the Wizards featured an NBA Jams-worthy triumvirate and had visions of a playoff run. Fast forward to today, and the team has been gutted.
Thank you Gilbert Arenas, Marvin Harrison and Plaxico Burress for helping to legitimize the stereotypes of Black men as being violent and felonious, irrespective of education or wealth.
Sarah Palin should come to the Nation's Capital and speak out in support of Arenas' right to tote. She could sell some books at the same time and it would be wonderful theater.