Super Bowl Loss Confirms Roethlisberger Did It
February 7, 2011
(Dallas, TX) – Ben Roethlisberger had a decidedly up and down 2010 NFL season. Bookending a superb regular season and playoffs was a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss and a four-game suspension to start the year. The suspension, meted out by Commissioner Roger Goodell, was related to an offseason sexual assault allegation in Georgia – the second of Roethlisberger’s career – that did not ultimately lead to an arrest.
But still, fans, observers and even football betting sites wondered whether, because of his celebrity, Roethlisberger had avoided charges despite the seriousness of what he had done. Without a prosecutor willing to seek indictment, however, no one could ever really be sure of what had happened that Georgia night.
Until now. With his Steelers falling 31-25 to the Green Bay Packers, it’s clear that Roethlisberger is guilty.
“All through the season and into the playoffs, I was ready to believe he was innocent,” ESPN analyst Ron Jaworksi said this morning after the game. “He was playing so well, and it was such a good story. No one that good at football commits rape.”
“I mean, just look at Michael Vick. Before the season, he was a dog murderer,” Jaws went on. “But then he tears up the league, and we all realize we were wrong.”
“But Roethlisberger, I mean, he goes out there, and not only do the Steelers lose, but he throws two picks and has a totally forgettable game. That, my friends, is the tell-tale sign of a rapist.”
Jaworski wasn’t the only pundit to turn on Roethlisberger after the game.
“He’s just not a good person,” Joe Buck, who called the game for Fox, said late last night. “I always suspected it, but I wasn’t ready to say it until after the Steelers lost. His poor play confirmed it for me.”
Vegas, too, has seen fit to change course on Roethlisberger. It’s only a matter of days before prop bets about a 2011 playoff run for him turn into prop bets on games suspended. And the over/under on sexual assault allegations in 2011 has risen precipitously from 2 to 8.