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Roger Goodell and Steelers should suspend Ben Roethlisberger for PR purposes

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Ben Roethlisberger has been spared from doing any jail time once again for an alleged sexual assault. On one side of the fence we can say "where there's smoke, there's usually fire." Then again, Roethlisberger hasn't even been charged of a crime in this case, let alone convicted.

With that said, he's possibly engaging in some questionable conduct if two women within the span of a year are accusing him of such acts, which occurred while he was out in public drinking with his friends.  Profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio, wrote a column for The Sporting News about the Roethlisberger situation and hinted that Ben Roethlisberger reached a settlement with the alleged victim. Mike Florio is a lawyer (aside from being a successful writer) so he certainly knows the legal X's and O's.  Ben Roethlisberger drunk

The key thing we have point out is Roethlisberger is guilty of no crime.  He's being accused and if anything is guilty of "putting himself out there" while hanging out with his drinking buddies in public.  Is that reason enough to suspend him? Absolutely not.  Even though the photographic evidence is out there (see photo on right) to see he doesn't exactly do the smartest things in public. 

Roger Goodell is caught between a rock and a hard place. This issue isn't about race, but in a racially charged country, that card will be played.  NFL players like Michael Vick and Pacman Jones engaged in sordid behavior and were rightfully suspended.  However, if Goodell doesn't suspend Roethlisberger, then you can be certain critics will scream bloody murder.

The Steelers, who just gave away Santonio Holmes to the Jets (due to off the field issues) may suspend Roethlisberger just for PR purposes and not because he's actually guilty of anything.

That's the tough choice Goodell has to make for the NFL and I wouldn't want to be the one making that decision.  I happen to think he has to suspend Roethlisberger only on those grounds alone, not because he's actually guilty, but just to satisfy the public. Thus, Ben Roethlisberger would in effect become the PR Sacrificial Lamb. 

Goodell is set to meet with Roethlisberger today. 

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