There was a point about three years ago that Carmelo Anthony was tiring out the front office of the Denver Nuggets. The stop snitching taping, the fight at the garden and other off court transgressions was hampering his relationship with the team and fans and there were grumblings about a possible exodus of Carmelo from Denver. Now we in the present day we sit back and marvel at his maturity and the way he handles himself as a growing superstar. The point of this story is that Ben Roethlisberger needs to look at Carmelo as an example of when to grow-up and stop acting like an immature idiot.
In case you missed it, Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in a nightclub in a small town in Georgia for apparently messing around with a 20 year-old college girl, he is 28. He bought her and her friends cherry bombs and every other thing a rambunctious young man does to seduce women, except he is a six-year veteran in the NFL and a two-time super bowl champion.
It doesn’t bother me that he wants to plow a young eager fan, in honesty that’s fine, he’s an athlete, and as we know athletes get certain privileges in life that are not fair but understood. Yet this isn’t his first offense for sexual assault. It happened in Reno just last year, after a super bowl win no less where he was accused by a hotel worker of the same crime. Also add to the fact that he has had a car accident for reckless driving of a motorcycle and Roethlisberger has been in more off season drama than the average NFL-er in his career.
This is not the same guy who seems to make every intelligent decision on the football field whenever the camera is on. Not the guy who led a super bowl winning drive just two years ago against Arizona with just under two minutes left. Not the same guy who can keep a play alive with his feet and toss a nice pass to Hines Ward for a first down and to keep numerous drives going. This guy is a hooligan, an immature brat who is taking advantage of his fame and doesn’t understand the consequences, or he does and just thinks that he can rise above them because he plays quarterback.
Who’s going to tell him this though? He is the face of the Steelers and the owner of and $102 million contract. How can the Rooney’s and Mike Tomlin get inside of his head and tell him that his behavior is unacceptable? It’s easy to say you’re going to do it, but it’s another thing to carry it out. Just look at Allen Iverson, if the Sixers or Nuggets would have told him to stop his silly behavior instead of trading him over and over than maybe he wouldn’t be in his current predicament. Not saying that Roethlisberger is in the same situation, but it can get to that point if he isn’t careful.
You don’t see Tom Brady doing these things, or the Mannings, nor Drew Brees, the elite Qb’s in the league handle themselves with class, respect and if they have some dirty laundry they don’t air it out for all to see. Roethlisberger is elite in the sense of game play, yet he should take a lot at his peers to understand how he should really conduct himself all the time and truly one of the faces of the game of football and not just Pittsburgh.
Roethlisberger needs to stop this and now. He is embarrassing himself, the team he plays for and the league. He needs to mature into the type of person he is on Sundays off of the field. No more immature behavior, random acts of stupidity and shooting himself in the foot. Take it from Carmelo Ben; staying in the news for athletic achievements is better than being in the news for idiotic behavior.