Ben Roethlisberger

As yet ESPN refuses to report on the story that the Pittsburgh Steelers QB has been accused of rape. What do you readers think, is this a racial thing? If Ben were a Pacman Jones would ESPN ignore the story? Is it just a marketing concern (Ben is on Shaq’s new reality show, plus MNF)?

ESPN claims they don’t report civil trials, but a simple google search shows that in fact, they do, constantly. For example, two years ago when Randy Moss was sued by a woman, and won his case. Of course, he’s black… And a troublemaker unlike Roethlisberger, who hasn’t ever been in trouble… Except when he crashed his bike or was photographed getting belligerently drunk…

What’s your explanation for ESPN’s (in)actions?

6 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger”

  1. 1 shatraw
    July 22, 2009 at 11:42 am

    i don’t know if it’s a “racial thing” but it’s definite favoritism. i’m sure there are white players that would not be above having ESPN report their misdoings. big ben, however, is a precious marketing commodity that ESPN is in bed with, so that’s kind of like shitting where they eat.

    big ben is apparently a rapist though. how about that?

    • July 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm

      I’m not sure it’s a racial thing either, I just wonder about it because I feel like if this were Vince Young they’d be handling it all very differently. There’s definitely some marketing stuff involved here though

    • July 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

      Also, it’s not like the NFL or the Steelers are ignoring this, both have made statements and are investigating, so it makes ESPNs inactions all the more suspicious and confusing.

    • 4 shatraw
      July 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      you should email ESPN and ask for a comment.

  2. 5 myummers
    July 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    whatever the reason, you can bet it’s a nefarious one. this is espn we’re talking about, after all. but i don’t necessarily buy the “in bed with roethlisberger” theory. aren’t they essentially in bed with everyone then? they show nfl, nba, and mlb games. and didn’t they have a show about bonds a couple years back? as i recall, they’ve been reporting a bunch about him and steroids for oh about the last 4 years…

  3. 6 The Roomate
    July 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Has he been accused or actually charged? It makes sense that ESPN would wait to see if its a real story or not, I’m sure there are rape accusations against famous athletes all the time by goldiggin’ whores that we don’t hear about…

    And with that, Happy Birthday Slanch of the Slanch Report!!!

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