Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
When you start having shootouts, I think that's the perfect time to draw the line. But not everything is that serious.
With regard to Roethlisberger, I am uneasy about punishing him for something that never got past the allegation stage. Charges were never filed. He most certainly was never indicted or prosecuted. Sexual assault is a big deal, but the truth is the guy got punished for never being charged with a crime. I find there to be a problem with that... after all, what happened to innocent until proven guilty?
Roethlisberger, by a lot of accounts, seems to have some major issues. If he did do as was alleged, shame on him. But I do not condone the NFL going after someone when the law didn't. The Duke lacrosse situation should have taught us to be careful before we jump the gun on all allegations.
The NFL's goal is to stop things from reaching the shootout stage. Like I said before, Favre has now potentially moved from cheating husband to sexual deviant. The next step is when the line truly needs to be drawn. But the NFL doesn't want it to reach that stage.
Regarding Big Ben, I always thought it was odd that he got as harsh a penalty as he did for allegations. That leads me to believe that there is more to it.