Dear Roger, don't reduce Big Ben's suspension
ESPN is reporting that Ben Roethlisberger will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday to discuss reducing the length of the Steelers QB's six-game suspension.
Goodell said if Roethlisberger takes steps to clean up his act, he could see the original six-game suspension reduced to five or even four games. The NFL has previously said Roethlisberger will miss a minimum of four games. So he won't play against the Ravens' on Oct. 3 even if he does see a reduction.
Goodell met with Roethlisberger earlier this month and, according to ESPN, said he was impressed with how he has re-shaped his life after being accused of sexually assaulting a college student in Georgia. Roethlisberger was not charged with a crime but was suspended six games by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy.
It's unfortunate that Goodell is likely to reduce the penalty. After reading allegations in police documents made available when it was determined Roethlisberger would not be charged, he doesn't deserve having his penalty reduced. If anything, it should be lengthened.
Has Roethlisberger really learned his lesson? C'mon. He saw his NFL career and everything that goes with it (endorsements, huge salary, the entourage) flash before his eyes.
But he's suddenly a changed man? While Goodell might be impressed with Roethlisberger's progress, we're not. It takes a lot more than a few months to prove that you've turned your life around. The clock is still ticking on Big Ben.