"What Got To Me Today" series, "Sports For Chicks" (not necessarily chicks who play sports!) and Essays and Excerpts
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sports For Chicks: What to do about Roethlisberger
Okay ladies, I need some feedback. Last month I posted about how dispicable it is that Ben Roethlisberger, star quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, only received a 4-6 week suspension from game play after he continues to particpate in sexually abusive behavior toward women. Here is an excerpt from my previous blog:
For those of you unfamiliar with this particular topic, here it is in a nutshell: Ben Roethlisberger is the beloved quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a 20 year old woman in a bathroom while two of his cronies guarded the door. He did not rebut the charges. This is not his first alleged sexual abuse. He kind of has a habit of women accusing him of not knowing the meaning of "no means no". This is the second time he's had to say something like, " I'm sorry this makes my team look bad" but never sorry to the girl.
The question now becomes, what are we, the women football fans, going to do about it? I got a couple of comments from that blog, but have had many discussions as to whether or not there should be a real boycott of big Ben from lady fans. Do we think we can make a difference? Should we contact some national women's organizations to try and get some publicity behind us? Is this a good way to bring awareness to rape and domestic abuse, while making sure our beloved NFL doesn't let these kinds of athletes bear their awesome logo?
I'm a huge NFL fan. This is not to make our favorite teams look bad (Go Lions!), I just think the NFL Commissioner should know that a lot of women pay for their sport. We deserve a little respect, not a slap in the face compared to Ben Roethlisberger's slap on the wrist.