In case you missed it by now, this week’s SI cover article is one of those exhaustive, 6-page investigative with like five authors that they do better than anyone. It’s the most in depth look at the rampant asshatery of Ben Roethlisberger done to date. And among just a few of the highlights:
*A “few months” after he mashed his face into a car while flipping his motorcycle, a Pittsburgh TV station rolled tape of him riding without a helmet again, and he flipped them the bird as he drove away. But the station pussied out on airing the tape because they were afraid of losing access to the team over it.
*After he raped the Harrah’s employee in Lake Tahoe, an executive of the hotel told the victim that if she said anything about it, company president John Koster would have her fired and added “That guy [Roethlisberger] can have anyone he wants.”
*Ben has a real problem with waitstaff people. When another Harrah’s employee ID’ed one of his dates, Roethlisberger and his entourage “mocked, made fun of and mimicked” him, and Ben told the guy Koster was a friend of his. A few days later, the waiter, who’d worked there for 12 years, was fired.
*At a TGI Fridays, Roethlisberger was waited on by a pregnant woman. Apparently not interested in raping her due to her condition, he harassed her instead with gems like “Did your boyfriend forget to pull out?”
*On most home game days, Roethlisberger and his merry band of douchebags hit a place called the Fox & Hound, where on at least two occasions he chewed & screwed. Once the waitress chased him into the parking lot yelling “You owe me money” before he relented and paid.
… and so on. Basically SI retraced his steps over the last 5-10 years and could barely find anyone with a kind word to say about the guy. Including the millions of Steeler fans stuck with $100 Roethlisberger jerseys and $500 tattoos of probably the most hated man in all of sports right now. Because t like I said about Lebron James the other day, stars should be judged by how they treat the little people. It’s one thing to rape defenseless girls… plenty of star athletes have done that and didn’t damage their careers a bit… but once you start screwing with people trying to earn a living in a blue collar town like Pittsburgh, you’re finished. Now all we can do is dream of a world where Roethlisberger gets his own ass fired.