Peter King, writer for Sports Illustrated, wrote a column Monday on Roger Goodell’s investigation of Ben Roethlisberger over the off-season. In this article he wrote that Goodell had interviewed about two dozen Steelers players who spoke negatively of Roethlisberger. However, it was later realized that Goodell had not interviewed two dozen Steelers layers, but about twenty-four NFL players.
This is a huge difference because the players the commissioner spoke to had limited exposure to Big Ben, while his teammates would have seen him almost constantly before the season started. Goodell said “I met two dozen players” and “[n]ot one, not a single player, went to [Roethlisberger’s] defense.” This does not clarify what team the players played for.
King’s assumption was not without reason. Doesn’t it seem fishy that Goodell would base his decision off of what the players said even though they see Ben only for games, if that? Big Ben’s teammates would be much more reliable sources, considering they would be the ones to see him, talk with him, and interact with him almost daily.
Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger deserve some credit for handling the situation appropriately. They dismissed as a misunderstanding, before it was even publicly declared to be so.
I guess everybody makes mistakes, just some more costly than others. It is fortunate that this was sorted out before it got out of hand.