And this is what Steelers fans don’t understand: there’s nothing Roethlisberger can do that will make him universally adored like Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson or, more appropriately, Troy Polamalu.Think about it: if Ray Rice hand-delivered a box of chocolates to your front door, would you greet him with a joyous expression of friendship or slam the door in his face and mumble, “woman beater” to yourself as you walked back to the couch?How could a Browns, Ravens, Bengals, Patriots or any other Pittsburgh rival not be unhappy with Roethlisberger’s life?People hate Ben Roethlisberger because they look at him and see a villain, some even see him as a criminal, and yet he keeps continuing to succeed.When Ian Rapoport reported Roethlisberger would seek a trade if his contract terms weren’t met after the 2013 season, he lost more support, among those who believed it.Nearly 5,000 yards and one of the best offensive seasons in team history later, many in Pittsburgh are taking a more fair weather approach with the divisive quarterback.
After a motorcycle accident he suffered in 2006, he rubbed some people the wrong way by failing to deliver a wholly apologetic response and putting himself in that position in the first place. The alleged struggle with team management in 2012 widened the divide.
Both cases were dismissed, Roethlisberger wasn’t charged with anything and all parties involved seem to have moved on from a 2008 incident in Nevada (a civil suit) and a 2010 incident in Georgia (where an investigation resulted in no charges being filed).
With five years having passed and no legal ramifications plaguing Roethlisberger, it would seem as if the statute of limitations on hating the two-time Super Bowl champion have expired.
There’s no question Roethlisberger is guilty of making several poor decisions over the course of his career, maybe none poorer than those two incidents in 20 (charges or not, it appeared sleazy at the least).
Although he wasn’t formally charged, Roethlisberger didn’t fare so well in people’s court, as he’ll now play the rest of his career with the stigma of a deviant attached to his legacy.