Monday, June 12, 2006

We Have a Winner

And the award for idiot of the decade goes to....

Ben Roethlisberger.

He's an early contender for idiot of the century. I mean, what part of Jay Williams' and Kellen Winslow's serious injuries in motorcycle accidents was not enough of a warning that you should not be doing this, particularly if you are a high paid professional athlete (and the leader of your team as a QB to boot)? I remember reading those articles with Roethlisberger after the Winslow accident where he said he would continue riding, and wondering what he was thinking. Hell, I wondered what the Steelers were thinking by not going after him ferociously. And not wearing a helmet to boot? That goes so far into the realm of stupidity that it's hard to even have sympathy for the guy. If you want to die and you take actions to facilitate that result, well, that's your problem.

I really like the guy as a quarterback. I hope he's okay. But man, score another victory for reality over delusions of invincibility.


Anonymous Steve Khan said...

Leave Ben alone :(

But yeah, I don't really get it. He must think its like riding a bicycle. Ben should take a lesson from Edge and wear a damn helmet.

11:47 AM  
Blogger AdamAnnapolis said...

Wasn't there something in Winslow's contract stating that he was violating his agreement with the team if he engaged in reckless conduct?

In terms of legalities, can contracts specify such things, or is it A) too difficult to define what proper
"off the clock" behavior is and B)is it an overstepping of the bounds to have an emloyer tell an employee how to live their life?


10:21 AM  
Anonymous todd martin said...

I recall there was something in Winslow's contract along those lines, because the Browns asked for some money back. Contracts can definitely stipulate clauses like that. It isn't telling the employee how to live their life if their conduct affects their work. It's like a drug testing policy to me. And if the athlete doesn't want to sign off on a certain activity, the team can just offer less money and they can negotiate. I see no problems with widespread clauses against reckless behavior.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Dave Ling & Franchise said...

There was no wreckless behavoiur clause in Ben's contract.

What a moron.

I can't wait for Terry Bradshaw to get on National TV this season and rip Roethlisberger.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Justin Shapiro said...

"I can't wait for Terry Bradshaw to get on National TV this season and rip Roethlisberger."

You think an "I told you so" is more likely than a moving sitdown interview where Bradshaw and Ben talk about what a harrowing experience it was and the lessons Ben learned about safety? The only self-righteousness is going to come from Around the Horn.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Yeah,Ben fucked up....Cowher asked him to wear a helmet and in a interview last year,Bradshaw told him to wear a helmet. Ben has no one else to blame other then his huge ego.

4:27 PM  

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