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Over the years, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has developed a reputation as being quite the party animal. And this reputation and the behavior that created it have caused him quite a few problems, to say the least.
Oh sure, the two rape allegations were eventually dropped. So legally, he’s free and clear. But the NFL was so pissed—err, concerned—that Big Ben continually put himself in the types of situations that led to trouble (i.e., getting drunk at clubs) that they suspend him for the first six games of the 2010 season.
So why do I bring this all up now, when Big Ben has stayed out of trouble for the last couple of years? Because these reputations don’t fade so easily, and on Monday it seems one ESPN employee had a little fun with it.
But first, let’s back up a step. A few weeks ago, Roethlisberger created a bit of a splash when he took a subtle shot at Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He called Haley’s offense a “dink and dunk offense,” implying that it wasn’t explosive enough to compete.
Now fast-forward to last night. During the Steelers particularly bad performance against the horrible Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN ran the following graphic during their coverage of MNF:
And apparently, some people thought making fun of Roethlisberger for his legendarily idiotic exploits was in bad taste, because later in the program Chris Berman had to issue a very un-specific apology. Check it out:
Yeah, I guess it probably was in poor taste to make light of the morally questionable actions of borderline alcoholics.