I'm hesitant to indulge my desire to celebrate the ugly public fall of Ben Roethlisberger, simply because there are players on every team (including the Seahawks) that have done despicable, sometimes illegal, things to women. Violence against women is a systemic problem in our society, not just among dickbag Pittsburgh quarterbacks.
Admittedly, no one would call me a typical guy, but I would hope even the most enthusiastic Girls Gone Wild fan or frequent Hooters patron would agree with this: It's simply never justified to physically assault your significant other, and it's never ok to pump booze down another human being's throat so you can have sex with them.
These seem like non-controversial notions, but NFL players from Warren Moon to Leroy Hill, from Brandon Marshall to Big Ben, seem to have trouble adhering to the basic standards of human decency. The behavior isn't new, but the NFL doling out punishment for it certainly is... Even without charges being filed, Roethlisberger faces a multi-game suspension. Why? It's not just out of a desire to strike a blow in the struggle against misogyny.
Like most of these things, the motivation is straight cash, homie. Women comprise a bigger chunk of the NFL's fanbase every year, which means every year they watch more games (and advertisements), buy more tickets, and scoop up more merchandise than they did the previous season. With the sleazy details of Big Ben's behavior now available to the public, Goodell has little choice but to punish the Steelers QB.
Let's not pretend that the NFL is some angelic organization; But at the very least, they clearly want their players to be more discreet about their turdy behavior. Hopefully the punishment for Roethlisberger is severe enough to make other athletes think twice before emulating his sociopathic activity. Remember, guys: No means no, but a girl being too drunk to consent ALSO means no.