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SteelCrazy
02-17-2011, 10:32 PM
While the end of the football season usually leaves NFL players calculating their career statistics, many are now counting the number of sexual assaults charges that they may face.

In the most recent news, Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, was accused of sexual assault against a woman in Georgia. The appearance of Roethlisberger in this year's Super Bowl game caused quite a stir among football fans and grabbed the attention of many media outlets. Drafted to the Steelers in 2004, Roethlisberger has had a successful career to date. However, the recent sexual assault accusation was not the player's first run-in with the law. In July of 2009, a Nevada woman accused the player of sexually assaulting her. Roethlisberger was not charged for either of these accusations due to lack of evidence from both women involved.

Along with the highly publicized accusations against Roethlisberger were a series of allegations pointed at Minnesota Vikings' quarterback, Brett Favre. In October 2010, the NFL investigated the aforementioned allegations. Favre was accused of "sexting" a Gameday host for The New York Jets during his time playing for their team; this was before he was drafted to the Vikings. Along with player being temporarily banned from the football league in the past for drug rehabilitation, the accusations against Favre may have played a role in the 41-year-old's retirement from the NFL.

Despite the seemingly shocking actions of Roethlisberger and Favre, the NFL is no stranger to rape and sexual assault charges. According to feminist-esque website, "Jezebel," police were sent to investigate a house of Green Bay Packers players in response to a call of two women who reported that the players held them down and sexually assaulted them. The women who accused the players were found to have changed their story, therefore leaving the Packers team members free of charges.

Not only does the NFL face a multitude of sexual assault accusations against players, but many of the men are also criminals in the eyes of police. While it is a bit outdated, a 1998 study called "Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play In The NFL" stated that one-in-five NFL players have been accused of one or more serious crimes.

The players discussed throughout this article are not the only NFL stars that have sexual assault charges against them. In fact, there are a handful of other players who are facing the same accusations. While many feminists often focus on the sexual messages that demean women during the Super Bowl commercials, a large focus is now being aimed directly at the players: do NFL stars face less a chance of getting charged with crime than the average person?

Football serves as a social gathering that connects people of all backgrounds. Fans display an array of emotions when watching "their teams" compete and the league attracts a great deal of positive attention. However, with the recent increase in sexual assault accusations against players, the lack of actual charges filed against those accused NFL stars is suspicious.

It can be left up to the fans opinion to ponder whether or not the charges against the NFL players are being dropped due to their celebrity-like status or actual evidence. There is no direct answer to the previous topic, but it never hurts to wonder why so many charges are being dropped.

http://www.theracquette.com/sports/sexu ... -1.2003739 (http://www.theracquette.com/sports/sexual-assault-in-the-nfl-1.2003739)

SteelCrazy
02-17-2011, 10:57 PM
How much mileage is the media going to get out of this???? The Bengals need to live up to their rep so the media will get off Ben's back....just as long as no one gets hurt, that is.

Crash
02-17-2011, 11:16 PM
However, the recent sexual assault accusation was not the player's first run-in with the law

Actually it WAS his first run in with the law. Miss McNulty never filed a criminal complaint nor was Ben investigated by Nevada authorities.

See? This is half of Ben's problem. The media can't report the BASIC facts with any accuracy.

Djfan
02-17-2011, 11:18 PM
See? This is half of Ben's problem. The media can't report the BASIC facts with any accuracy.

Accuracy has never stopped the media before!!

D Rock
02-17-2011, 11:34 PM
that's a terribly written article, top to bottom. Plenty of stats without any facts to back them up, and a bunch of opinions without merit.


Oh yeah...and Brett Favre was apparently 'drafted' to the Vikings after playing with the Jets.

D Rock
02-17-2011, 11:37 PM
Nevermind...I just went to the website and saw it was a student newspaper article from SUNY Potsdam written by some chick whose other articles are all over the place, but not about sports at all.

Just some college girl looking to carve out a spot for herself in the feminist reporting world by calling out the big bad NFL as being 20% rapists who never get formally charged.

Djfan
02-17-2011, 11:51 PM
that's a terribly written article, top to bottom. Plenty of stats without any facts to back them up, and a bunch of opinions without merit.



Save this for honest reaction to most of the media reporting in the future.

aggiebones
02-17-2011, 11:56 PM
pointless

Eich
02-18-2011, 09:16 AM
do NFL stars face less a chance of getting charged with crime than the average person?


Conversely, do incredibly wealthy NFL stars face more of a chance of getting falsely accused of crimes they did not commit than the average person?