Pittsburgh Ninjas Protest Return of Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers fans proved on Sunday that it doesn’t really matter what a player does off the field as long as he’s helping the team win on Sundays. They cheered on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who was returning from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after well-publicized rape allegations emerged. The man who caused the city embarrassment throughout the spring also provided them joy and reasons to cheer yesterday, so much so that it feels like all was forgotten. It’s good to know not everyone has such a short memory.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a “radical marching band” showed up to tailgate at Heinz Field and protest Big Ben’s return. They described themselves as Steelers fans and held signs that said “Don’t Let Big Ben Rape Again” and “Consent is not a game.” Most fans stood by Roethlisberger, countering by saying that no charges were filed. We at LBS maintained that mattered little, suggesting it indicated a potential out of court settlement.

It’s truly amazing and indicative of our society’s mentality when Roethlisberger goes from being an outcast and one of the most hated players in the league to being celebrated in a matter of months. What’s the lesson here? As long as you’re throwing touchdown passes, nothing else matters.

Photo Credit: Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette, 96.1 FM

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  • http://www.thebrianspeer.com Brian Speer

    I guess if you are a star then you do not have to live up to the same standards as the ordinary people.

  • Anonymous

    People excusing predatory and abusive behavior so they can watch a bunch of guys kick around a football. Absolutely absurd.

  • http://arphilosophia.blogspot.com/ Corvus

    Thank you for being a voice of reason on this protest and the Roethlisberger issue. The mainstream media and many steelers fans were real jag offs on this and your post made my day and that of many others. Thanks for being awesome and using your brain.

  • Anonymous

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? And also protesters covering their faces? If you truly support what you are protesting then at least have the courage to show your faces. Its just simply a matter of people having nothing better to do.

  • http://arphilosophia.blogspot.com/ Corvus

    7supporter, why post under an alias if you’re so proud of your comments? At least have the courage to give us your real name, maybe an address.

    There are many reasons protesters cover their faces. One of the big ones is that all of the “7 supporters” out there were threatening to rape the protesters and cheering for rape prior to the event.

    Here’s more info on why people wear masks: http://www.infoshop.org/page/Blackbloc-Faq

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L55WAA2FSIB3SFXIHCN5YDEXZY Sarah

    This article is a breath of fresh air! Thank you for giving an intelligent perspective on sexual assault and why it’s important to protest the support of it, regardless of the mainstream notion.

    To “7 Supporter”:
    15 out of 16 rapists are NEVER convicted. That’s a solid fact. A lack of conviction does not negate a violation of consent. Do you know how many rape allegations are false claims? Less than 2%. Those are pretty low odds to be questioning the victim. An overwhelming 60% of rapes are never reported in the first place. And that’s largely because people like you automatically question and discredit the victim. When the details of a situation are unclear, it’s the ACCUSED who should be questioned and put under the microscope, not the victim.

    And as for wearing masks, the poster above me did a pretty good job of explaining why. There are lots of reasons, but I think for this demonstration it was largely a safety issue. There were literally thousands of men threatening to rape and abuse these people simply for speaking out against sexual violence in the first place. Their images are all over the media. Is it really that hard to figure out why they wouldn’t want their faces shown?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_543Z6E23ZAIWFA7EXKH2G7HIEM Left Eye

    You people need to get a life and stop trying to harass an innocent man. Go toot your horn on Brett Favre, that’s more relevant than the Rothlisberger incident. GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR PATHETIC LIVES!!!!