Kelvin Beachum laughs, says there's no comparison between Dan Rooney and Donald Sterling

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum had nothing but positive things to say about Steelers owner Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II in wake of the NBA's suspension of Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

It's a feeling most people must know.

When looking at a situation from the outside, knowing you never have to deal with something like that, you're thankful.

Kelvin Beachum told ESPN's Scott Brown Tuesday, in wake of the lifetime ban handed down to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, he feels the NBA did the right thing in suspending Sterling.

"It’s not even a comparison," Beachum said, laughing at the notion of comparing the two, according to Brown. "Ever since I’ve known the Rooneys they’ve been cordial. You never hear anything that’s negative in any way. Any man that can come up and shake your hand and talk to you and have a great relationship with you, and you know genuinely that’s how he feels, that’s a great thing. I’ve had that with [Dan Rooney and Steelers president Art Rooney II]."

Dan Rooney has, no pun intended, a sterling reputation among his players, and always has. He's known to take great efforts to get to know then and is always waiting outside the locker room after games to shake their hands as they enter.

It doesn't necessarily sit right to think one should feel thankful for being treated like a human being, but it goes to show decency can go a long way. This particular topic isn't one we're excited to write about, but it's impossible to ignore its impact in terms of current news.

The Steelers have a great owner who comes from a family with a reputation of being very hospitable and humble. It's easier to root for a franchise like that. As Beachum said, he has a great thing going for him in Pittsburgh. Fans do as well, top to bottom.

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