The media can twist the truth, this is true from the national media covering a presidential race, all the way down to a blogger who runs his own website.
Everyone has a take, and while some are hotter than others, those takes can become ingrained in our subconscious, and in some instances can become truths.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the hot takes have been flying off the shelves like hot cakes, and since Antonio Brown started his campaign to get himself out of town, one name has been bashed more than any other.
Not Mike Tomlin.
Not Kevin Colbert.
For the national media, not even Antonio Brown.
No, the new target is none other than Ben Roethlisberger.
Ben bashing is nothing new to Steelers fans. They endured his motorcycle accident which nearly took his life, the rape allegations in both Nevada and Georgia, and now they are hearing the bashing coming from all angles regarding his leadership and being a good teammate.
I am not here to tell you Ben Roethlisberger has been a saint since being drafted 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, but I also know Roethlisberger has done very little to deserve this type of criticism at all angles.
At every turn you hear former players like James Harrison, Ryan Clark and most recently Isaac Redman and Joshua Harris bash Roethlisberger for being a poor teammate and a crappy leader.
Where does this all stem from?
Is the genesis of these comments/feelings out of jealousy?
Jealous of Roethlisberger’s perceived power in the locker room? Jealous of the treatment Roethlisberger has received inside the organization regarding contracts? Or is this all from Roethlisberger’s comments he makes on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh?
From all reports, dating back to his rookie season, Roethlisberger hasn’t changed much. He has never been the workaholic like Peyton Manning. He might not take a hometown discount like Tom Brady. He might not have the cerebral approach to the game like so many other quarterbacks before him.
But this isn’t new.
Roethlisberger might be the last one in, and the first one out, and why does this not bother the man upstairs who signs the checks? Because he wins. Do fans not want to hear these reports about Roethlisberger, and to hear him target teammates through the media/radio? Absolutely not, but look at his head coach as a man who uses the media, and his weekly press conference, to send subtle remarks to his team, and specific players.
Again, Roethlisberger hasn’t changed much throughout the years. He is no longer the ladies man running around downtown Pittsburgh. He is married with three small children. Roethlisberger is more guarded now with who he trusts and surrounds himself with, and do you blame him?
Just like all the other times Roethlisberger was the target of such criticism, it will slow down. But in the meantime, the media is teeing off on Roethlisberger claiming he is the reason for such disarray and dysfunction in the Steel City.
As for me, I’m not buying what they are selling. Why? As I said multiple times in this article, Ben hasn’t changed much...