Sunday, January 23, 2011

Just an observation


Some people who are choosing to root against the Steelers because of Ben Roethlisberger who had two sexual assault claims made against him are supportive of Julian Assange who had two sexual assault claims made against him.

So a few thoughts/questions:

Why do we accept the word of some women when they make the claim but not others?
Will some women lie about assault?
Will some men be assholes but still not go THAT far?
Why will we believe famous men over unknown women?
Why can some men's actions be overlooked while other men's can't?
Why is a team of 53 somehow accountable for one player?
Why is there an assumption that the other teams don't have any secret offenders?
Why is it OK to bail a person out of jail because you agree with the stuff they weren't charged with but you don't agree with what they were charged with?


Tom Hoefner said...

What if you hate both of them because they're both rapists and creeps?

People who root for Big Ben are as ugly to me as people rooted for John Rocker.

jhw22 said...

Anyone who is against both of them is consistent. And this post isn't about people who are against both.

However, to the point of a team, I think it's a rather big jump to be against a team because of one person we know has done something wrong. It's also a big leap to assume everyone on an opposing team is innocent of any wrong-doing. Just because someone isn't accused publicly, doesn't mean they're all saints. If people are going to choose to cheer against a team because of one person they *know* is bad, aren't they possibly supporting someone who is bad but they just don't know it?

I am a Steelers fan not a Roethlisberger fan. I don't judge a team by one player's publicly known wrongs.

I also believe in innocent until proven guilty. And I also feel a woman's claim of assault should be respected. Therefore, it's a bit much to make a black and white decision about a person when so many variables are at play. If he never assaulted anyone, and was falsely accused, I think he is a dumb ass for repeatedly putting himself in situations of poor judgment. Repeatedly.

But there are players on his team who deserve a ton of respect. What sense is there in not supporting them and their good citizenry because he's either a rapist or a dumb ass?


jhw22 said...

I should have added that I am fairly neutral on Assange in this regard. Again, I think the women's claims should be respected and I also believe in innocent until proven guilty (even though he isn't an American or being tried in America). So I am reserving full judgment until a trial is completed and we have access to the facts.

At this point, I perceive Assange and Roethlisberger the same way -- dumb asses who may have committed crimes. I don't think it's a good idea to make a black and white decision without weighing all of the issues.