The AP is reporting that Ben Roethlisberger is relieved be back on the field and have the whole rape distraction behind him. In the article, Roethlisberger is quoted, “I think this is a time for me to kind of close the chapter of the last couple of years of my life and move on to a new one, kind of a new start. I’m kind of really excited about it.”
DBSF is curious if this excitement Roethlisberger speaks of is commensurate to the excitement he had when his lawyer let him know that his most recent victim decided--at the behest of her lawyer--to drop charges after it became evident that the defense (i.e., Roethlisberger, and yes DBSF notes the irony of a 6'5" 250 lb. man being "in defense" against a 20 year old woman) would pursue not a traditional defense in court, but rather--and perhaps more reflective of the defendant's character--an offense, consisting of a crusade to so publicly denigrate the young woman that the smear campaign could become more intolerable than the alleged act of violence.
But, the defense's offense isn't what perplexes DBSF. Rather, its Roethlisberger's relief over a "second chance". Now, DBSF is no mathematician but wasn't Roethlisberger's "second chance" after the first time he was accused of sexual assault. Wouldn't this then be his "third chance" (that we know of, considering the low rate of report on sexual assaults, this could be his "fourth" or "fifth", etc). Congratulations, Ben. We--save women--are all happy/ proud for you.