Ben “I’m an Idiot” Roethlisberger

Just so we’re clear on this:

Out on the AP newswire today this was published:

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn’t plan on doing public safety announcements for motorcycle or helmet safety following his motorcycle accident last month.

“I don’t think that’s my place,” Roethlisberger said in a taped interview aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Some people feel that, you know, I probably should be doing that and being a big advocate for that,” Roethlisberger said from Los Angeles. “But for me, I’m going to let people make their own decisions … So I don’t think you’ll see me doing any kind of billboards or advertisements.”

I too support people’s right to make their own decisions, but let me get this straight.

You just had an accident by which you smashed your head into a car, and were with in ‘seconds’ of losing your life because you didn’t wear a helmet.

Imagine if you had been on a rural road, or somewhere where paramedics wouldn’t have gotten to you so fast. You’d be dead.

Now I’m know that helmets don’t save everyone and as I’ve posted in the past, neither do seat belts. In your accident however, it would have been huge!

Ben, you’re an influential person, no matter how stupid you may be.

Here’s to hoping that the judge forces you to do community service announcements as part of your punishment. Since you didn’t even have a valid motorcycle license (maybe you had temps) and if you did, you were required by LAW to wear a helmet.

There’s no deciding there, you didn’t have a choice to make. You hadn’t yet earned that choice.

Perhaps you should be advocating that NFL players should have the ‘right’ to choose not to wear a helmet during games?

 

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