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Big Ben in Big Trouble?

It was recently reported that Ben Roethlisberger recently had a civil suit served on him over the weekend. In it, Andrea McNulty, a Harrah’s casino employee, claims that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her. With this tabloid-worthy morsel, the NFL is being carried into yet another spinning vortex of legal problems which also makes things messy for fantasy owners.

Roethlisberger made a smart move when he canceled a Thursday press conference that had been scheduled to discuss his role in Shaquille O’Neal’s new show “Shaq vs.” But the emerging trend of this whole thing is disgusting. It seems as if the NFL can never be void of some sort of legal mess at any given time. Michael Vick, Pacman Jones, Donte’ Stallworth, and now Ben Roethlisberger have bludgeoned the image of the league and one has to wonder if it will ever stop.

The NFL is clearly filled with a bunch of men who make more money than most athletes in all of the other major professional sports (except Alex Rodriguez of course) and this money tends to lead to unbelievably inexcusable personal actions occurring off the field on a regular basis. If these allegations are true, it shows that the athletes who are labeled as “thugs” are not the only ones that the league has to worry about.

Roethlisberger was the youngest quarterback to ever lead his team to a Super Bowl victory, has secured another championship since then for

, was developing a reputation as one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league after coming back from his motorcycle accident and emergency appendectomy in 2006 and was projected to have a great season in 2009. With these accusations, it all changes and even the All-American quarterback is now subject to being put under the media spotlight.

I am one of the people who was thrilled for Roethlisberger’s potential in 2009. I even drafted him in my first fantasy draft of the year. With Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall in the backfield to complement receivers Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Limas Sweed, along with tight end Heath Miller, it was hard to argue against anyone claiming that the Steelers would have a chance to repeat. I’m sure that some of you are thinking that this will be taken care of before too long, but even if it does blow over, never underestimate the power of legal drama. It is absolutely emotionally draining and can really take a toll on the normal person, let alone a football player who will now be stalked from the minute he walks out his door in the morning to the time he goes to bed at night.

I think that Roethlisberger will be able to handle this entire situation better than most in his shoes would. He has a good head on his shoulders and as was previously mentioned, he is a tough guy who battles through everything. Despite this, if you already own Big Ben you might want to think about looking at the waiver wire to see who is available in case you suddenly feel uncomfortable with this whole situation or it explodes into something even bigger than it already is. If you are thinking about drafting him, take heed because while we as fantasy owners can project how great or how terrible a player might be against a certain football team, we cannot predict how they will perform against a team of lawyers.

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