Deadspin managed to get their hands a very interesting letter sent by Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II.
The letter begins with an apology to the fan who initiated contact with the Steelers organization. Rooney then goes into a firm guarantee that Ben Roethlisberger’s actions in Georgia were not taken lightly. The letter closes, as most letters do, with the Steelers’ owner thanking the fan for taking the time to write the letter in the first place.
The best part of the letter, however, comes in between the first and last paragraphs.
"The vast majority of our players are good people who work hard to be the best that they can be."
The vast majority?
Rooney would have been better served simply coming out and saying: “Don’t use Ben to judge the entire organization. We have players who are actually good people playing for us too.”
Last month, Fred Bright, district attorney for Georgia’s Ocmulgee Judicial District, decided to not file charges against Roethlisberger for sexual assault. Investigations into an accusation -- a 20-year-old woman claimed the Steelers quarterback assaulted her in the bathroom of a Georgia nightclub -- showed there was not enough proof to bring charges.
This was the second sexual assault accusation made against Roethlisberger in less than a year.
Despite never actually being convicted of sexual assault, he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the first six games of the 2010-11 NFL season for conduct detrimental to the league.