Originally Posted by Golfingdad
The reason I think you are wrong about this is because of Ben Roethlisberger. I could be wrong, and the Pittsburgh/Ohio guys can help out on this, but I think he was viewed very positively and I recall liking him and thinking he was a good guy prior to his incident. But instead of us all defending him and not being outraged because of our opinion, we learned the truth and then CHANGED our opinion of him. He's a scuzball. Color isn't really an issue here, I don't believe.
He may or may not be a scuzball. He's married, with a kid now, too. And charges were never pressed, so it could have been simply that the woman was seeking attention or a payoff or something. Who knows? (FWIW I tend to think he perhaps WAS a sleaze, got away with crossing the line a bit, but didn't actually rape anyone, and then grew up.)
But… I will point out again that BR was suspended six (reduced to four) games despite charges never even being filed and BR maintaining his innocence. Ray Rice actually did something and got two games? Seems illogical to me, but… just as the case with Tiger, I don't really care what these guys do off the field. I cared that BR couldn't play football for 4-6 weeks. That was about it. BR and RR didn't rape or knock out anyone in my family or group of friends, so I don't really care too much.
Originally Posted by RonTheSavage
I'd love to be wrong on this issue, actually I'd love to be proven wrong. I just see things in regards to race in a jacked up way due to personal experiences.
Don't take this the wrong way, but… seeing things as racial when they may not be is a form of racism too. I don't know that such an attitude improves racism, because you're asking a bunch of people to prove a negative (that they're not racists).