Ten months after a Georgia student claimed Ben Roethlisberger raped her, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review poll finds that a fourth of local fans dislike him.
But 54 percent of Western Pennsylvania residents hold a "favorable" opinion of the Steelers’ quarterback, according to the Dec. 21-22 telephone survey conducted by Susquehanna Polling & Research in Harrisburg. The poll’s margin of error was 3.24 percent.
After a night of drinking in bars in Milledgeville, Ga., a 20-year-old accused Roethlisberger on March 5 of assaulting her in a restroom. Lacking evidence of a crime, investigators condemned his boorish behavior but punted on prosecuting him. That left National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend Roethlisberger for four games.
A separate lawsuit is pending in Nevada, where a woman claims Roethlisberger raped her.
My son wore his Roethlisberger jersey to the Steelers game last Thursday night. And I was fine with that.
I may wear my jersey some day soon.