Oh my God, people! Benny doesn’t owe us anything, so stop with all the “OMG, I can’t believe Ben went to the national media first instead of showing up at the Regatta and doing the big reveal then!” as this letter to the editor writer feels:
It is a shame. As a matter of fact, I think it is a slap in the face of all the Steelers fans in this great town of ours. I was appalled to read the article “Surprise: Big Ben at ESPYs” (July 13). The fans of Pittsburgh deserved to hear from Ben Roethlisberger first. For goodness sake, fans held a vigil at the hospital the night of his motorcycle accident, and throngs of well-wishers clamored to express their heartfelt good wishes to the Roethlisberger family.
First of all, do you really think that 100% of the “heartfelt good wishes” were coming from the Burgh? Not from Ohio? Not from Steelers fans all over the world? That’s what makes the Steeler Nation so awesome … it has no borders. Hell, have you been to Mexico?!!?
Ben does NOT belong to us, Burghers. He is an athlete from Ohio who is throwing a pigskin around for massive amounts of money. He is world-famous, has fans all over the world, and has every right to use a national media outlet to speak for the first time.
Just because some crazy-assed nutjob chose to hold a vigil outside of the hospital … just because he wears a Steelers uniform … just because he has a house on Washington’s Landing in the Burgh … does NOT make him property of the Burgh.
I thought using the ESPY’s to come out of hiding was an AWESOME PR move and you can bet your Steelers tossel cap that had I been Ben’s publicist I would have told him to do the exact same thing. NOT show up on WTA freaking E with Sally Wiggin.
Ben has NOT suddenly forgotten about the Burgh and about the fans and gone “Hollywood.”
He told ABC … a NATIONAL outlet:
“I do feel bad for letting my fans down,” he said. “Steeler fans are the best fans in all of sports, and I feel bad for worrying them about me. But I want them all to know that I’ll be OK.”
Ben belongs to himself. He’s taking care of his brand, and he’s doing it the right way … on the national stage.
God. Look at what you’ve done. Me, PittGirl, coming to the passionate defense of Ben Roethlisberger.
This has got to stop. Ben is a schmuck. There, I feel better.