NFL Holds Players to Moral Standards??

Ben Roethlisberger may have gotten pass charges in Georgia but the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t let him off too easy. Roethlisberger will be suspended for 6 games this upcoming season, for breaking the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Here are statements regarding the situation from Goodell (via NyTimes.com):

“I recognize that the allegations in Georgia were disputed and that they did not result in criminal charges being filed against you” – “My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an N.F.L. player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans.”

I think its great that the NFL decided to punish Roethlisberger for his behavior even if it was not found to be criminal. It is bad PR to have someone representing your organization in a way that you would not like to be represented. I hope that this decision stands as a precedent for other players so that they realize that they are representing more than just themselves, and that their personal behavior effects the reputation of their team and their organization.

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9 responses to “NFL Holds Players to Moral Standards??

  1. What exactly was it that he did? Also, what is “good p.r.” if the person whom you are doing p.r. for is doing something that is not admirable? If you were his P.R. agent, what would you have done differently? Most P.R. agents would have tried to cover it up so that he still looks like the good guy. Do you agree?

    • Hey Tara1md! He was facing allegations from a girl that claimed he raped her at a bar- If I were his PR agent I would want him to take responsibility for his actions, then advise him to seek some sort of reparations (rehab, classes, etc.) so that the public would feel like he intended to change his behavior. I consider “good PR” ethical PR, not covering up things that your client does from the public- but showing that they are human, they made a mistake they regret, and they will face the consequences of those actions.
      -Its also important to note that this isn’t the first time he has faced allegations of this nature, and that he has not publicly disputed them

  2. Thats very interesting. I hope that he does seek counseling. I completely agree with you and I sincerely hope that there will be more P.R. agents like you out in the world to set everything straight.

  3. I agree with you Erica that Ben should have been suspended by the NFL. What Roger Goodell has done since he became commissioner has been suspending players for violating the conduct policy even if they were not charged with a crime. Pro athletes are considered role models to a lot of kids and the NFL would have been sending the wrong message if they didn’t suspend him for what he did. This is his second investigation as well and the first one he wasn’t suspended for. These NFL players and pro athletes should know better and realize that they are in the public eye. Anything they do could be used for them or against them in the media.

  4. I completely agree with you. I definately think the player should be held responsible for his actions. If I were his PR Rep I also would make him take responsibility. The NFL did the right thing suspending him. The players need to know that just because they are making millions of dollars a year and always in the spotlight; they don’t get to do anything they want and get away with it. It should be because they are in the spotlight they should be more careful of what they do and remember that they are a role model for people and fans whether they like it or not!

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  7. sharita wilkinson

    I hear so much on the athletes doing horrible things to women that this is not surprising. I do not understand how their image is not plastered with more shame than Tiger. He supposedly raped a female. I do applaud the coaches for stepping up and discipline these players. But is it just me or do we hold cheating as the ultimate crime verses rape and beating females? I really would hate to be the PR person for this guy and team. This can also be harmful to the team image. We as PR know that with a few apologizes, in the eyes of the public we will be back on top. It’s shameful that we have the power to do this.

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