As if you needed any more motivation to hope the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday in the AFC Wild Card, 700 WLW Radio in Cincinatti is currently airing a classless fake Ben Roethlisberger rape warning spoof on their station.
In case the radio station missed the memo, Roethlisberger has never been charged with rape. While he was suspended for a total of four games in 2011 for violating the leagues personal conduct policy related to an offseason incident that took place in a Georgia nightclub, commissioner Roger Goodell clearly laid out his reasoning for that in a letter to the quarterback.
“As the District Attorney concluded, the extensive investigatory record shows that you contributed to the irresponsible consumption of alcohol by purchasing [or facilitating the purchase of] alcoholic beverages for underage college students, at least some of whom were likely already intoxicated,” wrote Goodell. “There is no question that the excessive consumption of alcohol that evening put the students and yourself at risk. The Personal Conduct Policy also states that discipline is appropriate for conduct that ‘undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players.’ By any measure, your conduct satisfies that standard.”
A rape warning, really? Stay classy, WLW. It’s sad you have to make light of sexual assault in order to get ratings.