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Old 03-17-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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Madden Monday: Steelers no different than BengalsBy Mark Madden, Times Sports Columnist
Published: Monday, March 17, 2008 12:08 AM EDT


Imagine the following scenario: four Mellon Bank executives are involved in domestic abuse cases. Women’s rights groups and domestic abuse centers would picket. It would be the subject of endless media coverage. The response would be overwhelming. We’d pick at it like a scab.

Here’s a scenario you don’t have to imagine: Four current Steelers have been involved in domestic abuse cases, namely Santonio Holmes, Najeh Davenport, Cedrick Wilson and (most recently) James Harrison, who has admitted to striking his girlfriend.

The response has been underwhelming.

TV coverage has been minimal. The newspaper articles that did appear were mostly concerned with the possibility that the NFL might suspend Harrison, last year’s team MVP. This is about wins and losses, after all. There’s been no comment from the Steelers organization. They want this to go away.

It will.

But the stories are out there, mostly on the down-low.

A previous girlfriend of one of the Steelers involved now dates a friend of a friend. When this Steeler’s domestic abuse case became public knowledge, she broke down. Turns out this Steeler used to beat her, too. She didn’t turn him in. Now she feels responsible for what’s happened since.

Bethany Wingerson works at Women’s Place, which counsels victims of domestic abuse. Wingerson says her group has called the Steelers several times but received no response.

Mark Pudlowski of the Domestic Abuse Counseling Center says his group — which counsels and reforms abusers — sees no need to contact the Steelers. The Steelers can call him. Maybe that’s par for the course in this pursuit, but when something seems epidemic, being proactive makes sense.

Make no mistake, this is epidemic. Steelers fans glory in knocking the Cincinnati Bengals for all their legal peccadilloes, but eight percent of the Steelers’ roster has been involved in domestic abuse. Yet few seem to care. There is zero public rancor.

Making the situation more ironic is the club-fueled myth that the Steelers don’t employ bad apples, they strive for a better class of people. There is no lower class of person than a domestic abuser.

It makes you realize how mighty the Steelers really are. They may be the most powerful entity in Western Pennsylvania. No one wants to ruffle their feathers. If this were Mellon Bank, Federated Investors, Bayer or one of the other sports teams, it would be a feeding frenzy in the media.

But no one — especially the media — wants to anger the Rooneys. If you’re not embraced by the Steelers, what would you lead telecasts with during sweeps week? Actual news? Don’t be silly. Shouldn’t Sally Kalson, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s designated feminist, be all over this in her column?

I’m more disappointed in the women’s groups and the domestic abuse centers. It looks like the glory of football has skewed their priorities.

So, what should the Steelers do? Nothing too complicated. Locker-room awareness generated by mandatory counseling for the entire team, suspension without pay for first-time offenders, and second-time offenders should be released regardless of how much they mean to the team. It should be made clear that employees will not get away with hitting women on the Rooney family’s watch. Right now, that’s not so clear.

The Steelers should also make a forceful public statement condemning these instances of abuse, not just call them a “personal concern” for the player involved (as team spokesman Dave Lockett said in regard to Harrison). The club should also make substantial contributions to domestic abuse centers and use their considerable media influence to further the cause.

What will the Steelers do?

Nothing, of course. Why should they care if nobody else does?http://www.timesonline.com/articles/...3317711311.txt
Yikes....I posted the story so as not to be a complete "Homer"....I understand where the writer is coming from but comparing us to the Bengals in a little harsh...and actually pretty innacurate considering the sheer volume of team problems, and especially with adding Cedric Wilson to this story to bolster the numbers when it seems obvious he may have been the VICTIM of domestic abuse and not the abuser.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:04 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers no different than Bengals

I try not to read his articles. I find that he is more interested in making ripples in the pond than he is actually reporting valuable information. His articles are usually total BS.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:09 AM   #3
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It's obvious that the league needs to address this issue with a renewed outlook. New policies and punishments need to be established and put in place.

That said, Madden fuels the fire like noone can. This story is almost identical to the one he wrote when the Holmes news broke. And as LLT wrote, including Wilson is comical.
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Mark Madden is a joke. Any time he can take a jab at the Steelers he will. I am not condoning the situation of domestic abuse at all. Infact it sickens me. But for Madden to use his bias against a team with something as outrages as this just goes to show he will stoop to new depths to try and trash the Steelers and their players. And anyone he brings down with them will just be gravy on the side for him.
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Yikes....I posted the story so as not to be a complete "Homer"....I understand where the writer is coming from but comparing us to the Bengals in a little harsh...and actually pretty innacurate considering the sheer volume of team problems, and especially with adding Cedric Wilson to this story to bolster the numbers when it seems obvious he may have been the VICTIM of domestic abuse and not the abuser.
I'm with you on this one, LLT. While I see where Tubby Tuba is coming from in principle that Steelers fans are more willing to "brush off" a couple of our own getting into trouble while pointing their fingers at players from other teams (which I've mentioned right here on this board), thus far, none of our guys have been repeat offenders, and as you correctly mentioned, Cedric Wilson appears to have been the victim, not the perpetrator.

Do your homework Madden.

After you do so, go eat another dozen doughnuts.
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Default Re: Steelers no different than Bengals

It makes me sick to think of the Steelers name being tarnished like this.

However... This doesn't quite hold a candle to what Ernie Holmes did back in the 1973. High speed car chase while firing shots at a police helicopter.
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For Madden to compare the two franchises themselves based on the sheer number of legal transgressions within a certain timeframe is quite a stretch. And to lump Cedric Wilson's problems with his psycho girlfriend in with what Harrison, Davenport and Holmes did is ridiculous. Unfortunately, he hits the nail on the head in describing the apathy of many Steelers fans as far as the Harrison incident is concerned. However, until the Steelers have nine busts in the space of ONE YEAR, and Tomlin starts making statements in the press blaming society, the "racist" police, and everything and everyone else EXCEPT the players themselves for their legal troubles, Madden needs to come down off the high horse. Assuming, of course, that the high horse hasn't collapsed under his considerable weight already.
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Most of the garbage he spews is intent on striking a nerve with the Steeler Nation. Granted we have a few players who might be better suited for a Bengal uniform, but anyone who can't see a difference in the two organizations is even more delusional than Madden.
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there was some light discussion on sirius nfl radio this morning about this article. follow the link in my sig to listen.
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Madden's "articles" are garbage that normally have little or no fact to them. I wouldn't even call what he does for a career journalism.

I did one of those reader response things letting them know that I am unhappy about how they threw Cedric Wilson under the bus with that article. For them to let that article be printed with Cedric Wilson's name lumped in with Holmes, Davenport, and Harrison was just wrong.
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