Ben Roethlisberger and societal change

Athletes can no longer assume there will be no consequences to actions

Updated: April 21, 2010, 4:30 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Phil Mickelson's Masters championship charge at Augusta was hailed not merely as a third green jacket for a very accomplished golfer, but as something more. It was sculpted into a victory for family values, and, as his wife, Amy, fights breast cancer, a victory for women everywhere.

In the 10 days since, the place women have occupied in men's sports has been decidedly less celebratory. After the Mickelsons kissed and melted hearts nationwide, Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney ...

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