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Wins don't give Ben Roethlisberger a free pass

Ben Roethlisberger shouldn't be hailed as a hero just because he carried the Steelers to another Super Bowl. Playing a good game and leading a good life are two distinct things. But that distinction seems to get confused when we talk about sports.

Updated: February 1, 2011, 6:10 PM ET
By Jane McManus

Ben Roethlisberger isn't a redemption story just because he's reached the Super Bowl.

Americans love to turn their athletes into heroes. And we sportswriters are sometimes guilty of providing storylines when they don't arrive on schedule. This week, the Super Bowl is a major deadline.

So I'm a little wary of stories about the Pittsburgh quarterback.

Roethlisberger has had a number of interactions with women that have involved courts or police to one degree or another. ...

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