The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports that the Steelers have released Cedrick Wilson, after the receiver was arrested for punching his ex-girlfriend in the face.
But just over a week earlier, Steelers linebacker James Harrison was cuffed for assaulting his girlfriend, yet he’s still on the team. Is there some kind of double-standard at Heinz Field?
Team chairman Dan Rooney tried to explain the differing reactions to the players’ actions, saying each case was under different circumstances. For example, Harrison was just trying to baptize his kid:
“What Jimmy Harrison was doing and how the incident occurred, what he was trying to do was really well worth it,” Rooney said of Harrison’s initial intent with his son. “He was doing something that was good, wanted to take his son to get baptized where he lived and things like that. She said she didn’t want to do it.”
This sounds like Rooney is OK with beating up women if they get in the way of religious ceremonies. So, a Steelers spokesman “later stressed that Rooney meant that Harrison went to the house with good intentions, but that Rooney was not excusing what he did.”
On the other hand, Rooney probably thought Wilson’s home life wasn’t as holy, as his girlfriend had previously caused trouble by firing a handgun in the house, which caused the SWAT team to be called in.
So, all you other Steelers take note: Assaulting girlfriend after she shoots at you - bad. Asssaulting girlfriend after she stops you from son’s baptizing - good.