After Accident, Roethlisberger Won’t Do Ads

Roethlisberger pre-accidentSounds like he’s taken a libertarian stance and sticking with it (via anonymous tipster):

Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn’t plan on doing public safety announcements for motorcycle or helmet safety following his accident last month.

“I don’t think that’s my place,” the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said in a taped interview aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Some people feel that, you know, I probably should be doing that and being a big advocate for that,” Roethlisberger said from Los Angeles. “But for me, I’m going to let people make their own decisions … So I don’t think you’ll see me doing any kind of billboards or advertisements.”

It sucks that he had such a terrible accident, and I hope he’s recovering well. And while I’m not suggesting motorcyclists ditch their helmets and “be like Ben,” it’s heartening to see he’s taking personal responsibility for his own judgement on the matter and doesn’t feel a need to cram his own experience down our throats. I’m especially happy he didn’t jump on board some group advocating pro-helmet laws either.

Get well soon Ben!

4 Comments
  1. There is evidence that motorcycle riders that collide with other vehicles suffer more head trauma and neck injuries if wearing DOT approved helmets. The jury is still out whether helmet wearing saves lives, costs lives or it makes no difference.

    As a libertarian, each biker should have the right to decide for himself (let’s get politically correct) or for herself.

    Get the government off our backs and heads!

  2. U need to not worry about ben right now he is just getting on his feet right now give him a brake

  3. Having thrown myself down the bitumen (ashphalt)one too many times I reckon a bloke has gotta be crazy not to wear a helmet! Also, open face style is an invitation to face-plant, to TRULY get ‘off your face’, as in “ee e ack i ‘ips” (translation – give me back my lips). Hitting the road at 40mph is exactly like putting your hand in a grinder. BUT who owns your head? You, or the fkn government? Any other bikers ‘ere? I’ve a mate who has just bought the aprilia 1000 V twin R, Erre Factory. Mother of GOD!!! Be afraid…very, very afraid!

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