Steelers Mascot Arrested (Yes, I Said “Mascot”)

Bye Bye Steely

When did Pittsburgh become the new Cincinnati?

This week saw yet another tally added to the litany of off-season woes when Steely McBeam, our much beloved reviled mascot, was arrested and charged with a DUI. Acting swiftly, the Steelers Cedric Wilson’d his ass before the ink on the police blotter dried. Whether his firing means that we have now lost our second cartoonish figure with an absurdly large chin in as many seasons is not known. What is known is sadly, this is not the worst Pittsburgh mascot related scandal in city history. That honor would go to the Pirate Parrot, who was once busted for selling blow to players back in the early 80’s.

In other Steeler related legal proceedings, Najeh Davenport was found not guilty of all criminal charges in his domestic violence case. The Dump Truck can breathe easy, secure in the knowledge the only black brown mark on his otherwise spotless record will continue to be the incident where he was busted for shitting in his ex-girlfriend’s closet.

This brings me to the topic of the recent controversy over the release of Cedric Wilson on the heels on a similar domestic abuse case being filed against Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison. It seems like there are a number of columnists, both local and national, who are using the situation to expose the Steelers as hypocrites or the same as any other team when it comes to character issues. Mark Madden, a popular local talk show/self-promoting fool, has been particularly vocal about the perceived double-standard.

Well, there is no double-standard. If you spend thirty seconds to analyze the situations and if you know anything about Steeler history, you’d know their behavior this off-season is no different than it has been any other off-season. The Steelers have never, NEVER, been the type of team who cut a player at the first hint of trouble. As noted, Davenport was arrested for domestic abuse and he wasn’t cut on sight. Current wide out Santonio Holmes was arrested for disorderly conduct three weeks after he was drafted. Cedric Wilson was arrested on a prior charge of domestic abuse and he wasn’t cut either.

The Steelers have always shown they are willing to let the legal process play out before making a judgement about a player. The only reason their hand was forced with Wilson was he went into a PUBLIC place and, in front of dozens of impartial witnesses, smacked the taste out of his girlfriend’s mouth. At that point, there is no grey area. At that point, there is no benefit of the doubt.

This has nothing to do with one being an All-Pro and the other being the #4 wide receiver. Pittsburgh has consistently shown that they have no problem cutting talented players if they feel their personal issues or conduct reflects poorly on the organization. We had a fantastic Pro Bowl offensive lineman named Carleton Haselrig. The Steelers cut him when his problems with alcohol and love for driving his motorcycle through McKees Rocks wearing his helmet BACKWARDS left them no choice. Anybody remember Bam Morris? He was our star running back, 1,000 yard rusher, and almost single-handedly won Super Bowl XXX when our quarterback suddenly lost his ability to distinguish black jerseys from white. The Steelers cut him loose when he was caught in Texas with approximately ten pounds of marijuana in his trunk. Guess he got a discount for buying in bulk.

The point is, the Steelers have not tarnished their reputation in any way this off-season. They are simply continuing to employ the standards and policies for personal conduct they always have. As a respectable organization, to even put them in the same category as Cincinnati or Baltimore is beyond laughable. Those organizations have players who’ve been arrested dozens of times and/or actually served jail time for their involvement in shootings. Pittsburgh would never tolerate that which is why we’re still better than them.

I applaud the Rooneys for their fair and even-handed approach to running their organization. Unlike what the pulpit-thumpers or publicity seekers would have you believe, professional athletes are at a greater risk for exaggerated charges and false accusations simply because of who they are. Remember Randy Moss had a restraining order slapped on him the week before the Super Bowl? That went away, didn’t it?

To err is human, to forgive is divine. Except in the case of Steely McBeam. Good riddance to that buffoon. Besides, I hear Dallas is interested in a new mascot. He should be expecting a phone call from Jerry Jones any day now…

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  • http://dukescourt.blogspot.com/ The Duke from Dukes Court

    I agree that the Steelers are dealing with discipline issues the same way every other NFL team does, but my problem is with the fact that when the released Ced they said it was because of his off field issues.  Other players on the Steelers are having off field issues similar to Ced’s why punish Ced and not Harrison?All the Steelers had to do was release Ced and say "no comment" or say that it was a football decision and they felt that Ced’s play had dropped off, (and I am sure we all agree it has) and they would have looked good, but no, they had to act high and mighty and say he was being released because of his off field issues.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com/ Chris

    The charges against Harrison were dropped: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-steelers-harrison&prov=ap&type=lgns

    The Harrison situation and the Ced one were totally different, which is what Dan Rooney was trying to say in his poorly worded press release.   It had nothing to do with Harrison being a Pro Bowler and Ced being useless; that’s just media trying to stir controversy where there is none.  

    As I pointed out in my article, the Steelers have cut Pro Bowl or team MVPs for "off field issues" in the past so, yeah, they are better than 90% of the teams in the NFL.

  • Derek

    This is a joke. The Steelers are so high above other organizations because they don’t continue to employ players who continually get arrested?

    Santonio Holmes has been arrested how many times? I can think of 3 but who’s counting? That’s your Super Bowl MVP.

    Get over yourself. Your team has had more arrests than any other team in the NFL in the last 2 years. Oh, and add a civil lawsuit in the mix. Don’t be surprised when Big “Rapist” Ben is forking over Big Bucks to his latest victim.

  • “O”

    Derek your are totally of base here. To call somebody a rapist that is not is bush league. There are no facts that say Ben raped anyone. You can only name one player that has been arrested. Your a joke you bum. Go to your teams page and type somtething there. We don’t take to kindly to iggnorant idiots typing about stuff they know nothing about. I can feel the jelousy pooring out of your fingers. Your team must suck and or they must not have anything important to talk about. The Steelers set the bar for excellence and your team fell short. Don’t be a hater it is unbecoming. The Steelers are better then 90% Of the league at not employing criminals, so deal with it.

  • Derek

    “As a respectable organization, to even put them in the same category as Cincinnati or Baltimore is beyond laughable. Those organizations have players who’ve been arrested dozens of times and/or actually served jail time for their involvement in shootings. Pittsburgh would never tolerate that which is why we’re still better than them.”

    Right. You have had any players that have been arrested dozens of times. Let’s just forget all about your Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes, who’s been arrested 3 times. Let’s also just forget that you’ve had more arrests and 1 more civil case in the last 2 years than the Bengals. Stop drinking the Kool Aid and get over yourselves!

  • RickHarmon

    lmmfao good article..neva knew Davenport took a dump in his girls closet, Haslerig was a up and commer..think he was bipolar, Bam Morris was just plain stupid.. what millionaire transports pounds of weed in his own car? thats what ya low level hommies is for..his entourage..and maybe if “Joe PA” took the head coaching job after Noll he wouldent be in the mess hes in now..tragic!

  • RickHarmon

    lmmfao good article..neva knew Davenport took a dump in his girls closet, Haslerig was a up and commer..think he was bipolar, Bam Morris was just plain stupid.. what millionaire transports pounds of weed in his own car? thats what ya low level hommies is for..his entourage..and maybe if “Joe PA” took the head coaching job after Noll he wouldent be in the mess hes in now..tragic!