Could the brain trauma suffered by Ben Roethlisberger due to his spate of concussions be the underlying cause for his groping, allegedly rapey behavior? I say bullcrap, but according to forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, who insists that although it should not be looked at as an excuse, the NFL should definitely perform its due diligence when studying exactly how extensively damaged Roethlisberger’s meatheaded brain is while continuing its inquiry into the quarterback’s irresponsible, impulsive behavior.
Via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
“Ben Roethlisberger is a guy with a lot of concussions. It would be a very wise decision, a very appropriate one, for the NFL to test him for damage related to them. That’s being very fair to Ben.
“It’s conceivable to think that there is a possibility that those concussions have led to some behavioral issues. The question I pose is simple: Can someone with several chronic or repetitive head injuries later display behavior that is socially undesirable? It’s certainly possible, but we won’t know that unless there is a proper evaluation, then work-up and treatment plan. It would be medically negligent not to include these sorts of tests as a part of this disciplinary process.”
Although drain bamage may be a contributing factor in explaining the potential neurological basis for Roethlisberger’s reckless behavior, it would also appear that his narcissistic sense of entitlement which stems from his position as an elite NFL quarterback might play just as big of a role. But hey, I’m not a brain doctor.
Once again, it is important to stress that the medical officials contacted by the newspaper “refused to diagnose the root causes of Roethlisberger’s pattern of self-destructive behavior. But frontal lobe brain trauma has long been known to affect mood, judgment, interpersonal relations, foresight and the inhibition that keeps most others from displaying inappropriate social behavior — what’s called ‘executive function’ by neurologists and psychiatrists.”
I don’t know, it just seems to easy to lay a majority of the blame on possible brain trauma, especially when you consider Roethlisberger didn’t seem to have much of brain to begin with before these injuries and his reputation for uncivilized, brutish behavior goes a long way back. In that way, Ben and I are a lot alike, except after I suffered my brain trauma – don’t ask, it’s complicated – I still had the good sense to avoid the kinds of sticky situations he seems to repeatedly find himself in. But to be fair to the guy, between not being rich and famous and my crippling fear of the outside world, I don’t find myself afforded the same opportunities for mischief as Big Ben does. But I like my little, uncomplicated world. I made a fort out of boxes from the UPS Store and everything.
Is Roethlisberger’s brain trauma at fault for recent behavior? [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]