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Pennsylvania governor criticizes Ben Roethlisberger for getting haircut

Ben Roethlisberger was in the news on Monday after the Pittsburgh Steelers shared video of the quarterback on social media that included footage of him getting a haircut and beard trim.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf criticized Rothlisberger for visiting a barbershop that isn’t allowed to be open due to state policies instituted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“My concern is just a general concern,” Wolf said during Tuesday’s daily briefing, per Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “Anybody who puts himself or herself into harm’s way is something that I think we have to try to avoid. When you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases.”

“I don’t personally think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don’t want to take that chance myself.”

The barbershop that Roethlisberger visited, Norman’s Cut N’ Edge, is located in Allegheny County, which is currently in the “yellow” phase of reopening. In that phase, barbershops and hair salons are prohibited from opening, as Pennsylvania state policy requires a county to enter into the “green” phase before such establishments are authorized to conduct business.

Roethlisberger had previously pledged that he would not get a haircut or trim his drastically overgrown beard until he could throw to his teammates following season-ending elbow surgery last fall. The video the Steelers shared Monday showed Big Ben doing just that before transitioning to footage of the quarterback in a barber’s chair.

The footage of Roethlisberger throwing passes to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner obviously is an encouraging sign that the veteran signal-caller is progressing well in his rehab, especially given some of the bad press he has been receiving this offseason about his physique and overall health.

That doesn’t mean that Governor Wolf didn’t find the optics of Big Ben getting his much-needed grooming to be in poor form, however.