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Reaction and analysis of "Big Ben"

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FOX19 spoke with a sports psychologist and former Bengal Mike Martin, for reaction and analysis about the fall of Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for six games after violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

There is a psychology behind sports stars and how they might gain a sense of entitlement and how that can only lead to self-destruction.

For a sports star who may have fallen off the "perfect wagon," the drop can be brutal.

"Well that's part of the problem," said Xavier University Dr. Karl Stukenberg, Director of the school's Psychological Services Center. "That they may have been on the perfect wagon to begin with. They're trying to be more perfect than is reasonable, more perfect than is humanly possible."

And start believing this perfection is going to be experienced by everyone.

"Darn it you're in my presence... it feels... it's got to feel good to be in my presence," Stukenberg said. "Not only that, but I've got a lot of evidence from the past that people do enjoy being in my presence."

Evidence like leading his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, to two Super Bowls.

"When an athlete is winning, when an athlete is doing well, we identify with him," Stukenberg said.

And that makes us feel good about ourselves.

"And we kind of take on that mantle of perfection if only for a moment," Stukenberg said. "We borrow that from them, that's part of why we do react to them."

But Dr. Stukenberg said, when they are not winning, "I'm remembering that awful stuff that I really don't want to think about because I'm remembering Ben's awful stuff that he doesn't want us to think about."

"During my day we partied," said former Bengal Mike Martin, who is now the football and track & field coach at Taft High School. "I mean we partied and we partied and we had a good time, but the thing is, you are always being watched you have to be careful because of technology these days.

Martin said that in his day there was no social media.

"Somebody can pull out a cell phone and get you at any moment," Martin said, and broadcast your shortcomings.

Martin is also a partner at Rhinos "Live" Nightclub in Sharonville. He said there's a good reason his security details pays such close attention to any celebrity or football player that walks in the front door.

"Whenever a guy comes in I saw hey, that's one of the players, make sure you keep an eye on him, nobody's bothering him," Martin said.

Martin also said Big Ben does not have time on his side.

"He has the draft, he has the whole off-season, he has training camp, all this stuff for people to really talk about look how stupid Ben was and allowed himself to get in trouble," Martin said.

"Everybody loves a winner, at this moment, Ben Roethlisberger is not a winner," Stukenberg said.

Dr. Stukenberg also said, in terms of rehabbing a bad public image, if we see Ben is managing that rehab in an honorable way, our own image of him may change and fans may once again get on his bandwagon.

Big Ben has a lot of time between now and next season to get working on those repairs. Roethlisberger should be back in time to take on the Bengals.

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