Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is fortunate to be alive provided that he as soon as survived a bike accident with no helmet. So far as this column can inform Mr. Roethlisberger is now pursuing a a lot much less dangerous life-style. However apparently it’s not protected sufficient for Pennsylvania’s governor.
He’s baaaaaaaackkkk!! 👀 pic.twitter.com/4PSQGzPJQ2
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) May 18, 2020
The NFL participant has been making an attempt to return to the sector after an harm suffered final 12 months whereas he was sporting a soccer helmet however maybe not sufficient safety on his throwing arm. Joe Rutter wrote Monday within the Pittsburgh Tribune:
Earlier than present process proper elbow surgical procedure in September, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stated he wouldn’t lower his hair or shave till he was in a position to throw a “legit NFL cross” to one in every of his teammates.
That point apparently occurred over the weekend.
The Steelers launched a video on Monday exhibiting Mr. Roethlisberger flinging the ball to his teammates. Mr. Rutter famous:
Close to the conclusion of the 38-second video, Roethlisberger is proven in a stylist’s chair along with his hair lower and somebody utilizing scissors to the touch up his neatly trimmed beard.
ESPN.com reported Roethlisberger received his makeover at Norman’s Minimize N Edge Barbershop in Sewickley, and an individual answering the telephone on the salon confirmed the quarterback just lately visited.
Mr. Rutter followed up on Tuesday with a much less upbeat report for Steelers followers, that includes a response from Gov. Tom Wolf (D., Penn.):
This is the perfect statement from Ben Roethlisberger’s barber.
Spot on. Perfect. pic.twitter.com/QMS7qQybK4
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) May 19, 2020
Throughout his day by day press briefing Tuesday, Gov. Wolf criticized Roethlisberger’s choice to get a haircut and beard trim at a Sewickley barbershop.
Wolf was requested whether or not the salon would obtain disciplinary motion and whether or not the state would examine the matter.
“My concern is only a basic concern,” Wolf stated. “Anyone who places himself or herself into hurt’s method is one thing that I believe we have now to attempt to keep away from. Whenever you go to one thing like a barbershop, and also you’re not protected, I don’t care who you’re, the possibilities of that virus truly wreaking havoc in your life will increase.
“I don’t personally suppose any Pennsylvanian should take that probability. I definitely don’t need to take that probability myself.”
Maybe Mr. Wolf may execute a extra smart virus technique if he went past a “basic concern” and as a substitute used out there knowledge to grasp and deal with particular dangers. Is a 38-year-old particular person in comparatively good well being like Mr. Roethlisberger unreasonably placing himself “in hurt’s method” by leaving his dwelling for a beard trim?
It's kind of weird how the same people who insist on not using drugs until they are proven safe and effective adamantly support non-pharmaceutical interventions like school closures that have no proven effectiveness and enormous known costs.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 17, 2020
In response to a report this week from Gov. Wolf’s personal Division of Well being, a lot of the Covid-19 deaths within the state have occurred amongst sufferers age 80 or older. As of the Sunday report from Mr. Wolf’s well being crew, the virus had killed precisely zero sufferers in Pennsylvania below the age of 30. And it had claimed the lives of greater than 5 occasions as many individuals over the age of 99 as below the age of 40.
As for the barber store, it faces maybe extra regulatory threat than virus threat. Ray Fittipaldo notes within the Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette:
Wolf didn’t say whether or not the barbershop, which is licensed by the state, would face any disciplinary motion.
Mr. Fittipaldo provides that Norman’s put out a press release saying that it has been closed and the lower for Mr. Roethlisberger was a favor for a good friend carried out at no cost by the proprietor. In response to Mr. Fittipaldo, the quarterback and his native barber aren’t the one ones who’ve drawn Gov. Wolf’s disapproval:
Final week when Beaver County and different counties… had been threatening to disregard orders and open anyway, the governor stated the state may revoke their enterprise licenses, they might lose their occupancy permits or their insurance coverage corporations may take away protection. And he warned that somebody who does contract an an infection whereas getting companies illegally wouldn’t be coated by insurance coverage.
One of many causes New York has suffered so many extra Covid deaths than every other state is that it didn’t prioritize the safety of residents who had been most in danger whereas it imposed impoverishing lockdowns on everybody. Mr. Wolf and different governors ought to search to study from this poor instance and permit people the liberty to take cheap dangers.