Perhaps more so than any other franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a desire to be perceived as a force for good in the world of sports. The organization has long prided itself on not being a refuge for people of questionable character, even if their history of dealing with their own wayward players has been inconsistent at best.
The Steelers had been dealing with enough of a headache with the latest off-the-field incident involving their franchise quarterback when star wideout Santonio Holmes got himself involved in an alleged incident of violence at an Orlando night club. No stranger to trouble in his four years in the NFL, Holmes didn't help his case by disseminating a series of rancorous messages to fans over his Twitter account. But the final straw for the Steelers was Holmes landing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, especially when the receiver already has a history of marijuana-related trouble.