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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger prepares to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

It was just a month ago when Pittsburgh Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw said he thought we’ll see NFL football played this season. And on Monday, my colleague Alex Parker wrote about the National Football League meeting to discuss new proposals which might reward teams for hiring and retaining minority coaches and management staffers.

But today’s top NFL headline is a bit different. Someone from the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate had the same reaction I did, when I learned Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had a problem with, of all people, current Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger:

As our sister site Twitchy shared, Wolf wasn’t all that happy to learn that a “yellow zone” barbershop agreed to give the player a much-needed beard trim. Apparently, Roethlisberger had made a deal with himself: he could clean things up, once post-injury practices yielded a pro-level pass.

Sports site DK Pittsburgh Sports.com described how it went down, writing in part, “….[Roethlisberger] shared a video on Twitter on Monday showing some of his throws to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner and Ryan Switzer, followed by a shot of his beard getting trimmed at a barber shop.”

They continued:

Roethlisberger was at Norman’s Cut N Edge Barbershop in Sewickley. Allegheny County is in the “yellow phase” of lifting restrictions that were set in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Under the yellow phase, retail stores are allowed to reopen, but places like barbershops and salons are not yet permitted to reopen.

Now, the barbershop owner is pushing back, writing in a letter released Tuesday night that it was just a favor for a friend — no money changed hands.

The letter read, in part:

Carlos Norman has been a community fixture and local business owner since 1993. Norman’s Cuttin’ Edge Barber Shop has been closed for business since the governor’s shut-down order, and presently remains closed, in full compliance with the law and state regulations. Mr. Norman and Mr. Roethlisberger are close personal friends, and Mr. Norman’s use of his free time during closure to provide a haircut to his friend is a personal favor where no money was received or exchanged. In most homes across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the rest of America, we are relying on the selfless acts of friends and family members to get us through the ongoing pandemic.

It’s surprising that Gov. Wolf had time to bother with the Steeler QB’s grooming needs. WPXI reported that, on Tuesday, he was  busy wresting control from counties hoping to, you know, make their own rules about which businesses can start re-opening, by vetoing three bills. They also shared an eye-opening stat about the county where the barbership is: “Nearly 78% of all COVID-19 deaths in Allegheny Co. are in long-term care facilities.”

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Becca Lower
Becca Lower is a writer with RedState and formerly worked at IJR.com as a writer and editor. She grew up outside Cincinnati, OH, in former Speaker John Boehner's district, and currently lives in Mesa, AZ.

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