Don't cross the Rooneys in Pittsburgh.
That's the message sent loud and clear by the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night when they traded receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick.
Holmes has had his share of troubles with the Steelers, the latest a club incident in which he is accused of throwing a glass at a woman's face. He is also facing a four-game suspension by the league, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.
The Steelers hate that kind of behavior, which is why Holmes was probably traded. Let's face it -- he's their best receiver. So give the Rooney family, which owns the Steelers, credit for sticking with their ideals that character matters.
But does it matter when the quarterback is the guy in trouble? We shall see. Even though reports say Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged for the recent Georgia incident involving a woman and a potential assault charge, he is guilty of stupidity for putting himself in that position. How do the Rooneys handle that one?
As for this trade, the Jets now have a second receiver to go with Braylon Edwards and they got him at a cheap price. Holmes isn't a major problem, so this could be a good deal for the Jets.
The Steelers are left with Hines Ward and Mike Wallace as starters and veterans Arnaz Battle and Antwaan Randle El as backups. Losing Holmes hurts, which is why this seems like a Rooney-mandated deal.