Jeff Halstead is the chief of police in Fort Worth, Texas. Last year, in the run-up to Super Bowl XLV in nearby Arlington, Halstead says Ben Roethlisberger promised his department a grant for a police dog on behalf of Roethlisberger's foundation. That grant never came. So Halstead wrote a letter saying Fort Worth cops were "saddened and very disappointed to hear the news that we were not awarded a Ben Roethlisberger Foundation grant." That letter somehow ended up in the hands of a Fort Worth television station, which went ahead and ran with what looked like the story of a rich pro athlete reneging on a promise made to the local community. That it involves Ben Roethlisberger, who's maybe done a few bad things in his day, made it look that much worse. Which is how the narrative went until the very end of the report, anyway.
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