Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger’s haircut ignites a political battle

Ben Roethlisberger’s haircut has turned into a Pennsylvania political scissor fight.

During his daily briefing Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf indirectly criticized Roethlisberger’s recent trip to Norman’s Cut N Edge Barbershop in Sewickley, Pa, to get his hair cut and beard trimmed following a workout with his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates.

Later on Tuesday, the attorney of Carlos Norman, the barbershop owner who cut Roethlisberger’s hair, released a statement saying his client didn’t charge for the haircut and was doing a favor for a “personal friend.”

“Carlos Norman has been a community fixture and local business owner since 1993,” lawyer Marc Kohnen’s statement read. “[The] 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.”

Allegheny County, as well as many other counties in Pennslyvania, is in the “yellow” phase of reopening, which does not include barbershops and hair salons. Those establishments won’t be allowed to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic until the given county reaches the “green” phase.

This became an issue after the Steelers and Roethlisberger posted a 38-second video Monday afternoon of the quarterback throwing to his teammates, marking a big milestone in his recovery from September elbow surgery.

When Wolf was asked about Roethlisberger’s trim, he said he doesn’t think any Pennsylvanian should risk a haircut at this present time.

“My concern is just a general concern,” Wolf said. “Anybody who puts himself or herself into harm’s way is something that I think we have to try to avoid. When you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases.

“I don’t personally think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don’t want to take that chance myself.”

Kohnen also wrote that the haircut should be viewed in positive terms and not used as a divisive issue.

“We should all look within ourselves to celebrate and be thankful for the existence of family, community and personal friends to lend a hand in each of our lives at this time rather than premote stories that divide us,” the statement read.

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