Ben Roethlisberger has had a pretty bad week in the news. This current accusation keeps taking twist after twist. Yesterday we learned of the alleged victim’s statement, today we hear of Ben’s interaction with officials about the incident.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told police in Milledgeville, Ga., no sexual intercourse took place between him and his accuser, a television station in Pittsburgh reported on Wednesday.
A 20-year-old woman told police Roethlisberger, who had been out barhopping with friends, assaulted her early March 5. Roethlisberger has not been charged. As previously reported by ESPN’s Kelly Naqi, Roethlisberger talked to Milledgeville police the night of the alleged attack.
“We’re here to do a thorough investigation and there is not a timetable [on when we will complete our investigation],” Davis said. “Our role is, we’re fact gatherers. We are honestly looking to pursue the truth in this matter. You’ve got two people involved and both deserve a fair investigation. We’re trying to do things as expeditiously as we can. We are not going to compromise the integrity of the investigation just to satisfy the media or to meet an expected deadline; it will be done when it’s done.”
Roethlisberger, who owns a home about 30 miles north of Milledgeville on Lake Oconee, is also being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a hotel-casino in Lake Tahoe hotel and casino, an allegation he strongly denies.
On a personal note, I am torn on what is going on here. I am not a Big Ben fan or Steeler fan or supporter by any means, but these are difficult times for both he and the organization. On a larger scale this is a difficult situation for the young lady in question. If Roethlisberger is innocent, he is still guilty of being stupid. Even if these are two episodes are totally false accusations, he has still put himself in a situation that has potential to damage and hurt him. This may go to court, this may get settled, but now Roethlisberger’s reputation is now damaged.
Now Steeler fans put your towels down for one second before you beat me with them. Every celebrity and athlete has the right to a private life, I get that. Also, it is unfair when they are targeted, I get that as well. But these same people have the same brain capacity you and I have. Certainly, in situations like these you know they may not have been thinking straight. Legal issues and repercussions perhaps did not even factor in when he was drawn to the girl, if that even happened. The fact that she was not legally allowed to drink and the “assault” occurred, allegedly, in the women’s restroom does not add up, and I place that on Ben. Not FanSided, not anyone else, I place that on Ben. He is a hulking man, who plays professional, American Football. What are you trying to tell me? He made her go with him? All I know is, he is in for it, regardless of what turns up from this newest episode. Something tells me this isn’t going to be the last, these things tend to come in threes. Then again, just my opinion.