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Ben Roethlisberger Accused of Assault Again

Ben Roethlisberger (Image from seattletimes.nwsource.com)

As far as I know, Peyton Manning has never been accused of sexual assault. Same for Tom Brady. Same for Brett Favre. Same for Drew Brees.

Now, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault for a second time. The first accusation was brushed off as a woman looking for some money (her claim did seem suspicious). But, after another accusation, does Big Ben have a big problem?

Before I start accusing him myself (I wasn’t there), let’s take a look at the latest report.

Roethlisberger, who just turned 28 this past week, was out with a couple friends watching a University of Pittsburgh basketball game at a Georgia bar. Patrons at the bar noticed nothing out of the ordinary, and the QB “was very polite with everybody,” according to 24-year-old Paul Kurcikevicus.

Big Ben then moved onto a nightclub to “celebrate” and was escorted to a VIP area with a group of close friends and a group of women. Ben, to my knowledge, isn’t married, so this is a perfectly normal activity for a single professional athlete (Tiger, the key word is “single”).

The victim, a 20-year-old female college student, and her party contacted police after the alleged sexual assault.

“(Roethlisberger is) been identified as being at the scene and there are allegations naming him as the perpetrator,” Deputy Police Chief Richard Malone said.

The nature of the sexual assault is unknown, but Malone was quick to note that Roethlisberger is not being accused of rape.

Roethlisberger and the victim were interviewed by police, and the woman was taken to the hospital. She was later treated and released.

Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner seemed skeptical that his client had done anything wrong. He question’s the alleged victim’s motives, especially considering the QB’s past allegations.

“Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening,” the agent’s statement said. “We have spoken to law enforcement. Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night. Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved.”

Roethlisberger and his friends left Georgia on Friday, but police will be speaking with the QB again as the case begins to take shape.

Analysis

In the world of sports and news, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. It’s true there are isolated cases that may be a mirage (like we all thought that Ben’s first allegation was), but when similar stories keep popping up with the same athlete, questions have to be asked.

I know it’s in my nature to be skeptical of anything and everyone, but I will give Roethlisberger the benefit of the doubt here. Unless he comes out and admits guilt, is found guilty in court, or decides to settle the case outside of the court room, then I believe that all people, including athletes, are innocent until proven guilty.

I understand, though, that it’s pretty hard to ignore a story when it keeps popping up. We’ll see how this case gets settled, and if any more pop up in the future.

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4 comments for “Ben Roethlisberger Accused of Assault Again”

  1. I’ll also give Ben the benefit of the doubt. However, he really needs to stop putting himself in these kinds of situations. Apparently he does have body guards who follow him around. So you would think they’d prevent something like this from happening AGAIN.

    Maybe it’s time for him to try dating and give the hooking up with drunk college girls thing a permanent break.

    As a Steelers fan, I’m used to no BS, so for this to happen again is frustrating. Pretty soon this stuff is going to catch up with him and start affecting his performance on the field too.

    Also…the picture you have there doesn’t look like it was recently taken. Big Ben’s face looks fat. I wouldn’t be surprised if he weighs all of 265 right now. A sign he’s been doing too much partying and not enough working out.

    Anyway…fingers crossed.

    Posted by Andrew Kipp | March 7, 2010, 9:47 am
  2. I like how you through Tiger Woods name in the story as if to say….we can give Big Ben a pass because he’s single. Great job, but you forgot to mention NOT ONE of Tiger Woods flings said he raped them. POW! Now explain why this rape # 2 is not getting the press it would if it was OCHOCINCO, or T.O, or Donavan Mcnabb?……………

    Posted by doublestandard | March 15, 2010, 5:55 pm
  3. 1 – Big Ben was never charged with rape.
    2- Just because somebody claims they were raped does not mean it actually occurred. (esp. if this alleged rapee has been dubbed a lunatic by people who know her)
    3- We do know for certain that Tiger DID have multiple affairs. He ADMITTED this to the public.
    4-How do you know there would be more media coverage if it were ochocinco TO or McNabb? You don’t, because none of them were ever accused of raping somebody. Are you implying he’s getting a pass because he’s white?
    5-Ben was with TWO Pennsylvania police officers who both said they saw no foul play.
    6- The “rape #2″ victim as you called her, is a 20 year old college student who was drunk off her ass. She also just dropped out of school and hired a Civil suit lawyer. This just screams $$$$$$$$$$$.
    7- Your spelling is atrocious. It’s threw not through.

    Posted by Andrew Kipp | March 20, 2010, 3:47 pm
  4. Yes–No one knows what “happened” yet? Unfortunately, for women..when you are alone with a man, without any witnesses, something “bad”, can happen, and then it just comes down to “he said/she said”.

    I know that almost every single person from 18-35 does “party” a little bit. Nothing wrong with that.

    However, what is “wrong” or “dumb”, or “unfortunate”, is that people think they can “Hook Up” with a “Stranger” (even a Professional Athelete) at a “Club”, and that…”Something GOOD will happen”.—NOTE to ALL—Meeting people is “Fine”, but…getting a number to talk later (when sober) is acceptable, but, going somewhere “private”, with a complete stranger is “NOT”.

    I BLAME “BEN” because he is a pro-athelete who has to show some level of personal “control”. He is going to have a lot of women “throw” themselves at him, because of the whole “sports idol/rich single guy” culture. HOWEVER….he can say “No”, not now…if he is interested, and contact them later to date in a “safe” situation. A CLUB is NOT a safe meeting place, and “drunk” is not “consentual status” to allow you to do anything to a girl you just met.

    I am not “blaming” the girl. Any girl who gets “drunk”, needs to be protected from “unwanted” advances, which can quickly lead to a “sexual assualt”….If the bodyguard, led her to a “private area”..”DRUNK”, and her friends saw that, the police should investigate him, for at least “deliquency of a minor” or “providing sexual transport of a minor”.—ALL WOMEN…need to try and understand,…DON’T GET WASTED, without..a “Protector” who is “NOT DRINKING” and watching out for you. (There are losers everywhere.)

    Have we already forgotten the tragic case of “Natalie Holloway” ?To just remind all women, that “Cute” guys…can be both, “rapists” and possibly “killers.”

    Posted by JamesInTacoma | April 15, 2010, 7:27 pm

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