Roethlisberger's behavior a black mark on NFL
Rape charges won’t be filed against Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but don’t be surprised if he is suspended for at least several games.
This week 572 pages of records of the alleged incident in Milledgeville, Ga., were released by police and they are damning. Records include witness statements from the alleged victim and her friends.
According to The Smoking Gun, the alleged victim’s statement in part said, “Ben asked us to go to his ‘VIP’ area. . . . We all went with him. He said there were shots for us, numerous shots were on the bar, and he told us to take them. His bodyguard came and took my arm and said come with me, he escorted me into a side door/hallway, and sat me on a stool. He left and Ben came back with his penis out of his pants. I told him it wasn’t OK, no, we don’t need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave. I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom. He followed me into the bathroom and shut the door behind him. I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me. He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything. I went out of the hallway/door to the side where I saw my friends. We left (the club) and went to the first police car we saw.’’
District attorney Fred Bright concluded he didn’t have enough evidence to file charges, but he had some interesting advice for Roethlisberger: “It is unclear, it is foggy, what exactly happened in that bathroom, but if I was there coaching him I’d say, ‘Ben, you don’t need to do this. You don’t need to put yourself in a position where you’re alone in this dingy bathroom with you and this girl. That’s foolish. Grow up. You need to be a role model. You need to be a role model for your team, your city, the NFL. You can do better.’ And I hope he’s learned something from this. I really do.’’
Roethlisberger just might have some down time to think about it.
Rumors have been floated that the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback could be traded, but who would want him?