Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t had much luck with offseasons following Super Bowl wins. In summer 2006, Big Ben suffered a serious motorcycle crash that resulted in surgery, plastic and otherwise, to help repair his facial and head injuries. An appendectomy sidelined him at the beginning of the 2006 season as well. Summer 2009 seemed quiet, as sweaty seconds ticked away in typical muggy Pennsylvania summer fashion. The Steel City fanbase thought their beloved Black and Gold was home free, mere days away from the start of Steelers training camp, until a Lake Tahoe woman named Andrea McNulty served Roethlisberger with a civil suit accusing the two-time Super Bowl champ of sexual assault. Things aren’t so quiet anymore.
ESPN breaks down the legal situation, so if you’d like to read the civil suit details, please do so here.
After reading meat of the situation, watch Big Ben’s short statement below.
I am not the biggest fan of Roethlisberger, but I can’t deny that this whole situation seems to have the essence of the 2003 Kobe Bryant sexual assault case. I am a female and a feminist to boot, but I can’t help but think that these women are after some loot. If I am wrong in regards to the current McNulty vs. Roethlisberger situation, then I will absolutely recant what I’m writing in this post, but for now, a few things are standing out to me as incredibly fishy.
One, the case relates to an incident a year ago that was never reported to the police, only to hotel security. McNulty’s lawyer made a comment that alluded to McNulty reporting the alleged incident to hotel security being the same thing as reporting it to the proper authorities. If he continues to make statements like that, McNulty might want to reconsider her choice in legal backing.
Two, the accusation comes in the form of a civil suit. Civil to me means money. If she really did suffer a sexual assault at the hands of Roethlisberger, it is absurd that she did not report it to the police, especially if she suffered the damages she is claiming to have suffered–mental breakdown, depression, hospitalization, etc. A criminal investigation will not be held unless the accuser, McNulty, files a criminal complaint. She has yet to do so, and at present it seems like that isn’t going to change.
Three, McNulty’s coworkers at the time of the alleged Big Ben assault are asserting that the mental breakdown actually stemmed from another issue involving an affair-gone-bad with a man in the military who happened to be married. This is the shakiest information I have come across, as it was reported by TMZ (I mean no offense to TMZ, but they operate basically as an Internet tabloid). TMZ did report Michael Jackson’s death first, though, so it’s plausible that this piece of reporting may contain accurate information. Read it here.
No matter what, whether this is a case of money chasing or a legitimate legal situation, it spells bad news for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.