Fred Bright, District Attorney for Ocmulgee County, Georgia, announced earlier today that "sexual allegations against Mr. Roethlisberger cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt" and thus no charges will be filed against Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.
No Charges Filed Against Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in the bathroom of a bar in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Even though he got off criminally, these allegations cast serious doubt on Roethlisberger's conduct and pattern of behavior.
The New York Times notes that after a night of drinking, "The woman was eventually driven to the hospital by friends, and an emergency room doctor and two nurses examined her. Bright said they noted a superficial laceration, bruising and slight bleeding in her genital area, but that everything else was normal and that the doctor could not say definitively that the bruising was from any kind of trauma or sexual assault. The doctor and nurses collected a standard rape evidence kit. Initial testing found human male DNA present, although the emergency room doctor found no evidence of semen. Further testing was done, but Bright said that because the sample was so small, a DNA profile could not be obtained."
Roethlisberger might face a civil lawsuit from the Milledgeville case, similar to the civil case he is already facing from a woman who accused him of raping her in a Lake Tahoe hotel in 2008.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been tough on players under a personal conduct policy. This opens the door for Roethlisberger to be punished by the NFL and by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The amazing part of all this is that Roethlisberger was already facing a lawsuit when this incident occured. Then again that didn't stop his bodyguards from aiding in his activity. The New York Times said "one of Roethlisberger's bodyguards escorted the woman down a back hallway and Roethlisberger followed her into a small bathroom -- Bright said it was less than five feet wide."
Do athletes really think they can do this? Is it just a celebrity thing? Is it a power thing?
I don't know, but I do know that Roethlisberger is one hell of a quarterback, and I hope he doesn't throw his career and his life down the tubes because he can't keep his urges in line.