Here we go again. Another athlete is being accused of sexual assault. This story rings awful familiar to the one that Kobe Bryant dealt with years ago. According to a civil suit filed recently Roethlisberger is being accused of sexual assault dating back to July of last year. I am not taking sides on this one mainly because I don’t know the facts and I don’t the story behind it. Here is what is being reported so far.
The complaint filed by Andrea McNulty in Nevada provides specific accusations against Ben Roethlisberger, including details of the alleged rape.
McNulty, on concierge duty, arrived at Roethlisberger’s hotel room to fix a sound problem with his television. As she tried to exit the room, she claims that Roethlisberger blocked her path and started to kiss her. McNulty says she then protested his physical advances and added, “You don’t want to do this.” Roethlisberger responded by allegedly forcing himself upon her and afterward asked if there were cameras in the room. When McNulty answered in the affirmative, she claims that Roethlisberger became very stern and said: “If anyone asks you, you fixed my television. You fixed my television. Now go!” Roethlisberger, through his attorney, is vigorously denying the allegations.
Anyway you look at it this is bad news for the Steelers. If this case is bogus and she is trying to get money then this turns into a distortion for the entire organization. If he actually committed the assault then the consequences can be much worse and he may be facing jail time. Either way it is a tough spot for the organization and the fans. The super bowl odds have yet to drop but as this case develops do not be surprised to see the odds on the Steelers repeating start to drop. No word as of yet on his official blog.