Thursday, July 23, 2009

Roethlisberger in major trouble

Don't let the "side bar" (weak) coverage or short reports of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben "Big Ben" Roethlisberger being accused of raping a Nevada woman take away from the severity of the incident.

I've been watching the slow news coverage of this ordeal, and I'm wondering why it's just now being talked about freely. Roethlisberger supposedly raped a 31-year-old (a Lake Tahoe casino hostess) woman last year. She filed a civil lawsuit saying that the Steelers QB raped her in a hotel penthouse last year.

Roethlisberger held a press conference today (July 23) at the Steelers practice complex to announce his innocence. He called ole girl's allegations "reckless and false."

According to Associated Press reports, the woman was working as a VIP casino host at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe at the time, and claims in the lawsuit the rape took place in Roethlisberger’s room after he called her on a bogus complaint.

“Saturday was the first I heard of her accusations,” Roethlisberger told the Associated Press. “Her false and vicious allegations are an attack on my family and on me. I would never, ever force myself on a woman.”

Roethlisberger vowed to fight what he called “outrageous allegations.”

He said he would remain focused on the upcoming season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the defending Super Bowl champions. The Steelers open training camp on July 31.


The real issue here is that Roethlisberger is getting wonderful treatment by the NFL commish and the mainstream media, because no one has hammered him yet.

Kobe Bryant was immediately dropped from numerous endorsements after he was ACCUSED of raping a young lady. Adam "Pacman" Jones was suspended from the NFL after being investigated for numerous crimes or incidents. Jones still has yet to be convicted of any crime. Here, Roethlisberger is being accused of raping a woman and he's still able to promote a reality TV show appearance he's making with Shaq. Isn't that some shhh?

There simply seems to be a lot of sypathy being shown for BENNIE. That's just wrong. This almost feels like it did when everyone was seeming doubting that Roger Clemens took steroids, but would bet their houses that Barry Bonds was guilty of cheating.

I'm not wishing any harm or hateful reports about Roethlisberger. I'm only saying that news coverage or bashing should be fair. This is no different than the Kobe incident. It's going to take quite a bit of luck and money to get Big Ben out of this one.
Forget what the news is talking 'bout. Big Ben is in trouble.

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