By Michael Rand
If you could pull yourself away from the Erin Andrews and Brett Favre stories, you might have noticed Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has found himself in a fair bit of trouble. From the AP:
A woman has filed a lawsuit accusing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping her last summer in his penthouse room at a casino in Lake Tahoe during a celebrity golf tournament.
Roethlisberger’s lawyer adamantly denied the allegations Tuesday.
“Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone. The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct. If an investigation is commenced, Ben will cooperate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated,” David Cornwell said in a statement.
The claim seeks at least $390,000 in damages from the quarterback, who has won two Super Bowls and is one of the biggest names in sports. The lawsuit also alleges hotel officials for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe went to great lengths to cover up the incident.
We prefer the People Magazine publishing of the statement from Cornwell, which reads: “Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone, especially Andrea McNulty.”
Something about that just makes us think of a sentence like, “I’ve never punched anyone, especially Rocket.”
ESPN, meanwhile? Not a word about the story. Pro Football Talk said the WWL has gone as far as to direct its minions not to report on it. The mind wanders as to whether it has anything to do with Roethlisberger’s impending appearance on Shaq’s new show on ABC, part of the media family. In any event, a press conference scheduled for Thursday to talk about that show has been canceled.
All of which means we don’t have to talk about the Twins blowing a 10-run lead, allowing us to wonder, instead, what this will mean for Roethlisberger’s fantasy stock.
(That photo, by the way, is from a recent celebrity golf tournament, also in Nevada).