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Goodell "will look into" Roethlisberger allegations

NFL_goodell.jpgThough the civil complaint alleging sexual assault against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has escaped the attention of one fairly large media outlet, the matter hasn’t been lost on the guy who runs the league in which Roethlisberger plays.

On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the situation.

“I don’t know enough of the details, but it’s a civil lawsuit, it’s
something that we obviously will look into
,” Goodell said during an unrelated news conference (presumably, the news conference announcing that the Miami Dolphins have shaved off another piece of the team for a musician).  “I’ve been in
touch with the Steelers about it,” Goodell added.

That said, we doubt that the league would take any action absent a criminal case.  But it could get interesting if a jury eventually decides in a civil case that Roethlisberger did what the plaintiff claims that he did.  Though the finding would be based on the lower legal standard of “preponderance of the evidence,” it would nevertheless constitute a legal conclusion that Roethlisberger committed a sexual assault. 

In that situation, it might be very difficult for the league to do nothing.

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  1. FumbleNuts says: Jul 22, 2009 12:00 AM

    If a jury eventually decides in a civil case that Roethlisberger did what the plaintiff claims that he did……… His name will be tarnished and he’ll be just “another” turd on the heel of life.

  2. Smush Rodrigez says: Jul 22, 2009 12:01 AM

    great and then he will do nothing as usual.. until a court decides and then he will think about it for a long time and the media will speculate. What a fool.

  3. PittsburghPope says: Jul 22, 2009 12:07 AM

    Mike Florio = Judas Iscariot

  4. Triryche says: Jul 22, 2009 12:28 AM

    Let’s continue the typical post (as per the other Roethlisberger articles):
    I have this friend, who had a friend, who had a friend, and that person had a friend. Well, that friend’s grandmother went through Pittsburgh a couple years ago. She told her friend, who then told her friend, that she though her friend, made an inappropriate comments in regards to sex. Well, she told a friend, and then I heard it.
    This all seems very believalble, as it is coming right from the horse’s mouth.
    He must be guilty!

  5. dlcreed44 says: Jul 22, 2009 12:29 AM

    its 24 plus hours into ESPN silence..I can only guess they are working a conspiracy story or have a Ben commercial series they just won’t waste until they know for sure..either way they are screwed..this is not acceptable from the WWL..or are they now?

  6. Fighting Illini says: Jul 22, 2009 12:43 AM

    Florio,
    Why does a “criminal case” warrant action but a civil action does not? They are both based upon sworn statements.
    If Goodell’s independent investigation leads him to the conclusion that Big Ben raped this woman then the league should take action so as not to “tarnish the shield.”
    Not much different than a woman accusing Pacman of spitting on her in a night club. The team/league took action.

  7. brian_21 says: Jul 22, 2009 1:04 AM

    Aside from obvious findings with the use of rape kits … how can the truth EVER be known in a rape allegation case?
    So sad for the innocent person getting accused — or for the individual who actually got raped.

  8. J says: Jul 22, 2009 1:23 AM

    Come on this woman just wants money from a big star. Ben wouldn’t do this. It just envious people. The same people who accuse O.J. of murder and Michael Jackson of child abuse. Big stars don’t break laws and they have the money and the lawyers to prove it.

  9. Kidekk says: Jul 22, 2009 1:28 AM

    The question is how can Roger Goodell distinguish between suspending a player who is later found not guilty of the crime he was suspended for or has the charges dropped, and one who is found civilly responsible (albeit gulity to a much lesser degree) of something.

  10. DarthPirate says: Jul 22, 2009 1:37 AM

    It seems like every other sports out let is wiping the floor with ESPN on this story.

  11. nosupeforu says: Jul 22, 2009 1:43 AM

    if she was”raped”, as the NBC Sports headlines now refers to it, why didn’t she call the cops, oh, maybe, a year ago?
    i have seen roethlisberger in public and upstairs social situations several times. he is reserved, almost cautious and travels with a small group that does not drink and functions as a polite buffer rather than a entourage. he is rarely around at last call.
    read the details of the civil complaint. her lawyer could not find any way to include harrah’s, her employer and the location of the alleged “rape”?
    this nation’s economy has moved from delivering pizzas to each other to suing each other. this woman is just looking for a payday.

  12. TheVillian112 says: Jul 22, 2009 1:48 AM

    I can see Goodell’s investigation now.
    Goodell: What team does he play for?
    A: The Steelers Commish.
    Goodell: Ah, yes. What did we do to Harrison and Holmes?
    A: Nothing
    Goodell: Alright, let’s do the same with Ben.

  13. csloan99 says: Jul 22, 2009 2:08 AM

    Even NFL.com is reporting this crap…that’s the last place I’d expect to see it (though notably they are cautious by using the headline”Civil complaint filed against Roethlisburger”). I’ve lost a lot of respect for ESPN today, they could have at least done the same. From now on, the “Worldwide Leader in Sports*” gets an asterisks whenever mentioned.

  14. Rasputin says: Jul 22, 2009 2:41 AM

    Maybe Roger should stick to managing the league instead of being a moral beacon for society at large. The fact is that a player who commits a serious crime has an uphill fight getting a job in the NFL anyway – look how many teams outright have said they don’t want Vick if he comes back. The situation will regulate itself – the Al’s and Jerry’s of the world will keep getting burned by guys like Pacman, and oh well, some people just don’t learn.

  15. jts28 says: Jul 22, 2009 3:35 AM

    Anyone who still believes that O.J. is not a murderer is even crazier than Andrea McNulty.

  16. This is not news says: Jul 22, 2009 4:25 AM

    I’ll put the over / under @ 10 for Ben stories for today.

  17. realityonetwo says: Jul 22, 2009 5:28 AM

    i have seen roethlisberger in public and upstairs social situations several times. he is reserved, almost cautious and travels with a small group that does not drink and functions as a polite buffer rather than a entourage. he is rarely around at last call.
    ———
    Yeah, and they said Ted Bundy was a really nice guy too…

  18. screaming sheep says: Jul 22, 2009 6:01 AM

    I counted 16 related posts on Tuesday about Ben, ESPN, and McNulty.
    Horse, dead, beaten.

  19. ernie cohen says: Jul 22, 2009 6:52 AM

    When I first read the complaint, I thought that Roethlisberger was in serious trouble. Reading it again, I think that this is likely to be resolved quickly by investigative reporting, in one of two ways.
    First, her filing goes to great length to emphasize that the evening in question was the *only* intimate contact between the two of them, that their previous contact amounted to a short conversation about fly fishing, and that they did not have anything approaching a prior “relationship”. If reporters dig up anything indicating that they were previously together, the case is all but over. (On the other hand, if this is the case, one wonders why Roethlisberger’s attourney hasn’t chased this down already.)
    Second, the biggest hole in her story is that the only people she claims to have told about this (prior to March) are the defendents. She didn’t tell the police, she didn’t tell her family or friends, and she didn’t tell anyone during her hospitalizations for PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She claims to have hidden the facts from her family so as not to worry them, but telling neither friends nor doctors is a little hard to believe.
    Conversely, if anyone confirms that she did indeed try to report it at the time, he is in serious trouble (as is Harrah’s).

  20. JimmySmith says: Jul 22, 2009 7:27 AM

    What ever happened to due process in this country? I don’t have a dog in this fight but the court system is set up for factual evidence to prevail, now let’s first see how this woman is going to prove any of this and then let’s see how Ben responds.
    This media tendency of being judge and jury just to get ratings or sell newspapers is sleazy.

  21. kazkal says: Jul 22, 2009 7:43 AM

    @nosupeforu,
    Your down right silly,BigBen doesn’t drink? are you serious ? There be pictures of him getting hammered all over the internet…
    http://uploads.filecabin.com/pictures/ben_roethlisberger_drunk.jpg
    Ya he really doesn’t drink :rollseyes
    http://www.drinkalot.com/_links/bigben.jpg
    Silly stiller fan inject more steroids in to your players and act like your team deserves it’s superbowl rings.

  22. Mick Kraut says: Jul 22, 2009 8:04 AM

    Kazkal,
    He didnt say that Ben didnt drink…but that he surrounds himself with people who dont.
    “travels with a small group that does not drink ”
    Perhaps before you call people silly you should work on your reading comprehension skills.

  23. Kaz says: Jul 22, 2009 8:08 AM

    Is it true she only asked for 40K? If so she isn’t in it for the money.

  24. Lucky5927 says: Jul 22, 2009 8:16 AM

    I’ll take TheRapist for $400

  25. Hugh says: Jul 22, 2009 8:25 AM

    ESPN is reporting on the civil suit brought against the NCAA, but still nothing om Ben.

  26. promichael says: Jul 22, 2009 8:57 AM

    If Ben raped this girl in Las Vegas he should be
    prosecuted. However Ms. McNulty has had a
    year and a good lawyer to come up with a
    great story. Unless the Personnel at Harrah’s
    Las Vegas admit to wrong doing I suspect
    nothing will come of this other than a pay off
    by Ben. It’s hazardous being an NFL star. Big
    Ben should operate in the future with a body
    guard or a small electonic video device for his
    own protection. The device can be marketed as “Kobe & Ben Eletronics”.

  27. Big Stretch says: Jul 22, 2009 9:00 AM

    Who does Goodell think he is, “looking into it”, Elliot Ness.
    Is he gonna look into every civil case involving a member of the NFL too?
    What about paternity cases or things involving bad investment opportunities? This guy is gonna end up creating his own police force, the NFLPD.

  28. JoeBrowns027 says: Jul 22, 2009 9:18 AM

    What’s the difference between this story and the story involving Kobe? Besides criminal vs. civil. what a BS cloak for ESPN to hide behind.

  29. Catamount says: Jul 22, 2009 9:19 AM

    Some of you say Ben is innocent. I hope he is. But don’t be ignorant. He is a star athlete used to getting what he wants. The girl has witnesses. She reported it to her supervisors who convince her not to go to the police. Do you need a smoking gun in a civil suit? Nope. Just a majority.

  30. goose08 says: Jul 22, 2009 9:22 AM

    this lady is a complete wacko, she went off the deep end when she learned that her internet lover was a scam…
    now she’s just trying to get attention and make an excuse for being such a psychotic nut job
    this one shouldnt take long to clean up

  31. fc1_87 says: Jul 22, 2009 9:28 AM

    I love reading all the cheap shots. A clear indication of how our public education system is failing our country.

  32. SubmarineMike says: Jul 22, 2009 9:33 AM

    She is asking for 380,000 dollars according to Sirius NFL radio.

  33. pantherdan89 says: Jul 22, 2009 9:51 AM

    She’s only asking for $ 400,000 which happens to be how much her medical expenses are. I first thought this case was nothing but, after reading her complaint, Ben might be in some serious sh*t.

  34. VoxVeritas says: Jul 22, 2009 9:54 AM

    “The question is how can Roger Goodell distinguish between suspending a player who is later found not guilty of the crime he was suspended for or has the charges dropped, and one who is found civilly responsible (albeit gulity to a much lesser degree) of something.”
    The answer is that he doesn’t have to distinguish. He’s Roger Goodell, God of all things NFL-related. He can do as he damn well pleases. Wade Wilson wasn’t convicted of anything when he got suspended for five games.
    Of course we’re talking about the Steelers here so I’m of the believe that Goodell could have seen Frankenburger actually sliding the girl his vienna sausage and would do nothing more than pat him on the back and tell him how delicious his kielbasa looks.

  35. maddencurse2010 says: Jul 22, 2009 10:14 AM

    Good going Fat Ben. Your prison name will be Ben Dover.
    We’re going to miss laughing at you for your mysterious, hyped up injuries, qb rating of ~70 and throwing motion of a left handed kid giving righty a shot.
    You will not be missed. I see the Steelers offense really opening up now.

  36. Lucky5927 says: Jul 22, 2009 10:32 AM

    Big Stretch says:
    July 22, 2009 9:00 AM
    Who does Goodell think he is, “looking into it”, Elliot Ness.
    *******************************************
    I think what they mean is “Roger pulls open is right desk drawer and pulls out a Magic Eight Ball. He then asks if Big Ben is guilty. Of Course the Magic Eight Ball gives him the answer of “Concetrate and ask again”. Frustrated by his lack of focus, Roger tells the press he is looking into it to buy himself more time.

  37. Lucky5927 says: Jul 22, 2009 10:50 AM

    maddencurse2010 says:
    July 22, 2009 10:14 AM
    Good going Fat Ben. Your prison name will be Ben Dover.
    We’re going to miss laughing at you for your mysterious, hyped up injuries, qb rating of ~70 and throwing motion of a left handed kid giving righty a shot.
    You will not be missed. I see the Steelers offense really opening up now.
    *******************************************
    Maddencurse2010,
    You just can’t give away your prison name so carelessly. You worked hard to earn that title with all those non-lonely nights when you grunted into your pillow as your cellmate told you to shut your piehole.
    Next, who is going to “open up that offense”?? Charlie Batch or Dennis Dixon? Sure Ben had a down year stat wise, but he still won his 2nd superbowl title. How many quarterbacks currwently in the league have started and won two superbowl titles? He also is one year removed from his 32 touchdown season. So put down the anal-eaze, you are ingesting it into the wrong hole. It is messing with your thought process dude.

  38. biiigben says: Jul 22, 2009 10:53 AM

    I just won an ESPY last night (aired). Of course they are sleeping on the story.
    You can’t run a piece about me sexually assulting someone then have me on your own awards show…..

  39. fc1_87 says: Jul 22, 2009 11:09 AM

    I love it when all the experts show up on these blogs. All anyone outside of the people directly involved in this is what they are talking about. “We are just pawns in the game of life.”

  40. meleliko says: Jul 22, 2009 12:34 PM

    Note one comment in the article – “lower legal standard” That’s a major bunch of bs. It’s either true and legal or not true and not legal. Civil lawsuits should NEVER be allowed in place of or after criminal trials. To me, it’s double jeopardy. If she were violated without protection, she could have gone to a rape crisis center, been evaluated, samples taken and definitive dna evidence produced. End of case. Perhaps, just perhaps, there wasn’t any evidence to begin with and this is just a ploy to get money and fleeting fame regardless of how prurient it is.

  41. mrmagoo says: Jul 22, 2009 2:21 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    July 22, 2009 9:54 AM
    Of course we’re talking about the Steelers here so I’m of the believe that Goodell could have seen Frankenburger actually sliding the girl his vienna sausage and would do nothing more than pat him on the back and tell him how delicious his kielbasa looks.
    _________________________________
    Do you need a box tissues and a moment alone? I had heard that you put the ass in astroglide, but ease up. This is a football site not somewhere for you to share your sordid fantasies.

  42. Miles James says: Jul 23, 2009 11:43 AM

    Im not saying the fool did it or not. I’m amazed at how mum the media has become. I dont want to hear about Vick, McNair or Manny. How convenient it is for the world leader is a cool as the other side of the pillow.

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