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No plans to investigate Roethlisberger, yet

NFL_roethlisberger2_250.jpgOur own Gregg Rosenthal, who received the tip that got the ball rolling as to our report regarding the civil lawsuit against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, also spent plenty of time Tuesday working the phones for more details.

Among other things, Gregg called pretty much every law-enforcement agency in Northern Nevada, and he learned that there are no criminal charges arising from the incident.

So, obviously, there’s no investigation.

But the Associated Press nevertheless felt compelled to officially “report” the reality that there can’t be and won’t be a criminal investigation unless and until criminal charges are filed.

“The victim is the only one who can do that,” Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Teresa Duffy told the AP.  “Unless there was a third party that actually witnessed the
incident, which according to the civil case, was not the case here,” Duffy said.

But unless and until the statute of limitations for the filing of criminal charges expires, criminal charges could still be pursued. 

And then there would be an investigation.

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52 Responses to “No plans to investigate Roethlisberger, yet”
  1. Devils Advocate says: Jul 22, 2009 3:11 PM

    I heard Arlen Sphincter the Senator from PA is calling for an investigation into “SEXGATE”.

  2. Cleveland Sucks aka Philly Sewer Rat says: Jul 22, 2009 3:13 PM

    You know Florio you would be sooooo much cooler if you added Esquire to your name.

  3. Triryche says: Jul 22, 2009 3:15 PM

    Hey Florio, this story is only two days old, and you’re already rehashing the same material.
    This story is so redundant, i’m beginning to miss your ‘keen’ insight on McNair.

  4. Turtle says: Jul 22, 2009 3:16 PM

    What could possibly be investigated at this point? There was no video of the inside of the room. There is no medical evidence. There are no witnesses. I don’t care what she says, there is nothing out there worthy of putting this through the courts.
    Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t, but what prosecuter would risk taking this to court?

  5. empty13 says: Jul 22, 2009 3:18 PM

    this will be espn’s fig leaf.

  6. Ivan Jackanov says: Jul 22, 2009 3:25 PM

    I think the funniest thing about this story, is the Steelers fans.
    If there was a story, about some guy named Tom Brady, not the Patriots Tom Brady, but just some guy with the same name, who assaulted someone, the Steelers fans would mention that Tom Brady is a rapist for the next 6 years.
    But, when there is a story, about Ben Dover, their hero, the Steelers are all up in arms, and we cant say bad things about Ben Dover, and we need to wait until the truth comes out, blah blah blah. Face it Steelers fans, you are the most obnoxious, outspoken group of fans (and that isnt meant as an insult, it speaks to your passion), but when the shoe is on the other foot, it is time to take your medicine, eat some crow, and STFU

  7. mborz says: Jul 22, 2009 3:25 PM

    Florio, can you help me understand why she hasn’t (yet) filed criminal charges? Is it because it could hurt her case in some way? What are the pros and cons of it?

  8. ZombieRevolution says: Jul 22, 2009 3:36 PM

    But the Associated Press nevertheless felt compelled to officially “report”…
    How dare AP dare officially “report” anything that has to do with a story “Our own Gregg Rosenthal” came up with.

  9. goose08 says: Jul 22, 2009 3:37 PM

    “But unless and until the statute of limitations for the filing of criminal charges expires, criminal charges could still be pursued.
    And then there would be an investigation.”
    Thanks for the clarification on that one Dick Tracy.

  10. Finnegans Wake says: Jul 22, 2009 3:40 PM

    Wow.
    Insightful story, Florio.

  11. fc1_87 says: Jul 22, 2009 3:45 PM

    Without a criminal complaint this whole law suit would appear to be a ploy to get money from a young man who in the last year signed a large contract.
    The young lady could be telling the truth. If she is then by waiting (which is not unusual for rape cases) and not filing a complaint with the police she is in a difficult position of trying to prove it.
    Even in a civil case (at least the jury I server on years ago) it took 9 of the 12 to agree on damages.
    And if she is not telling the truth, then she will have cast a shadow on Ben’s and 8 other people’s reputations.
    The bottom line here is that something set her off. Either she was assulted or she’s got serious problems.

  12. SteelersSB44 says: Jul 22, 2009 3:46 PM

    “No plans to investigate Roethlisberger, yet”
    First off, if Ben is found guilty, he deserves every bit of the punishment he gets, by the law and the league. No one is above the law…My first impression though is thatI think he’s innocent, but I will wait to hear the case play out before making a final assumption about it.
    C’Mon Florio…You couldn’t look more biased if you tried. Ever since you broke this story everything you have said has slanted towards you wanting this guy to be guilty (With the exception a few neatly placed “we’re not saying he’s guilty or not…”)
    As the facts stand RIGHT NOW it definitely seems like the chick wants some money. I mean she waits a year to file this suit, and never did she go to the cops or file a criminal case. Do you know why she didn’t file a criminal case (aside from the fact that she knew she’d lose)? Because she has no evidence of this ever happening! Not to mention the fact that reasonable doubt now comes into play. So why do you put “,yet” in the title? No way she files a criminal case now, not with all her laundry out in the open. And if I’m wrong and she does file a criminal case, she’s got no case without proof. It’s just this whacky woman’s word against an upstanding citizen of society who donates tons of money and time to charitable organizations across America. Never mind the fact that the people who are with her during a large portion of her day (her co-workers) think she’s a loon and a little promiscuous with married men and fake Iraqi soldiers.
    Why are you giving this so much press? You’re gonna look foolish if this gets thrown out or Ben is found innocent.
    I agree that ESPN should have at least said something about it, but maybe it’s better err on the side of “wait and see” than to jump all over the story trying to push it in a direction you wish it would go. NFL.com, foxsports, and si.com have all talked about it, but it doesn’t feel biased on those sites. Probably explains why you’re still in single A, and not in The Show.

  13. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jul 22, 2009 3:47 PM

    Just musing, but if you are alleging a cover up by your co-workers that includes not being given access to surveliance tapes that can back up your claim, wouldn’t you WANT a state prosecutor who can SUBPENOA (god I hope I spelled that right, fix it Florio, you’re the lawyer) said tapes to get involved???

  14. TheVillain112 says: Jul 22, 2009 3:53 PM

    If I had to take a guess, I would say they (The alleged victim and her attorney) are not filing a Criminal complaint because the burden of proof in a criminal case is greater than in a civil case.
    It doesn’t mean a crime did or didn’t happen. If there isn’t a lot of evidence to go on, the attorney probably directed the plaintiff to only file civil charges. Maybe if they tried to file criminal charges and they were dismissed it could have hurt the civil case. Or maybe they want to see if they can garner more evidence in the civil suit before launching a criminal suit.
    All “what ifs” but I don’t think you can just dismiss this case because a criminal investigation hasn’t occurred.

  15. bshinkle says: Jul 22, 2009 4:10 PM

    Florio – Ignore these other dunderheads. Keep up the coverage of this.
    I am intrigued by this case, not so much that I care about Pitt or Ben but the predicament that Harrah’s may find itself in from an employer standpoint. My guess is Harrah’s HR/Legal department is scrambling to conduct an internal investigation to determine the company’s potential liability, if they haven’t already. In the end, most all of that stuff is discoverable.
    It could get much more interesting before this goes away.

  16. Laxinthe303 says: Jul 22, 2009 4:11 PM

    It shows how lower class many of these posters are that they think $400,000 is a lot of money.
    Would you give up your ENTIRE life for $400,000?
    Do you think that she accrued hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills just to set Roethlisberger up? She was hospitalized multiple times for fun?
    Who cares if there is physical evidence.
    Sex crimes are he said/she said affairs.
    Ben has his word, and she has her word backed up by multiple hospitalizations, and witnesses that will state that she spoke to them prior to the lawsuit being filed. Even if her superiors and the head of security wont participate in the depositions truthfully, the Dr. at Harrah’s most likely will.

  17. cowboyup says: Jul 22, 2009 4:19 PM

    U Steeler fans are pathetic, you guys tore into Mike Vick like he was not a human….Now that it’s someone on your team, u have simpity…Grow up u morons!!!!!

  18. Finnegans Wake says: Jul 22, 2009 4:19 PM

    Florio loves hating on BBR.
    This story is like extra strength Viagra for him. He may have to consult his physician for the boner that won’t subside.

  19. fc1_87 says: Jul 22, 2009 4:21 PM

    Still no mention of this on ESPN.

  20. Bronco4life says: Jul 22, 2009 4:23 PM

    SUBPOENA, its as easy as opening a new tab and typing it into google

  21. zygi milf says: Jul 22, 2009 4:32 PM

    Devils Advocate says:
    July 22, 2009 3:11 PM
    I heard Arlen Sphincter the Senator from PA is calling for an investigation into “SEXGATE”.
    ******
    You know, with a name like “Devil’s Advocate”, you need to come up with something clever, at the very least. By definition, a devil’s advocate is someone who takes an opposing view of something for the sake of an argument. To do that, you need to be reasonably intelligent.
    Calling this SEXGATE in yet another post, like your frequent “who gives a flying fart in space” comments on every Favre post just show your ignorance. I bet after you click “submit”, you lean back in your chair and smile at your accomplishment.
    Actually, anyone who applies the word “gate” to the end of another word to signify a scandal is a MORON. Did you know, Mr. Devil’s Advocate, that the Watergate Scandal had nothing to do with water?

  22. eschwaderer says: Jul 22, 2009 4:36 PM

    SteelersSB44 you’re a moron. Florio is soooo a sqealer homer. How can you imagine that he’s got it in for Ben? He lives 100 miles from Pitt, his book was about a fictional pro football team in Pitt….

  23. EskinSux says: Jul 22, 2009 4:37 PM

    I don’t know what “simpity” is…….But i hope i never come in contact with it……..

  24. SteelersSB44 says: Jul 22, 2009 4:42 PM

    “Ben has his word, and she has her word backed up by multiple hospitalizations, and witnesses that will state that she spoke to them prior to the lawsuit being filed. Even if her superiors and the head of security wont participate in the depositions truthfully, the Dr. at Harrah’s most likely will.” – Laxinthe303
    From what I’ve read, her hospitalization was due to the fact that she was having an affair with a married man, then when the wife of said married man posed as an Iraqi soldier,our plantiff fell in love with this ficticious soldier and told people they were engaged. When the married woman cut contact with her, she told people he died in war and went into severe depression…hence the reason for the hospital visit.
    I’m not looking for physical evidence, just any evidence will do. Innocent until proven guilty right?

  25. SteelersSB44 says: Jul 22, 2009 4:43 PM

    U Steeler fans are pathetic, you guys tore into Mike Vick like he was not a human….Now that it’s someone on your team, u have simpity…Grow up u morons!!!!! -cowboyup

  26. bwisnasky says: Jul 22, 2009 4:44 PM

    “Face it Steelers fans, you are the most obnoxious, outspoken group of fans (and that isnt meant as an insult, it speaks to your passion), but when the shoe is on the other foot, it is time to take your medicine, eat some crow, and STFU”
    Actually, I hate the Steelers.. and their fans are no where near as obnoxious as Boston/NE fans….

  27. SteelersSB44 says: Jul 22, 2009 4:47 PM

    U Steeler fans are pathetic, you guys tore into Mike Vick like he was not a human….Now that it’s someone on your team, u have simpity…Grow up u morons!!!!! -cowboyup
    Last I checked that was a criminal case, which this is not. Also, they had evidence of what Vick did, this case does not. Vick went to jail and served his time. If anything changes and evidence all of the sudden pops up, and he’s found guilty, I’ll be there right with you bashing Ben, but I don’t think that’s going to happen given the details of the case so far.
    I find it interesting you’re calling us morons, when you can’t intelligently state your case or at the very least understand the differences of what you’re trying to comapre (i.e. criminal vs. civil). Do me a favor, go home, study up, then come back and post again when you’re not sounding like an infant.

  28. lifelong says: Jul 22, 2009 4:51 PM

    SteelersSB44: there is no criminal case, so “innocent until proven guilty” is not a concept that really applies.

  29. Mysterious Stranger says: Jul 22, 2009 4:53 PM

    Although I am a huge Steeler fan, I think Big Ben sexually assaulted ESPN this summer and THAT’S why they did not report the civil suit against him. Maybe next year.

  30. SteelersSB44 says: Jul 22, 2009 4:53 PM

    SteelersSB44 you’re a moron. Florio is soooo a sqealer homer. How can you imagine that he’s got it in for Ben? He lives 100 miles from Pitt, his book was about a fictional pro football team in Pitt…. -eshwaderer
    Well if that’s the case, then he’s clearly trying to overcompensate for his affinity for the ‘Burgh. With every report that comes out so far, it seems pretty clear that things aren’t looking good for this woman. Too many weird situations that she’s gotten herself into. But from the way Florio is attacking the story, it doesn’t sound like someone who is a Steelers homer, nor an unbiased reporter. If he is a homer, I applaud him for not blindly supporting Ben, but I also don’t want to see him go the other way with it either.

  31. ajd78 says: Jul 22, 2009 4:59 PM

    Not sure if he is guilty or not but I did read where she told him that the room they were in had camera’s in it . She was then threatened by her boss to shut it or else. In Nevada that’s enough for ANYONE to keep quit for a while. Maybe she can’t live with it anymore or maybe she is lying. Who knows. But where there is smoke there is fire. I’ve heard from multiple people who have encountered him in public that he is an arrogant ass who feals that he is entitled to whatever or WHO-EVER he wants. So can’t say I don’t trust her story. And did anyone see the pics of the woman? Man I really expected more from him. She couldn’t have paid ME for the service!!!

  32. rusH1023 says: Jul 22, 2009 5:12 PM

    It was soooooo easy for Steelers fans to forget their past and focus on bashing the Patriots for something so ridiculous. But when it’s Big Ben, Shittsburgh doesn’t have the brains or balls to man up.
    Screw the fans and screw that raping criminal QB named Ben Worthlessberger.

  33. stonethrower says: Jul 22, 2009 5:30 PM

    Overheard at a “hertz ” rental car
    “Go Ben Go”

  34. IceBurgh says: Jul 22, 2009 5:44 PM

    Ah it only takes dubious charges by some scorned and unstable hotel worker for Patsy fans to crawl out of their holes.
    We all saw what happened last year when Belicheat and the boys had to play the Steelers without their golden boy and a copy of their playbook.
    Enjoy your schadenfreude now because you know you’ll be whining when this trumped up scandal is forgotten Steelers win Back to Back Superbowls and cement their status as team of the decade.

  35. mborz says: Jul 22, 2009 5:59 PM

    The growing level of immaturity in these comments never ceases to amaze me. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but some of you people should be ashamed at the stuff you type.

  36. tj.52 says: Jul 22, 2009 6:04 PM

    Wow, this SEXGATE thing is really getting out of control. Rapelisberger is never going to live this down.
    @SteelersSB44: You are supposed to leave a SPACE after a comma, you ignorant savage.
    —————————————————–
    bwisnasky says:
    Actually, I hate the Steelers.. and their fans are no where near as obnoxious as Boston/NE fans….
    @bwisnasky: See SteelersSB44.
    I will now click submit and smile.

  37. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Jul 22, 2009 6:36 PM

    the villian112…..you have made some good points about civil versus criminal trials.
    but here’s the kicker,in a criminal trial you can cop the 5th,but not in a civil trial.you have to tell the judge/jury all you know.

  38. rusH1023 says: Jul 22, 2009 6:39 PM

    Rapelisberger!!!!! That made my day.
    @ SteelersSB44 – There was nothing Pats fans could say to you either, during the “scandal”, that made sense to you. So eat it.

  39. empty13 says: Jul 22, 2009 6:57 PM

    what the hell is “simpity”…
    guess i skipped ebonics class n school.
    and i bet ben IS being investigated. by all kinds of freelancers who think they can sell info to tabliods, cops or lawyers.
    he probly should have just paid her off.

  40. Ladder 21 says: Jul 22, 2009 7:02 PM

    So true…Pittsburgh fans are the first to cry foul when something happens to one of their own. C’mon, even if you ARE a Pittsburgh fan, it’s extremely obvious that Big Ben is one ugly dude. That girl at Harrahs was a catch for him! He caught her, threw her on the bed…

  41. pancake 14 says: Jul 22, 2009 7:29 PM

    you might want to check out the fact that she told her co workers that she and Ben were dating.

  42. Dustin Chandler says: Jul 22, 2009 7:35 PM

    now if this was Tony Romo/any Dallas player…….
    ESPN would be all over this one.

  43. LeeB says: Jul 22, 2009 7:35 PM

    We need to keep an eye on ESPN to see what future civil cases they will publish or not. Also, let’s keep an eye on Roger.
    The fact that he doesn’t have a clear written policy on crimes and misdemeanors and punishment for players will set up the league for future legal action by players and their families. Especially if this lack of policy favors white players.
    I’m not playing the race card but merely saying what many are thinking.
    BTW, where in the hell is the players association. Not a peep from them, ever.

  44. empty13 says: Jul 22, 2009 8:02 PM

    thinking what? that ray lewis and leonard little are still playing but a mere dope fiend like matt jones isnt…
    you arent thinking. just playing cards sloppily while telling people you arent playing cards.

  45. hatethesteelers says: Jul 22, 2009 8:16 PM

    The sad part of this whole story is that ESPN kept this story off their front page news, if the news was about a “nobody” player then they would have had the news on their front web page.
    This woman has medical bills substiated by her attorney, those are not made up, unlike the accusedBen Rapistberg who has said nothing, and by not answering those charges he looks guilty. I hate the Steelers but that is besides the point, when Pac-Man had trouble he paid, Stallworth, he paid now its the Rapist turn. If you Steeler fans would realize that he Rapistberg is no more a hero then John Wayne Gacy was you will understand even sports “heros” F-up. Ask Kobe …or did everyone forget that he also stuck something where it did not belong, and paid. I guess we will have to wait and see if this”goes” away $$$$
    He is a dirt bag and I hope you have a terrible season and go 1-15 Rapistberg!!

  46. MMD says: Jul 22, 2009 8:59 PM

    It’s a shame that fans of the NFL can’t hate less and enjoy the game and the rivalries more.
    I am amazed by the moronic, hate-filled, bash-all-the-other-team approach used by so many people on these forums.
    It’s like swimming in a cess pool – there’s so little intelligent life here and I fear that now that I’ve posted the slime is now on me.
    If you can’t post something intelligent or put something up that doesn’t attack others in a hate-filled way, please don’t spray your graffiti on these “walls”.
    There’s so little time to enjoy life and the NFL – why waste it by posting your bile here? Try and add some quality to these “discussions” and perhaps the level will rise up above all the crap.
    OK, flame away

  47. Ladder 21 says: Jul 22, 2009 9:50 PM

    Actually it’s a story of another silver spooned little boy who thinks he’s entitled to everything. The fact that he is a Steeler, well, thats just funny. The do-no-wrong boys of Pittsburgh….whatever. I’ll bet money everything she said is true. Probably not the first time he’s done it…just the first time someone spoke up. What a douchebag.

  48. Ladder 21 says: Jul 22, 2009 9:57 PM

    Good thing the Rapers have a good defense and a good running game….you won’t miss him if he goes…..

  49. FuriousGeorge says: Jul 22, 2009 10:45 PM

    One good thing from the Rapistberger incident…. the Steelers* are now making tv repair class mandatory.

  50. hayward giablommi says: Jul 22, 2009 11:13 PM

    IceBurgh says:
    We all saw what happened last year when Belicheat and the boys had to play the Steelers without their golden boy and a copy of their playbook.
    ^^^^^^
    With the above idoicy you have instantly jumped to the top of PFT’s stupidest posters list.
    Congrats on beating the Pats without Tom Brady. Because by my count, Brady is 3-1 vs. Shittsburgh in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs. Since you bring up “copies of their playbook”, Brady’s arguably most dominant performance vs. Pissburgh came in 2007, you know, after they stopped “cheating”.
    L O S E R

  51. overkil2 says: Jul 23, 2009 10:03 AM

    On the surface it looks like someone trying to get paid. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered still.
    If Ben is guilty, then he deserves to go to jail.
    I do find it a little odd that several of her co-workers are being sued as well. Maybe the chick is a paranoid skitzaphrenic(I know it is spelled wrong, sue me.).
    What she is doing is trying to get a settlement. Most people/companies will settle out of court, even though they may not be guilty because sometimes it is more cost effective since dragging it out incurrs a lot of lawyer fees and also the negative publicity is never a good thing.
    Personally, I hope Ben doesn’t pay a dime and makes it go to court. I’d love to find out what really happened.

  52. SixburghDynasty says: Jul 23, 2009 1:15 PM

    You Patriot fans are by far the biggest douchebags on the planet. One golddigger comes out and wants money, so your all over it. It’s actually pretty cool tho your so jealous of the Steelers, you know they’re the team of the decade. This reminds me of the Kobe case and there will be no proof and i’m pretty confident Big Ben didn’t do this. Look, he’s the QB of the PITTSBURGH STEELERS, he doesn’t have to rape anyone. Not to mention he could get much better looking women then that.
    If Ben was really a rapist, i would think he would have gotten in trouble for something…anything…by now, but alas to some of you, his record is clean. Terrible thing is guilty or not, that’s all Steeler haters are going to say when this future hall of famer is brought up.
    It’s ok, the Steelers will just keep winning

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