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Roethlisberger: "The truth will prevail"

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger addressed the civil claim of sexual assault made against him last week in Nevada, with a public statement denying the allegations made against him.

“The truth will prevail,” Roethlisberger said as he concluded the remarks, which were televised live on a network that as of a day ago had its head buried in the sand (or elsewhere) regarding one of the biggest off-field legal entanglements involving an NFL player since authorities found a bunch of dogs at Mike Vick’s rural property in Virginia.

We’ll be posting more on this once we find a transcript of the statement.  (And, yes, we have a DVR.  And, no, it wasn’t on the right channel.)

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  1. *Legion* says: Jul 23, 2009 2:21 PM

    The truth will prevail. And the truth is… you guys shoulda seen what she was wearing!

  2. EdReed4prez says: Jul 23, 2009 2:24 PM

    That dude is so guilty, I mean for goodness sakes he’s a stooler!

  3. BottleKnockers says: Jul 23, 2009 2:24 PM

    The Bonnie Hunt Show – 1; Florio – 0

  4. mrmagoo says: Jul 23, 2009 2:25 PM

    “The truth will prevail,” Roethlisberger said as he concluded the remarks, which were televised live on a network that as of a day ago had its head buried in the sand (or elsewhere) regarding one of the biggest off-field legal entanglements involving an NFL player since authorities found a bunch of dogs at Mike Vick’s rural property in Virginia.
    ________________
    A little heavy on the hyperbole.
    Okay… a lot.

  5. fc1_87 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:26 PM

    “I would never, ever force myself on a woman,”
    Boys are another matter!

  6. 2brauneyz says: Jul 23, 2009 2:27 PM

    Big Ben looked mighty uncomfortable. Hope that’s not taken as an admission of guilt. He’s not a natural in front of the camera like Brady. He seemed simultaneously nervous, angry and sad.
    Good luck Bennie. I believe in you.

  7. florio's biggest fan says: Jul 23, 2009 2:28 PM

    I’m a huge Steeler fan, but Ben’s shouldn’t have read from a statement should have spoke from the heart. It sounded to me like he might be guilty the way the pitch of his voice changed. I hope I’m wrong though.

  8. I C Light Pounder 2.0 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:28 PM

    i saw the statement…you can tell by the look in his eyes that he did not do anything

  9. bdenny29 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:30 PM

    Give ‘em hell Ben. This is clearly a cash grab by a crazy and jaded girl. Fight back and then countersue for defamation.

  10. kessdaman says: Jul 23, 2009 2:31 PM

    I kept tuning into PFTV to see the conference and it wasn’t there.

  11. LawDog says: Jul 23, 2009 2:35 PM

    I think the victim is telling the truth and here is MY compelling evidence.
    She reportedly told him that she was not on birth control so he agreed to “pull out” but if she was really after his money she should have told him she was ON birth control and by now she may well be the proud owner of a tiny pink Rothlisbaby love child.
    What a gold mine that would be!

  12. jefbob says: Jul 23, 2009 2:37 PM

    Anyone have a link to online video of the statement? I wasn’t able to get home to setup my DVR and would like to see it.

  13. SteelersSB44 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:37 PM

    I’m a huge Steeler fan, but Ben’s shouldn’t have read from a statement should have spoke from the heart. It sounded to me like he might be guilty the way the pitch of his voice changed. I hope I’m wrong though. – Florio’s biggest fan
    I think the reason he read from a statement was to make sure he didn’t say anything that could be twisted to sound negative for him. His lawyer is a genius and knows exactly what he’s doing. Speaking from the heart at this time wouldn’t be a good move in my opinion.

  14. GarthBrooks says: Jul 23, 2009 2:38 PM

    “You can tell by the look in his eyes” that he isn’t guilty? HAHAHAHAHAHA

  15. Holeinone09 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:39 PM

    Never met Ben of course, but he comes across as having at least some reasonable brain matter. It seems to me that a person in his position would have to be completely brainless to do what is alleged. She is not even good looking at that. It makes no sense. It has already come out that her hospital stay was due to some other matter (the soldier story) unrelated to what she alleges Ben did, but she tries to tie that to Ben?? Finally, her attorney says he did not watch Ben’s statement because he was busy? Give me a break. If it comes out this woman is lying, she should go to jail for damaging a person’s reputation, and so should her attorney.

  16. tms433 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:41 PM

    There is something very wrong with the stink PFT is making of this. Let’s go through it: claims rape but (a) has never talked to the police about it and (b) did not go to a hospital for a rape kit and (c) her first action to inform anyone is a lawsuit months later for slightly more then a million.
    Ben is in NO legal jeopardy at all. He will not/can not be prosecuted because despite this occuring in a casino, she notes there are no witnesses. No witnesses seen cohersing her into a room, none that saw her leaving in tears, none. So, it’s her word against his months later.
    Stop blowing it up. Could he lose in court? I doubt it, but even if he did, they can’t bring a criminal case now.. so he faces no jail/etc. at all out of this.
    At this point, only one of four outcomes is possible: (1) he pays her off in a pre-trial settlement (2) it goes to trial, he loses and pays her money (3) it goes to trial, he wins, and she gets nothing (4) it goes to trial and becomes a case of extortion.
    But he faces ZERO, ZIP legal jeopardy. Nothing from the civil case will in any way get him into any legal trouble with the state. AT ALL.
    This is a CIVIL not a CRIMINAL case, and a CRIMINAL case simply can’t be sustained at this point with no evidence and now a murkey civil case before it. So, let’s not overplay your legal analysis when it’s obvious you don’t know what you are talking about.

  17. pittpen says: Jul 23, 2009 2:42 PM

    Official Statement:
    “I did not sexually assault Andrea McNulty. Saturday was the first that I learned of her accusations. Her false and vicious allegations are an attack on my family and on me. I would never, ever force myself on a woman. I want to fight to protect my family and my reputation. I’m not going to discuss my private life or this civil case in the media. I’ll respond to her outrageous allegations in the appropriate form. I have an obligation to our fans, to my teammates, to my coaches and everyone in the organization to remain focused on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I will do that. The allegations against me are reckless and false. As much as I’d like to answer everyone’s questions, I’m going to respect the legal process and I am confident that the truth will prevail. Thank you.”

  18. DePack says: Jul 23, 2009 2:42 PM

    Let’s see….you spend 2-3 days ripping ESPN (for firing your ass) and then you tell us that you can’t get a copy of the transcript but that it was broadcast live on ESPN?
    Yea…..you’ve really made it to the big time Mikey!!!

  19. Raider Pride says: Jul 23, 2009 2:44 PM

    And….
    NFL Rules prevented her from hitting him, while he was in the act of going down.

  20. Diggs says: Jul 23, 2009 2:44 PM

    I recall somebody, somewhere on a msg board referred to him as “Ruthlessbanger.”
    Heh.
    Oh yeah, allegedly.

  21. jwill007 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:45 PM

    She said he has a mole that she can prove……..LOL

  22. Smarter Than Florio says: Jul 23, 2009 2:45 PM

    Florio – ESPN stinks. They won’t hire me.
    Florio – ESPN must have malicious motives for not covering the Roethlisberger story.
    Florio – Did I mention that ESPN stinks?
    Florio – Why isn’t ESPN covering the Roethlisberger story? They need competition.
    Florio – ESPN will carry a Roethlisberger press conference at 2 pm today.
    And finally…
    Florio – Uhh….hmmm…. how should I say this? Well, I, uh, missed Roethlisberger’s press conference on ESPN. Did anyone else happen to catch it?
    That’s just priceless Florio. And you wonder why they wouldn’t hire you?

  23. LawDog says: Jul 23, 2009 2:46 PM

    I just saw photos of Ms. Mcnulty and now understand why Rothlisburgers attorney made the comment, “Ben has never sexually assaulted anybody, ESPECIALLY Ms. Mcnulty”

  24. gameday says: Jul 23, 2009 2:47 PM

    GUILTY!
    Now write a check Ben.

  25. bdenny29 says: Jul 23, 2009 2:50 PM

    There are 2 sides to this. Rational people (such as TMS433) and Steelers fans who know that this is just another sad and frivilous lawsuit (i.e. Bettis in 2002), and then fans of every other team who are letting their jealousy and contempt for the man on top to cloud their common sense into thinking that there is something to this story. Judging his pitch and tone in a prepared statement? Please. If someone threw a false rape accusation at you, you wouldn’t be so level headed in such a situation.

  26. mborz says: Jul 23, 2009 2:52 PM

    The sad thing about all of this that I doubt anyone here cares about amid all of the childish celebration and blind defense is that one of the following must be true:
    Either a prominent NFL quarterback committed a sexual assault and then lied about it to the public
    OR
    A woman has falsely accused a man of a horrible crime, which is a slap in the face (actually much worse) to all women who have truly been sexually assaulted.
    I don’t know which is true, but, unfortunately one of them is.
    But, hey, that’s no reason to stop saying terrible things about Ben or his accuser right? After all, this is the internet, where no one has to be accountable for any of their typings, no matter how childish.

  27. BB says: Jul 23, 2009 2:52 PM

    Really? Florio says ESPN had its head in the sand? Doesn’t Florio know that Dante Stallworth killed a person? That Adam “Packman” Jones has had big off field entanglements that were dealt with on the criminal side of our court system?

  28. EdReed4prez says: Jul 23, 2009 2:53 PM

    Very nice raider pride LOL

  29. Big ben Rapistburger says: Jul 23, 2009 2:54 PM

    What is the statute of limitations for this alleged crime??
    It is completely possible, that if he caves and settles, she will then file criminal charges, or if he out right loses in court, that she may file criminal charges.
    So the idea that he faces no jail time or punishment, outside of paying money, really, might not be accurate at all

  30. realityonetwo says: Jul 23, 2009 2:55 PM

    I C Light Pounder 2.0 says:
    July 23, 2009 2:28 PM
    i saw the statement…you can tell by the look in his eyes that he did not do anything

    Oh, OK, thanks. Case closed!

  31. Big ben Rapistburger says: Jul 23, 2009 2:55 PM

    Oh Ben, slurp, I can see it in your eyes, slurp, you are sooo innocent, slurp………. That is almost as gay as 2 guys kissing

  32. superfan99 says: Jul 23, 2009 3:03 PM

    Interesting…it says a lot that Roethlisberger is willing to fight this. As Florio mentioned numerous times, this could go away very quietly with a settlement.
    I’m hopeful that there is a definite outcome to this trial. Either Roethlisberger is a scum bag and will pay a pretty penny, or this woman is attempting to make a cash grab.
    On more point, those commentors who suggest that this is some sort of karmic revenge on Steeler fans are pretty ignorant. First of all, every fan base has obnoxious members, and those people are usually the loudest. Second, to suggest that sports karma results in someone being accused of rape is pretty hideous. And what if it ends up being true?

  33. Holeinone09 says: Jul 23, 2009 3:09 PM

    Just heard the audio. It sounds like Ben is pretty upset, meaning mad/not happy, and was trying to control himself as he read the statement. If it was me, and the allegations were false, I don’t know if I would be able to control myself quite frankly.
    Again, it just makes no sense to me that he would do this, all things considered.

  34. eeerockski says: Jul 23, 2009 3:12 PM

    Isn’t it entirely possible that this actually happened, and that both sides have different views of the incident in retrospect? If you read Ben’s statement, he never says he has never come into contact with this woman, or dispute any of the things the woman claims other than sexual assault. Of course, this could be because his attorney worded the statement to be bland and not very to the point, and probably is, but the way it initially sounded to me was that Ben wanted to get some, he thought she was interested, and took a shot, resulting in her dropping trow and (her) probably feeling dirty afterward. And over time thinking about it, and probably feeling guilty, and long after it was over, it was worth all the bs to have a chance at mucho dinero. Just my 2 cents on the deal. But I hope Ben is innocent of any wrong doing and if this woman is lying, she is held accountable. Afterall, if all that happened is the sexual encounter with both parties consenting to it, no crime occured, just a one night stand.

  35. 34inXXIII says: Jul 23, 2009 3:17 PM

    “There are 2 sides to this. Rational people (such as TMS433) and Steelers fans who know that this is just another sad and frivilous lawsuit….”
    I like how you made sure to separate “rational people” from “Steelers fans”.

  36. Rob0729 says: Jul 23, 2009 3:17 PM

    tms433 ,
    It is doubtful that Roethisberger will face any legal issues, but there is more than no chance that he will. Anything can happen that could cause the police to decide to investigate this. It is unlikely to happen at this point, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. Something could come out during discovery or the case that would prompt the police to act.
    But whether there is any criminal case or not, a woman accusing a major sports star of rape is big news no matter if she is suing him civily or the police are actively pursuing criminal charges.

  37. jamaltimore says: Jul 23, 2009 3:29 PM

    No big deal. Do you really believe that if ben pays her off or worse yet this gets to court that his reputation isn’t ruined and goodell won’t impose some type of suspension for RAPE! This guys a clown/dramaqueen and I for one believe he’s guilty.
    For the record rape/sexual assualt IS WAY worse than killing dogs.
    On the brightside I hear he’s getting naming rights on the new roomservice offered at Harrahs: Rothelraper, TV dinner with buns on the side

  38. Buschman says: Jul 23, 2009 3:31 PM

    I’m not saying he’s guilty or not, but the prepared statement with the coached hand getsures (banging his fist) made it look like it was an act. Of course, he was reading a script and is not an actor, which made it look phony and insincere.

  39. tj.52 says: Jul 23, 2009 3:46 PM

    GUILTY AS HELL!!!
    I could see it in his eyes!

  40. tms433 says: Jul 23, 2009 3:59 PM

    Since she has already limited her scope of discovery by saying she is offering no witnesses, the discovery will largely consist of:
    Her statement
    His Statement
    A statement of a purported bouncer at Harrah’s who she claims she informed
    And any security cameras
    I’ve been through numerous cases where we tried to help people get legal help, and I will tell you, prosecutors have almost no interest in taking on a sexual assault case if there is pending civil action, and they are legally bound where they cannot even investigate until the witness asks for it.
    Since she hasn’t asked for an investigation to be open, but she’s opened up a civil case first, she enters into a realm where the bar for a civil case is much lower. The accused in this case can attack her directly, something there are limits on in a rape case, to impeach her credibility. If Ben is a real d— or believes he’s getting worked here, they could dismantle her, all within the confines of what’s allowed in a civil case.
    And, at that point, like it or not, in a criminal prosecution all of that is now “on the record” and can be backdoored into a criminal proceding.
    Right now there is ZERO chance, ZERO because unless she files a claim, the police can’t start one. She hasn’t, and she won’t on the chance that if she wants to settle part of her settlement proffer will be that she will never file one. And if she goes to court, only if she wins in a court battle is she really in a position to then file.
    If she files criminal charges, Ben has no justification at all to settle, and may be prohibited from doing so as he would be tampering with a witness. But as long as she doesn’t file, she can press for money.
    If she totally drops the civil case and walks into a police station and files charges, then he’s at risk. As long as she’s asking for money she’s not filing any charges, and no matter what is said, until SHE reports the crime, there will NEVER be an investigation.

  41. Holeinone09 says: Jul 23, 2009 4:13 PM

    So, she alleges she was raped. She says she talked to Harrahs staff and they basically ignore it. She says that is the same as going to the police? Really? And yet she continued to work there? Again, it makes no sense. If a lady really was raped, and the employer who should have been told immediately did nothing about it, then you would think the next people that were consulted would be the police. Right then, at that moment. Especially if the alleged rapist was someone so famous and wealthy as Ben.
    The more you think about all the details, the less sense her side of the story makes. I am not saying they may not have had sex consensually, but a rape? No way in hell based on her story. Ben will come out of this OK in the end IMO.

  42. BP says: Jul 23, 2009 4:28 PM

    He looked like the naughty little boy who got caught with his hands in the cookie jar in that video.
    If he didn’t do it he would have looked much more angry. His anger was completely contrived and not convincing at all.
    Cough up the money Ben. Hey, maybe Vick can get you a job with that construction company he was working for. It pays $10 an hour.

  43. eeerockski says: Jul 23, 2009 5:18 PM

    All of you people that say you could see it in his eyes he’s guilty!… or I could just tell!… etc, really have no clue of what’s going on inside that man’s head. It’s ridiculous. If you’re a multi-millionaire who’s also a pro sports athlete that has been highly publicized for good and bad on and off-field things, and have been in the same exact position then maybe you hold some credibility to saying you could relate to his guilt. But anything less is arrogant ignorance.

  44. madstork43 says: Jul 23, 2009 5:20 PM

    None of you have any idea what may or may not have happened. Some of these comments are just scary; “He’s not guilty, I could see it in his eyes??”, or “Guilty as hell”, Just unbelieveable!!

  45. Paul_R. says: Jul 23, 2009 5:27 PM

    Holeinone09 says:
    July 23, 2009 2:39 PM
    It has already come out that her hospital stay was due to some other matter (the soldier story) unrelated to what she alleges Ben did, but she tries to tie that to Ben??
    ____________________
    No, TMZ allegedly spoke to an unidentified “source” and this “source” allegedly said this. The “source” is not a hospital worker or doctor because they cannot release personal information about a patient.
    ==============================
    bdenny29 says: July 23, 2009 2:50 PM
    There are 2 sides to this. Rational people (such as TMS433) and Steelers fans who know that this is just another sad and frivilous lawsuit (i.e. Bettis in 2002), and then fans of every other team who are letting their jealousy and contempt for the man on top to cloud their common sense into thinking that there is something to this story.
    ________________________
    So, you’ve already decided that people who “know” that Ben is innocent are the “rational” people and Steelers fans while anyone who thinks that the woman actually may have been raped are fans of other teams who are jealous. Yes?
    So, there’s no possibility that Ben Roethlisberger raped this woman and you just know it? Since nothing has been proven yet, one way or the other, it is a little premature to declare someone’s innocence (or guilt) until the facts come out. And, anything is possible, even a man raping a woman at a hotel.

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