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Roethlisberger is still refusing to talk to cops

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has the right to remain silent.  And he’s exercising that right fully and completely.

Milledgeville, Georgia police chief Woodrow Blue has told TMZ that, while the investigation regarding the March 4 claim of sexual assault against Roethlisberger is complete, they’d still like to talk to the accused.  But Ben ain’t talking.

And so prosecutors will have to decide whether to prosecute Roethlisberger without any further input beyond whatever he said during a brief interview at the scene of the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, the Court of Public Opinion will likely continue to suspect that Ben’s decision not to talk flows from an effort to conceal the truth.

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  1. BroncoBourque says: Apr 6, 2010 6:50 PM

    I don’t blame Ben at all for not talking to the cops at this point. Why help them make a case against you? There is very little chance they want to talk to him to help clear him of charges so they is very little upside in doing so.

  2. Mista T says: Apr 6, 2010 6:51 PM

    I would think the court of public opinion would conclude that Garland properly advised his client that the Bill of Rights protects him.

  3. Ben Roetlisbunger says: Apr 6, 2010 6:53 PM

    No one should talk to the police, innocent or guilty. The police don’t get credit for proving nothing happened. They are out to make arrests and provide evidence for convictions, and they don’t take much time to consider possible innocence.

  4. Howboutdemcowboys says: Apr 6, 2010 6:54 PM

    ooooooor . . . .the court of public opinion will likely continue to suspect that Rapistberger has a lawyer that knows not to incriminate yourself if you don’t have to.

  5. VASeahawk says: Apr 6, 2010 6:54 PM

    String him up by the testeekuules

  6. Whines_Hard.86 says: Apr 6, 2010 6:55 PM

    Blah,Blah,Blah,Blah. Just let us know when a decision is made.

  7. quadya says: Apr 6, 2010 6:56 PM

    wait for it…….stay classy Ben!

  8. kazkal says: Apr 6, 2010 6:59 PM

    I’m glad this scum bag is going to go to jail,He and POS steeler fans deserve a loser…sorry for the few good fans out there

  9. KingOkra says: Apr 6, 2010 7:00 PM

    Guilty as charged.
    -Trelaine

  10. eagle_fan34 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:00 PM

    Hey, Plax, can you pass the soap? That’s all Ben will be practicing. Wonder if they will be doing a new longest yard movie, Ben, Plax, Shaun Rogers…. pretty good team

  11. Mr. Bateman says: Apr 6, 2010 7:00 PM

    It’s ok. You are guility of doing something there Benny boy. Enjoy prison in the future =D

  12. SeeUInTheSuperbowl says: Apr 6, 2010 7:01 PM

    You steeler fans must be sooo proud! Maybe the refs will bail you out like they did in Superbowl XL.

  13. DWat393 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:01 PM

    so in other words, nothing has happened…

  14. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:03 PM

    “Meanwhile, the Court of Public Opinion will likely continue to suspect that Ben’s decision not to talk flows from an effort to conceal the truth.”
    Or give PFT a reason to talk about him

  15. sportsguy15478 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:03 PM

    florio are u happy now that u got ur anti rothlisberger post in today,i agree if he is guilty then “hang em high” but now u r saying he is trying to hide the truth by not talking

  16. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 7:03 PM

    Hear ye! Hear ye!
    The Court of Public Opinion is now in session! All rise for Judge Mint-Day.
    We are here to consider the case against Benjamin Ruthlessbugger….(whispering)….sorry, Worthlessbugger…(whispering)…Oh hell! That damn Carpetbagger from Ohio, whatever his name is.

  17. JasonGiambi says: Apr 6, 2010 7:04 PM

    Florio, put on your pretend-lawyer hat and explain to the uninformed that Ben ain’t talking simply because his high powered counsel has advised him not to. As is always the case, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”. Anything that Ben said would potentially be used against him to actually file charges or by the DA.
    You should wear a hat anyway, Florio. Cover up that rug you wear on top.

  18. mos says: Apr 6, 2010 7:04 PM

    Why in the hell is the police chief talking to TMZ???
    Does anyone else think this is a little weird?
    OK – TMZ contacted him – isn’t a no comment appropriate……..

  19. Bill.Polian says: Apr 6, 2010 7:05 PM

    Big Ben Rapistberger is a great role model for Pittsburgh children.

  20. js136202 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:06 PM

    Big Ben refuses to talk to cops, and women refuse to consent to having sex with him. It looks like we’re facing an old fashioned standoff. Judging by past history, I would expect Ben to shoot first and ask questions later. And by shoot first I mean have forcible sex.

  21. TylerDurden says: Apr 6, 2010 7:06 PM

    “Meanwhile, the Court of Public Opinion will likely continue to suspect that Ben’s decision not to talk flows from an effort to conceal the truth.” ————-egged on by your continual reminders as well.

  22. pramis123 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:07 PM

    The league should immediately suspend Ben based on his pattern of behavior which is a detrimend to the Steelers and the league. Even if he gets an attorney to fight the league’s move, it would be the right thing to do for the league and for the fans.

  23. Just JTO says: Apr 6, 2010 7:10 PM

    Here we go. Let the hater carnage begin.

  24. bunbun says: Apr 6, 2010 7:11 PM

    3-5 year suspension. $10M fine. You earned it benny boy

  25. E-Thug says: Apr 6, 2010 7:11 PM

    Florio Thank you for our daily big Ben, but I DEMAND a Jamarcus Russell is fat! Cuzin

  26. Hannah's Storm says: Apr 6, 2010 7:14 PM

    How bout writing a story if he in fact DOES decide to talk to the midgetville police? You could even title the article like “Roethlisberger decides to talk to police” or something crazy like that.

  27. Markle says: Apr 6, 2010 7:16 PM

    Let me know when the slut talks. And not just reports that she “plans” to talk.

  28. SeaSteel says: Apr 6, 2010 7:16 PM

    Really? How about the lack of evidence and the fact that it is NEVER in your best interest to talk to the police.

  29. Ronworth Dubbs says: Apr 6, 2010 7:17 PM

    I believe that Ben’s decision not to talk flows from an effort to conceal the truth.

  30. last starfighter says: Apr 6, 2010 7:17 PM

    He has the right to remain silent and the right to get raped in an uncomfortable place when he goes to prison.

  31. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 7:18 PM

    Mistah Ruthlessbugger, y’all have the right to remain guilty, I mean silent, as anything yu say in that funny accent sure as hell be used aginst ya.
    This you in the picture, Mr Ruthlessbugger, big fellar in a Devil shirt puttin yer hands around these sweet Georgia schoolgirls? Flowers of the South.

  32. WingT says: Apr 6, 2010 7:20 PM

    Florio, a quick question for you.
    As an attorney, under what conditions would you ever advise a client to speak to the police?

  33. Child_Please! says: Apr 6, 2010 7:20 PM

    GUILTY !
    Nuff Said.
    (which is more than Rapistberger will say)

  34. trickbunny says: Apr 6, 2010 7:21 PM

    When you know you’re guilty, you don’t talk to the cops.
    Duh.

  35. sergep says: Apr 6, 2010 7:21 PM

    Looks like the refs wont be able to bail him out of this one.

  36. jibfest says: Apr 6, 2010 7:22 PM

    Shady Ben. I hope he works on his technique for picking up women. A club o’er the head isn’t cutting it.

  37. Catullus2 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:22 PM

    Hey Mike–I thought you were a lawyer and as such, you should be the first to realize that one should never, ever say anything to the police–at all.
    It is more important for BR to stay out of jail than concerning himself with Public Opinion.

  38. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Apr 6, 2010 7:23 PM

    Hey, you can’t fault him. If I raped a coed, I’d keep my mouth shut, too.

  39. Child_Please! says: Apr 6, 2010 7:24 PM

    If one has nothing to hide………then speak up!
    If one has nothing to fear………then speak up!
    If one is falsely accused…………..then speak up!
    If one is innocent…………………….then speak up!
    Hmmmmm……… Wonder why Big Ben Rapistberberger wont speak??

  40. Laxer37 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:24 PM

    Meanwhile, the Court of Public Opinion will likely continue to suspect that Ben’s decision not to talk flows from an effort to conceal the truth.
    And by “court of public opinion” Florio means himself.

  41. unnknown says: Apr 6, 2010 7:25 PM

    …and the sun still rose and the world’s still spinning…

  42. filthymcnasty says: Apr 6, 2010 7:25 PM

    just like Tupac, Roethlisberger can’t keep his hands off da bitches..

  43. 6lombardis says: Apr 6, 2010 7:25 PM

    I can’t wait until Ben is exonerated from this mess and comes back and wins a seventh Lombardi for the Steeler Nation.

  44. nerd says: Apr 6, 2010 7:27 PM

    He’s smart. But also, apparently quite smarmy.

  45. jackybadass says: Apr 6, 2010 7:30 PM

    innocent until proven guilty. dont talk to those mayberry loser pigs ben. you are not guilty. that pig just wanted your money!

  46. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Apr 6, 2010 7:33 PM

    Dude, stop boofing pigs and you won’t have to face the embarassment of having your sexual liasons discussed with the police.
    Find yourself a nice cougar to settle down with.

  47. uwannago says: Apr 6, 2010 7:33 PM

    Ben knows as soon as he walks in the po po are going to slap the cuffs on and take a mug shot

  48. cbatchel says: Apr 6, 2010 7:36 PM

    Haha dude is so guilty, innocent people have nothing to hide. Rapest-turdburgler you dirtball.

  49. Free Tony Kornheiser! says: Apr 6, 2010 7:38 PM

    Hey Nancy Grace, er I mean Florio… There is no “Court of Public Opinion”. Maybe you missed Con Law 1 and 2 in Law School douchebag. Way to try and get sympathy for a lying money grubbing groupie. Now that’s what I call justice!

  50. heartstl says: Apr 6, 2010 7:41 PM

    I bet he would talk to a police lady.

  51. QJ1984 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:41 PM

    Sure the cops are not out to clear his name but if he is truly innocent, telling the truth sure couldnt hurt.
    I dont like to pass judgement but if your innocent then you have nothing to hide. The only reason you wouldnt want to give your side of what happened is if you DO had something to hide or your extremely cynical and you think the cops are out to get you.

  52. pensacolasteelers says: Apr 6, 2010 7:43 PM

    He doesn’t want to talk because he knows the facts speak for themselves….
    fact 1: the girl was underage and drinking
    fact 2: she had a BAC of .20+
    fact 3: she said nothing IN THE CLUB but flagged down an officer later that evening and described her attacker as 6’5″ tall weighing 241lbs (is it just me or does something smell funny here? lmao)
    fact 4: there was no DNA, and that very well could be because she didn’t IMMEDIATELY report the “alledged” incident.

  53. karmathaitch says: Apr 6, 2010 7:43 PM

    If one has nothing to hide………then speak up!
    If one has nothing to fear………then speak up!
    If one is falsely accused…………..then speak up!
    If one is innocent…………………….then speak up!
    Amen,,, ha….hayyyyyy!!

  54. funi says: Apr 6, 2010 7:43 PM

    An innocent man does not need to speak! What is he going to say? I am a single man who got a blowjob from a 20 year drunk college chick? Why does everyoen want to knwo abtu him, however Toger Woods cheats and noone want to know hwo he got busted lips and HGH???

  55. 6lombardis says: Apr 6, 2010 7:44 PM

    In case the uneducated masses have forgotten:
    Amendment I
    Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    Amendment II
    Right to bear arms
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    Amendment III
    Quartering of soldiers
    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
    Amendment IV
    Search and arrest
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
    Amendment V
    Rights in criminal cases
    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
    Amendment VI
    Right to a fair trial
    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.
    Amendment VII
    Rights in civil cases
    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
    Amendment VIII
    Bail, fines, punishment
    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
    Amendment IX
    Rights retained by the People
    The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
    Amendment X
    States’ rights
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

  56. King Ding-A-Ling says: Apr 6, 2010 7:44 PM

    GUILTY.
    Hey Georgia- Go ahead and warm up the electric chair.

  57. dabarber says: Apr 6, 2010 7:45 PM

    Because he’s a guilty donkey puncher!

  58. Facts Domino says: Apr 6, 2010 7:47 PM

    He has the right to remain a piece a shit which is still to steps above Michael Vick.

  59. WingT says: Apr 6, 2010 7:52 PM

    “Don’t Talk to the Police” by Professor James Duane
    27 min – May 21, 2008
    James Duane explains why innocent people should never talk to the police.
    Google this under video…it’s well worth watching…really scary actually.

  60. BlondBlueDevils says: Apr 6, 2010 7:52 PM

    Still no meeting with the Commissioner……………
    Hmmmmmmmm….. Interesting…………
    At least he can say he didn’t lie to the Commissioner – because he hasn’t met with him.
    And they wonder why race is always brought into the conversation.
    This Ghetto Trailer Trash Thug needs to be banned from the NFL Indefinitely and locked up for hopefully longer than 23 months.

  61. fc1_87 says: Apr 6, 2010 7:54 PM

    I love reading from all the idiots here. Haters and the like. All the experts who know just what happened or didn’t happen with out knowing a single fact out side of Ben being a meat head.
    Child_please.. Do you have a life? Or are you hoping that Ben becomes your cell mate?
    So far I have not seen any nut job Steeler Fan trying to defend the big dummy. But I guess that one or two million will by the time I finish this post to excuse the child like behavoir of their super stud QB. Or Santurdio.

  62. Snibs says: Apr 6, 2010 7:55 PM

    Florio …. Please answer the question posed by WingT… Oh, wait a minute maybe that’s why you no longer practice law, you were absent the day they taught law in law school. Or maybe the book is under that rug on your head.

  63. KBEsq says: Apr 6, 2010 7:56 PM

    Florio is an idiot; Law Enforcement has a natural inclination to take the word of the victim and attempt to twist the words of the accused into making a charge stick. Since Ben already got his inital denial out to the police on the night of the incident there is NO REASON to subject himself to further questioning by the police.

  64. jibfest says: Apr 6, 2010 7:57 PM

    “Don’t speak
    I know just what you’re saying
    So please stop explaining
    Don’t tell me cause it hurts
    Don’t speak
    I know what you’re thinking
    I don’t need your reasons
    Don’t tell me cause it hurts”

  65. tryagain says: Apr 6, 2010 7:57 PM

    hmmm, if this thing/issue/scandal drags out too much longer it will definitely be interesting to see how the steelers and the league handle it.
    how much longer can this thing stay in limbo? didn’t that post about angry media eating crow dude or one of the recent ones state or imply that it wasn’t yet to the prosecutor but would be soon? what is soon? how long will the prosecutor take to decide? what will he decide?
    when will my questions be answered?

  66. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 6, 2010 8:03 PM

    @6lombardis….Deb is that you????

  67. Deb says: Apr 6, 2010 8:05 PM

    Florio ponders: There’s no news in the Roethlisberger case, but I need to generate some clicks so I’ll report that Ben’s still exercising his Constitutional rights and imply there’s something wrong with that even though there isn’t anything wrong with that. Plenty of idiots on PFT will jump on it because they’re idiots, but I don’t care because every click is $$$ in the bank. Ka-ching!

  68. Mooch says: Apr 6, 2010 8:09 PM

    Story is dying down. Replaced by Tiger, McNabb, etc.
    The DA will NEVER bring this to trial, it would cost too much money and he’d get killed by Ben’s lawyers. This ain’t Matlock, the big city team of high powered lawyers always win.
    Ben knows what he’s doing, this will all be forgotten by September.
    A damn shame if he is guilty, but we’ll never know either way. Payoffs to both accusers to avoid the civil trials and he’s back on the field after Goodell makes him shoot a few PSA’s.
    Repeat process in March 2011, 2012, and 2013. As long as he’s earning, this is the way it’ll play out.

  69. pacificamike says: Apr 6, 2010 8:10 PM

    raplisburger,
    you are an ugly ugly dude. even with millions you cant get girls, so you rape little 20 year old college students.
    you are a miserable POS!

  70. Mike says: Apr 6, 2010 8:10 PM

    Ben Roetlisbunger:
    “No one should talk to the police, innocent or guilty. The police don’t get credit for proving nothing happened. They are out to make arrests and provide evidence for convictions, and they don’t take much time to consider possible innocence.”
    – Quoted in case anyone missed this.

  71. Bossman says: Apr 6, 2010 8:17 PM

    Then you have this obsessive fool “6lombardis”giving us a class on the bill of rights when we’re talking about an ignorant pompous douche who thinks he is above the law. The Steelers have now become lower than whale shit and no so-called exoneration will change the opinion of those of us who know what this guy really is.
    Remember, karma is a bitch.

  72. Just JTO says: Apr 6, 2010 8:17 PM

    Way to stay classy, Steeler haters. Way to stay classy. LOL

  73. khall says: Apr 6, 2010 8:18 PM

    Read the actual TMZ version:
    Why is good ol’ Chief Blue talking to TMZ, a celebrity gossip site? Wouldn’t a “No comment” have been more appropriate? But then given the dumb shit the GBI’s spokesman has said, I’m shouldn’t be surprised.
    Also, it is not the GBI’s decision to prosecute as TMZ claims, it is the D.A.’s!

  74. Cincyboy says: Apr 6, 2010 8:21 PM

    “But honestly officer, she said no. We all know that no means yes…” – Ben Rapistburger

  75. Bens Attorney says: Apr 6, 2010 8:23 PM

    Last time I checked he doesnt have to say anything, isnt it the polices job and the accusers to prove their case, Just asking.
    Deb i agree wasnt enough hits on here and TMZ so they are collaberating..LOL

  76. CaptainObvious says: Apr 6, 2010 8:23 PM

    Wow Florio, it’s been almost a week since you’ve given the Baltimorons a centerfold to jerkoff to.
    Ah, what the hell… it’s all they have.

  77. steelerfan9598 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:23 PM

    Much like most of the morons who like to post here, nothing useful comes from him saying anything.

  78. Playoffs?! says: Apr 6, 2010 8:28 PM

    “Ben knows what he’s doing, this will all be forgotten by September.”
    …And brought back up in January after the Steelers miss the playoffs and then blame will go to Big Ben for the “season-long distraction”.

  79. hayward giapunchmi says: Apr 6, 2010 8:28 PM

    Not Guilty – GBI verdict
    0 days – Ben’s League suspension
    0 days – Ben’s Team suspension
    $0 – Ben’s league fines
    $0 – Ben’s Team fines
    6 – Ben’s AFC north wins in 2010
    Ben sez F*ck you.

  80. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 8:36 PM

    GBI and local police (including Woody) make the decision of whether or not to present the case to the D.A. or not. He makes the final decision. But if they don’t think it will fly they won’t waste the time taking it to him.

  81. oxycode30 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:37 PM

    It seems both “Big Ben” and “Little Ben” have taken too many blows to the head…

  82. GirthyOne says: Apr 6, 2010 8:37 PM

    6lombardis, well done.

  83. Blastoff says: Apr 6, 2010 8:38 PM

    Brett Favre is coming back after training camp, and Brad Childress knows it. This was worked out in February. Otherwise Childress would be very concerned, and he’s not. So people get over writing opinions on this non-issue. You just wasting time and energy. All you Favre lovers and haters have nothing to worry about. you will still be able to love or hate Favre this NFL season! So stop freaking out…

  84. DirtDawg55 says: Apr 6, 2010 8:43 PM

    Bossman, exactly how is Big Ben “above the law” when he is exercising his rights within the law?
    Whether Big Ben committed this crime or not, he is entitled to not meet with the police.
    This is certainly an interesting case. Seems to me that where there is smoke there is fire – two accusations of sexual assualt suggest at the very least that Big B

  85. i'm president charlie! says: Apr 6, 2010 8:53 PM

    This situation just fuels the fire for Ben to go and grab another Lombardi. The haters, especially fans of the other AFC North teams, just want him to be guilty/suspended/in jail/prison because they know he’ll be back with a vengeance.
    Ben continues to grow as a quarterback, evidenced by all of you hypocrites that wanted him in fantasy football last year LOL!
    Keep hating, cuz the Steelers will continue winning championships while your teams…well…uh..lose in the playoffs :D

  86. seanx says: Apr 6, 2010 9:13 PM

    I don’t understand why people are upset or shocked by him not talking to the police. NEVER EVER talk to the police when you are accused or may be accused of something. Doesn’t matter if you are guilty of not. My brothers are cops, and are often amazed at the stupid crap people say when arrested. People hang themselves. “You have the right to remain silent…” Use that right. Never ever talk to the police without your lawyer there. And that is advise from cops.
    It doesn’t matter that I think Ben is an asshole. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. He is doing the correct thing.

  87. palewook says: Apr 6, 2010 9:15 PM

    if he’d just exercise better judgment all this could be avoided

  88. winslow says: Apr 6, 2010 9:16 PM

    Thanks to the politically correct Rooney Rule, NFL teams must interview black head coaching candidates even if they have already decided on a coach. In that spirit, the Steelers should have to interview quarterbacks who are not serial rapists even though they have already decided to start one who is.

  89. Spoonthis says: Apr 6, 2010 9:17 PM

    This just in………..Ben Roethlisberger is still innocent. That’s right folks, there are no charges as of yet and probably will never be but Florio insists on pushing this story. This is getting lame. What happened? Did you run out of McNabb stories to write?
    Florio, you should be able to retire soon and pass the torch to Rosenthal with all of the hits you have generated over this non story. Please retire the hat hair too. You’re pissing off Jimmy Johnson.

  90. Cereal Blogger says: Apr 6, 2010 9:19 PM

    Thats because he’s a guilty punk…..and everyone knows it

  91. hairball says: Apr 6, 2010 9:19 PM

    Thanks to all the legal experts for their theoretical 1st amendment discourses. I, on the other hand, have actually seen this scenario occur while serving on a grand jury re: a domestic violence case:
    Prosecutor presents his case.
    Juror: “I would like to know what the husband says about this alleged assault.”
    Prosecutor: “The alleged attacker, through his lawyer, declined to make any statements about this case.”
    Result – Indictment handed down swiftly.
    Remember, Steeler fans, if an indictment comes down, it’s very bad for your QB whether he’s guilty or not. He will have to go through a preliminary hearing and trial, both of which need preparation and could occur during the season. The Steelers may act on him if indicted and not wait until the trial result.

  92. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Apr 6, 2010 9:24 PM

    Why would he talk to them? I don’t know who’s more ridiculous, the mindless Steeler fans who are 100% sure he did nothing wrong or the haters that are acting like he’s already been proven guilty.
    People, you do not know Ben Roethlisberger, you know his name. Stop being such fu*cking marks.
    Florio, you are handling this like a total hack. You’re a lawyer, how about some expert analysis, I mean, you must have at least graduated law school with somebody who can give these columns some semblance of real journalism. You’re just providing fodder for these sad, lonely, pathetic clowns to get all riled up in their double-wides/mom’s basement.

  93. cotennfl says: Apr 6, 2010 9:26 PM

    The only REAL crime Rothy committed was celebrating his birthday in MILLEDGEVILLE! If there was ever a classless hick red-neck town, Milledgeville, GA is it! Has anybody even checked to see if the accuser has a tooth? Or to see what brand of cigars she smokes? Or what size steel-toed boots she wears? If he keeps on making poor “where should I celebrate my birthday” decisions like this one he deserves to get arrested!

  94. Rasta says: Apr 6, 2010 9:34 PM

    Big Ben has not assaulted any dogs, just a few pigs, as long as he leaves the Pitbulls alone he be de man, mon!

  95. TheToolofTools says: Apr 6, 2010 9:36 PM

    This isn’t going anywhere.
    I feel for her if she felt violated,
    but next time you might not want to be 20,
    in a bar.
    After all, if they did a rape test and took blood and DNA from her and she was drinking…
    then it does not matter what happened in that bathroom.
    She needs to walk away from this and I detest Pittsburgh.
    But right is right and wrong is wrong.
    She needs to sell her story to the Ragazines and get paid.
    i think spit and swallow is what made this case, but i may be wrong.
    Ben needs to hire me.

  96. Skippy20008 says: Apr 6, 2010 9:41 PM

    Looks like Ben Ruthlessbugger has quite a bit to hide. Quite a bit indeed.
    His lawyer, though, is earning his money.

  97. BlondBlueDevils says: Apr 6, 2010 9:42 PM

    Facts Domino says:
    April 6, 2010 7:47 PM
    He has the right to remain a piece a shit which is still to steps above Michael Vick.
    —————————-
    So dogs before White Biatches………….
    HA HA HA

  98. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 6, 2010 9:55 PM

    I love the people on here (and you know who you are) that piss and moan about Florio putting up these posts about ben to get hits…….
    While you are repsonding on here …do you ever think ahhhcrap Florio got me…..

  99. Bious says: Apr 6, 2010 9:59 PM

    Good for Ben. He is doing what EVERY good attorney tells their client to do. Not talk
    The police have no interest in letting the case go or HELPING Ben out.
    Their case is already weak and ANY SINGLE slip up by Ben (even if completely innocent) will bring the police on anything they can find that even slightly incriminates Ben….real or not

  100. mrogers18 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:02 PM

    The worst thing you ever did was allow real journalists to write on your site. It shows the range of your skills. Your posts have no insight or foresight any longer. Posting on how people will respond is like laughing at your own joke. Florio you have disappointed once again. Guess the NBC paycheck is worth it. This site was amazing two years ago.

  101. suvantar says: Apr 6, 2010 10:09 PM

    Prosecutor presents his case.
    Juror: “I would like to know what the husband says about this alleged assault.”
    Prosecutor: “The alleged attacker, through his lawyer, declined to make any statements about this case.”
    Result – Indictment handed down swiftly.
    *******************************************
    This is pretty accurate. If the prosecutor ends up taking the case to the grand jury, there is very little probability that there will not be an indictment at that point. All the prosecutor really has to demonstrate to a grand jury is that there are facts that are in dispute to be resolved by a jury.
    If the victim was treated for a head injury the night of the incident and she maintains the claim that BR caused it, then the grand jury would likely indict and leave it to a jury to resolve the question.
    However, if the prosecutor does not believe the issue would be resolved favorably, (ie… conviction), at trial, he will likely not take the case to the grand jury.
    I think this prosecutor has learned the lessons of the Duke rape case pretty clearly. He will probably leave the onus of indictment on the grand jury and not say much about the case beforehand one way or the other. The police are also taking their time with it, but unlike most here, I do not think that bodes particularly well for BR. Most of the time, if the case was going to be dropped, it would have been dropped long before now.

  102. SFrancis1680 says: Apr 6, 2010 10:21 PM

    FLORIO, you are such a POS, …this story is nothing more than you regurgitating a month old story, …nothing in this story is actually news, its actually FLORIO being lazy, …Ben’s not talking to the cops? FLORIO, you’re a LAWYER, is that so difficult for you to figure out, DOUCHEBAG?

  103. Ravenmaniac says: Apr 6, 2010 10:26 PM

    Prez Charlie….is this fuel that you are speaking of that ben will use to win another championship the same as the one Tomlin used to “Unleash Hell”????? Uh-oh that didnt go so well…..
    Just remember you have to make the playoff to lose in them!!!

  104. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 10:27 PM

    In a case like this I don’t think Roethlisberger can “presume himself innocent until proven guilty” as some seem to think. The only version out there is the girl’s. So at this point it’s more a case of “presume she is telling the truth until proven otherwise.”.
    Ben’s attorneys have to aggressively destroy her testimony to the point where her verbal description of the event no longer seems credible. Not talking to the police pretty much guarantees a charge will be laid at least. His lawyers must feel they can create sufficient doubt in the character or motivations of the girl in coming forward.

  105. Klytus says: Apr 6, 2010 10:28 PM

    If he is guilty then charge him! The ball is in law enforcement’s court not in Ben Roethlisberger’s. The Georgia authorities will respond in their own good time. They are in a no win scenario. If the authorities don’t pursue the case then they will be blamed for being ineffective. If they do charge Ben then his lawyer is going to make them look like fools. Money talks and BS walks.
    They have no case and every U.S. citizen has the protection from self-incrimination. Including the vulgar dullards at the forum.
    GO STEELERS!

  106. openfieldtackle says: Apr 6, 2010 10:35 PM

    I can’t understand why the Ben posts are still on here. He is a young and single 28 yr old who received a BJ from a drunk gold digging 20yr old who hit her head when pulling away quickly….. Come on guys you have been there before!
    He did have bad judgement putting himself in this position. That is what he is guilty of.
    If there are single guys out there you know you would do the same at his age.

  107. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 10:38 PM

    Seems to me when the false (planted?) rumor was out there that the complainant refused to show up for an extended session with police, Ben’s supporters were all over that as incontrovertible proof that she was a lying golddigger.
    Shoes on the other foot now, kids.

  108. spyboots says: Apr 6, 2010 10:39 PM

    “And they wonder why race is always brought into the conversation”
    Or their color/colors? Many here are declaring him guilty because of his colors — Black and Gold.

  109. Deb says: Apr 6, 2010 10:44 PM

    @Ravenmaniac … I just like to let Florio know I admire his click-generating prowess.
    @seanx … Yes, that’s what I’ve been saying, too–except my family members are criminal defense attorneys :-)
    @trickbunny … That’s why I don’t point-by-point you, darlin’–I know exactly where you’re coming from ;-) Sadly, though, some of these morons believe what they post. And most have never read the Bill of Rights. Why begrudge someone trying to broaden their minds?

  110. jamaltimore says: Apr 6, 2010 10:45 PM

    Isn’t it funny that barbara burke can protest at Augusta against Tiger for having consensual sex with multiple women but there is NO protest to the NFL about their looking the other way against a potential Serial Rapist, Fatheaded Trailer Trash SB winning QB. If he was only Raping Dogs, girl in tahoe not included, He’d be suspended for 2 years at a minimum! Where’s NOW and other Women’s Group protesting Goodall etc. to take action on Benster the Molester!
    Flacco rules the AFC north this decade while Omar Epps is run out of town while Ben stars on Court TV and Nancy Grace! YAHOO!

  111. IStateYourName says: Apr 6, 2010 10:46 PM

    How does that craphole bar in a podunk town have a VIP area? Who’d be in there if it wasn’t for Rooney’s boys?

  112. tingbatz says: Apr 6, 2010 10:52 PM

    ROLFCOPTER

  113. BigBear123 says: Apr 6, 2010 11:00 PM

    Was expecting something a little more in depth, but happy to have any anti Ben news.

  114. TuckRule says: Apr 6, 2010 11:18 PM

    Ben, keep your big dumb mouth shut or you might incriminate yourself!

  115. robert ethan says: Apr 6, 2010 11:18 PM

    I see from the TMZ photos that Ben dressed up for his big night out. He has his baseball cap on frontwards.

  116. Jungle Juice says: Apr 6, 2010 11:24 PM

    I know if I was an innocent starting QB I would be talking and talking and talking to get the facts straight.
    This is not going to help with his employer.

  117. Holeinone09 says: Apr 6, 2010 11:29 PM

    It is pretty funny how the Georgia police chief can talk to TMZ, and the GBI can bitch to the media about the media, but we still don’t have an answer from them. He admits the investigation is complete. They should quit moaning, quit talking to the media, and come to a conclusion. So make the damn decision and let’s get on with it already.
    And if it turns out they don’t arrest him or send this to a grand jury for consideration, then does that mean they possibly went out of their way going after Ben at any cost? Might somebody there be trying to get their time in the limelight?
    And at some point, information about the accuser will begin to come out. Then we will see what type of person she is as well. That information most certainly will come out, right after Georgia does its job. We sure found out a lot about McNutty, didn’t we.

  118. WallyWorld says: Apr 6, 2010 11:53 PM

    Listening to Steelers fans WHINE about people hating them is hilarious, since PGH fans are the BIGGEST haters in the league – just ask anyone who has been on a Pats, Browns, Bengals, or Ravens chat board in the last 5 years or so. The threads are infested with Steelers a-holes hating like there is no tomorrow. Steeler fans are like the clap all over football.
    So whats good for the goose….

  119. WheelingStiller says: Apr 7, 2010 12:06 AM

    robert ethan says:
    April 6, 2010 7:03 PM
    Hear ye! Hear ye!
    The Court of Public Opinion is now in session! All rise for Judge Mint-Day.
    We are here to consider the case against Benjamin Ruthlessbugger….(whispering)….sorry, Worthlessbugger…(whispering)…Oh hell! That damn Carpetbagger from Ohio, whatever his name is.
    ——————————————–
    Holy f**k you’re an idiot… Did you really think this clever?
    I hope you don’t have kids…

  120. Matt says: Apr 7, 2010 12:12 AM

    # jamaltimore says: April 6, 2010 10:45 PM
    Isn’t it funny that barbara burke can protest at Augusta against Tiger for having consensual sex with multiple women but there is NO protest to the NFL about their looking the other way against a potential Serial Rapist, Fatheaded Trailer Trash SB winning QB. If he was only Raping Dogs, girl in tahoe not included, He’d be suspended for 2 years at a minimum! Where’s NOW and other Women’s Group protesting Goodall etc. to take action on Benster the Molester!
    Flacco rules the AFC north this decade while Omar Epps is run out of town while Ben stars on Court TV and Nancy Grace! YAHOO!
    *******************************************
    Exactly. And then we can see if we can arrange MADD to hold protests to the NFL about Donte Stallworth.

  121. Matt says: Apr 7, 2010 12:26 AM

    # WallyWorld says: April 6, 2010 11:53 PM
    Listening to Steelers fans WHINE about people hating them is hilarious, since PGH fans are the BIGGEST haters in the league – just ask anyone who has been on a Pats, Browns, Bengals, or Ravens chat board in the last 5 years or so. The threads are infested with Steelers a-holes hating like there is no tomorrow. Steeler fans are like the clap all over football.
    So whats good for the goose….
    *******************************************
    Prior to the current story re: Roethlisberger, had you ever read any of the Steelers articles on here? You were pretty much guaranteed to see Ravens, Bengals, and/or Browns fans making comments, so it goes both ways. I’m sure it’s much the same amongst fans in other divisions.
    Also, seeing people whine about Steelers fans infesting their team’s “chat boards” is hilarious in and of itself. We’ll try to stay off your “chat boards” from now on. Actually, I can’t really say I’ve been on a “chat board” since I was on AOL in 1994, but we’ll see what we can do.

  122. Matt says: Apr 7, 2010 12:37 AM

    Ravenmaniac says: April 6, 2010 9:55 PM
    I love the people on here (and you know who you are) that piss and moan about Florio putting up these posts about ben to get hits…….
    *******************************************
    Right, dude. Because a random story on a Tuesday night about Roethlisberger still not talking to the cops a month into the investigation is mega huge news in this situation. Couldn’t be that there’s nothing else to talk about at this point because nothing new has happened, and it’s a slow day in football news in general, so a random story is posted to keep discussion going and/or crank up the hit count. Nah, that’s completely ludicrous. I’d be dumbfounded if this article doesn’t get Florio a Pulitzer Price.

  123. Jamarcus says: Apr 7, 2010 12:49 AM

    “why don’t you get your facts straight”

  124. BP says: Apr 7, 2010 1:16 AM

    Innocent persons have no fear of talking to the cops.

  125. WheelingStiller says: Apr 7, 2010 2:09 AM

    robert ethan says:
    April 6, 2010 8:36 PM
    GBI and local police (including Woody) make the decision of whether or not to present the case to the D.A. or not. He makes the final decision. But if they don’t think it will fly they won’t waste the time taking it to him.
    ——————————-
    Watch out Florio… We have another lawyer on here. One that thinks the police make the DA’s decision on whether a case should go to court… LOL!!!

  126. troll_aikman8 says: Apr 7, 2010 2:25 AM

    The best part of the Stillers fall to further disgrace is that Fat Ben, Holmes and Harrison are still role models for the Pittsburgh youth. It’s Pittsburgh.
    Now go out there and sign Michael Vick.

  127. Adam says: Apr 7, 2010 2:47 AM

    Well, that does it. He’s guilty of: rape rape rape-itty rape rape

  128. bobzilla says: Apr 7, 2010 3:35 AM

    Big Ben has nothing to say to the cops. He’s saving his comments for his next appearance with David Letterman. At least the Letterman Show pays him to talk!!!

  129. bobzilla says: Apr 7, 2010 3:44 AM

    @Mooch: I disagree. I think that little town would love to be involved in a high-profile trial. Such an event would have the place crawling with media types. A trial would only be a boom to that town’s ecomony.

  130. HandsofSweed says: Apr 7, 2010 7:05 AM

    Wally:
    So, when reading those message boards, you completely missed the fact that all of those fanbases you mentioned have hordes of fans that are every bit as hate-filled and nasty as the worst that Steeler Nation has to offer. Just a fact of NFL life for fans, nothing personal directed at you.
    Nice try, though.

  131. Scott says: Apr 7, 2010 7:52 AM

    This is the way I see it. I am a die hard Steeler fan and have been for years. I was a fan before Ben, and I will be a fan after Ben. I am tired of the thugs and gang bangers in professional sports who get away with various crimes because of the money and fame that they have. If Ben is guilty…cut him, if Holmes is guilty..cut him also. For anybody who has a wife, sister, mother, girlfriend, you should all not make light of what Ben is being accused of. I for one think he is guilty, and he thinks he is above the law. Lets take a stand NFL…enough is enough.

  132. Robj says: Apr 7, 2010 8:31 AM

    “Markle says:
    April 6, 2010 7:16 PM
    Let me know when the slut talks. And not just reports that she “plans” to talk.”
    ————————————–
    What makes her a ‘slut’?
    The fact that she was in a night club?
    The fact that she claims she was raped?
    The fact that you like Ben Roethlisberger?

  133. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Apr 7, 2010 8:36 AM

    BlondBlueDevils says:
    April 6, 2010 9:42 PM
    Facts Domino says:
    April 6, 2010 7:47 PM
    He has the right to remain a piece a shit which is still to steps above Michael Vick.
    —————————-
    So dogs before White Biatches………….
    HA HA HA
    ———————————————
    I hope Ben gets what he deserves if he in fact guilty, where there’s smoke there’s fire & 2 women living on opposite ends of the country accusing someone of the same basic crime, there’s something to this.
    As for BlueEyeDevils, all this guy posts is race bating crap. He never addresses the crimes/offenses of his own race but is there to jump on every issue on this site & try to make it an adversarial black/white situation.
    It’s ok to lie to black women with a fake name & infect them with VD. Never see this guy address any of that. It’s OK to father 6 children with 5 different women then refuse to pay child support for them. Never see this guy address that. Both of the above are crimes but that’s OK since it’s done to the sisters right BlueEyeDevils??
    But then again we cannot play the race card on these subjects, why would he comment on any of that??

  134. C.Bass says: Apr 7, 2010 8:44 AM

    I had the right to remain silent, but I didn’t have the ability…
    -Ron White

  135. HamBurghlar says: Apr 7, 2010 9:18 AM

    FINALLY, a Ben article! I was wondering if you were interested in getting some clicks this week, Mr. Florio. As for this, Benjamin’s right, keep your yapper shut, cause the media and these hatin’ idiots that post in these threads can only take statements out of context.
    I second @CaptainObvious, cause that’s the TROOF!

  136. CaptainObvious says: Apr 7, 2010 9:22 AM

    “# BP says: April 7, 2010 1:16 AM
    “Innocent persons have no fear of talking to the cops.”
    Intelligent people know they have nothing to gain by talking to the cops, and a lot to lose. I guess your idiot confederate pappy never explained the Constitution to you, especially the part about “innocent until proven guilty”. You see you cow-raping yokel, you’re not required to prove your innocence.
    But you moonshine-impaired southern morons could never understand that. Just like your moonshine -impaired daughters can’t manage to keep their legs crossed.
    BTW, tell your daughters to clean themselves up. There’s two busloads of yankee boys heading down to see them this weekend.

  137. CT Stiller says: Apr 7, 2010 10:03 AM

    I just think it would be great if Florio got sued for defamation of character. How many different ways can you publicly prosecute these players before they’re given a fair trial? What’s the point of giving your opinion and wording it as though it’s not really your opinion?
    The court of public opinion, in this case, is made up of Florio and a bunch of Steelers haters. Thanks for playing though!

  138. Bens Attorney says: Apr 7, 2010 10:08 AM

    @suvantar says:
    This is pretty accurate. If the prosecutor ends up taking the case to the grand jury, there is very little probability that there will not be an indictment at that point. All the prosecutor really has to demonstrate to a grand jury is that there are facts that are in dispute to be resolved by a jury.
    If the victim was treated for a head injury the night of the incident and she maintains the claim that BR caused it, then the grand jury would likely indict and leave it to a jury to resolve the question
    You are correct about the prosecutor presenting to the grand jury, but you left out one important tidbit of information, If he decides to present to the grand jury , yes he can present the peoples case
    BUT , Garland can defend Ben against indictment. Hence all can be brought out that they found out during thier investigation and things that they know.
    Do they want to take that chance unless they know it is slam dunk. This is looking like the OJ investigation and no one even the good guys came out looking good with missteps in the investigation and mishandling of evidence In that. Remember OJ walked. This is haivng the same feel.
    I really dont think Garland has been just sitting back and twiddling his thumbs, Read the article on TMZ. They dont have alot of confidence by they tone of the words. But every comment from Garland he states he is confident.

  139. BP says: Apr 7, 2010 10:23 AM

    Hey, Captain Oblivious,
    I’m not from the south dipshit. I’m from the northeast. But whatever…
    You inbred stealer hicks are the last ones who should be berating southerners for being hillbillys.
    An innocent person can stop an investigation in it’s tracks by providing information that shows any charges are false. But your monstrosity Rapepigburger is guilty so he hides behind the skirt of his henchman lawyer.
    But no matter, your Pigboy is toast. This stealer shitstain will never be washed clean. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving and disgusting collection of assholes.
    He is actually the perfect face for this franchise. A low-life piece of garbage that molests virtual teenagers. Perfect.

  140. robert ethan says: Apr 7, 2010 11:15 AM

    Wheeling Steeler…..You really think that all the local precincts in the county take EVERY single complaint filed to the DA for a decision?
    There are people out there that file 3 or 4 frivolous complaints a day because they are nuts, or have a big grudge against someone, or something. I bet the DA looks at no more than one out of 10 complaints filed with any degree of seriousness.
    But then you’re from Wheeling AND a Steelers fan.

  141. VaSteel says: Apr 7, 2010 11:24 AM

    Florio has a law degree? From where? The Hoboken Truck Driving Academy & Law School?
    Real easy to see why he isn’t practicing and has to rely on website hits to make a living?
    But, it does explain why he is so good at obscuring the truth and providing only part of the story to advance his own sensational theses.
    When you think about it, his character stacks up about the same as Ben R.’s as far as someone I’d consider as a role model.

  142. tryagain says: Apr 7, 2010 12:17 PM

    CT Stiller says: I just think it would be great if Florio got sued for defamation of character.
    Now these are the type of Steeler fan posts that make me laugh laugh laugh. Just what exactly has Florio done to Ben? Nothing, Ben took care of defaming his own character. It’s actually pathetic the way some Steeler fans try to transfer Ben’s issues into something that Florio has in some way caused or enhanced.

  143. CaptainObvious says: Apr 7, 2010 2:07 PM

    BP says: April 7, 2010 10:23 AM
    “An innocent person can stop an investigation in it’s tracks by providing information that shows any charges are false.”
    Prove right here and now, that you DIDN’T rob your local convenience store at gunpoint this morning.
    I’m saying that you did. Prove you didn’t.
    Can’t do it huh?
    OK, generally speaking, please explain exactly how someone can prove they DIDN’T do something.
    Right. You don’t know either.
    Geezus, you are as stupid as you sound, and that’s scary.

  144. Deb says: Apr 7, 2010 2:32 PM

    @Scott …
    You, for one, think he is guilty? Based on what? Based on nothing but your desire to “take a stand” against thuggery. I don’t care how many females you know, sport. I’m a rape survivor, and you don’t know jack about sexual aggressors. Here’s ALL the evidence that’s been released against Roethlisberger at this point:
    Single man goes to Nevada golf tourney, has one-night stand w/hotel employee older than he is in private room. According sworn affidavits of HER friends and text messages, she was looking forward to seeing him again and hoping she was pregnant. She wanted to travel to Pittsburgh in hopes of running into him again. A year later she sued for $3 million claiming rape. Her e-mails and text messages contradict her own timeline of events. Nevada police say there’s no evidence a crime occurred. All this is on record w/the court.
    Single man has dinner w/friends in Georgia near his home. They decide to drive to nearby town where he’s never been before. Once there, he’s greeted in superstar fashion by the locals, winds up in VIP section of a nightclub. He has two cops with him. Sexual predators don’t take along cops when they go on assault sprees. ALL we know from police is that he met a woman in the club and she alleges he “sexually manipulated” her. It was not rape and no semen was found on her person. She immediately hired a plaintiff’s attorney. The only purpose for a plaintiff’s attorney is to file civil suit for $$$$. Reports of a head injury, bodyguard blocking doorway, etc., are all rumored and not confirmed by authorities.
    I’m all for locking up predators … when there’s evidence they’ve actually preyed on someone. But those women in your life won’t be one iota safer if we crucify men on ZERO evidence just because people don’t like their football teams or think they’ve been rude to the home fans.

  145. BP says: Apr 7, 2010 2:53 PM

    Cap Oblivious,
    It’s called an alibi, idiot. I was at work that morning. Which of the 59 witnesses would you like the name of?
    So the Pig could say he was with his bodyguard all night, or that the woman came on to him heavy in front of others. But Sicko-boy doesn’t have an alibi or any witnesses because he did it and that’s why he isn’t saying shit.
    Even a moron like you should realize if Rapistburger had an iota of something to say that would derail an indictment he would say it.
    Anybody still defending this piece of shit isn’t much better than he is.

  146. anjelmanning says: Apr 7, 2010 3:03 PM

    Bronco Bourque – Are you retarded? If Ben had nothing to worry about he would say something. ANYTHING, but nothing. Nothing to the media, the fans, the police? Dude is done man, open your eyes.

  147. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 7, 2010 3:35 PM

    CaptainObvious says:
    April 7, 2010 2:07 PM
    BP says: April 7, 2010 10:23 AM
    “An innocent person can stop an investigation in it’s tracks by providing information that shows any charges are false.”
    Prove right here and now, that you DIDN’T rob your local convenience store at gunpoint this morning.
    I’m saying that you did. Prove you didn’t.
    ————————————————-
    Let’s go to my local conv. store and check the security tape right now. I have nothing to hide, all I did was buy the special double issue of Juggs and a couple of condoms to make people think I am actually going to get laid in the next couple weeks.

  148. Deb says: Apr 7, 2010 4:08 PM

    @anjelmanning …
    He DID talk to the police on the night of the incident–which is more than I would have done. I wouldn’t have said “Howdy, boys” without asking for an attorney if I’d known someone was making accusations against me. You people really are clueless about criminal justice issues. Do you have any idea how many people have been wrongfully convicted on their own stupid statements?
    Okay, this is a comedic turn on the subject, but it illustrates the point. If you can get away with watching this at work, check it out:
    http://www.hulu.com/watch/114015/the-dick-van-dyke-show-youre-under-arrest?c=Comedy#x-0,vepisode,1,0

  149. CaptainObvious says: Apr 7, 2010 4:25 PM

    BP says: April 7, 2010 2:53 PM
    Cap Oblivious,
    “It’s called an alibi, idiot. I was at work that morning. Which of the 59 witnesses would you like the name of?”
    Ben and this girl were alone in a back room.
    Just exactly what kind of an alibi could he give??
    Uh, “I didn’t do it”? What else?
    Give me an alibi that you would buy if you were on a jury. You’re asking for this guy to speak up, prove his innocence and establish his alibi.
    IOW, you’re asking for something that under these conditions are virtually impossible and you know it.
    But you don’t particularly give a shit.
    You just want him to be guilty, and the circumstances aren’t important.
    That makes you the asshole in my book.

  150. yazman of steel says: Apr 7, 2010 4:27 PM

    I think Ben should walk into the police station and admit to every unsolved crime in the country. That will make Florio happy. For someone who is a legal “expert” he has no concept of the 5th Amendment. No wonder he got into this crappy blog…because all his clients went to prison following his advice. Retard

  151. bobzilla says: Apr 7, 2010 4:47 PM

    @Deb: According to people (those employed by the bar) who witnessed the events of that infamous evening have told ESPN the following:
    1.) Roethlisberger had his police posse’ block off the entrance to the VIP room, and instructed his posse’ not to allow men but to allow women only into that room. This tidbit of info was reported by ESPN as told to the network by a bouncer who worked that night.
    Translation: I am Ben Roethlisberger and you are not. I am rich and you are not. Tonight, all the women in this dump belong to me.
    2.) The bar manager told ESPN that Roethlisberger’s police pals blocked the entrance to the locked restroom while he was in that restroom with an intoxicated coed.
    Why you insist that Roethlisberger is the ussuspecting victim and totally innocent in this case is beyond logic.
    Time will tell.
    Be prepared for disappointment.

  152. Deb says: Apr 7, 2010 5:12 PM

    @yazman of steel …
    Florio wasn’t a criminal attorney … he was an employment attorney. But I’d be willing to bet he’s making A LOT more $$$ with this “crappy blog” than he ever made practicing law. His posts on this subject frustrate me, too, but that’s one of his strengths. Don’t know what kind of lawyer he was, but he’s very good at this ;-)

  153. Deb says: Apr 7, 2010 6:25 PM

    @bobzilla …
    I’ve already said that if the reports that he allowed only women into the VIP area are true, it was unwise, silly, frat-boy behavior. However, that’s not illegal. I know a lot of men who’d prefer to spend their evening with a roomful of women. No one forced the women to go into the VIP area. That was their decision.
    As for the ESPN report about the bodyguard blocking the entrance to the restroom … check again, hon. ESPN reported that a bartender told them that an unidentified girl told him that she thought her unidentified friend had gone into the restroom and she thought one of Ben’s guys was blocking the entrance.
    Now, bobzilla, that is a bartender reporting a bit of hearsay from an unidentified source who thought she saw something but wasn’t sure. That is not evidence released by the authorities.
    I am sticking to official evidence released by the authorities or on-the-record sources. I am not insisting that Roethlisberger is the unsuspecting victim. I am insisting that he is innocent until proved guilty beyond reasonable doubt. That is the law of this land. So far all we know is that he went to a nightclub, met a woman who freely chose to be in his company, and that the woman later alleged he “sexually manipulated” her. We don’t know what that means. We do know she hasn’t alleged rape and there was no semen on her person.
    If you can make a judgment of guilt from that information, you must be psychic.
    I don’t have to prepare for disappointment. I’m long past being surprised by the character flaws of my fellow humans. If I see evidence of wrongdoing, I will simply call for appropriate punishment.

  154. CaptainObvious says: Apr 7, 2010 6:57 PM

    BP says: April 7, 2010 2:53 PM
    “Anybody still defending this piece of shit isn’t much better than he is.”
    Don’t you have a Klan or Aryan Brotherhood meeting to get to?
    You sound exactly like the kind of worthless, lynch-mob mentality asshole that would belong to one, or both.

  155. bobzilla says: Apr 7, 2010 7:23 PM

    @Deb: Go back and read what you wrote on April 7 at 2:32 p.m.
    You wrote that Roethlisberger, once he discovered for the very first time Milledgeville, GA., was “greeted in superstar fashion.”
    Ever think that this ego-maniac ENJOYED the attention, so much so that he saw no need to turn right around and leave?
    You make it sound as though he was out for a quiet evening with some friends; when, suddenly, he was beseiged by hundreds of adoring female fans.
    Elvis Roethlisberger?
    Give me a break.
    In one breath, you say he is guilty of nothing. In the next, you say he acted immaturely. Make up our minds. You can’t have it both ways.
    Roethlisberger went to Milledgeville to be TREATED LIKE a superstar. He wanted women at his beckon call.
    He celebrated his b-day by acting like Mr. Big Shot who is soooo damn important, he requires body guards. Is that enough to get him charged with sexual assualt? Maybe. Maybe not.
    Time will tell.

  156. .RebaT says: Apr 7, 2010 7:45 PM

    If the DA goes for a grand jury indictment, the defense can NOT be there, at ALL!!! That’s the way of the justice system. Garland can file for an immediate motion to dismiss afterward but that is rarely granted after an indictment.
    Ben already told the cops the night of the incident they had some type of sexual contact. Garland is doing damage control right now based on what his client has already done.
    Wonder why it is taking so long for Goodell to speak with Ben? The atty is putting a stall on that too – bet your last buck on that.
    What gets me is that Ben spoke up immediately with the NV issue…. now silent as a mouse about this one. It will all come out in the end and he will be indicted, no doubt. Goodell will suspend his butt or the Rooneys will if that happens so fast it will make your head spin. Ben hopes that Santonio’s issues take front stage so he can hide in the hole he’s dug – the PIG.

  157. yazman of steel says: Apr 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    Hey Deb anyone who went through law school or 10th grade civics learned that there is a 5th Amendment to the Constitution. For Florio to suggest Ben has something to hide by not talking to the police is biased as it can get. Florio needs to keep his yap shut.
    Everyone rooting for Ben to be convicted is rooting for someone to have been sexually assaulted. I find that disgusting

  158. .RebaT says: Apr 7, 2010 8:04 PM

    KPXI reported that the victim’s friend was trying to get to her friend but was blocked by two of Ben’s bodyguards. The friend reported the incident to the manager of the club stating her friend went into the back with Ben but now no one can get to her. She also said that Ben had a “buzz”. Buzz = drunk.
    Interesting. Now Ben doesn’t show up to mandatory workouts. Interesting. Who wants to bet that the Rooneys said STAY AWAY!! LOL

  159. .RebaT says: Apr 7, 2010 8:17 PM

    LMAO… “THE LAW OF THE LAND”… that’s all based on how much money you have as to whether the law is fair to anybody. Apparently you haven’t gone to court over anything. LOL Each side really doesn’t care what the facts are – they just want to win.

  160. Deb says: Apr 7, 2010 10:50 PM

    @bobzilla …
    Yes, I know what I wrote this afternoon and it doesn’t contradict my comment to you. I did not say he just discovered the town. I said it was his first visit to the town and he was greeted in superstar fashion–the implication being that he WOULD NOT want to leave. Would you?
    I don’t know why he went to Millegeville beyond what he told the restaurant owner where he was having dinner: He thought he’d drive over because he’d never been there before. Despite the dramatic wolf-on-the-hunt scenario you’ve presented, you know nothing more about why he visited Milledgeville than I do.
    He had bodyguards because someone recently pulled a gun on him–and perhaps because many athletes now travel with security solely to avoid being in a situation where they’re alone and could be easier targets for a sexual assault allegation. Don’t believe athletes have security for that purpose? Look it up.

  161. bobzilla says: Apr 8, 2010 4:09 AM

    @Deb: Where did you dream up that someone ever pulled a gun on him? WOW!!! That’s a new one!!!
    Would I want to leave? Only if I were a millionaire whose job depended upon staying out of trouble.
    “Wolf-on-the-hunt scenerio”? I’d say that if it’s determined that Roethlisberger spent the evening in a VIP room that he RENTED, supplying alcohol to “only women” between the ages of 20-22 in order to keep his “Elvis-like superstar popularity” at a fever pitch the night in question, that scenerio just might be enough to get him charged with a crime and/or suspended from the league.
    Hey, how’s that traveling with security working out? Two sexual assualt allegations within eight months. Look it up.
    @RebaT: The Rooneys/Tomlin told Roethlisberger to stay away from the workout session. ESPN had reported that it was by mutual consent. That report was untrue.

  162. bobzilla says: Apr 8, 2010 3:41 PM

    @Deb: First of all, you are assuming that Roethlisberger was truthful about his tale of facing a gunman. He says he was alone. Until that story can be substantiated, I’m not buying it.
    Second of all, my point about the bodyguards is that having himself surrounded by an entrouge is just another way for him to draw attention to himself.
    I’ve come to realize that you believe only the Big Ben positive stories, but ignore the negative ones, which vastly outnumber the positive stories.
    I find it interesting that those who voice an opinion that differs with yours, that person is twisted.
    I’d say that any so-called professed rape victim who finds Roethlisberger’s behavior acceptable, well …

  163. Deb says: Apr 8, 2010 4:22 PM

    @bobzilla …
    I did not say you were twisted. I said you were twisting my responses … as you just proved. Are you 10?
    Yes, it’s so much fun “professing” to be a rape victim. It was so much fun going through it, too. Just a barrell of laughs. Men really are idiots sometimes. And just to be clear, I’m nobody’s victim. I was victimized by that person at that time. It does not make me a perennial victim.
    You have misread me. What a shock. I have no doubt Ben Roethlisberger can be a real jackass … just as you’re being when you try to rub salt in a deep wound. That doesn’t necessarily make him a sexual predator.
    Being a rape survivor is a two-edged sword. I have no more patience with women who cry rape to get money or little girls who think being slapped on the backside is an assault than I do with abusers.
    I’ve never said I find being a jackass acceptable. It’s not acceptable when he’s rude to fans, makes racist jokes to waiters, or disses Make-A-Wish kids. It’s not acceptable when you needle a rape survivor. But those behaviors aren’t criminal, either.
    My concern as a rape survivor is seeing that REAL abusers are punished and that predators are locked up for life or executed (which, unfortunately, isn’t really an option). So far, no one has presented EVIDENCE that Roethlisberger has been either an abuser or a predator. Too bad, though, that being a jackass can’t get somebody locked up. Then maybe you’d wind up in jail and could experience the joy of rape firsthand. Then we could crack jokes at your expense.

  164. Steeler-lady says: Apr 8, 2010 9:56 PM

    lol@reba and her hearsay….
    WJAT reported someone seen Reba in the back of an alley giving 4men a blowjob for $10,someone tried to get one but couldnt get there. hahaha wait a minute that prolly did happen .. nevermind bad example.
    WHat that girl said is complete hearsay… lol she said he had a buzz.. lmao HEARSAY. I love how others claimed he wasnt really drinking but you believe the accusers PAL.
    I also love how you left out the other part of that story… the part where they said she didnt seem to concerned about her friend.
    Lol Bob you arent buying Bens story but you buy some underage drunk woman????? HAHAHAAHAHHAAAA WOW! Why not just say I DONT BUY EITHER STORY TIL I SEE PROOF?
    Who said this girl was raped?? Yall make up shit as you go along?? What a life yall lead……….
    Ben doesnt have to speak up to you or anyone. .just like the drunk girl isnt talking either.. but at least shes still making the parties. Why is it you fall hook line and sinker on her friends story (wonder how much shes gonna make).but you say NOTHING about the things her other friends were posting on Facebook and Twitter.??Which was ordered to be taken down.. wonder why?By the way was her other friend underage too?????? I wonder if underage drinking fines were instilled…if it was the average Joe they would of been.

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