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Alleged victim said on March 17 that she wanted to drop the case

Lost in the much-hyped announcement that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won’t face charges for sexual assault is the fact that, as District Attorney Fred Bright said Monday, the alleged victim’s lawyer told Bright on March 17 that she no longer wished to pursue the matter.

Bright said he met with the alleged victim and her family 10 days ago, and they confirmed that they did not want to pursue the matter.

So why the dog and pony show?  This one is a no brainer.  If the victim doesn’t want to proceed, it would be even harder for Bright and company to get a conviction. 

And the outcome leaves open the door that Roethlisberger’s lawyers quickly and quietly settled the claim in the days between March 5 and March 17.  We’re not saying that it occurred this way, but this is the way it would go down if a secret and confidential payment had been made.

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119 Responses to “Alleged victim said on March 17 that she wanted to drop the case”
  1. Phokus says: Apr 12, 2010 2:18 PM

    I think it was obvious, any monetary consideration that ben offered her would be far less than what ben would lose in lost game check suspensions, endorsements, and his image.

  2. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    (Rough partial summary of statment)
    “…the accusers attorney sent a letter, received March 17, that stated that she, her family and the attorney did not want to pursue the matter any further…”
    ————————————————–
    Translation: the check cleared!
    (Cue the O’Jays!)

  3. JCD says: Apr 12, 2010 2:20 PM

    Can you say “payoff”? What a sham.

  4. FloriosLegHair says: Apr 12, 2010 2:20 PM

    If there was a giant payoff, he’s guilty as sin.
    This MF’er should rot in hell.

  5. mmdd1111 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:21 PM

    If you’re innocent, you don’t pay off the victim. Must to be nice to have so much money, you can commit crimes and just move on.

  6. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 12, 2010 2:22 PM

    dang Florio don’t u wish u were her attorney, u could’ve got some of that money

  7. Steeler4life says: Apr 12, 2010 2:22 PM

    How about it didn’t happen as she said it did?

  8. Spoonthis says: Apr 12, 2010 2:23 PM

    Yeah Florio, you are not saying that it occurred that way but you sure as hell are inferring it.
    Did Ben turn Florio Jr. down for an autograph or what?

  9. Bill.Polian says: Apr 12, 2010 2:23 PM

    Rapistberger obviously paid her off. It is pathetic that this sexual predator is allowed to get away with rape again.

  10. I♥Patriots says: Apr 12, 2010 2:23 PM

    If this girl indeed made a false accusation, she needs to be punished, not only for dragging Big Ben through the mud, but for screwing things up for real victims.
    Many victims aren’t taken seriously because of girls like this.

  11. CT Stiller says: Apr 12, 2010 2:25 PM

    “And the outcome leaves open the door that Roethlisberger’s lawyers quickly and quietly settled the claim in the days between March 5 and March 17. We’re not saying that it occurred this way, but this is the way it would go down if a secret and confidential payment had been made.”
    LOL! Nah, you’re not saying that at all. It *could* go down in many other ways as well, so why even bring it up?

  12. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 12, 2010 2:25 PM

    So he paid her off. What a dirtbag. This guy has some serious issues.

  13. CleanSlaton says: Apr 12, 2010 2:25 PM

    No we can begin Bigfat Ben’s trial in the court of public opinion:
    charge #1: douchebag!
    GUILTY!!!!!
    sentence: being called a rapist everywhere you go [you big, fat RAPIST]

  14. CD_Ridge says: Apr 12, 2010 2:25 PM

    “We’re not saying that it occurred this way, but this is the way it would go down if a secret and confidential payment had been made.”
    But you sure are implying exactly that. I find you reporting of this story from the beginning rather objectionable. When it comes to legal issues, report FACTS not speculation.
    CD

  15. MSWRavens says: Apr 12, 2010 2:26 PM

    Listening to the DA. I don’t think Ben got favored treatment. No way they’d be able to prove this thing.
    But man, what a big freakin scumbag this guy is… Nothing like forcing yourself on a blind drunk 20 year old in a grimy bathroom. And no doubt he lied to the cops that evening about what happened…and then refused to speak. So much for fully cooperating with the investigation!
    Congrats Steelers fans! You have a scumbag QB worthy of your scumbag team!

  16. DonTerrelli says: Apr 12, 2010 2:27 PM

    I wonder how much?

  17. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 12, 2010 2:27 PM

    i was also sexually assaulted by Ben Roeroat;ahtabereagererr. can i have my money now?

  18. bigstorm says: Apr 12, 2010 2:28 PM

    We’re not saying that it occurred this way but we are implying it so that we can get a 150 responses to this stupid blog to justify that you have only talked about Santonio Holmes and Roethlisberger all day.
    Florio, the next time that you are blowing some guy in the men’s washroom you get called to task by your peers.
    You are too much.

  19. CapsLockKey says: Apr 12, 2010 2:29 PM

    So are his lawyers going to be going after her like they did the one in Las Vegas for making up stuff? If not, then it’s pretty clear what really happened.

  20. 69ers says: Apr 12, 2010 2:30 PM

    Suck it haters…here we go Steelers here we go!!

  21. heartstl says: Apr 12, 2010 2:30 PM

    I think it really happened, and then Roethlisburger gave her a really big payoff to make it go away.

  22. yyys says: Apr 12, 2010 2:30 PM

    Florio, how pathetic are you? Still trying to
    make him look guilty. Perhaps she realized
    that she played a role in this also..since
    they apparently had conversations of the
    sexual nature. Maybe she realized that
    her recollection of the events were quite fuzzy.
    Maybe she realized he did nothing out of the
    ordinary from any other John Q. drunk and
    she led him on. Do you ever speculate anything
    other than his guilt?
    Try getting us a copy of the letter once
    you get up from your fetal position.

  23. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 12, 2010 2:30 PM

    After the press conference Ocmulgee, Georgia Judicial Circuit D.A. Fred Bright was seen leaving the building parking lot in a Brink’s truck!

  24. Stoogie says: Apr 12, 2010 2:30 PM

    Has there been an over/under established yet for when Roethlisberger does this again?

  25. Dude17 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:30 PM

    Okay, if Ben’s lawyers make a payment that results in the victim dropping the charges, isn’t that obstruction of justice or witness tampering?

  26. wyoff says: Apr 12, 2010 2:31 PM

    Florio, you sure like tip-toeing next to the libel line, don’t you?

  27. Lois Denominator says: Apr 12, 2010 2:31 PM

    Mr. Florio, please excuse my legal ignorance, but can Milledgeville alleged victim be called to testify in Lake Tahoe alleged victim’s civil suit? And if she does, and she is under oath, can she be asked if she received a settlement? Even if it is a “secret and confidential” kind of settlement?

  28. SamWycheForPrez says: Apr 12, 2010 2:32 PM

    Sounds like his lawyers have gotten good at this.

  29. 6 Times A Lady says: Apr 12, 2010 2:32 PM

    In honor of this glorious day, I have written a poem for all of my Ravens, Browns, Cowboy, and Pats’ fans:
    One Lombardi, Two Lombardi, Three Lombardi, Four…
    Five Lombardi, Six Lombardi, and now even more…
    The gloves didn’t fit people…cant you see?

  30. UckTheFeagles says: Apr 12, 2010 2:32 PM

    Just wait until more women start coming forward. I would bet this isn’t over yet. He may have paid one, but there will be more. He’s a predator.

  31. Lionwulf says: Apr 12, 2010 2:33 PM

    She can’t make that decision anyway. That’s a Hollywood farce. The defendant has no legal say in what goes to trial and what doesn’t.

  32. blitzburgh1 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:33 PM

    And btw…you don’t get lacerations on your vajayjay from sex…you get them from shaving.
    Sounds like she went into the bathroom willingly and then changed her mind in the middle of the act………and instead of RAPING her against her will, he stopped. And that makes him a criminal???

  33. PUR-D33 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:33 PM

    Only a matter of time before he allegedly rapes again.

  34. spliffbunker says: Apr 12, 2010 2:34 PM

    We’re not saying that it occurred this way, but this is the way it would go down if a secret and confidential payment had been made.
    ………………………
    & you wouldnt be implying thats the way it went down would you?
    IIRC from following this story on a casual basis that was your original recommendation in the first place
    cant wait for your summary of the case…as far as I can tell its been all speculation to this point…

  35. KO3771 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:34 PM

    # Steeler4life says: April 12, 2010 2:22 PM
    How about it didn’t happen as she said it did?
    —————————————
    C’Mon…that’s way too much for these Steeler haters to comprehend!

  36. Jack Acid says: Apr 12, 2010 2:34 PM

    “How about it didn’t happen as she said it did?”
    How about your QB is an idiot for screwing a 20 year old in a public restroom, all the while involved in a civil case for rape?

  37. DarkHorse81 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:35 PM

    Seems like she might have gotten some hush money if that’s the case 2 things come to mind
    1) Ben was not guilty and she just exaggerated to get paid. or
    2) Ben was a bit guilty and decided it’s better to settle quietly out of court either way, why the long delay just doesn’t add up.

  38. CYGNUS X-1 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:35 PM

    did you hear what he said about what happened when she was questioned by the cops?how about the fact she said that no she was not raped?no again as normal for you select the facts that support what you think happened.would it have been to much for you to wait until the prosecuter was done explaining the facts of the case?

  39. Gary Porpora says: Apr 12, 2010 2:35 PM

    There is no way a “secret and confidential payment” would be made–at least not in today’s media climate. TMZ or some other outlet could find that info very easily.
    There was no DNA found and no evidence of rape committed–according to Bright.
    Yet he still referred to her as the victim. Believe me, if he had the goods, Bright would have brought charges.
    She was drunk and wanted to hook up with a rich, famous guy. No DNA? Where did it go?
    She got what her drunk, coed, brain thought she wanted. When Ben said “thanks, see you later she slipped and fell while trying to tell him off
    Why would Ben give her one dime without the DNA

  40. ampats says: Apr 12, 2010 2:36 PM

    This should have been over and done with on March 17th.

  41. Pudge Heffelfinger says: Apr 12, 2010 2:36 PM

    Well, I♥Patriots, actually if Ben doesn’t sue her for defamation they we’ll know he was guilty won’t we?

  42. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 12, 2010 2:36 PM

    Let the haters begin their YEARS of hate and rage filled squalor. May their suffering never end.

  43. mzezulak says: Apr 12, 2010 2:36 PM

    Makes sense they paid her off (settled with no guilt admission) versus paying his lawyers a half million to defend. I hope she got at least 1/2 that, this ensures no conviction criminal or civil and paves the way for a mild handslap from the Steelers or league. This just in time to party after finals at a college or high school near you.
    By the way didn’t Mike Tyson do prison time for nearly the same offense?

  44. Kaz says: Apr 12, 2010 2:37 PM

    I think we all know she was paid off… I know the rapist in jail now wish they had the money to pull of such stunt.

  45. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 12, 2010 2:37 PM

    # Bill.Polian says: April 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    “Rapistberger obviously paid her off. It is pathetic that this sexual predator is allowed to get away with rape again.”
    Right.
    He only did it just to spite you.

  46. Kaz says: Apr 12, 2010 2:38 PM

    Spoonthis says:
    April 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    Yeah Florio, you are not saying that it occurred that way but you sure as hell are inferring it.
    Did Ben turn Florio Jr. down for an autograph or what?
    Possibly. I wouldn’t be surprised. All reports suggest he is a jerk off the field.

  47. Biggie Smalls says: Apr 12, 2010 2:38 PM

    I love all of these people that say that Ben “obviously” paid her off or that Ben is “obviously” innocent…The only thing that is obvious is that there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute…

  48. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Apr 12, 2010 2:39 PM

    “How about it didn’t happen as she said it did?”
    I’ll believe that once. Not twice.

  49. Calihawk says: Apr 12, 2010 2:40 PM

    Message to all kids… Become a professional athlete and you can get away with rape. Kobe and Ben got away with it.

  50. bobinpuertorico says: Apr 12, 2010 2:40 PM

    To Patriots Lover:
    Perhaps Ben should be nominated for Man of the Year, because he has enough money to make his problems go away. The only problem with “girls like this”, is that by dropping the charges in return for a financial settlement, serial rapists are able to remain on the streets and victimize others.

  51. CutlerIsACryBaby says: Apr 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    PittsburghSteelersTalk.com eh?

  52. DonRSD says: Apr 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    Rapistberger makes me sick.
    some womans rights group needs to go media about this scumbag and expose this sexual predator (rapistberger) ala how PETA came out to protest Vick.

  53. rydendonkeys says: Apr 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    Expensive bj.

  54. vikingsuperbowls=0 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    PFT: “im not saying ben paid her off, im just suggesting it”
    the rest of us: “she had no case”
    man, Flo-jo are you a little angry he didnt do anything? seems so.
    whats your beef with pro athletes? not everyone is a Rae Caruth, and most just wanna screw decent females and enjoy their monetary compensation. granted benny has made some dumb choices (moped accident and repeatedly finding women dumber than he) but that doesnt mean a thing to me. hes just an athlete…

  55. bluestree says: Apr 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    I♥Patriots says:
    April 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    If this girl indeed made a false accusation, she needs to be punished, not only for dragging Big Ben through the mud, but for screwing things up for real victims.
    ——————————-
    If the DA thought she made a false accusation he would have said Ben was innocent, not that there wasn’t enough evidence. Ben did something, the question is whether it was criminal, or just shameful.

  56. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    I♥Patriots sez…
    “Many victims aren’t taken seriously because of girls like this.”
    True statement. I would only add that, if it wasn’t for asshole predators like this fat-assed perp, there wouldn’t be as many victims in the first place.
    The Steeler apologists are dancing in the streets over this, I’m sure. Just check your moral bearing at the door, yinzers…

  57. winkel33 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:42 PM

    Can you please, stop making stuff up. Please, please, please. There is ZERO evidence that there was any sort of payment. It is beyond irresponsible for you to write that, to even hint at it. There are many reasons why someone may decide not to pursue criminal charges. For you to single out a possible payment without anything else to back you up, is just irresponsible, and borderline reckless. Why can’t this site ever just report the story, stick to the facts – why does this site always feel the need to add that extra paragraph where you just guess at what may have been.

  58. superfan99 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:42 PM

    My guess is that Goodell gives Steelers the first chance to suspend him. The team will suspend him for a few games, the league will drop him into the substance abuse program.
    I wouldn’t be so quick to assume Roethlisberger struck a deal with the alleged victim. The circumstances Bright described were very vague, heavy alcohol consumed by both sides. It would have been nearly impossible to convict Roethlisberger.
    Also, even if there were a deal, it in no way means that Roethlisberger is guilty of rape. Roethlisberger had a lot to lose if this case went to court, guilty or not. If these charges were pressed, he could have been suspended for the entire season, and possibly released by the Steelers.
    There may be alcohol issues with Roethlisberger. I hope someone like Kurt Warner reaches out to him.

  59. thirdandten says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    To all you jackasses…and yes, that includes you Florio, that are saying payoff…
    PROVE IT..!!
    Prove it was anything other than consensual.
    Prove she was paid off.
    Prove that he forced himself on her.
    Oh and Florio, when did you stop beating your wife?

  60. florio4prez says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    Mike, though highly predictable, it still is somehow unbelievable that you would immediately put the “she was paid off” spin on what was actually said in the presser.
    The girl was plastered. (Read it again s-l-o-w-l-y and try to understand it.)
    Any chance her parents, relatives or friends simply convinced her that the risk of ruining her life was far greater than the satisfaction of a criminal conviction and/or the possibility of a civil award?

  61. Biggie Smalls says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    “And no doubt he lied to the cops that evening about what happened…and then refused to speak. So much for fully cooperating with the investigation!”
    @MSWRavens:
    its called the 5th Amendment homie…He doesnt have to say a word….

  62. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    Rapistberger will always be known as Rapistberger. The Steelers are going to catch a lot of heat. The decision to drop charges will mean nothing to anyone outside of Pittsburgh. We all know he raped that girl. And if you listened to the press conference, you know the girl had “lacerations and bruising” consistent with rape. The only reason they couldn’t pin it easily on Ben was that there was no semen. This guy is a piece of garbage and that press conference has done more harm to his rep than any good. RAPISTBERGER, FRY IN HELL!! And the Steelers have no class and are a shame to the NFL if they don’t take immediate, strong action to separate themselves from this RAPIST.

  63. Jack Acid says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    “If this girl indeed made a false accusation, she needs to be punished, not only for dragging Big Ben through the mud, but for screwing things up for real victims.
    Many victims aren’t taken seriously because of girls like this.”
    Who said it was a false accusation? Because there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute?
    If it was found to be a false accusation, she would be arrested. But they aren’t doing that are they?
    So it’s just another case of he said/she said, she got likely got paid and now Big Ben can go back to being his old, womanizing self.
    I know one thing — if he ever came sniffing around my sister or daughter, I’d take his teeth out the hard way.

  64. Pins42 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    I guess it DOES work…(note to self)…get wife / girlfriend near pro athlete, and accuse of rape / sexual harassment, and get PAID!

  65. MoSteelers says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    i mean fleet10 gots to be one of the biggest idiots,
    It’s not ONLY in a america where this can happen and if she REALLY got raped, don’t u think she should have wanted him to go to jail for it? Her beaver for money huh? Well she sounded like obama for u haters until she showed her true side, like obama…

  66. AlphaQ2 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:44 PM

    My bet is that this was all about money from the get go. Ben is about as smart as a box of rocks for putting himself in that position again. When will he realize that he is a target for this stuff, especialy since he has already been accused twice. He should call Mike Tyson and ask him how many times he’s been falsely accused of rape and how to avoid it. One answer would be, don’t go to a bar and try to pull strange when you are rich and famous. You’re begging for some girl to drag you through the mud while trying to hit the jack pot.

  67. Law-Deezie says: Apr 12, 2010 2:46 PM

    To “ALL YOU HATERS”…..quit crying and prepare for a (already league leading) 7th Lombardi Trophy…Here we go Steelers, Here we go…..

  68. Santonio'sBluntWrap says: Apr 12, 2010 2:46 PM

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/04/12/district-attorney-says-allegation-cannot-be-proven-beyond-a-reasonable-doubt/
    ====================================
    11 minutes apart? Really?
    They MUST be running you under a quota, Mike. Was it really worth it? You have to resort to little tricks like writing a whole piece and then chopping it up into two (or more) posts. Add a dash of intro and conclusion to each and VIOLA!…you’ve brought yourself a little closer to the end of the day.
    I remember when F5 would bring no change for a couple of hours or more, and it was disappointing sometimes, but at least the material was straightforward and mostly meaningful. You’ve turned into a unassuming name in 4pt font under the 40 pt NBC logo.
    It seems to be showing a little more this week, with all the sandwich references and whatnot. Did you have an uncomfortable meeting with the brass recently?
    If so, at the next one, tell them your readers expect more from the people you associate with, will ya?

  69. trickbunny says: Apr 12, 2010 2:50 PM

    69ers says:
    April 12, 2010 2:30 PM
    Suck it haters…here we go Steelers here we go!!
    ————————————————-
    What part of “forced to enter a substance abuse program and likely to face suspension” did you not understand?
    PS- The overwhelming majority of posters here seem to still think he’s guilty of *some* kind of wrongdoing, so it looks like you and all the other Steelers fans are the ones “sucking it”.
    Thanks for playing.

  70. Mean D says: Apr 12, 2010 2:50 PM

    Steeler4life is in denial. Ben is a pig and he paid her off.

  71. thirdandten says: Apr 12, 2010 2:50 PM

    How about this..
    Mark Sanchez and 6 Girls in A Car
    http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/12/mark-sanchez-new-york-jets-six-girls-car-video/
    He raped them..
    Proof..? Who needs proof..?
    He’s a rapist, right??
    He probably banged them…
    That makes him a rapist according to 90% of the jerks on here.
    Who needs proof..? Feh.

  72. themage78 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:51 PM

    Why would the girl immediately go to the police, go through all this hassle to see him charged, and then suddenly want to drop the charges? I mean she was supposedly dropping the charges before Ben talked with the police. (Which I still don’t think he did.)
    I think Ben got money to her, and she signed a Non-disclosure agreement. He paid her off and his attorneys are pressing charges on her for damaging his character because he’s the one who paid her off.

  73. snnyjcbs says: Apr 12, 2010 2:51 PM

    They paid the girl and her family off with the understanding she would not go forward. Big Ben and his crew wanted the DA to continue with the end result the DA saying charges would not be brought. The dude is still a scumbag in my book, one person calling you a rapist is one thing but with 2 in less than a year? Where there is smoke there is fire and the dude is a punk.

  74. Didier says: Apr 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    Or, she was abducted by aliens who gave her a brain transplant, which would have as much evidentiary support as your completely unsubstantiated speculation.

  75. Cleric John Preston says: Apr 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    Lets see, the video from the club “disapeared” . . . payoff to the club owner
    The girl decides she wants to drop charges . . . payoff
    And they never ask for Ben’s DNA despite the fact that a rape kit WAS done . . . payoff.
    Being rich is awesome, ain’t it?

  76. Kaz says: Apr 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    Spoonthis says:
    April 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    Yeah Florio, you are not saying that it occurred that way but you sure as hell are inferring it.
    Did Ben turn Florio Jr. down for an autograph or what?
    Possibly. I wouldn’t be surprised. All reports suggest he is a jerk off the field.

  77. Jagdbaer says: Apr 12, 2010 2:54 PM

    I can’t have too much sympathy for sexual assault victims when they won’t press charges and decide to take a settlement- if in case that’s what happened here. For the victim, small town justice could not take on big $$ defense lawyers.

  78. Larry says: Apr 12, 2010 2:54 PM

    Ok, absent absolute, real proof, it’s pretty obvious that Rothlisbooger was guilty as er…not charged. However, what kind of a whore does this make the ‘alleged victim’, if in fact, there was unwanted sexual contact with Ro’booger, and she whored out by taking the money and running ?? What does that do for the next Ro’booger victim ??
    This whole thing stinks. Beyond a reasonable doubt…. Glad I’m not a Steeler fan…I’d have to change allegiances after this.

  79. Banjaxed says: Apr 12, 2010 2:54 PM

    Haha – Steeler Fans – here you go again, right out of the playoff picture
    it is only a matter of time before he strikes again
    so watch your cornholes >:O

  80. pokerpro7s says: Apr 12, 2010 2:55 PM

    Implying that she was paid off? Real classy Florio. Irresponsible journalism at its finest. The National Enquirer holds more credibility than you do at this point.

  81. raybin says: Apr 12, 2010 2:56 PM

    “69ers says:
    Suck it haters…here we go Steelers here we go!! ”
    Is that consensual 69?

  82. Jaydub says: Apr 12, 2010 2:57 PM

    # Outlaw Jersey Whales says: April 12, 2010 2:19 PM
    (Rough partial summary of statment)
    “…the accusers attorney sent a letter, received March 17, that stated that she, her family and the attorney did not want to pursue the matter any further…”
    ————————————————–
    Translation: the check cleared!
    (Cue the O’Jays!)
    —————————————————-
    It’s so blatantly obvious to those of us who aren’t Steelers fans that this was settled monetarily. To them, he’s innocent as hell and would never do such a thing.
    Soooooooo glad that the Giants went with Eli over this scumbag piece of shit.

  83. user22410 says: Apr 12, 2010 3:01 PM

    Who’s worse here, Big Ben for making the payment or the family, attorney and victim for accepting it? Not that it “happened” that way, mind you.

  84. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 12, 2010 3:03 PM

    So like Mort you are saying, he “probably definately” paid her off. Scumbag should not be suspended four games and castration might be too severe so maybe an extra little circumcision to remind him of how close he is to stepping over the line.

  85. Igottz5onit says: Apr 12, 2010 3:04 PM

    Yeah so why didn’t you infer that she might have just been full of it when she got the cops involved in the first place. Also, anyone saying Ben “raped” this girl is a moron since he did not have sex with her.

  86. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 12, 2010 3:05 PM

    So in essence could Roethlisberger not file charges under Tort law for demation and damages against this woman? I know he doesn’t need the money, but hey it might look better on him.

  87. The Greg says: Apr 12, 2010 3:08 PM

    People, I’m no Roethlisberger fan, quite the opposite, but do you realize how much it would have cost him to fight this battle in court and then litigation??? If you were in his position, guilty or not, and someone (ie. your expensive ass lawyer) says – “I can get you off the charges and out of the litigation, but my charges will exceed $3M… OR you can pay her $1M quietly and it will go away.” Who in their right mind would pay an extra $2M only for the privilege of going to court for a long drawn out legal proceeding where all sorts of lurid details about his personal life will come out (and with his history, you know there’s some skeletons in THAT closet) just to prove his “innocence”??? Of course, those numbers are made up, but the point remains – Not only would that a poor business decision, but ‘the court of public opinion’ has already made its judgment, so it would be a fruitless venture anyway.
    Unfortunately, its much easier to say that paying her off makes him guilty, but once you understand how ridiculous our legal system is because of jerk-off lawyers (cough… florio…cough), you can’t blame the guy for paying her off (allegedly) guilty or not. The guy is obviously a scumbag, but paying her off would be the right decision (allegedly).

  88. MotorCityKitties says: Apr 12, 2010 3:09 PM

    He didn’t pay her off (eyes rolling). She finally came to her moral senses and decided that wrongfully accusing joe football hero like r-booger is wrong and unjust. She wanted to get banged in a bar room toilet and that bump on her head was already there.

  89. Steeler4life says: Apr 12, 2010 3:09 PM

    I am not in denial. It doesn’t make sense what you haters are saying. Most girls who are raped would not want their rapist to walk free and rape someone else. If it was about money, she could always get that in a civil suit separately from the criminal trial. What does that say about her if she was raped and let him go just for money?
    I think you idiots are worried about the 7th ring. Don’t hate, participate.
    Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. yyys says: Apr 12, 2010 3:11 PM

    Since we will continue to speculate..speculate this.. Maybe she wrote the letter 12 days after
    the fact realizing that she could be charged
    with providing a false statement, under age drinking, and didn’t want to go down that road.
    Let’s see what BR does now. Meets with
    Goodell..gets suspended for a game and
    makes apologies all around??????

  91. Phokus says: Apr 12, 2010 3:13 PM

    hey dumbasses, if there was a secret payoff, none of us would know about it, otherwise it wouldn’t be secret.
    Obviously, if the victim said she wanted to drop the case so early, while the DA was still pushing forward and trying to investigate, means that there was something fishy going on.

  92. robert ethan says: Apr 12, 2010 3:13 PM

    Everyone seems to think Roethlisberger “got off”, but if you look at it, the episode has cost him a huge amount, in terms of public respect (and probably in some cases private respect) along with a bundle of money. Whether he paid out the accuser or not, he definately dropped a bundle on Garland & company, may yet lose millions in the event of suspension, and certainly lost millions in possible future endorsement deals. I think the woman in question was aware of that, and it led to her retraction of charges. She knew she wasn’t innocent in the whole affair as well. I’d say everyone pretty much got what they deserve here, and if the girl did get some cash, what’s the harm?

  93. PackFaninPackLand says: Apr 12, 2010 3:16 PM

    You know what that means, “the check cleared” !

  94. Steeler4life says: Apr 12, 2010 3:19 PM

    You guys are treating Big Ben as if he is Ray Lewis (guilty obstruction of justice) or Donte Stallworth (paid of family)

  95. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 12, 2010 3:21 PM

    “Igottz5onit says:
    April 12, 2010 3:04 PM
    Yeah so why didn’t you infer that she might have just been full of it when she got the cops involved in the first place. Also, anyone saying Ben “raped” this girl is a moron since he did not have sex with her.”
    Oh really? Do you have proof of that? I dont think he paid her off for nothing and he didnt have his bodyguard blocking the doorway so they could talk. maybe you are the moron.

  96. Jaydub says: Apr 12, 2010 3:24 PM

    Igottz5onit says: April 12, 2010 3:04 PM
    Yeah so why didn’t you infer that she might have just been full of it when she got the cops involved in the first place. Also, anyone saying Ben “raped” this girl is a moron since he did not have sex with her.
    ———————————————–
    So the damage she had ‘down below’ was caused by…?
    Oh yeah, thats right. She rode her bicycle to the club, but on the way, she went off a curb and didn’t stand up. Thats gotta be it.
    Listen kids…
    March 17th is the red letter day in all this. All of a sudden, this girl doesn’t want to press charges anymore, and no reason was given. The security tape is mysteriously erased, she had shown signs of recent physical damage in her nether regions when checked at a hospital immediately after the ‘alleged’ occurence(per the District Attorney)
    Sorry, Squealer fans, but your boy looks like a piece of shit right about now, because EVERYONE can read between the lines….except for your stupid asses. He got lucky that he picked someone who could be bought off. Wear those jerseys with pride

  97. jimicos says: Apr 12, 2010 3:24 PM

    I’d like to know what Brett Favre thinks of this?

  98. HamBurghlar says: Apr 12, 2010 3:26 PM

    @Jaydub: I’m sorry, I can’t see very well from the glare off the 2 Lombardi’s that Ben won.. Eli’s got a ways to go, considering he’s allergic to the 2nd round of the playoffs except for 07.
    Don’t be bitter, it’s an ugly color on you..

  99. mofo says: Apr 12, 2010 3:26 PM

    So in a way, this is like retroactive payment for the non-consensual use of a female’s vagina.
    It’s funny – Big Ben, just like all these big corporations, can just write that stuff off. Business expense.
    And it doesn’t matter if the ordinary person doesn’t know what this kind of write off is. Because Ben knows what this write off is, and he’s the one writing it off.

  100. Maddog says: Apr 12, 2010 3:28 PM

    So if he paid her off, why would she still have been cooperating with the police last week. I don’t dispute the guys a piece of crap, but many of you are letting your personal hatred of the Steelers blind you.

  101. bigstorm says: Apr 12, 2010 3:29 PM

    Larry;
    Glad you aren’t a Steelers fan because if you changed allegiances over this you aren’t much of a fan at all.
    The only thing Ben is gulity of is not paying for a room to take this chick back to.
    Payoffs….give me a break. The only payoff was the shooters that she was getting at the bar. We’ve got a real TMZ.com crowd here for the most part.
    I love the posts where the comment is “we all know he did it”. Did what? If this chick was raped she’d be pinning Ben to the cross criminally and civally. That’s the only certainty that “we” know.
    Bad judgement doesn’t = rape.

  102. eaglelover1 says: Apr 12, 2010 3:29 PM

    First ot everyone Rapliberger was being investigated for rape it was Sexual Misconduct.
    Second the only time police tunr an investigation over to the D.A. is when they feel they have enough eveidence to PROSECUTE NOT CONVICT. There is a difference.
    Third adding the 2 together there simply IS enough evidence that there was a payoff to several people.
    In an investigation of this kind the first thing any dectective worth his badge would do is GRAB AND HOLD THE TAPE showing the condition of the girl leaving the restroom (vindication of Warren Sapp). Places like these do not use the same tape over and over as they are required by law to have 30 tapes to use daily so that any criminal activity occurring during that time can be investigated via that recording.
    In most states of this country (especially southern states) it simply takes a person to accuse you of something to get a prosecuter to try and convict. In this case the accusser decide not to go forward with the case after subjecting herself to TONS of “prosecuting” by police and investigators. The D.A. decides to not go forward with a case that police felt was indictable.
    The Club owner, “Victim”, and D.A. all got paid by the Rooneys as well as the NFL. There was no way Raplisberger was going to get convicted of this. We will all have to wait until he is over 40 and well out of the league for him to get convicted of any sexual deviant behavior as he then would not be linked to any thing NFL.

  103. Rocksteady says: Apr 12, 2010 3:45 PM

    If you were Big Ben and you didn’t do, wouldn’t it be worth it to you to cut a check for a hefty amount just to make it go away. The longer this thing goes on the worse off Ben is.
    The line between white and black is grayed immensely when it is a known fact that the accuser was “highly intoxicated”. Was she accusing him because she was not a willing participant? Was she accusing Ben because she felt that she was not in the right state of mind to do what she did? Did she just wake up the next day and realize that she did something, that everyone knows about, that she would not have done had she been sober?
    People make bad decisions when they are drunk. You can’t always put the blame on someone else for your own bad decisions.
    Both were there with groups of people. If her group of people. The way the whole thing has been explained to have gone down would not be a secrete to anyone at the bar (at least not at any college bar I have ever been to). I would hope that if her friends thought she was not a willing participant that they would have intervened. It sure doesn’t seem like that was the case.
    All that being said. Big Ben is still big turd.

  104. stnmmc says: Apr 12, 2010 3:46 PM

    I am just curious why all of this moral outrage was not directed at Rey Maualuga when he was caught with a 17 and 18 yr old drunk in the car with him. Clearly his intent was only to make sure that they made it home safely.
    Yet i don’t recall any of you calling him a rapist, shaming him for hanging around high school girls, or any of the other nonsense that PFT is based upon.
    Now, just maybe, we can focus on Bringing Hell in Spetember. (tongue in cheek)

  105. mom24 says: Apr 12, 2010 3:47 PM

    Florio,
    When I started to read your blog months ago, I couldn’t understand why readers were so hard on you. Now I do.
    Your comments are, as often as not, inflammatory rather than informative and based on conjecture rather than fact. In the one area where you could provide useful analysis — the law — you sound remarkably clueless.
    I’ve worked with lawyers who are ethical and who care about maintaining high professional standards. I’ve also worked with ambulance chasers. You remind me of the latter in your reporting of the Roethlisberger case. Too much inuendo, too little real analysis.

  106. SteelTown_6 says: Apr 12, 2010 3:52 PM

    Boy… you haters are having a bad day huh?
    First, Santonio gets shipped off to the Jets, then Ben is exonerated after charges were withdrawn by the accuser herself no less (once she sobered up), and later Jeff Reed has had trumped up charges against him withdrawn as well.
    Well, you idiots didn’t get the “Christmas in April” you so desperately wanted and now you’re stuck wallowing in your loathsome hate and self-pity at what might have been.
    But at least, you’ve already started down a new path of self-destructive delusion, lunacy and madness.
    The “Payoff” conspiracy.
    “Yeah! That’s it! That’s the ticket. That’s the ONLY explanation! Let’s go wit dat!!”
    We are collectively laughing our f***ing asses off at you imbeciles, and we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
    Just remember, your pain is our joy, so thanks for being such assholes.
    And please, don’t ever stop,

  107. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 3:56 PM

    @PFTiswhatisis …
    You don’t know that he paid her off. The DA said the girl did not strike him as a gold digger. He is releasing a copy of the letter she sent him when she asked him to drop the matter. In it, she did not back off the accusation. If Ben had paid her off, he probably would have paid her to back off the accusation.
    The DA said in the press conference that they not only couldn’t prove Ben hadn’t done anything, they couldn’t prove from the medical exam that penetration had occurred.
    And the DA said the story about the bodyguard blocking the door was erroneous. He said two girls said in their statement that they told one of the bodyguards their friend was too drunk to be back there and the bodyguard didn’t respond–not that he was blocking the doorway. The owner told the DA they said the same thing to him and he showed them an easier way to get to the bathroom to check on her, but they never went back there.

  108. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 3:58 PM

    Florio, instead of telling all these people that Ben paid off this girl, why don’t you get a copy of the letter she wrote to the DA, which he made public after the press conference?
    The DA said that in the letter she refused to back off the accusation.
    When people are paid off, don’t they usually back off the accusation?
    Do you have ANY substantive reason for writing that she was paid off?

  109. 69ers says: Apr 12, 2010 4:04 PM

    @prickbunny
    69ers says:
    April 12, 2010 2:30 PM
    Suck it haters…here we go Steelers here we go!!
    ————————————————-
    What part of “forced to enter a substance abuse program and likely to face suspension” did you not understand?
    PS- The overwhelming majority of posters here seem to still think he’s guilty of *some* kind of wrongdoing, so it looks like you and all the other Steelers fans are the ones “sucking it”.
    Thanks for playing.
    _________________________________
    ‘forced to enter a substance……………..”…what are you talking about? That’s Florio’s opinion. Also, where did you learn to count? “Overwhelming majority”..ahah. Count again fool. He got a BJ and some stink finger in the bathroom with a drunk college chick, so what…In both of these ‘accusations’ he has not been charged with anything. God-dell should not suspend him..

  110. GirthyOne says: Apr 12, 2010 4:10 PM

    If my daughter had been sexually assaulted, no amount of money would matter. So, I am doubtful that she was assaulted. Unless of course, it was all BS and the whole family wanted some cash.
    They were drunk, maybe got a little carried away. First she says she was assaulted, then not. Her sorority sisters posted that she wasn’t.
    I agree with you Mike, why did they delay until now? Almost 4 weeks after she said she did not want to pursue charges. Maybe his fame, in this case, didn’t help him.

  111. thc916 says: Apr 12, 2010 4:47 PM

    Interesting… Last year when he was accused by McNulty, he had a very quick news conference proclaiming his innocence. Didn’t pay her off and is in the midst of legal action against McNulty. This time, he has said NOTHING. Has not filed suit against this most recent accuser. Why change this strategy. Why proclaim your innocence in one case, and not say a word the next time you are accused of a similar action? Something happened between Ben and his most recent accuser in that bathroom that he wishes to keep private.
    Most of you Ben backers have criticized this most recent accuser and called her a money grubbing whore. Yet, she has not filed a civil suit, and asked that this case go away 12 days after the incident! If you still feel she is simply a money grubbing whore, then you really have no other explanation for her wanting the case to go away, other than She got PAID! If she files suit, then I am wrong, if she doesn’t, then she got paid. If she was out for money, she would have filed a civil suit, or taken a settlement.
    Be interesting to see what the Steelers do now. Maybe they should continue bringing the Hell in April.

  112. Jaso says: Apr 12, 2010 4:49 PM

    Why can’t a rich woman “rape” me so I can lie about it and get paid. Damnit.

  113. jimicos says: Apr 12, 2010 4:51 PM

    stnmmc says:
    April 12, 2010 3:46 PM
    I am just curious why all of this moral outrage was not directed at Rey Maualuga when he was caught with a 17 and 18 yr old drunk in the car with him. Clearly his intent was only to make sure that they made it home safely.
    ——————————-
    Did either the 17 or 18 year old allege that he raped them? If not, why are you surprised?

  114. Jaydub says: Apr 12, 2010 5:57 PM

    HamBurghlar says: April 12, 2010 3:26 PM
    @Jaydub: I’m sorry, I can’t see very well from the glare off the 2 Lombardi’s that Ben won.. Eli’s got a ways to go, considering he’s allergic to the 2nd round of the playoffs except for 07.
    —————————————————
    2 trophies compared to 1 trophy
    Yeah, huge difference. Considering that Ben’s first one was won in spite of his playing, not because of it, I’d say they were about even in that department.
    Ben is a scumbag, while Eli has been a model citizen. Advantage: Eli
    You lose

  115. thirdandten says: Apr 12, 2010 6:17 PM

    About those cuts..
    Ever think she shaved her va jay jay…before going out..?
    Nahhh…why think outside the box, so to speak..? Which is where they were..superficial.

  116. .RebaT says: Apr 12, 2010 10:07 PM

    I wish people on this board would really think about what they say about a person’s character, morales, etc and trophies. Just because a team has numerous trophies doesn’t mean the players are stand up guys. Look at the Patriots. They have trophies but they cheated to get them.
    If Ben pays one penny to this accuser, don’t think Goodell is not going to find this out. All he has to do is ask and Ben better come clean… or else! Goodell is God in the NFL based on the collective bargaining agreement. Even if he does pay money, he’s guilty as sin. There is NO doubt about it.
    Tomlin doesn’t even LIKE Ben. And I do believe based on a quote I read on NBC sports, neither does Art Rooney II.
    Suspension of 6 games and 250k fine. Dixon then steps up and Ben is quickly 2nd string. One can only HOPE like the devil this happens.

  117. MasterShake says: Apr 12, 2010 11:18 PM

    She didn’t want to swallow either…………But she did.

  118. jimicos says: Apr 13, 2010 12:14 AM

    Jaso says:
    April 12, 2010 4:49 PM
    Why can’t a rich woman “rape” me so I can lie about it and get paid. Damnit.
    ————————
    Careful what you wish for. Rosie O’Donnell and Oprah are rich. Is that what you want?

  119. .RebaTe says: Apr 13, 2010 9:34 AM

    # .RebaT says: April 12, 2010 10:07 PM
    “I wish people on this board would really think about what they say about a person’s character, ”
    Wow, that’s quite a commendable outlook Reba dear.
    “..he’s guilty as sin. There is NO doubt about it…
    Never mind…
    “Suspension of 6 games and 250k fine.”
    That’s quite a hefty punishment for having done absolutely nothing.
    I’d hate to see what you’d recommend for someone who actually committed a crime.
    “Dixon then steps up and Ben is quickly 2nd string. One can only HOPE like the devil this happens.”
    One, as in just you apparently.

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