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District Attorney says allegation cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt

As reported by ESPN on Friday, Ocmulgee (Ga.) Judicial Circuit D.A. Fred Bright has announced that charges will not be pursued against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Bright announced that the allegation of sexual assault cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and that Roethlisberger will not be prosecuted.

He didn’t say that Roethlisberger is innocent.  Bright only said that he can’t prove it in a manner that satisfies the very high standard of proof required from a conviction.

And while Bright pointed out that the alleged victim was “highly intoxicated,” the admission that she made it known via a letter from her lawyer on March 17 that the alleged victim did not wish to pursue charges will raise questions about whether there was a secret financial settlement.

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  1. Banjaxed says: Apr 12, 2010 2:09 PM

    Still, the league needs to do something
    always in the wrong place and the wrong time should count for something

  2. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:09 PM

    And he has officially gotten away with being a fat rich celebrity. Scumbag

  3. DonTerrelli says: Apr 12, 2010 2:09 PM

    Great news, Steelers fans! Let get ready for another great season!

  4. birdmancometh says: Apr 12, 2010 2:10 PM

    wow, I never knew it could be so easy to get away with a crime…good for Ben. Not so good for the next girl, but at least the Steelers got their QB back right?

  5. daPACK says: Apr 12, 2010 2:10 PM

    I will take Therapist for 200, Alec

  6. funi says: Apr 12, 2010 2:10 PM

    Ben Innocent like I have said for weeks!!!!! Some tramp wanted MONEY!!!! Put her name out there!!!!!!

  7. lexnbenz says: Apr 12, 2010 2:11 PM

    how can you when ben had casey eat the tape

  8. Bill.Polian says: Apr 12, 2010 2:11 PM

    It must be nice for Rapistberger to be rich, now he can go around and assault as many women as he wants and then pay people off to stay out of trouble.

  9. Phokus says: Apr 12, 2010 2:12 PM

    Well duh, after the nightclub ‘conveniently’ erased the tapes, it was impossible to check the victim’s demeanor prior to the alleged incident and post incident.
    This smells dirty all the way around.

  10. Big Stretch says: Apr 12, 2010 2:12 PM

    Why is there “more to come” it’s over no charges, no crime, no story.
    There is no way he should be suspended for this and if Goodell does suspend him than he opens the Pandora box in terms of punishing players for their behavior which would be complete bullshit.
    I believe in punishment for players who commit crimes, but acting like an ass is not a crime.

  11. Bazooka Joe says: Apr 12, 2010 2:13 PM

    Another white man gets away with committing a crime. I guess that makes it
    white people 1,000,000,000
    Black People 1 (for OJ Simpson)

  12. Mr. Irrelevant says: Apr 12, 2010 2:13 PM

    WHAT A JOKE
    It’s OK, the next time he gets his hand caught in the cookie jar will be his last. Third time’s the charm.

  13. Beave says: Apr 12, 2010 2:13 PM

    He also said the victim didn’t want to pur$ue further charges.
    Translation: Roethlisberger bought her off.

  14. Nambla Limbaugh says: Apr 12, 2010 2:13 PM

    One of the follow-up questions better be how in hell did the security tape get conveniently erased. This hillbilly sherrif is a JOKE spending the entire presser trying to cover his dept. collective asses.

  15. KBEsq says: Apr 12, 2010 2:14 PM

    Scoreboard
    The United States Judicial System – 1
    Florio – o

  16. pghguyy33 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:14 PM

    wow she didnt wanna do it.. probly the only reason he didnt. she wasnt gonna testify.

  17. FloriosLegHair says: Apr 12, 2010 2:14 PM

    Horse $h!t.
    This jerkoff has gotten off because he’s rich and famous.
    He’ll get what’s coming to him eventually.

  18. Zinn says: Apr 12, 2010 2:14 PM

    Good to see him do the right thing. So many prosecutors for political reasons will indite a defendant when they know there is reasonable doubt and that it is an ethical rule violation to do so.
    By not inditing not only does he do the right thing but he saves the state of Georgia a great deal of money and Big Ben a large amount of attorney fees.

  19. Drithe says: Apr 12, 2010 2:15 PM

    After the DA said what he had to say …… I would not want Rothsexburger on my team at all.
    End of Line.

  20. rockinron says: Apr 12, 2010 2:15 PM

    In other news, bright showed up in a brand new Hummer and wearing snake skinned boots.

  21. LearningAboutCuba says: Apr 12, 2010 2:15 PM

    The NFL Network interupted “Football Follies” to broadcasts DA Bright’s press conference.
    There seems to be some kind of irony in that coincidence.

  22. sirchap says: Apr 12, 2010 2:16 PM

    Wow. A conclusive end. Civil suit isn’t going to destroy the team. Steelers clearly sent a message by dealing Holmes. All this “just like the Bengals” talk isn’t quite so true no is it? Ben was not charged, therefore Ben should not be diciplined.
    Go black and Gold.

  23. Ricken says: Apr 12, 2010 2:16 PM

    Suck it Steeler haters!! Now report on something else Florio you fvckin d-bag

  24. fleet10 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:17 PM

    Florio, maybe you can help me with this one. I just watched the press announcement. After he said he wouldn’t pursue charges, couldn’t be proven, etc., he said something to the effect of, “the night in question, Ben was bar hopping, the night in question, the VICTIM was bar hopping with her sorority sisters.
    Without getting into what I think about all this, doesn’t that seem like an odd choice of words? Surely Fred Bright was meticulous about the wording of this announcement. I’m not an attorney, but wouldn’t the ACCUSER be a more appropriate label, since charges apparently won’t be pursued?
    Also, I don’t know that much about law, or the double jeapordy rule, but does this announcement exonerate him completely? I know he can still be charged in a civil case, but can he now never be charged criminally with this particular charge?

  25. se18a29 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:17 PM

    Another alleged rapist gone free…

  26. C.Bass says: Apr 12, 2010 2:17 PM

    Sorry haters. INNOCENT!

  27. just_a_cigar says: Apr 12, 2010 2:17 PM

    Why is it that most guys accused of such crimes are thrown in jail and called rapists before anything is ever officially proven, and sometimes convicted even with lingering “shadows of doubt,” yet the Pro Bowl QB for the Pittsburg Steelers can be accused twice and never face a charge?
    Nevermind, I just answered my own question.

  28. Rogue says: Apr 12, 2010 2:17 PM

    Will not be charged then what. contributing to the delinquence of minors

  29. ry82274 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:18 PM

    IE: Ben you’re free to assault and rape again based on your status as a white NFL QB was lots of $$$

  30. downwithdansnyder says: Apr 12, 2010 2:18 PM

    Florio, you’re the lawyer, but do allegations have to be proven beyone a resonable doubt? I thought that was what a trial was for?

  31. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 12, 2010 2:18 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!)

  32. HamBurghlar says: Apr 12, 2010 2:18 PM

    See? @Deb told you… you should listen to smart people, they know what they’re talking about.
    Awaiting multiple apologies from you hatin bitches….aaaaaaand GO:
    I hate you all and I hope you get a papercut today. GO STEELERS!!

  33. momar3000 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    Oh well. Ray Lewis is still called a murder so I will continue to call Roethlisberger a rapist!
    Now the steelers will have no excuses when Joey Eyebrow beats them twice this year……

  34. Helinski739 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    I still want Pittsburgh to draft Colt McCoy… I guess a man can dream.

  35. Sk8r Steve says: Apr 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    … but Florio said he would never hold a press conference to announce he was NOT going to prosecute.

  36. stiller43 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    So, he did it…at least he’s a crafty/clever rapist…I guess that’s something.

  37. mccloud1984 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    If this were any average joe with a modest income,he would have already been locked up strictly on circumstantial evidence.But I guess having all that money and being able to afford a high powered attorney that can bully a spineless DA does count for something after all.

  38. Frank Burns says: Apr 12, 2010 2:19 PM

    The following people can suck it:
    ArtModellsPimp
    Cincyalltheway
    ampats
    ppdoc (just because)
    …and all other Steeler haters who have spent the last few weeks here pleasuring themselves at the prospect of Big Ben not getting to be the QB of the Pittsburgh Steelers any longer.
    That is all.
    For now.

  39. 6goingon7 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:20 PM

    Did you listen to the D.A.’s statement? He said repeatedly that he CAN NOT prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime took place, yet he kept referring to the chick as the VICTIM.
    BEN IS THE DAMN VICTIM!
    Also said about if it wasn’t a rich famous person, and was instead “Joe Citizen” with no money and hired a local public defender….that he would STILL not be able to prove anything happened. Prolly not true but he said it!

  40. Ben Roetlisbunger says: Apr 12, 2010 2:21 PM

    Cue the whiners who know nothing about the criminal justice system. They’ll say he got off due to wealth or fame. But the truth is, most people don’t serve any sentence or face any prosecution when they’ve committed a crime.

  41. CT Stiller says: Apr 12, 2010 2:22 PM

    Mike Florio said:
    “As reported by ESPN on Friday…”
    I’m willing to bet those words were almost impossible for Florio to type. Thanks for all of the speculation, Florio. As you can see it does nothing but make you look bad.

  42. hizzle1281 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:24 PM

    He’s still a rapist in my book!

  43. RedsGhost says: Apr 12, 2010 2:26 PM

    Small town in Ga…..small town in W.Va…Big time QB in Ga…….big time QB in W.Va….small town sheriff in Ga…….small town sheriff in W.Va…….small town DA in Ga……small town DA in W.Va….money speaks in W.Va….money speaks in Ga., think the Fed’s will jump in this one? Oh wait, no federal laws broken. Looks like small town DA Poindextor…errrr small town DA Bright will be able to get elected again withy his new infusion of cash.
    Hold it , hold it…hadn’t we seen the same scenerio play out a couple years back?
    Big time QB with Big-time money pays his way out…ooppss I meant buys his way out..ooppss…I meant….

  44. Tre-nitty says: Apr 12, 2010 2:26 PM

    8 games suspension sounds about right. He embarrassed the shield goodell, do your job and suspend this sex addict!!!

  45. gyldenlove says: Apr 12, 2010 2:27 PM

    Considering how many rape cases are he-says, she-says deals and the fact there is no question that sexual contact did happen, this sounds suspeciously like she-says something other than what she said initially, most likely motivated by a 6-digit or higher windfall she has all of a sudden come into. Here is to hoping that Big Ben learns to keep Little Ben under control or that big contract he signed could be spend faster than he might like (and eventually there won’t be money left to shut up people).

  46. Jack Acid says: Apr 12, 2010 2:27 PM

    ROFLMAO @ people who think a non-indictment equates to being innocent.
    No, it means there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute.
    Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t….but his PI is in the toilet and rightfully so. He’s either a rapist or a douche bag, possibly both.

  47. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Apr 12, 2010 2:29 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!

  48. wyoff says: Apr 12, 2010 2:29 PM

    “mccloud1984
    If this were any average joe with a modest income,he would have already been locked up strictly on circumstantial evidence…”
    If he were any average joe there wouldn’t have been an investigation, because the consensual incident wouldn’t have been reported.

  49. MoSteelers says: Apr 12, 2010 2:31 PM

    All together now Haters, “DAMN!!!!”
    Well, there’s always next offseason. For now though, you’ll have to worry about what’s happening ON the field. Whichever one of u fools we gotta play this year, it’s gonna suck to be u!!
    Steelers Fo Life Beotch!!!

  50. Kolb NOW #4 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:31 PM

    Once again , the rich get away with it , only in America baby only in America( and a few arab countries too )

  51. Sexy Rexy says: Apr 12, 2010 2:34 PM

    Someone should tell Ben that hookers cost less than rape settlements…next time, pay for the sex up front.
    PS – Money is power…which is sad.

  52. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 12, 2010 2:34 PM

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

  53. BOO3LEGS says: Apr 12, 2010 2:36 PM

    It was sais that there was “too little” male DNA found. Forensics can get DNA from a piece of hair, or a dried droplet of semen, it does not matter how small it is. But they did confess that there was male DNA found.

  54. mcnabbisfrenchforinterception says: Apr 12, 2010 2:37 PM

    Just like Big Ernie McCracken, Ben now has enough money that he is above the law, he can buy his way out of anything!

  55. BBB82 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:39 PM

    I wonder how much money it cost him to pay her off…

  56. tigeralum99 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    Bottom line…
    Your QB is not a leader…and a terrible role model to boot. (NO ONE CAN ARGUE THAT)
    I think this hurts the Steeler franchise more in the long run.
    Had they pressed charges, this would have given the Rooneys an easy way out..
    Instead you now may be forced to witness another screw up from your Franchise player…

  57. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 12, 2010 2:44 PM

    You people are dumb. This doesn’t mean a crime didn’t occur they just can’t prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. The civil case will prove his guilt.

  58. Jagdbaer says: Apr 12, 2010 2:44 PM

    This is how it should read: “Yankee QB sexually assaults under-age coed in bar bathroom… and gets away with it!” Must be nice being able to use your $$$ and influence to not be held accountable- just like Ray Lewis.

  59. ErikInHell says: Apr 12, 2010 2:44 PM

    For all of you saying ben is innocent: Everyone in this country is innocent until proven otherwise. The DA cannot prove his case.
    The NFL suspended pacman jones without charges being filed. He was constantly in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing.

  60. RedsGhost says: Apr 12, 2010 2:45 PM

    wyoff says:
    “If he were any average joe there wouldn’t have been an investigation, because the consensual incident wouldn’t have been reported.”
    Huh, don’t think I’ve ever seen a consensual person filing criminal charges. Idiot- by filing charges that act alone says it’s NOT censensual. Hope that little logic jump didn’t hurt your brain.

  61. copes cabana says: Apr 12, 2010 2:47 PM

    Steelers should come out first and suspend him two games for conduct detrimental to the Steelers name. make a point and make it clear.

  62. Didier says: Apr 12, 2010 2:47 PM

    Mike, I had to say I told you so, but I told you so.
    You were way out there last week predicting that because the DA had announced a press conference, charges were nearly absolute certainty.
    Again, a DA doesn’t get a police investigation report and a couple of days later schedule a press conference to announce charges of a high profile suspect.

  63. just_a_cigar says: Apr 12, 2010 2:51 PM

    @ Bazooka Joe:
    LOL, that about covers it. Even as a white male, I am disgusted at this case. The guy is clearly a pile of puke. Just mind boggling that he continues to rise above the law.
    For you idoits cheering him on and declaring his innocence, get a clue. Really. I don’t care how much you love the Steelers. How many times has Brady been accused of rape? Flacco? Ryan? Favre? Leinart? Anyone? You really think these guys aren’t nailing a different chick almost every single night?
    These aren’t cases being wrongfully accused. Ben is one ugly dude, and obviously thinks all chicks just want to bang a Pro Bowl QB, no matter what they say. He should realize that “No” doesn’t mean, “Well, I would normally say no, but since your a Pro Bowl QB, I guess I’m down with it.”
    Scum bag. Beyond denial, at this point. To anyone with a functioning brain, that is.

  64. fab says: Apr 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    Rogue says:
    April 12, 2010 2:17 PM
    Will not be charged then what. contributing to the delinquence
    ————————————————–
    WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is not the bar owner. He can assume since she is drinking in a bar, that the BAR carded her to make sure she is legal. Not his responsibilty. Not like he ran down to dairy mart and bought her a six pack.

  65. Big Stretch says: Apr 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    Anyone who thinks this guy should be suspended because a girl said he assaulted her is an idiot. By that judgment anytime in the future that anyone accuses a player of a crime, even if it’s total bullshit that player will have to be suspended.
    All Ben is guilty of poor judgment, and that is NOT a criminal offense and therefore should not require a punishment.
    The first girl was already proven to be a money hungry nut case, and with this girl not wanting to pursue charges and the DA admitting there was not enough evidence to even go to trial there is a good chance that she hooked up with him in the bathroom while drunk and then regretted it after the fact. NO crime = NO punishment.
    If Goodell suspends players for being idiots there won’t be enough players left on team’s rosters to play a full 18 game schedule.
    GOODELL SUCKS.

  66. CT Stiller says: Apr 12, 2010 2:55 PM

    As I read through these comments, it’s amazing to me how many pieces of garbage seem to be angry that a 20-year old girl could have been raped, but wasn’t.
    The worst part is, it’s all in the name of their team having a better shot at beating the Steelers if the star QB isn’t playing. Unreal.

  67. Bens Attorney says: Apr 12, 2010 2:56 PM

    Everyone leaves out that he stated there was no SEMEN OR DISCHARGE

  68. suvantar says: Apr 12, 2010 2:58 PM

    Also, I don’t know that much about law, or the double jeapordy rule, but does this announcement exonerate him completely? I know he can still be charged in a civil case, but can he now never be charged criminally with this particular charge?
    ******************************************
    No. Double jeapordy only applies if someone has been acquitted by a jury. If further evidence were to hypothetically come to light, they could charge BR in this case. However, without the testimony of the accusor, there is essentially no case to pursue.
    In instances where there accusor is uncooperative with the prosecution, the prosecution needs extremely compelling evidence to proceed – an eyewitness to the crime, a recording of the crime in progress, etc. Even physical evidence is not particularly compelling if the accusor does not cooperate because the defense could claim that it was simply ‘rough, consensual sex.’
    However, to get back to the original question, double jeaporday does not apply here because BR was never put on trial and never acquitted.

  69. Frank Burns says: Apr 12, 2010 3:05 PM

    # just_a_cigar says: April 12, 2010 2:51 PM
    @ Bazooka Joe:
    LOL, that about covers it. Even as a white male, I am disgusted at this case. The guy is clearly a pile of puke. Just mind boggling that he continues to rise above the law.
    For you idoits cheering him on and declaring his innocence, get a clue. Really. I don’t care how much you love the Steelers. How many times has Brady been accused of rape? Flacco? Ryan? Favre? Leinart? Anyone? You really think these guys aren’t nailing a different chick almost every single night?
    These aren’t cases being wrongfully accused. Ben is one ugly dude, and obviously thinks all chicks just want to bang a Pro Bowl QB, no matter what they say. He should realize that “No” doesn’t mean, “Well, I would normally say no, but since your a Pro Bowl QB, I guess I’m down with it.”
    Scum bag. Beyond denial, at this point. To anyone with a functioning brain, that is.
    ——————————————
    No, anyone with a functioning brain doesn’t just fall for crap like knee-jerk race-card playing and bad cases of drooling hater-itis.
    What’s SICK is all you clowns out there acting like you give half a crap about some poor young woman down in Georgia, and women’s rights, and victim’s rights, and all that other smokescreen stuff… when in fact all you care about is seeing something bad happen to the QB of a team you hate.
    THAT my friends is both stupid and sickening.
    Now to all you haters — so sowwy to disappoint you widdle babies, but bad bad Ben will continue to be playing football for the Steelers. Awwww.

  70. .RebaTe says: Apr 12, 2010 3:11 PM

    # Chapnasty2 says: April 12, 2010 2:44 PM
    “You people are dumb…. The civil case will prove his guilt.”
    There isn’t going to be one Einstein.
    You people? LOL

  71. HamBurghlar says: Apr 12, 2010 3:18 PM

    @Chap: *sigh* Maybe if you comment on all of the Ben “no charges filed” threads, the DA will overturn the ruling! Keep hope alive!

  72. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 12, 2010 3:22 PM

    @ .rebate
    I understand that Ben took his 5 chins to the chick’s lawyer and cut a check and as a result there wont be a civil case. But he wouldn’t have setteled if he wasn’t guilty.
    “You People” is referring to moron Steeler fans like you that can’t admit he is guilty. I am a Cowboys fan and I can admit that MIchael Irvin was a coke head. Simple.

  73. tryagain says: Apr 12, 2010 3:23 PM

    tigeralum99 says: I think this hurts the Steeler franchise more in the long run. Had they pressed charges, this would have given the Rooneys an easy way out..
    I agree, enjoy the split-second of glee you are experiencing now Steeler fans. Might be a good idea to keep your guard up tho- b/c who knows when the other (next) shoe will drop. Tick tock, tick tock.

  74. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 3:31 PM

    Just curious, Florio, did you listen to the entire press conference? I can’t believe the idiots at ESPN and the NFL Network just cut it off at the moment when the DA was about to read what she alleged. Unreal. Like the NFL Network had anything else pressing to report.
    Kudos to greenbaypressgazette.com for running it live.
    After the point where the networks cut off, the DA said she was the “alleged victim” but that he was referring to her as the “victim” for brevity’s sake. He said alcohol was the main problem that night, and there was plenty of blame to go around to both the woman and Ben. He said he can’t even prove the girl was sexually penetrated. He said that if Ben were his son, he’d tell him that he needs to grow up, act like a leader, and stop putting himself in these ridiculous situations. (Amen.)
    He said he might be skeptical about letting his daughter date Ben (if he had a daughter), but that Ben would be welcome back in Milledgeville if he keeps his nose clean. And he said the accuser did not strike him as a gold digger. He stressed again that everyone–Ben, some of his party, the woman, her sorority sisters–shares some of the blame for what happened that night.
    The last thing he said was “I prosecute crime, not sin.”
    Does that sound to you as though he thinks Ben got away with a crime? Or with being a jackass?

  75. Sasquash says: Apr 12, 2010 3:32 PM

    I think once this gold digger woke up and sobered up she realized what a big deal this was and wanted it to go away. Maybe shes got something to hide that Bens lawyers would find. Either way I don’t think Ben ever did anything wrong. Yeah Ben don’t bang 20 year old women, I love some of the fags that post on this site. I will be trying to hammer 20 year olds when I’m 60. I think women that make these claims should be thrown in jail for atleast 25 years. Its the only way to stop crazy broads from trying to get sympathy, attention, and money. Make an example of these nut bags. Also being the DA was an elected offical, there is no doubt he had no case. What elected prosecutor wouldn’t want the headlines? She had the rape kit test and nothing came back. She figured that since shes the 2nd claim of sexual assault against Big Ben that he will look guilty, she was right most of you sheep followed the rest of the herd on this one. Shame on all of you! Bens guilty of being a dope thats it. He shouldn’t be suspended, fined or even have to talk to Goodell. Ben go build a big ass house with everything you need to not go out and get in trouble. Use hookers, high end ones. All you brothers that act like white people can do what they want, your crazy. Brother get away with stuff all the time, what about that creep M.Irvin? Same deal racist! Brothers are more racist then white dudes. In closing I would like to say this, Big Ben did what most men would do with his money and celeberty. Thats bang younger chicks. Maybe he pissed these chicks off by being an a-hole afterwards as clearly alot of people say he is one.

  76. CaptainFantastik says: Apr 12, 2010 3:41 PM

    “I know when I have a case and I know when I don’t. And I do not have enough evidence to convince 12 jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Roethlisberger was guilty of rape.” – DA Fred Bright
    Awwwww. So sorry to the intellectually-impaired haters who were so desperately hoping to have a leg to stand on. Once again, the facts trump all. Take all my shots you bitches.

  77. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 3:43 PM

    @Phokus …
    Did you listen to the press conference at all? I know ESPN and NFL Network cut it off, but they ran the whole thing online.
    First, the nightclub didn’t erase the tapes. It’s a DVR system that’s motion-activated. It automatically overwrites once it’s full. They viewed the footage, saw there was nothing revelant, and didn’t bother to download it to disk. He explained all of that.
    Second, no one disputes that Ben bought shots for the people in the VIP lounge and that the girl was highly intoxicated. The girl and her friends admitted she’d had a lot to drink that night before and after arriving at the club. Providing drinks for a minor and underage drinking are misdemeanors not prosecuted by his office but by another division. BUT they go hand-in-hand. If they charged Ben with providing her alcohol, they’d have to charge her with underage drinking. They can’t actually prove she drank the shots he provided because there was no camera in the VIP area. The waitresses brought the shots to the table and sat them down. They don’t know who drank them. So they’re letting it go rather than charge the accuser with misdemeanor underage drinking.
    He went over all of this in the press conference. Is that when you were sucking your toes?

  78. eklypse69 says: Apr 12, 2010 3:46 PM

    Here’s to Ben Rapistberger – by working in the gray area of “Reasonable doubt” & making sure there were no witnesses, you’ve gotten away with another round of drunken diddling.
    Thank the owners for your giant paycheck – without it you’d be just like any other schmuck who’s been accused of rape – sitting behind a defense table sweating prison.
    Someday, you’re antics are going to bite you in the ass, and you won’t be able to get out of it. Dirtbag.

  79. fab says: Apr 12, 2010 3:47 PM

    @ .rebate
    I understand that Ben took his 5 chins to the chick’s lawyer and cut a check and as a result there wont be a civil case. But he wouldn’t have setteled if he wasn’t guilty.
    “You People” is referring to moron Steeler fans like you that can’t admit he is guilty. I am a Cowboys fan and I can admit that MIchael Irvin was a coke head. Simple.
    ————————————————–
    you see, thats the problem: GUILTY of what???????????????????

  80. Deb says: Apr 12, 2010 3:50 PM

    @fleet10 and 6goingon7 …
    Later in the press conference, after it was cut off by ESPN and the NFL Network, DA Bright explained that the technical term is “alleged victim” but he was just calling her the “victim” for the sake of brevity because it was too much to keep saying “alleged victim” over and over again but that they should all understand that’s what he meant.
    He also said emphatically in answer to a reporter’s question that this case is closed and will not be reopened for any reason.

  81. CaptainFantastik says: Apr 12, 2010 3:51 PM

    As I read through these comments, it’s amazing to me how many pieces of garbage seem to be angry that a 20-year old girl could have been raped, but wasn’t.
    The worst part is, it’s all in the name of their team having a better shot at beating the Steelers if the star QB isn’t playing. Unreal.
    ———————————————-
    No doubt. These people would rather a girl actually be raped just so they could stir some shit on PFT.
    The quality of reader at this site went right down the toilet after the NBC buyout. It’s even worse than the collective IQ on display in the comment sections at places like FoxSports.com…..which is saying something. If Florio cares at all about the brand he created he might want to consider either heavily moderating the severity of comments here or do away with them entirely.

  82. Maddog says: Apr 12, 2010 3:52 PM

    Chapnasty2 says:
    April 12, 2010 3:22 PM
    @ .rebate
    I understand that Ben took his 5 chins to the chick’s lawyer and cut a check and as a result there wont be a civil case. But he wouldn’t have setteled if he wasn’t guilty.
    “You People” is referring to moron Steeler fans like you that can’t admit he is guilty. I am a Cowboys fan and I can admit that MIchael Irvin was a coke head. Simple.
    —————————————
    pretty easy to admit it because it was proven, and he’s also admitted it. You’re brilliant.

  83. SteelTown_6 says: Apr 12, 2010 3:53 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,

  84. Maddog says: Apr 12, 2010 3:55 PM

    Chapnasty2 says:
    April 12, 2010 3:22 PM
    @ .rebate
    I understand that Ben took his 5 chins to the chick’s lawyer and cut a check and as a result there wont be a civil case. But he wouldn’t have setteled if he wasn’t guilty.
    “You People” is referring to moron Steeler fans like you that can’t admit he is guilty. I am a Cowboys fan and I can admit that MIchael Irvin was a coke head. Simple.
    ——————————————–
    so you’re admitting Erik Williams raped the girl at his house while you’re at it?

  85. Maddog says: Apr 12, 2010 3:57 PM

    Chapnasty, or course not, because she “recanted” her story. But lets rush to judgement on Ben before all the facts are in. Typical of the B.S. you always throw out there.

  86. BroncoBourque says: Apr 12, 2010 3:58 PM

    @Chapnasty2
    You and the rest of us don’t know if he is guilty or not and likely never will. We will also never know if there was a payment made or not and even if there was one that still wouldn’t prove he was guilty, just though him and his lawyers thought this was the safer bet. Maybe he did it, maybe he didn’t, the only people that know for sure are him and the woman in the bathroom that night. The fact that this woman went to a staff bathroom with Ben that night does look too great for credibility though, not saying that means he is innocent but really, why was she going to a bathroom with him?
    As for Michael Irvin, you know he was a coke head because he was caught multiple times with Coke, not really the same thing.

  87. Frank Burns says: Apr 12, 2010 4:17 PM

    April 12, 2010 3:46 PM
    Here’s to Ben Rapistberger – by working in the gray area of “Reasonable doubt” & making sure there were no witnesses, you’ve gotten away with another round of drunken diddling.
    Thank the owners for your giant paycheck – without it you’d be just like any other schmuck who’s been accused of rape – sitting behind a defense table sweating prison.
    Someday, you’re antics are going to bite you in the ass, and you won’t be able to get out of it. Dirtbag.
    ———————————–
    No, “dirtbag” is refusing to accept when a guy’s exonerated after a thorough investigation — and living in the gray and cloudy are a of “oh you KNOW he’s still guilty ‘cuz I say so!”
    Double dirtbag points for coming up with cheesy now-proven-false-anyway names like “Rapistburger.”
    Like I said, suck it haters. Suck it hard.

  88. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Apr 12, 2010 4:36 PM

    Won’t affect him on the field, he’s probably still the Steeler leader, QB-tough guy. Having said that, Coach Tomlin has to have some concerns.
    And, like Tiger, some of his urges now have to be curbed. Whatever Commissioner Gordon, errrrrrrr, Godell chooses to do, there’s no more room to maneuver, no room for another error in judgement. Can he do that? Can anyone with $40 million in the bank, taxes paid, get a dose of humility? Hmmmmmmmm…
    Frankly, I’d take an assessment from a mental health professional, whom I think would say something like, “if his behavior doesn’t change, this isn’t going to end well“. Faceplanted on a car, two sexual accusations, two Super Bowl Championships. Highs and lows. Good luck with that.
    Steelers seem very confident they can replace all-stars over and over and over again. Maybe. Maybe not.

  89. yazman of steel says: Apr 12, 2010 4:37 PM

    Waaaaa. The DA went even further to state they did not have enough of a case to prove probable cause. Now you dumb asses and Florio can look that up and see the difference b/ it and beyond a reasonable doubt. Meaning, they did not believe they had a chance even to get an indictment. End of story. Put Ben in the substance abuse program, whoopity doo. He did nothing wrong, anyone of you guys here that hasn’t banged a drunk chick in a wierd place is a Mormon. You’re jealous cause you can’t have what he has: fame, money and chicks. Suck on that.

  90. Occam says: Apr 12, 2010 5:18 PM

    So. For the last month, the Steelers fans have been saying, “Just because a man is accused of something, that doesn’t mean he committed a crime.” Which is certainly true.
    Now that charges will not be brought, do the same people concede that just because a man isn’t charged, that no crime was committed? Of course not, although it is equally true.
    I have to say, you people forming opinions based only on what team a person plays for are more than pathetic. I understand that football fans probably aren’t the smartest group in the world, but making a victim of common sense in favor of team loyalty is beyond simply stupidity.
    It seems pretty obvious to anyone with any common sense by now that Big Ben is at least a pretty skanky P.O.S, if nothing worse. And it is indisputable that the man is as dumb as a stone for putting himself in the positions that he does.
    But, hey, he plays QB for my local team and makes them better, so he must be just a swell, awesome guy.
    Yay Ben.

  91. .RebaT says: Apr 12, 2010 9:58 PM

    Funi,
    You want the name out there? Ok, it’s Funi
    You MORON!

  92. .RebaT says: Apr 12, 2010 10:01 PM

    Occam,
    Never think the will be the golden boy of this franchise. He isn’t and won’t be. He has no class, no integrity and no morale scruples of his own and he never will.
    Just because he plays for the Steelers that makes him reputable. Oh, I forgot, you live local to Pittsburgh and its blue collar roots. Oh wait! That explains alot!!

  93. Occam says: Apr 13, 2010 9:33 AM

    Reba: Your reading comprehension leaves much to be desired.

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