Roethlisberger's agent pledges cooperation with investigation

We posted earlier some basic information provided by the representatives of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in response to new charges of sexual assault.

Agent Ryan Tollner has now issued a statement regarding the situation.

“Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening,” Tollner says.  “We have spoken to law enforcement.  Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night.  Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved.”

No charges have been filed, and it’s unclear whether Roethlisberger will be charged.

The damage to Roethlisberger in the court of public opinion could be disastrous.  In this regard, folks tend to think like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who said at his pre-Super Bowl press conference in January 2009, “You can have false accusations once, maybe twice.  When you start getting to multiple [arrests], you’re putting yourself in the wrong position,
you’re making the wrong decisions in the wrong places.”

Roethlisberger has not yet been arrested, and he at best has been the victim of false accusations twice.  Still, plenty of people will believe that the new charges are evidence of a trend, Tollner’s skepticism notwithstanding.

The ideal outcome for Roethlisberger would be to have this situation resolved clearly and cleanly as soon as possible, with Roethlisberger at some point denying the charges directly, and not through an agent or a lawyer.

30 responses to “Roethlisberger's agent pledges cooperation with investigation

  1. “Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night.”
    Case closed, Florio. Give it up.

  2. That “everyone mingled together throughout the evening” will get ya every time.
    When is this guy going to start thinking with his big head instead of the little guy?
    He walks through life with a target on his back and $$ where the bullseye should be.
    C’mon Ben, grow up and quit screwing around!

  3. Ben “i need to take it” Roethlisberger is done.
    Seriously needs to be punished man, send him to germany and drop him off at Vandersex… see if he likes it.

  4. Whats with the ” continue reading link” it doesnt do anything except bring you to the same story. There’s nothing to continue to read.

  5. ESPN has still not reported on this. I suggest that everyone flood them with requests to know why. I find this interesting since Ben is white while Irvin is black and they fired Irvin. I usually am not one to talk about race being an issue, but ESPN has some explaining to do. Contact them!

  6. Been a Steelers fan my whole life, but I’m done with Ben… Cut his fat ass. This guy doesn’t get it. I will not have my son rooting for this turd!

  7. another instance where “hookers” would have been the better choice…

  8. If you look up the word scumbag bag in the dictionary you will will see a definition with Big Bens picture.

  9. Does an accusation get any thinner than this? Who describes someone as being 241 pounds?

  10. Big Ben is my 10 year old sons idol… This is gonna be one fun talk i’m going to have to have with him… Time for the steelers to cut his fat ass tonight!

  11. Chapnasty2 says: “ESPN has some explaining to do.”
    Not really. 1) ESPN is well known to be run by hacks, so screwing up a major story is all in a day’s work for them. Plus, Ben doesn’t work for them, so it’s quite possible if he did, he would be fired just like Irvin was. Therefore, you cannot prove a double standard exists.
    2) Roethlisberger, even if he is guilty, is still about 20 felonies behind Irvin. Face it, Ben is an amateur compared to Irvin when it comes breaking state and federal laws.
    3) Even though Ben sounds like he has a third grade education, he still seems like a well spoken genius when compared to the incoherent ramblings of Irvin, which is probably the main basis for Irvin being fired. Except for drooling fanboys like you, everyone pretty much acknowledges that he is horrible on air. Better than Emmitt, but still horrible.

  12. Best Rapistberger can hope for is to get Tiger’s old bed at the rehab…hopefully he gets Vick’s old bed instead.

  13. This dude is a dirt bag, he must be one sorry as as a man having to rape all these women, I should have wrote aledged to have raped, lol.
    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a duck.

  14. If I were Pittsburgh’s center, I would ask Ben to sign a pre-nup before I got into “the position” to snap him the ball.

  15. “Twinkies or tarts, Twinkies or tarts, Twinkies or tarts?” It’s a battle Pig Pen battles every day within himself.

  16. Ncoolong…amen. I saw that also…the “victim” described her “assailant” as being 6’5″ and 241 lbs. This was an absolute set-up.

  17. Rothlisberger won’t be suspended by the NFL. He won’t be picketed. He won’t be villified on every message board. I guess the only thing that gets America ticked is killing dogs. As long as you only kill minorities ( Stallworth) , Rape and assualt minorities (Rothlisberger Druckenmiller), and abuse painkillers (Favre) you pretty much are okay. sic

  18. HA HA HA
    Who’s the WHORE now? Plus he’s FAT!
    The Steelers or the Commish better do something or he is getting special treatment. He’s NOT the greatest QB…even though he thinks so. God complex.

  19. If Ben Roethlisberger were a black athlete that did not play quarterback = MAJOR CRISIS!!!
    ESPN should now stand for
    “Everything Sucks for Paid Negros” .
    They go ballistic over black people getting accused as if they were pronounced guilty for the death penalty and act like Favre, Big Ben, and Peyton are saints of the highest order.

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