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04-15-2010, 03:56 PM
At this point, I have no clue what to believe. But I do find it odd that ESPN is throwing out all these stories about Ben now. During the Reno incident, they wouldn't even report that accusations were even made initially...

A friend of the woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault told authorities that Roethlisberger's bodyguard "dragged" the woman into a bathroom where the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and woman had sexual relations.

In 572 pages of documents released Wednesday, Nicole Biancofiore told investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations that her friend, a student at Georgia College & State University, "was dragged by a bodyguard to the back room in Capital [City, a local nightclub]. She was extremely intoxicated and not aware of what was happening."

"He had sex w/me and meanwhile his bodyguards told my friends they couldn't pass them to get to me," the accuser wrote in her statement, which was reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger was not charged in the incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of March 5 in Milledgeville, a central Georgia college town about 30 miles from where Roethlisberger owns a lake home.

Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said Monday that after exhaustive interviews and inconclusive medical exams, the student's accusations could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. He also revealed the young accuser no longer wanted him to prosecute.

Thursday, Steelers president Art Rooney II says the team is ready to discipline Ben Roethlisberger but the punishment will be coordinated with the NFL and won't pre-empt any league action. Rooney expects NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to spend several weeks reviewing the recent accusations. Rooney probably won't decide on any action until after next week's three-day draft.

Rooney said the Steelers' image and Roethlisberger's have been damaged because of the incident.

"I have made it clear to Ben that his conduct in this incident did not live up to our standards," Rooney said. "We have made it very clear to Ben that there will be consequence for his actions, and Ben has indicated to us he is willing to accept those consequences."

In the Milledgeville incident, Roethlisberger was out drinking with friends to celebrate his 28th birthday and bumped into the student and her sorority sisters throughout the night. They linked up at Capital City, where he invited them to a VIP section and bought them a round of shots.

Later, the accuser said Roethlisberger had sex wiih her in a bathroom adjacent to the VIP room.

Another friend of the accuser, Aliesha Scholten, told investigators that she tried to open the locked door, but "she was taken away by a bodyguard of Ben's."

A third friend, Ann Marie Lubatti, told police, that she "approached the other security guard and told him that she [the accuser] was in no shape to be back there with Ben Roethlisberger. He couldn't look me in the eye, and told me he didn't know what was going on. My friend went to open the door, and it was locked."

The initial police report said that "One of the suspect's bodyguards escorted her to a back room/hallway area where the suspect was. Once there, she stated, the suspect asked her for sex. At this time it is unclear to what happened after this point due to the complainant's recollection being foggy from her intoxication level. However, she did write a statement of what she thought happened."

In part, the woman's statement read: "I met Ben Rotheseburgehergh [sic] at Velvet [Elvis, a local bar]. He went to the Brick because he was [unreadable] to not be bombarded by fans. He then met us at the Brick and called me 'a tease.' Eventually we saw him at the Capital City & saw him there."

Roethlisberger met Tuesday with Goodell, who is expected to decide on punishment for the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the NFL sent a memo addressed to team owners, executives and head coaches, saying in part: "Unfortunately, in recent weeks there have been several negative incidents. These incidents include subjects that we have previously identified as particularly troublesome, such as alcohol-related offenses, allegations of violence against women, and weapons offenses."

It added: "The Policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior," the memo said. "We must conduct ourselves in a way that 'is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/stor ... LHeadlines (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5094224&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)

04-15-2010, 04:00 PM
Now we know exactly what Roethlisberger was accused of doing that night: straight up, unprotected sex. Let's dig right in to the sordid details, shall we?

Since no charges will be brought, the investigation records become public; The Smoking Gun has 572 pages of them. Included are witness statements from those present in the bar, including the victim and her friends. Among the highlights:

•The encounter lasted about ten minutes, beginning from when Roethlisberger entered the back area "with his penis already out of his pants." The alleged victim repeatedly told him she didn't want to have sex, but he kept reassuring her, as they had unprotected sex. She told her friends immediately after, and they reported it to the first police officer they saw.

•According to her friend, both the girl and Roethlisberger were "noticeably intoxicated". He had his bodyguards escort the victim to the back, and he followed two minutes later. When they approached the bar manager to unlock the bathroom door, he told them "Ben's an NFL quarterback, he won't do anything to ruin his reputation."

•The alleged victim had met up with Roethlisberger earlier in the night at another bar, where he called her and her sorority sisters "a tease." They ran into him again at Capital City, where the back room was roped off to everyone but Roethlisberger and "10 to 15 girls." One of her friends told police afterwards that she thought the whole thing was a "set-up," and that Roethlisberger had selected the alleged victim earlier in the evening.

•The alleged victim was wearing a nametag labeled "DTF" When asked, she said it stood for "down to ****." Roethlisberger replied, "I'm not down to ****, but I like to **** girls."

•One of the girls in the group left the bar angrily after Roethlisberger purchased a round of drinks, saying "all my bitches, take some shots."

•Roethlisberger's bodyguards were deleting photos from people's cameras and phones that depicted Roethlisberger drinking.

•When they got home, one of Roethlisberger's friends asked him what had happened in the bathroom. Roethlisberger told him nothing had happened, and that they were just "messing around." He said that she had slipped, and once he had helped her up, he told her they were not going to continue.

•On March 17, 12 days after the incident, a lawyer for the woman requested that the rape probe be dropped, because "a criminal trial would be a very intrusive experience."

So there you have it. By avoiding charges, Roethlisberger escaped potential jail time. But he didn't escape having the sleazy details of his night in Milledgeville splashed all over, for everyone to judge.

http://deadspin.com/5518136/the-roethli ... -his-pants (http://deadspin.com/5518136/the-roethlisberger-documents-his-penis-was-already-out-of-his-pants)

04-15-2010, 06:42 PM
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04-15-2010, 06:49 PM
Ben's bodyguards confiscated cameras and erased photos with Ben drinking in them.

The tape from the bar was never recovered or was damaged I believe.

Ben was smart to have cops with him.. they were thorough in the clean up.

I wonder if guys who have little girls with Ben jerseys are still telling them to wear them with pride.

04-15-2010, 06:57 PM
There are also sworn statements that support Ben as well. Such as the bodyguard showed her the way to the restroom, then went back to block the curtain to the VIP room itself, not the hallway to the bathroom.

Also that when the girl's friend said she couldn't get to her friend in the bathroom, that he showed her another route to it, which she did not take.

04-15-2010, 08:02 PM
The whole thing.. some of the stuff from dead spin is a little out of context.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/ye ... rger1.html (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0415101roethlisberger1.html)