The Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault accuser is a 20-year-old college student who claims that the NFL star assaulted her in a bathroom of a Georgia nightclub.
Police are withholding her identity, as is customary with sexually based offenses (or allegations thereof). The incident took place at a club called "Capital City."
Officials have interviewed both the Ben Roethlisberger accuser and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback since that night but no charges have been filed ... yet.
"He was initially interviewed by our officers. We had a situation where we weren't able to get hold of everybody at the same time," a police spokesman said. "He was released with his party and then we took care of our victim who was at the hospital."
Roethlisberger has retained prominent Atlanta criminal lawyer Edward T.M. Garland, who also defended Ray Lewis, to represent him in the sexual assault case.
If nothing else, Ben Roethlisberger is guilty of poor judgment.
In brief remarks to the media yesterday, Garland said simply that "no sexual assault took place" and that the facts of the case support that, plain and simple.
"The facts show that there was no criminal activity. No sexual assault occurred," the attorney said, emphasizing that "Ben is completely innocent of any crime."
Between this girl and Andrea McNulty, Ben now has as many sexual assault accusers as Super Bowl rings. Yes, disclaimers are needed, as he was never charged in the McNulty case either, and these charges might be totally groundless.
However, does anyone remember the Duke lacrosse team? When you're a celebrity and public figure, that provides one many perks, but also requires restraint.
We're not saying Ben assaulted anyone. We're saying he's kind of an idiot, though, for not exercising better judgment. Crashing college bars, dude? Seriously?
Behaving with reckless abandon, no matter your intent, is bound to land you in trouble when you're a rich, powerful and physically huge individual. Think about it.