Ben Roethlisberger, a.k.a. Big Ben, is the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He was drafted by the Steelers in the 2004...

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ESPN has issued an apology after airing a graphic Monday entitled “Ben Roethlisberger ‘Drink and Drunk’” ... instead of dink and dunk, football parlance for short passes.

“We have to tell you this for sure, earlier in the show we had a graphic error in the rundown,” Monday Night Countdown anchor Chris Berman said. “We apologize for the mistake."

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"Not sure how it happened. It won’t happen again, we’ll be back.”

So ... given that it's Ben Roethlisberger, and we're talking about two typos in a three-word sentence, is there any real possibility this was a mere "error"?

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Ben Roethlisberger has settled the lawsuit filed against him by Andrea McNulty in 2009 - the first of two incidents in which he was accused of sexual assault.

The civil lawsuit filed by McNulty, a former Lake Tahoe casino host, claiming the NFL star raped her while he was in town for a golf tournament in 2008.

Neither side will say if Andrea McNulty was paid in the settlement.

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McNulty filed the suit in Washoe District Court in 2009, claiming Roethlisberger lured her into his Harrah's penthouse suite and forced her to have sex.

The suit also named a list of Harrah's employees, claiming they covered up the alleged sexual assault to protect the Pittsburgh Steelers superstar.

McNulty's lawyer, Cal Dunlap, refused to discuss the terms of the case. Roethlisberger's lawyer, David Cornwell, and his agent, also had no comment.

McNulty claimed Roethlisberger asked her to come to his suite to fix his broken television, only to force her onto the bed and rape her, the suit said.

Lawyers for Roethlisberger denied the claims, and the casino denied covering it up. McNulty was accused by some of trying to extort money from him.

The star faced similar allegations in Georgia only one year later when a second Ben Roethlisberger accuser said he sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking.

Authorities investigated the allegations, but no charges were filed.

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It's still unclear why Ashley Harlan is marrying Ben Roethlisberger. But one thing is now known to all: the couple's wedding date. The couple will get hitched on July 23.

"It's just an engagement," the quarterback told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in his first interview on the topic. "I never expected it to be on the front pages of all the papers and websites. There was speculation what our invitations would look like and who is coming! It almost seemed surreal, it was like a movie or something, it was weird."

Also weird, to some? Why anyone would marry the Steelers star after multiple accusations of sexual assault.

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But over 500 guests are expected to attend and Ben is serious about a no-present policy. He intends to donate any gifts to Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Ben Roethlisberger has managed to find a woman more attracted to his stat sheet than his rap sheet: Ashley Harlan has agreed to marry Pittsburth Steelers quarterback.

The engagement has been confirmed by The New Castle News, Harlan's hometown paper. It states that the proposal took place over Christmas and that Roethlisberger's agent has advised his client not to discuss his personal life with the media.

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We can understand why.

On two occasions over the last few years, Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault. He's admitted that he used poor judgment, but says he never forced anyone to have sex against her will. No charges were ever brought about the All-Pro, but the NFL suspended him for a quarter of this season.

Harlan was a volleyball, basketball and softball star at Laurel High School. She played softball at St. Francis University of Loretto and earned a Master’s in physician assistant science in 2009.

She works in cardiac surgery department of Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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Sorry, Ben Roethlisberger. If it's a taboo subject, carries pop cultural significance or involves a celebrity (you're 3-for-3), Eminem is gonna go there.

Ben has been immortalized in one of the rapper's songs, fittingly called "Despicable." That's when you know you've made it ... for better or worse.

The Pittsburgh Steelers QB thus joins the ranks of Moby, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, his mom, ex-wife and countless others.

"I'd rather turn this club into a bar room brawl/Get as rowdy as Roethlisberger in a bathroom stall," Eminem raps, referencing Ben's recent scandal.

The line recalls March incident in which, at least according to the unnamed Ben Roethlisberger accuser, he sexually assaulted her in nightclub stall.

Em's about as subtle and restrained as he is un-funny.

EMINEM 1, BIG BEN 0: Sorry dude. You had it coming.

While prosecutors declined to charge the two-time Super Bowl champion, citing lack of evidence, the Steelers' organization and the NFL were none too pleased.

After all, it wasn't the first time a woman made such allegations about him (Andrea McNulty was the first). Big Ben was suspended without pay for six games.

His lame apology didn't exactly make him appear sympathetic.

Roethlisberger's attorney and Steelers representatives did not immediately return calls seeking Big Ben's appraisal of the new Eminem track ... shockingly.

"Despicable" is streaming at Rapradar.com, a site run by Em's manager. It does not, sadly, appear on his upcoming new album, Recovery, due out June 22.

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Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger will not appeal his recent suspension by the NFL,  even though he "committed no crime," he said in a statement.

The QB just issued a statement regarding his six-game suspension for his actions in Milledgeville, Ga., during which Big Ben was accused of sexual assault.

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Charges were not filed as sufficient proof could not support the claims of the unnamed Ben Roethlisberger accuser. Still, what's clear is he is a shady dude.

In his statement, Ben says: "I am accountable for the consequences of my actions."

GOING FOR TWO: Borderline sexual assaults, that is. Creep.

"Though I have committed no crime," he continues, "I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family ... I will not appeal the suspension and I will comply with what is asked of me - and more."

The player's statement concludes: "I am disappointed that I have reached this point and will not put myself in this situation again. I appreciate the opportunities I have been given in my life and will make the necessary improvements.”

So if he wasn't suspended... it would all be good? How devastating for him to miss games. Not the most apologetic of apologies, dog.

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Ben Roethlisberger's sexual assault accuser has broken her silence for the first time, describing an allegedly disturbing incident with the NFL star.

A friend of the woman told police that Roethlisberger's bodyguard dragged the woman into a bathroom where she and Ben had sexual relations.

In 572 pages of documents released Wednesday, Nicole Biancofiore told police that her friend, a student at Georgia 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."

Ben Roethlisberger: What a shady individual.

"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.

Roethlisberger will not be charged in the incident, which occurred March 5, as the accusations could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

In the Milledgeville, Ga., incident, Roethlisberger was out drinking with friends to celebrate his 28th birthday and bumped into the student.

The girl and her sorority sisters linked up with Ben's crew at Capital City, where he invited them to a VIP section and bought them shots.

Later, the accuser said Roethlisberger had sex with her in a bathroom ... having already taken the equipment out beforehand. Uhh ...

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NFL star Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged for sexual assault over the alleged incident that took place March 5 in Georgia, according to news reports.

According to Milledgeville, Ga., prosecutor Fred Bright, the alleged victim wrote a letter on March 17, stating she no longer wanted to pursue the case.

Why she wanted it over with is unclear, but it's a done deal.

During his investigation, Bright claims that "everyone" involved said that both the quarterback and the Ben Roethlisberger accuser were highly intoxicated.

What's unclear is what went on in the bathroom at Capital City nightclub, as "significant questions about what occurred" mean Ben won't be prosecuted.

BEN THERE, DONE THAT: Roethlisberger dodges another bullet.

After the alleged incident, the woman went to a local hospital where a doctor and two nurses examined her and found "a superficial laceration," bruising and bleeding.

The woman told doctors "a boy kinda raped me," but prosecutors say the doctor could not definitively say if the woman's injuries substantiated a sexual assault claim.

Bright said Roethlisberger initially claimed the woman fell and hit her head in the bathroom, but after she arrived at the hospital, doctors found no head trauma.

After that, Bright says Ben's agent stepped in and said the quarterback wouldn't answer questions without an attorney present. In any case, he's in the clear now.

His civil suit courtesy of Andrea McNulty is still pending, however.

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Did Big Ben just evade a key legal tackle?

Security camera footage from the night Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger is accused of sexually assaulting a Georgia college girl is mysteriously gone.

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The disappearance of security footage at Capital City nightclub was reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, which claims parts of the tape have been erased.

A lawyer for the club produced this explanation: "The DVD system overwrote itself ... Had it just been deleted, they might have been able to save some of it."

That contradicts what owner Rocky Duncan said in the wake of the alleged incident, not only claiming he had video, but describing the footage in great detail.

Duncan said that footage showed the 20-year-old Ben Roethlisberger accuser hanging out before the alleged incident and police speaking with Ben afterward.

Duncan was quick to point out, however, that the video did not show Ben and his accuser going towards the bathroom where the alleged incident took place.

The lawyer for the club later said cops watched the video with Rocky "shortly" after the alleged incident, but they did not take the video with them at that time.

When police returned to collect the tape at a later point, that's when they noticed the footage had been erased. This whole thing is as confusing as it is shady.

No charges have been filed against Ben in this case or the previous one in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a Nevada woman, Andrea McNulty.

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Andrea McNulty, the first woman to accuse Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault (she came forward last year), is being sought in the new investigation into his conduct.

Georgia law enforcement officers have contacted McNulty's lawyer as they continue looking into claims by an unnamed woman accusing the NFL star of sexual abuse.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has not been charged in the current case, nor was he criminally in the case of McNulty. She has a civil suit pending against him.

The current accuser is believed to be a 20-year-old student.

Andrea McNulty: Ben Roethlisberger's first sexual assault accuser.

The two-time Super Bowl champ is accused by Andrea McNulty of forcing himself onto her at a Nevada hotel where she worked in 2008, a claim he has flatly denied.

McNulty sued Ben last year, claiming an assault took place during an encounter he says was consensual. Her story's full of holes, but the new case makes you think.

In any case, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is currently investigating Ben for alleged sexual assault this month, has requested a sit down with McNulty.

Her lawyer probably shot that down.

"We believe the facts alleged by our client are already in public documents. A case in Georgia ought to be brought or not brought on its own merits," said Cal Dunlap.

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