By Sheryl McCollum
Twice in less than a year Ben Roethlisberger is accused of sexual assault! Do we have a pattern?
His agent released the following statement: “Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved.” I am less skeptical of her motive than I am of his behavior. The victim went to the hospital. They collected evidence. There was either evidence of sexual assault or not. There was either the presence of semen or not. The DNA will either match the accused or not. The victim either had vaginal injuries or not. Is there evidence of a sexually transmitted disease? If she is lying it will come out. If he is a rapist it will come out.
Instead of questioning her motives lets question his motives. Did he just want to dance? Was he just thirsty? Why would a two time super bowl quarterback who is currently being sued for rape allow himself to be alone with a 20 year old in a bar drinking? Should he not be on his best behavior now? At least until the rape case is over? Instead of keeping out of trouble he goes out drinking, and has sex in a bathroom with a female he just met. Yea, nothing could go wrong with that behavior, Ben!
Ben Roethlisberger is 6’5 and weighs 241 pounds. He plays an aggressive sport for a living. He could overpower the victim with ease. The victim stated she went to the ladies room where Roethlisberger followed in behind her and assaulted her. Police will review tape from the security camera. They have talked with Roethlisberger once and will review the evidence and talk with him again before filing charges. What if he stated he did not have sex with the victim but his DNA was there? What if he said he had sex with the victim but it was consensual but injury was present?
The first accuser stated that after the rape he became concerned about cameras. Is this why he moved to assaulting in the female restroom – no cameras?
Best case scenario is he went out drinking with friends and had sex with a young women in the bathroom. Very classy Ben! He placed himself in a situation to be accused of a sexual assault while on trial for another assault. Where is this guy’s publicist? Worst case scenario is he raped second young women.
The Chief of Security Guy Hyder, for the Casino where the first alleged raped occurred stated: 'I figured that was what was wrong, but I thought it was just like a date rape thing”. We all know it’s not "real" rape if you were on a date(wrong!) – they weren’t on a date by the way. She was working at the hotel when Roethlisberger called her up to his room to fix the TV sound. When the victim arrived she found the TV in perfect working order. Roethlisberger then, according to the accuser, refused to let her leave the room and raped her on the bed.
Time will tell if Roethlisberger is a rapist or just an idiot.
Ben Roethlisberger has not yet been charged with a crime.
Sheryl McCollum, MS
Cold Case Investigative Research Institute
Of course this is the best defense ploy. To me that means he knows there is DNA evidence on the vicitm -- best defense for rape to to say you had sex with her consentually -- the evidence should be there then --
Roethlisberger's lawyer, Ed Garland, maintains his client will emerge from the incident with his reputation intact. "We intend to finish this case in a way that neither his liberty nor his future is damaged," garland told reporters.
Roethlisberger is also being sued by a woman who claims he raped her at a Lake Tahoe hotel/casino last year, an allegation he strongly denies.