A prosecutor in Georgia this week did not charge Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with the sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman, saying he could not prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. But the 572 pages of records into the investigation will convict him in the eyes of many.
It's never a good thing to have your penis discussed in public, but that's the effect of the testimony of the alleged victim contained in the records obtained by The Smoking Gun. Roethlisberger and the woman were drinking heavily at a Milledgeville bar called the Velvet Elvis, when she recounted this:
"Ben came back with his penis out of his pants. I told him it wasn't OK, no, we don't need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave. I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom. He followed me into the bathroom and shut the door behind him. I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me. He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything. I went out of the hallway/door to the side where I saw my friends. We left [the club] and went to the first police car we saw."
The documents include conflicting statements about what happened and the accuser was very drunk at the time, but comments Roethlisberger allegedly made will stick in the public's mind. Stuff like: "I'm not down to fuck, but I like to fuck girls." And: "All my bitches, take some shots," in response to Roethlisberger buying a round of drinks. I can imagine some pretty creative signs at Steeler away games.
The Steelers said they will announce any action on Roethlisberger in two weeks and some sort of suspension is expected. A trade is also not out of the question since the release of the records will further damage Roethlisberger's reputation.