Update: Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended without pay for six games, according to the Associated Press.
You heard it here last: The Smoking Gun leaked out the report of Ben Roethlisberger’s police report about his alleged sexual assault on a college student in Georgia (if you’ll recall, charges against the Pittsburgh Steeler were dropped), and the contents aren’t pretty. To say the least, while Roethlisberger may not be facing any court dates in the near future, sassy remark something something dates in real life something sarcasm something. Boom! Take that, Roethlisberger. (And coherent thought)
In all seriousness, the police report leaked by The Smoking Gun details some pretty obnoxious, if not outright disturbing, behavior on the part of Roethlisberger. You can read the entirety of the report here, but if you’re looking for a Ben Roethlisberger police report, well, you’ve come to the right place:
1. According to CBS, Roethlisberger’s alleged victim told him that sexual intercourse “wasn’t OK...and I proceeded to get up and try to leave. I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be 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.”
If that wasn’t vomit/cringe/anger inducing enough, consider this:
2. According to Bleacher Report, “Big Ben made his intentions clear when he, according to the police report, approached the victim with Little Ben hanging out of his pants.” Obnoxious behavior, sure. But are you ready for the Ben Roethlisberger police report to get absolutely evil? Citing the Smoking Gun leaked documents, Bleacher Report mentions that Roethlisberger’s off-duty Pittsburgh cop bodyguards played a role in separating the victim from her friends, and blocked the door when they tried to rescue her.
Did it just get evil in here?
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A disturbingly common theme amongst the alleged victims is that they are reluctant to prosecute or pursue the cases because they don’t want their names to be leaked out to the media or to the internet. I think we all know the reasons as to why the reason for this is. It’s because that the media and people on the internet will assume that they’re money-grubbing opportunists—which, for an alleged victim of sexual assault, is basically like being assaulted all over again.
This isn’t to say that Ben Roethlisberger should be presumed guilty. Indeed, if the Nancy Graces of the world had their way, notions of a defendant being innocent until proven guilty would become antiquated in a Spanish Inquisition kind of way. But we’ve got to at least give sexual assault victims the benefit of the doubt, even as we corroborate their claims. Should their attackers be proven guilty or innocent, then so be it. But to create an atmosphere of intimidation and derision (entirely different from skepticism, which is needed) even before word one is uttered completely defeats the purpose of the rule of law.