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Let The Ben Roethlisberger Photo Frenzy Begin…or Should I Say Continue?

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is releasing more than 50 tapes and DVDs today from the investigation of the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault incident.  Although Roethlisberger was able to escape criminal charges, he has been suspended for six games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  In addition to his suspension and a pretty significant hit to his reputation, Big Ben is also going to have to deal with a ton of heckling from the media.  Eminem has already let him hear it in one of his new songs, and pictures from the GBI’s release are starting to pop around the internet.

The Smoking Gun, who has covered the Roethlisberger fiasco extensively the entire way, has a bunch of the photos already — including one of “the bathroom.”  Big Ben’s facial expression in some of the others makes them worth looking at.  Here are some of the photos used during the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault investigation, courtesy of The Smoking Gun:

BEN ROETHLISBERGER GBI RELEASED PICTURES

I’m sure there will be plenty more entertainment to come as the material from the tapes and DVDs continues to surface.  Doesn’t an NFL star have better places to be hanging out?  Is it just me or does this place look a little run down?  The Smoking Gun has a few more of Ben and a few of teammate Willie Colon as well.  I’ll try to stay on top of it and update if anything good comes up.

UPDATE: TMZ has some good videos from the night of the incident. One is of Roethlisberger taking a shot and dancing to Miley Cyrus’ Party in the U.S.A. (hopefully that’s okay with Cameron Maybin) and the other is an interview with his accuser, in which she tells the investigator that Big Ben walked over to her “with his penis already out of his pants.”

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Roethlisberger Evidence Photos Released [The Smoking Gun]

Roethlisberger Deserves Being Made Fun of in New Eminem Song

By now, I’m sure you have heard about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his little incident with a college co-ed down in Georgia. Well now thanks to the internet and its ability to upload songs in seconds, rapper Eminem has immortalized Big Ben in his latest song — and it’s not in a good way.  This clip of the song is quickly turning viral, and in case you haven’t heard it yet here’s what Eminem has to say:

“I’d rather turn this club into a bar room brawl/ Get as rowdy as Roethlisberger in a bathroom stall.

Was it wrong of me to laugh the first time I heard this? I wasn’t laughing because of what happened to that poor girl, I was laughing because Roethlisberger more than likely paid her off to not pursue the charges thinking that this would all blow over. Not this time pal. Years from now people will be listening to their MP3 player and Eminem’s song will come on to remind us what a scumbag he is. I really hope that the six-game suspension sticks and we don’t see Big Ben back on the field before then.

Eminem isn’t the first rapper to poke fun at an athlete for their “indiscretions.” Ludacris did it just a couple months ago when he poked fun at Tiger Woods in his song called “Sexting.” Roethlisberger deserved this one and I feel like this is just the beginning of the jokes directed at him. I say keep it coming with those jokes to remind people like Roethlisberger that they can’t just write a big check and make their issues go away.

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Eminem gets lyrical with Ben Roethlisberger [USA Today]

Goodell Gives Roethlisberger Six-Game Suspension

Ben Roethlisberger is finally going to get a chance to appreciate what the word “consequence” means — sort of.  The NFL announced today that Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to suspend Big Ben six games, and require that he undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by medical professionals” before he can participate in any Steelers off-season activities.  If he successfully completes the evaluation, it is possible that the suspension could be reduced to four games.  A comprehensive what?  What a joke.

I can only imagine what that even is, but what I gather is it’s a fancy way of saying, “don’t sexually assault anymore girls or get caught in a stupid situation again and we’ll give you a break.”  If you ask me, the entire situation is out of control — including the way its being dealt with.  From the start, when police officers were taking pictures with Big Ben hours before he was accused of sexual assault, this thing had ugly written all over it.  If you take into account the fact that there are at least two, and probably three, women who have allegedly been assaulted by Roethlisberger, how is it that he has faced absolutely no legal consequences?  I’m starting to get a funny feeling that this is headed in the Tiger Woods direction, and I’m just waiting for a headline to show up on ESPN saying that Big Ben has checked into a sex-addict rehab clinic.  Here’s a piece of what Goodell had to say to Roethlisberger:

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Ugly Details from the Ben Roethlisberger Sexual Assault Police Report

So Ben Roethlisberger escaped criminal charges for the alleged sexual assault incident in Milledgeville, Georgia on Monday but he’s not escaped public criticism now that more information on the case has been released. We knew the police investigation was screwy from the start when policeman Jerry Blash asked to take a picture with Roethlisberger. Unsurprisingly, Blash is no longer with the police department. Reading through the Ben Roethlisberger police report of the incident posted by The Smoking Gun via Deadspin makes Roethlisberger really look like a criminal. It also reinforces the notion that the NFL will suspend Big Ben this season. Here are some of the ugly details:

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A Third Assault Case for Roethlisberger?

It’s almost like piling on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at this point. On top of the Lake Tahoe sexual assault civil suit allegation Roethlisberger faces and the Georgia sexual assault allegation he escaped, a Boston lawyer now says Roethlisberger had a third similar sexual assault case in Las Vegas. From WEEI in Boston:

“Six months ago I was retained by a client of mine and a close friend to investigate allegations against Ben Roethlisberger in a Las Vegas nightclub that were absolutely identical to this Georgia girl’s story,” said [Boston attorney Harry] Manion, a partner at the firm of Cooley Manion Jones, LLP and a frequent guest of WEEI. “The outcome was that the young woman did not want to proceed, and we did not take any action. There is a history here — and I can’t say any further because we never proceeded with it — but there is a history here that is just super troubling.”

Sounds to me like there was a payoff so that an investigation was not launched, just like I feel there was a monetary settlement reached in the Georgia case, as Mike Florio also felt. Hush money may have protected Big Ben to this point, but as we’ve seen with Tiger Woods, paying people off only protects you to a certain extent. After that point, how you treat(ed) people becomes more of an issue once your status as a hero has been stripped. That’s precisely what happened with Roethlisberger so I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the last negative story we hear about him. Lastly, I really don’t see how Commissioner Roger Goodell (or at the very least the Steelers), cannot suspend Roethlisberger at least two games for the negative attention he has brought the League and the franchise. Isn’t that what the code of conduct policy is all about, even if criminal charges weren’t filed?

Of course, the same lawyer is now backing down maybe realizing he’s made slanderous claims.

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Boston attorney on Roethlisberger: ‘There is a history here that is just super troubling’ [WEEI]

Big Ben Does Need to ‘Grow Up’

An urgent message for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: once again, you’re lucky, now start acting like a professional.  Big Ben is now a perfect 2-for-2 in escaping criminal charges against him for sexual assault cases, all within the last two years (the first case never involved a criminal complaint, only civil).  The latest, at a Capitol City nightclub in Georgia, is sort of a mind-boggler given the details that have come out about the night.  Roethlisberger gave the public a very Tiger Woods-like apology Monday night from the Steelers locker room. Here’s part of his apology:

“I’d like to begin by expressing gratitude for the thorough investigation process in Georgia and the Prosecutor’s decision not to bring charges.  I know without a doubt it is the right conclusion.  I am happy to put this behind me and move forward. I am truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I have brought to my family, my teammates and coaches, the Rooneys and the NFL.”

Whether he is guilty or not, this is the second time Big Ben has put himself in a dangerous situation.  This time, it definitely looked like Roethlisberger was in trouble, but due to reasonable doubt, the DA found that there was not enough evidence to pursue to case.  I know in America you’re innocent until proven guilty, and I’m not saying Roethlisberger is guilty, although I must admit the fact that the girl went to the emergency room immediately after the alleged incident only to have a doctor find bruises, bleeding, and DNA is a bit suspect. 

Whatever the case, guilty or not, the DA said it perfectly when he told Big Ben he needs to “grow up.”  The Steelers are too storied a franchise to let this type of thing happen again.  They already proved this week that they aren’t afraid to unload some talent even if it means getting rid of unnecessary luggage too.  That’s not to say Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes are on the same level, but I think the message has been delivered.  We’ll see if Ben takes it seriously otherwise his stay in Pittsburgh will be short.

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Ben Roethlisberger issues apology [Yahoo! Sports]
‘Grow up,’ DA tells Roethlisberger while announcing decision not to prosecute rape case [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Photo Credit: ESPN

Police Officer Jerry Blash Took Pictures with Roethlisberger Before Investigation

What’s worse: an on-duty police officer posing in pictures with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hours before investigating him for sexual assault, or his superior not seeing anything wrong with it? I’m still trying to figure that one out because it’s pretty egregious that sergeant Jerry Blash’s police report didn’t even include Ben Roethlisberger’s name. Yes, the same Ben Roethlisberger who’s being investigated for sexual assault didn’t even appear in the initial report. Perhaps even more disturbing is the following comment: “The photographs did not and have not affected the investigation at all,” said Police Chief Woodrow Blue.

No surprise people have wondered about a cover-up in the media when it’s evident there was an initial attempted cover-up with the police. Clearly the legal system doesn’t at all play favorites towards athletes. Not at all.

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Officers posed for photos with QB hours before complaint [The Union-Recorder]
Cop posed for photos with Roethlisberger before investigating complaint [Pro Football Talk]