Different Names, Same Old Story

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  Football players Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Colon and Darnell Stapleton arrive at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)
Collin HavenCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2009

I realize that, as a Steelers fan, this may sound biased or motivated by team loyalty, however, I am writing this not as a fan, but as an individual who has strong opinions. This is obviously not the first time allegations of this nature have been brought against famous athletes. We all remember hearing about Randy Moss, Kobe Bryant, and others. While I have no idea whether or not Roethlisberger and Ms. McNulty ever even had relations (I am inclined to believe that this is more of a Kobe situation, however), I do believe Big Ben when he says that the allegations are false. Let's look at the flaws likely to be used in Big Ben's defense.

I have a hard time believing that after supposedly reporting the incident to Security at Harrah's, that the authorities did not become involved. While this is plausable, it is not likely, as this would damage the casino's relationship with the Reno PD - not something Harrah's would take to with any degree of fondness.

Another glaring problem with this lawsuit is that Ms. McNulty claims to have gone to a psychiatrist for what she claims was PTSD. After hearing the accusation, any psychiatrist in their right mind would try convincing the victim to report the incidient, being unable to do so themselves without patient consent. The therapist would aid the victim in organizing their story, pointing out every memorable detail, and asking for permission to speak with police to help the victim if they decide to report. It does not appear that anything like that happened here.

Finally, it now seems, according to early reports from AP, that Ms. McNulty did not ever even bring up this to her therapist. Appearantly, according to reports from anonymous sources, McNulty was seeing the therapist because of an attachment she had formed online with a ficticious soldier who turned out to be the wife of a married man she was involved with. I am not relaying this information to disparage Ms. McNulty, or to demean victims of sexual assult by bringing up their sexual histories, but rather to point out a flaw in this specific lawsuit. If these reports are confirmed over time, it will pretty much kill this lawsuit (after having read a leaked copy of the official court document, trust me when I say that this would kill the suit).

In the end, everyone will form their own opinions about this, however, I hope that people exercize reason and good judgement when looking at the facts of this lawsuit. It alleges that a man committed a heinous crime, even though the victim never reported the crime to the appropriate people (i.e. - the police rather than an overzealous attorney). Until the matter is settled, I know both sides will be anxious and probably unable to resume their daily lives. Let us all hope that this is resolved quickly, fairly, and most importantly - truthfully.

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