The Lawsuit Against Ben Roethlisberger Has Too Many Shady Facts to the Story

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IJuly 29, 2009

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What's bugging me this week? The ambiguity of the Ben Roethlisberger saga.

Last week, an employee of Harrah's casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, filed a civil lawsuit against the Steelers quarterback, claiming that he sexually assaulted her in a penthouse from the hotel.

The 31-year-old Andrea McNulty claims that after she met Roethlisberger one afternoon in the hotel lobby, he raped her when she showed up to repair a broken TV he complained about. Apparently, this all took place in the month of July 2008.

No, that is not a typo. I said July 2008, not July 2009.

For the record, I am not taking sides about who is right in this situation. Unfortunately, the only ones who truly know what happened that day are Roethlisberger and McNulty. However, it's hard not to consider the timing of this news story.

The fact that this story is coming out over a year after it took place makes the entire situation shady. These types of situations should be reported hours after they happen, days at the most. So if this accusation is true, why would McNulty wait an entire year before she went public about it?

According to reports, McNulty claims in the lawsuit that Harrah's officials did everything they could to cover up the case when she first reported it the next day. Instead of performing an investigation, they tried to silence her.

Another report from WPXI in Pittsburgh claimed that McNulty has been treated for depression and anxiety five different times at five different medical facilities, all while returning to work.

Also, McNulty claims in the report that the reason she stayed away from the outside authorities to file a criminal complaint is because of her fear of getting fired. Apparently, Roethlisberger is a friend of Harrah's regional president: John Koster.

At this point, there are numerous accusations that the media and fans around the NFL can make about the situation.

Some of them claim that McNulty is just another person trying to fatten her wallet from a well-known athlete, since she is coming out with the complaint a year later. Others are accusing Roethlisberger of taking advantage not only of another woman, but of his stardom as a popular NFL Quarterback.

As far as Roethlisberger is concerned, he claims that this woman's accusations are ridiculous and he is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family and reputation. He claims that he would never do such a thing to a woman and the truth will come out over time as he is willing to work with investigators to get to the bottom of this case.

At this point, it's hard to believe who is right and who is wrong. All we can do over the next couple of weeks is wait-and-out and see who the real victim is.


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