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Captcoolhand
03-10-2010, 11:30 PM
http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/article/2010-03-10/steelers-qb-ben-roethlisberger-should-settle-his-new-accuser

After former Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison was sued by the man who claimed Harrison shot him in Philadelphia nearly two years ago, I gave Harrison some free advice, for which he surely got his money's worth.

Settle the case.

Now that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger faces new sexual assault charges in Georgia, I'll give him some free advice, too.

Settle the case.
(If the advice wasn't free, I suppose I could double-bill them.)

During a Monday press conference, authorities in Milledgeville acknowledged that the woman accusing Roethlisberger of sexual assault has hired a lawyer. This means that, at some point, she'll sue the two-time Super Bowl-winning signal-caller.
So the best approach would be for Roethlisberger's lawyers to commence a dialogue with the alleged victim's lawyer and settle the case -- now. Perhaps there's a number north of $100,000 and south of $1 million that she'd take to waive any civil claims and drop her charges. Like Kobe Bryant's accuser nearly seven years ago, nothing takes the steam out of a criminal prosecution faster than a civil settlement.
(This doesn't mean that sexual assault is not a serious crime. The point here is that the mess has been made, and now Roethlisberger must decide how to clean it up, whether he's guilty or innocent or a little bit of both.)
The settlement needs to happen soon, before a decision is made to charge Roethlisberger with sexual assault. With a completely confidential settlement that entails an agreement to drop the charges, everyone can move on — and Roethslisberger can continue his career without having to deal with a civil trial like the one he faces in Nevada, or a criminal trial that could, in theory, put him in jail.
If or when formal charges are filed, it could be too late to salvage Roethlisberger's reputation, and possibly his career. The league and/or the Steelers would be forced to take some type of action in the wake of an indictment, possibly by suspending Roethlisberger until the case is resolved, just as the NFL did when Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted in 2007 on federal conspiracy charges relating to dogfighting and gambling.
Speaking of Vick, his ordeal would have been much less serious if he'd found a way quickly and cleanly to accept responsibility and move forward. The difference, of course, is Vick couldn't have entered into a civil settlement with his victims; he would have been required to work out a deal with prosecutors regarding potential criminal charges. Roethlisberger has the opportunity to placate his victim with a significant-yet-secret payment of cash, and to avoid any further legal jeopardy.
To be sure, any resolution of the charges, no matter how confidential, would trigger rumors and/or reports that Big Ben wrote a really big check. But the early moves Roethlisberger has made show he's not necessarily worried about good public relations this time around. Hiring the lawyer who represented Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis 10 years ago on murder charges, for example, invited suspicion that Roethslisberger has opted to try to buy his way out of a problem he created. Given the choice between his image and his liberty, Ben wisely is erring on the side of advancing the interests of the latter.
So instead of buying a big-time lawyer, why not buy his way out of the problem more directly? Guilty or innocent, the only way to obtain certainty before charges are filed is to dispense justice via the bank account.
In response to the civil claim of sexual assault made last July in Nevada, a full year after the alleged incident occurred, anger, stridence, and defiance were understandable reactions. In response to criminal charges made on the very evening that the latest incident supposedly happened, Roethlisberger needs to tread more lightly. He faces very real consequences, and instead of fighting tooth and nail, the best approach might be to offer up some dollars and cents.
It could be the only way Roethlisberger can quickly and decisively turn the page on this latest ugly chapter in his life. What is really going on in the head of this F*ck?

Is this guy really serious.... Regardless if Ben did right or wrong having money doesn't gives you the rights to do whatever.

StlersGuy
03-10-2010, 11:32 PM
People are money happy

Steel Trap86
03-11-2010, 02:18 AM
This is a lose lose situation for Ben, there's no right or wrong way to deal with this bullshit. If he drags it on for 2 years it's going to be a distraction on and off the field, not to mention more ammo for all the pass rushers in the league to spit at him while he's taking 1 of his 50 sacks next season to try and knock him off his game. If he settles he's just going to look as guilty as Micheal Jackson did lol and it's going to be a lot harder when he wants to get off the money hungry groupies and try and get himself a real woman with all this **** going down lol.

Lose Lose for Ben, this isn't going to have a happy ending unless we win a Superbowl next season.

lloydfan4life
03-11-2010, 08:45 AM
Lose Lose for Ben, this isn't going to have a happy ending unless we win a Superbowl next season.

:wtf: winning a Super Bowl makes this all better??? :evilshake:

Steel Trap86
03-11-2010, 08:58 AM
for the fans of course it would. who is going to hold these bullshit allegations against him if he keeps winning superbowls?! i dont hear anybody saying a damn thing about the other pending assault case after winning the 6th

LatrobePA
03-11-2010, 10:11 AM
Ben needs to drag his *** to the vets and get clipped! Problem solved!

coldrolled
03-11-2010, 10:27 AM
Ben needs to drag his *** to the vets and get clipped! Problem solved!

ben needs to sit on the bench a while, sweed does for dropping a ball, mendaenhall does for dropping a ball. well Ben doesn't for throwing INT's in the Redzone every other game and we lose. but maybe he needs to sit a while.

let dixon play, maybe we will forget about ben after dixon goes 13-0 .. like ben did at one time a few years back....

LatrobePA
03-11-2010, 10:33 AM
I've lost alot of respect for the guy! My son loves him and wants to be just like him. I now have to explain why he's back on the news!

Guilty or not he put himself in this position and I don't feel bad for him.

Problem is he runs the team not Tomlin, what Ben says goes. How many times have we heard Tomlin defend "#7"?? Too many!! Prime example, saving BA his job two years in a row.

Dee Mca
03-11-2010, 11:32 AM
Settle? Are you kidding me? I know sexual assault let alone any type of assault is a crime but the way things are starting to look to me this girl is lying. Colon was with Ben he said he didn't really see anything or even remember this girl. Then we have 2 police officers with Ben one of them being a PA state trooper (One of the toughest Law Enforcement Agencies in country to join) They both said they saw nothing and can't remember this girl. This whole thing needs to be dropped. Yeah send Ben to a head Dr. think one of his hundreds of sacks or the wreck knocked something loose.

75Steeler
03-11-2010, 11:52 AM
:wtf: winning a Super Bowl makes this all better??? :evilshake:

Yeah I don't see that making a difference either. Sure I'd love SB#7 who wouldn't!

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for the fans of course it would. who is going to hold these bullshit allegations against him if he keeps winning superbowls?! i dont hear anybody saying a damn thing about the other pending assault case after winning the 6th

The other case has too many holes in it to hold water. She didn't go to the police. She didn't have a rape kit done at a hospital to collect evidence. Then she waited a year to bring it to civil court after the guy wins a Super Bowl. So pretty much everyone thinks or thought that was bull. I hope Ben is innocent of both but it will be a long up hill battle for him to fight both of these situations if he wants to prove his self in court and clear his name the right way.

SteelCityKid5
03-11-2010, 12:31 PM
What has Ben done besides being accused by two women? Yes hes put himself in these situations but is it his fault that he's a target? No one on here knows because no one is a 2 time winning NFL quarterback. Wait to judge until all the details are out. I made the mistake of judging Ben but I don't know what the truth is. Until then, as our Steelers qb I'm backing Ben.

StlersGuy
03-11-2010, 12:34 PM
What has Ben done besides being accused by two women? Yes hes put himself in these situations but is it his fault that he's a target? No one on here knows because no one is a 2 time winning NFL quarterback. Wait to judge until all the details are out. I made the mistake of judging Ben but I don't know what the truth is. Until then, as our Steelers qb I'm backing Ben.

well said:yesnod:

Blazedby92
03-11-2010, 12:45 PM
What has Ben done besides being accused by two women? Yes hes put himself in these situations but is it his fault that he's a target? No one on here knows because no one is a 2 time winning NFL quarterback. Wait to judge until all the details are out. I made the mistake of judging Ben but I don't know what the truth is. Until then, as our Steelers qb I'm backing Ben.

:plus1::plus1:
We all are on the outside looking in and NOONE knows the truth other than Ben and the gold digger

DanRooney
03-11-2010, 06:09 PM
Everyone's fellatio-filter Peyton Manning settled a sexual harassment case. Nobody seems to remember that.

steelfury455
03-12-2010, 01:16 AM
At this point it's damage control and that's important. If formal charges are brought against him, he's toast as a Steeler and what's left of his already suspect reputation will go away. And that's just before the trial. The 20 year old went straight to the cops/hospital to give evidence. That speaks of two things: Ben violated her or she was out to "violate" him financially since it doesn't take much to get DNA from someone. It will be impossible for him to explain away his DNA whether consensual or not. I saw an OTL piece today stating the Ben admits it wasn't consensual (even though no sex was had) so if he did say it, he's an idiot for doing so.
I could really care less about Ben personally or that 20 year old chick who was in the bar illegally to begin with. But as a STEELERS fan I want this to go away quickly which means paying her to go away.

bad05gt
03-12-2010, 02:28 AM
i am 47 years old and a steelers fan for 47 years...i bleed black and gold like all steelers fans do. i hope and PRAY i am wrong but ben has some serious issues. the combination of being a super bowl quarterback, a 100 million contract and a ego to go along with his inability to control his actions when alcohol and woman are involved has put him in the postion he finds himself in today. regardless of how this all plays out lets all pray he gets the help he needs!!!!

75Steeler
03-12-2010, 12:00 PM
i am 47 years old and a steelers fan for 47 years...i bleed black and gold like all steelers fans do. i hope and PRAY i am wrong but ben has some serious issues. the combination of being a super bowl quarterback, a 100 million contract and a ego to go along with his inability to control his actions when alcohol and woman are involved has put him in the postion he finds himself in today. regardless of how this all plays out lets all pray he gets the help he needs!!!!

I just hope the help he needs isn't after a jail sentence like Michael Vick. We have built a football team around this QB and in the short time he has been our QB the Steelers have added to their legacy with 2 Super Bowl wins. He has a responsability to this team, the fans and the City Of Pittsburgh to act a certain way in public and he has failed all of us.

TampaSteelGirl
03-12-2010, 01:44 PM
Im sorry but settling makes you guilty in my eyes...if you're innocent you fight to save your good name...and demand consequences who caused you this embarrassment!

bad05gt
03-12-2010, 01:53 PM
75steeler...i agree 1000%...Great Points !!!

StlersGuy
03-12-2010, 02:09 PM
Im sorry but settling makes you guilty in my eyes...if you're innocent you fight to save your good name...and demand consequences who caused you this embarrassment!

I use to say the same thing until being in the stsyem myself... As a male going agenst a female in court the female always comes Dont get me wrong I am not saying Big Ben did anything wrong only he and she knows the real truth and I really dont think that will ever come out. I myself can tell you I did not do as my ex said I did and they gave me 5 years however I took it to the appeals court and they over turned it, however I still did 18 months.

LatrobePA
03-12-2010, 02:31 PM
Everyone's fellatio-filter Peyton Manning settled a sexual harassment case. Nobody seems to remember that.

Yea but that was with another dude at an Indy rest stop!

Black@Gold Forever32
03-12-2010, 03:57 PM
Yea but that was with another dude at an Indy rest stop!

Yea but the poor dude has never been the same....lol I just love any crack on Peyton Manning....I live in Peyton World here in Indiana and I hate the Colts and Manning.....

BlackGold4vr
03-12-2010, 04:00 PM
Is that a Kordell Stewart jersey or a Santonio Holmes jersey you are wearing in the picture?

:thinking:

Black@Gold Forever32
03-12-2010, 04:03 PM
Is that a Kordell Stewart jersey or a Santonio Holmes jersey you are wearing in the picture?

:thinking:

Come on 4ver you had to ask that question?...lol Its a Holmes.....that pic is before the Steelers/Jags play-off game back in Jan. 2008.........The lady in the pic is my mom......She is as big of a Steelers fan as me....She is originally from Western, PA and we always watch the games together....Its a family thing.......

BlackGold4vr
03-12-2010, 04:09 PM
Come on 4ver you had to ask that question?...lol Its a Holmes.....that pic is before the Steelers/Jags play-off game back in Jan. 2008.........The lady in the pic is my mom......She is as big of a Steelers fan as me....She is originally from Western, PA and we always watch the games together....Its a family thing.......


I kinda figured that but was just giving you a hard time. :lol:

Black@Gold Forever32
03-12-2010, 04:12 PM
I kinda figured that but was just giving you a hard time. :lol:

:lol:.......I do have a Kordell nike jersey from like 97 somewhere in my house.....It was a black one though and I think its buried in the closet....lol I just don't throw anything Steeler away.....I still have my Bubby Brister starting lineup figure......lol

Woodson_DownUnder
03-15-2010, 10:11 PM
for the fans of course it would. who is going to hold these bullshit allegations against him if he keeps winning superbowls?! i dont hear anybody saying a damn thing about the other pending assault case after winning the 6th

Very true but nethertheless... the ol' adage... once bitten, twice shy should apply. Smart people don't get themselves embroiled in such situations TWICE let alone once!

Sexual assault can be defined in so many ways.. some people can see it as RAPE! That's something that needs to be determined still. These are Serious allegations. I'm not sold that the first case is all clear cut otherwise it would've been DROPPED FLAT by now.