Roethlisberger Eludes Prosecution

“We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger’s actions that night. We do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes.” -Fred Bright, the district attorney for Ocmulgee County (GA)

Yesterday’s news that Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged with sexual assault in Georgia provoked a number of interesting articles.  Here are two of the best: 

ESPN’s Lester Munson wrote an excellent Q&A, and addressed the possibility that Roethlisberger will face a civil suit: 

Q: Does the accuser’s letter mean that she will not pursue a civil money damages case against Roethlisberger? 

A: No. She is still free to file a lawsuit for damages. It is entirely possible that discussions are already under way between the accuser’s attorneys and the Roethlisberger legal team about an agreement and a settlement. A settlement could be made without any lawsuit and could be kept confidential with a contractual requirement that neither Roethlisberger nor the accuser ever disclose the terms of the agreement. A settlement would be of benefit to Roethlisberger in his discussions with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and with the Rooney family, which owns the Pittsburgh Steelers

ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha writes that Roethlisberger should be punished by the NFL and/or the Steelers, citing to the fact that DA Fred Bright described the facts of the case with extraordinary detail: 

However, he went a step further than normal. He laid as much of the story out there as he could, presumably so everybody could know this wasn’t merely a case of an aspiring gold digger missing out on a big payday from a reckless star athlete. The most revealing details involved Roethlisberger’s allegedly buying an already inebriated girl (and her friends) shots, then meeting her in a bathroom. Even without knowing what happened next, Bright’s detailed account had to make the hairs on the back of Goodell’s neck snap to attention. 

Click here to read the transcript from Fred Bright’s statement and subsequent interview.

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