Friday, April 16, 2010

Roethlisberger odds and ends

Here is a lengthy piece on the evidence from the Roethlisberger investigation.  For purposes of our blog, here are the highlights:

". . . one person in Mr. Roethlisberger's entourage, Mr. [Willie] Colon, told police that the accuser repeatedly tried to get the quarterback's attention at a bar earlier in the evening, pinched Mr. Roethlisberger and, along with others in her party, wore a sexually suggestive nametag.  Mr. Colon said the woman asked him if he knew what her 'DTF' nametag meant. She said it was a crude acronym for wanting to have sex."  (It is crude slang for "down to f*ck."  Nice girl. Do you think her parents knew she wore such a nametag?)

In addition: Sgt. Jerry Blash of the local police force reportedly told an off-duty police officer with Roethlisberger: "Hey, I need to talk to you guys. We have a problem. This drunken bitch, drunk off her ass, is accusing Ben of rape. This pisses me off. Women can do this. It's[bull] but we've got to do this, we've got to do a report. This is BS. She's making [stuff] up."  Later, after the alleged incident, Sgt. Blash said, "The way she says it happened, there is no way."  Roethlisberger's off-duty state trooper friend noted that "Sgt. Blash said the accuser had already changed her story several times."

(Update: Sgt. Blash has resigned the police force:

Mr. Bright, the local district attorney in charge of the case, said that "when the accuser first approached a police officer outside the nightclub immediately after the incident, 'The police officer asked 'Did he rape you?' And her response was 'No.' Then he asked, 'Did you have sex?' And she said, 'Well, I'm not sure.' "

It really sounds like Roethlisberger is just a swell guy. He wouldn't allow any males back into the VIP area, except members of his entourage:. One of his friends, an off-duty Pennsylvania state trooper," permitted only women to enter the VIP section of the Capital City nightclub. Mr. Colon told investigators that was because of past encounters with jealous boyfriends and said his teammate's bodyguards 'found it simpler to keep them out.'"