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Archer81
04-16-2010, 10:47 AM
ATLANTA -- The Georgia police officer who took the first report from the woman who accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault has resigned.


Milledgeville police Chief Woodrow Blue on Friday confirmed that Sgt. Jerry Blash resigned Wednesday, a day before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation made public all documents related to its investigation of a 20-year-old woman's claim that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her.

Prosecutors announced earlier this week that they are not charging Roethlisberger in the March 5 incident. Blash is the only officer who interviewed the quarterback. He acknowledged in an interview with investigators that he made some derogatory comments about the accuser to other officers.

Multiple calls to a phone number listed for Blash went unanswered.

A little more than a week after the alleged assault was reported, photos surfaced online of Roethlisberger smiling alongside Blash. Blue said the photos were taken hours before the allegation was made.

Blue said on March 12 that beyond filing the report, Blash was not involved in the investigation.

Also revealed in the GBI reports released Thursday was the fact investigators wanted to talk with a woman about a separate incident reportedly involving Roethlisberger.


The documents show that after the alleged assault in Milledgeville, a 16-year-old in a youth law enforcement program told authorities he knew about incidents involving Roethlisberger and a friend's sister.

Authorities repeatedly sought to interview the woman, who is in her early 20s, but she declined. The teen had said he believed the two-time Super Bowl winner twice made unwanted sexual advances toward the woman.

A message seeking comment about the possible earlier incidents was left with his lawyer. In the meantime, the fallout continues to affect the Steelers, this time in the pocketbook. The behavior of Roethlisberger and former Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes might result in a fine by the NFL of as much as $200,000.

Holmes, traded Sunday to the New York Jets, is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and has been involved in a number of incidents that put him in a bad light.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5099224

:Broncos:

crush17
04-16-2010, 10:52 AM
bad, bad, bad.

Garcia Bronco
04-16-2010, 10:58 AM
I don't understand...why would he resign?

Man-Goblin
04-16-2010, 10:59 AM
The more details that come out, the more I'm becoming convinced that the league is going to come down hard on Rapistberger.

Archer81
04-16-2010, 11:01 AM
I don't understand...why would he resign?


He had his picture taken with the accused and made derogatory comments about the accuser. So even if this cop did everything else right, and if the case went to prosecution the defense could have a field day creating reasonable doubt because of the cop's commentary and his buddy buddyness with Ben.

:Broncos:

Steve Sewell
04-16-2010, 11:01 AM
The more details that come out, the more I'm becoming convinced that the league is going to come down hard on Rapistberger.

Yeah, I have a feeling that he won't be a Steeler next year either. Some of this stuff is just completely off putting, I don't know if I would put up with it as a fan if it happened to a Broncos QB.

crush17
04-16-2010, 11:02 AM
Witnesses say he had his bodyguards drag this chick into a room and then block everyone else while he and the girl were in there... she's claiming she told him "no" repeatedly...

It is so, so bad. I hope he gets suspended... for more than 2 games.

BroncosSR
04-16-2010, 11:02 AM
The more details that come out, the more I'm becoming convinced that the league is going to come down hard on Rapistberger.

Hahaha...

Archer81
04-16-2010, 11:03 AM
Witnesses say he had his bodyguards drag this chick into a room and then block everyone else while he and the girl were in there... she's claiming she told him "no" repeatedly...

It is so, so bad. I hope he gets suspended... for more than 2 games.


I'd prefer he get sent to jail, myself.


:Broncos:

Gob
04-16-2010, 11:03 AM
I don't understand...why would he resign?

I imagine it was a resign or your fired kind of deal due to the PR backlash from his lack of professionalism getting out while investigating this.

ScottXray
04-16-2010, 11:10 AM
Well, it appears that R is a real scumbag. Too much more and
the Rooneys may just cut him outright....at which point does the
League suspend him , and for how long?

I guess that can't happen until he at least gets charged with something
but it doesn't look good for R to play a full season next year.

I guess money can't ALWAYS buy silence.

Tombstone RJ
04-16-2010, 11:14 AM
Witnesses say he had his bodyguards drag this chick into a room and then block everyone else while he and the girl were in there... she's claiming she told him "no" repeatedly...

It is so, so bad. I hope he gets suspended... for more than 2 games.

You know what, EVEN if it was consenting and mutual sex, the fact that these idiots obstructed anyone else from the bathroom just reeks of bad judgement. At that point, consentual sex does not matter.

What a complete baffoon.

yerner
04-16-2010, 11:16 AM
Damn, dude is disgusting. The more you learn about this stuff the more you come away feeling he basically got away with rape. How could you cheer for this guy? I know alot of players have suspect backgrounds but if this guy was on the Broncos roster I would stop watching. I just couldn't live with myself supporting someone so heinous.

baja
04-16-2010, 11:18 AM
I imagine it was a resign or your fired kind of deal due to the PR backlash from his lack of professionalism getting out while investigating this.

I would prefer they stick him naked in a cage with rapist gay monkeys with penis rot..

Beantown Bronco
04-16-2010, 11:18 AM
I don't understand...why would he resign?

His "retirement account" somehow had a few zeroes added to it in the last week?

Triplelefthook
04-16-2010, 11:25 AM
I don't understand...why would he resign?

wow. i guess you're the resident genius

if you honestly have to ask that question, why do you bother..... with anything?

crush17
04-16-2010, 11:28 AM
Damn, dude is disgusting. The more you learn about this stuff the more you come away feeling he basically got away with rape. How could you cheer for this guy? I know alot of players have suspect backgrounds but if this guy was on the Broncos roster I would stop watching. I just couldn't live with myself supporting someone so heinous.

Exactly.
Same way I feel about Vick tbh.

Tombstone RJ
04-16-2010, 11:30 AM
I don't understand...why would he resign?

Because it can reasonable be argued the cop deterred an investigation, hence aiding in Ben's sexual assualt.

baja
04-16-2010, 11:31 AM
Damn, dude is disgusting. The more you learn about this stuff the more you come away feeling he basically got away with rape. How could you cheer for this guy? I know alot of players have suspect backgrounds but if this guy was on the Broncos roster I would stop watching. I just couldn't live with myself supporting someone so heinous.

Hopefully the Steeler fan base feels the same and lets it be known.

TheReverend
04-16-2010, 11:32 AM
I'd prefer he get sent to jail, myself.


:Broncos:

This. Would be awesome for him to end up on the other end of rapings.

baja
04-16-2010, 11:36 AM
This. Would be awesome for him to end up on the other end of rapings.

No self respecting criminal would do that ulgy ****er

yerner
04-16-2010, 11:39 AM
This. Would be awesome for him to end up on the other end of rapings.

Too bad he didn't get arrested in New York City. The PD would have 'handled' it.

enjolras
04-16-2010, 11:39 AM
I will again caution everyone: Most of what has come out has come from the typical gossip mongers. The type of folks who have a long and glorious history of pushing public opinion based more on hearsay than concrete facts.

I have no idea what happened, and it doesn't seem like anyone (outside of the two folks involved) do either. At best it's two drunk folks hooking up at a bar (which seems harmless enough to me) and at worst it's rape. Jumping to conclusions and publicly crucifying a guy seems unfair to me.

After all, remember the Duke Lacrosse team.

baja
04-16-2010, 11:43 AM
I will again caution everyone: Most of what has come out has come from the typical gossip mongers. The type of folks who have a long and glorious history of pushing public opinion based more on hearsay than concrete facts.

I have no idea what happened, and it doesn't seem like anyone (outside of the two folks involved) do either. At best it's two drunk folks hooking up at a bar (which seems harmless enough to me) and at worst it's rape. Jumping to conclusions and publicly crucifying a guy seems unfair to me.

After all, remember the Duke Lacrosse team.

If you consider this one incident only than sure but he has a history of this behavior

Garcia Bronco
04-16-2010, 11:44 AM
Damn, dude is disgusting. The more you learn about this stuff the more you come away feeling he basically got away with rape. How could you cheer for this guy? I know alot of players have suspect backgrounds but if this guy was on the Broncos roster I would stop watching. I just couldn't live with myself supporting someone so heinous.

Agreed.

Gob
04-16-2010, 11:44 AM
I would prefer they stick him naked in a cage with rapist gay monkeys with penis rot..

Play the Benny Hill theme at the same time for maximum effect.

Garcia Bronco
04-16-2010, 11:45 AM
wow. i guess you're the resident genius

if you honestly have to ask that question, why do you bother..... with anything?

The article didn't seem very clear to me. Good grief. Tell you what...bend over and kiss your own ass. :)

Gob
04-16-2010, 11:46 AM
I will again caution everyone: Most of what has come out has come from the typical gossip mongers. The type of folks who have a long and glorious history of pushing public opinion based more on hearsay than concrete facts.

I have no idea what happened, and it doesn't seem like anyone (outside of the two folks involved) do either. At best it's two drunk folks hooking up at a bar (which seems harmless enough to me) and at worst it's rape. Jumping to conclusions and publicly crucifying a guy seems unfair to me.

After all, remember the Duke Lacrosse team.

I think there is plenty of ammo just in the police reports to call his behavior into question, even if there is no solid evidence for rape.

Tombstone RJ
04-16-2010, 11:46 AM
I will again caution everyone: Most of what has come out has come from the typical gossip mongers. The type of folks who have a long and glorious history of pushing public opinion based more on hearsay than concrete facts.

I have no idea what happened, and it doesn't seem like anyone (outside of the two folks involved) do either. At best it's two drunk folks hooking up at a bar (which seems harmless enough to me) and at worst it's rape. Jumping to conclusions and publicly crucifying a guy seems unfair to me.

After all, remember the Duke Lacrosse team.

The Duke lacrosse team incident and this incident don't have many similarities. In fact, I'd say they are very different.

But yes, innocent until proven guilty, I agree with that.

TheReverend
04-16-2010, 12:03 PM
The Duke lacrosse team incident and this incident don't have many similarities. In fact, I'd say they are very different.

But yes, innocent until proven guilty, I agree with that.

We need to update that... Innocent until proven guilty. Guilty in public opinion when you pay someone off.

DBroncos4life
04-16-2010, 12:09 PM
I'm sure Big Ben could use some extra body guards to find drunk chicks for him.

Triplelefthook
04-16-2010, 12:09 PM
The article didn't seem very clear to me. Good grief. Tell you what...bend over and kiss your own ass. :)

haha ok then

baja
04-16-2010, 12:09 PM
Ben may be guilty in reality and court of opinion, but the thing is, he has not been convicted in a court of law so other than violating some behavior codes of the NFL and getting fined, the guy will play again, for someone. Heck I think you can still play QB if you are convicted as long as you serve time. I don't particularly like this guy or what he's been accused of, but the fact remains he has not actually been convicted anywhere but in opinion and I don't know, but I don't think that has stopped any other asshats from playing in the NFL.

Is that Ben's off spring in your avatar?

crush17
04-16-2010, 12:09 PM
Where is Blueflame? I'd like to know her opinion on this guy...

Show me his convictions. Even one and I'd have wanted him gone. But there aren't any.

baja
04-16-2010, 12:17 PM
yes. how did you know. I often procreate with accused rapists with the IQ of Bob. Did I piss in your cheerios or something? Geezus.

Did I say you were the mother? No I did not.

His mother looks like Carrie Fisher to me or is that you.

Bronco_Beerslug
04-16-2010, 12:26 PM
I will again caution everyone: Most of what has come out has come from the typical gossip mongers. The type of folks who have a long and glorious history of pushing public opinion based more on hearsay than concrete facts.

I have no idea what happened, and it doesn't seem like anyone (outside of the two folks involved) do either. At best it's two drunk folks hooking up at a bar (which seems harmless enough to me) and at worst it's rape. Jumping to conclusions and publicly crucifying a guy seems unfair to me.

After all, remember the Duke Lacrosse team.This doesn't appear to be anything like that case. Looks like you have on and off duty cops covering up for Roethlisberger...

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Roethlisberger's accuser says she told him 'no' (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100416/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_steelers_roethlisberger)
By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press Writer Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 37 mins ago

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. The 20-year-old college student who accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault told police she tried to get away from the Pittsburgh Steelers star, but he cornered her in a nightclub bathroom.

The woman's statements to police were included in hundreds of pages of police documents released Thursday. Earlier this week, prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Roethlisberger, who has denied the college student's accusations through his attorney.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20100415/capt.01b2090826c044aa9682bede9933a529-01b2090826c044aa9682bede9933a529-1.jpg?x=400&y=267&q=85&sig=XIoN1p6Fa6yyvKrb1D5PIw--
FILE - This Nov. 29, 2009, file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game agaisnt the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore. Steelers president Art Rooney II says the team is ready to discipline Ben Roethlisberger but the punishment will be coordinated with the NFL and won't pre-empt any league action. Rooney said Thursday, April 15, 2010, that Roethlisberger told him he is prepared to accept disciplinary action. Read more
(AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)


The student told police Roethlisberger assaulted her in the bathroom of a bar in the college town of Milledgeville early on the morning of March 5. They had met earlier in the night as they bar-hopped, she with her sorority sisters and he with an entourage.

On Friday, Milledgeville Police Chief Woodrow Blue confirmed that Sgt. Jerry Blash, the officer who took the first report from Roethlisberger's accuser, resigned from the force Wednesday, a day before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the case documents.

The documents show Blash acknowledged to investigators that he made derogatory statements about Roethlisberger's accuser to other officers and that some in Roethlisberger's party may have overheard him. He was the only officer to interview Roethlisberger, with whom he had posed for pictures earlier in the night. Calls to a number listed for him rang unanswered Thursday evening and Friday.

The documents also show that after the college student's accusations surfaced, a 16-year-old in a youth law enforcement program run by the Milledgeville police told authorities he had been told about incidents involving Roethlisberger and a friend's sister. The 16-year-old told police the woman's brother told him that Roethlisberger twice made unwanted sexual advances.

Authorities repeatedly tried to interview the woman, who is in her early 20s, but she declined. A message seeking comment was left Friday with Roethlisberger's lawyer, Ed Garland.

The documents released Thursday for the first time detail the events through the eyes of Roethlisberger's accuser.

In a statement to police on March 5, the young woman said Roethlisberger encouraged her and her friends to do numerous shots. Then one of his bodyguards escorted her into a hallway at the Capital City nightclub, sat her on a stool and left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself.

"I told him it wasn't OK, no, we don't need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave," she said, according to the police documents. "I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom."

According to her statement, Roethlisberger then followed her into the bathroom and shut the door.

"I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me," she wrote. "He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything."

Two of her friends said they saw a bodyguard lead her into the hallway and then saw Roethlisberger follow. They said they couldn't see their friend but knew she was drunk and were worried about her.

Ann Marie Lubatti told police she approached one of Roethlisberger's two bodyguards and said, "This isn't right. My friend is back there with Ben. She needs to come back right now."

She said the bodyguard wouldn't look her in the eye and said he didn't know what she was talking about. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified that bodyguard as Ed Joyner, a Pennsylvania trooper, and the man who led Roethlisberger's accuser down the hallway as Anthony Barravecchio, an officer on the force in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis.

Attorney Michael Santicola, who represents Barravecchio but said Joyner also is a longtime friend, confirmed March 10 that the two officers were present, but not in an official capacity. He said the two men are friends with Roethlisberger and did not witness any criminal activity or inappropriate behavior. He said the officers "have no memory" of meeting his accuser.

Lt. Myra A. Taylor, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania State Police, said Thursday night the agency is getting a copy of the investigative report from Georgia authorities and will review it.

Roethlisberger also is being sued in civil court by a former Nevada hotel employee for an alleged sexual assault in 2008. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing the Georgia case and Steelers president Art Rooney II said Thursday that the league and team probably won't settle on any punishment until after next week's draft.

Rooney said the team is prepared to discipline Roethlisberger now, but will wait for the league's decision. Roethlisberger told him that he will accept the punishment, Rooney said.

Prompted partly by the Roethlisberger incident, Goodell sent a memo last week to NFL owners, executives and head coaches emphasizing the importance of the league's personal conduct policy. According to the memo, first reported by the New York Times, the absence of criminal charges is not enough to excuse poor behavior.

"The policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior," the memo said. "We must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful."

The Roethlisberger case has infuriated the Steelers.

"I have made it clear to Ben that his conduct in this incident did not live up to our standards," Rooney said. "We have made it very clear to Ben that there will be consequence for his actions, and Ben has indicated to us he is willing to accept those consequences."

Pseudofool
04-16-2010, 12:43 PM
I will again caution everyone: Most of what has come out has come from the typical gossip mongers. The type of folks who have a long and glorious history of pushing public opinion based more on hearsay than concrete facts.

I have no idea what happened, and it doesn't seem like anyone (outside of the two folks involved) do either. At best it's two drunk folks hooking up at a bar (which seems harmless enough to me) and at worst it's rape. Jumping to conclusions and publicly crucifying a guy seems unfair to me. The only way you can be on the fence about this is if you believe the "accuser" and her friends are lying. There's no possible way, unless you totally accept Ben's account ("she fell down"), to believe the best possible outcome is a bar hook up.

Honestly, it's stances like this that perpetuate a date-rape culture.

Triplelefthook
04-16-2010, 12:57 PM
Hey guys come on HE DIDNT GET CONVICTED OF ANYTHING. no harm no foul

(sarcasm. this guy is a piece of ****)

s0phr0syne
04-16-2010, 01:11 PM
Really wondering about the Las Vegas situation now. The report of the Mudgeville incident seems to have opened up some doubts about how things went down previously.

Feel bad for her...basically everyone last year was calling her a liar, etc.

_Oro_
04-16-2010, 01:57 PM
I'm curious if this cop gets his job back in a month or so when everything blows over.

baja
04-16-2010, 01:58 PM
Question if Rottenburger is innocent, as he claims to be, why is he so willing to take his punishment from the Rooney's

baja
04-16-2010, 01:59 PM
I'm curious if this cop gets his job back in a month or so when everything blows over.

I think my friend just sold him a penthouse condo in Cabo, comes with a fishing boat too.

Tombstone RJ
04-16-2010, 02:09 PM
It's disturbing that two off duty law enforcement guys would be accomplices to a possible rape. I thought Ben had hired those guys so they could in essence, pull him back from making a stupid mistake, not protect him while he does it. Wow. Truly disturbing if all of this is true.

loborugger
04-16-2010, 03:03 PM
It's disturbing that two off duty law enforcement guys would be accomplices to a possible rape. I thought Ben had hired those guys so they could in essence, pull him back from making a stupid mistake, not protect him while he does it. Wow. Truly disturbing if all of this is true.

They are rent-a-thugs on the Ben's payroll. Justice is whatever the paying party says it is.

Feeding underage girls too much liquor in an attempt to 'make them pliable' sounds like a standard Sat evening in any of 1000s of frat houses across this country. Sounds like our boy never left college.

Blueflame
04-16-2010, 03:04 PM
Where is Blueflame? I'd like to know her opinion on this guy...

Why do you care what I think? It's my opinion that this case could never have been won if it had gone to trial. Why? The only people who truly know what happened in the bathroom are Ben and the girl. All the defense attorney would have to do is ask her if she was drunk... she'd have to say yes. She'd lose all credibility to the jury and they'd acquit. It's unfortunate, because I do believe that she was probably raped.... but he was going to get away with it regardless. It's why rape is one of the most "un-reported" crimes there is. It's the victim who's on trial.

LonghornBronco
04-16-2010, 03:13 PM
He had his picture taken with the accused and made derogatory comments about the accuser. So even if this cop did everything else right, and if the case went to prosecution the defense could have a field day creating reasonable doubt because of the cop's commentary and his buddy buddyness with Ben.

:Broncos:

Sounds like this may be the reason the Prosecution decided to drop the case.

That One Guy
04-16-2010, 03:27 PM
I'm not sure what's more disgusting - that these incidents most likely happened or that the girls in both incidents were too big of cowards to do their part for society and push for him to be at least tried. Dropping the case always sounds like there was no merit to it. Both cases so far have been because the girl refused to cooperate. When more girls fall victim to the same outcome, these girls will be partially responsible.

enjolras
04-16-2010, 03:27 PM
The only way you can be on the fence about this is if you believe the "accuser" and her friends are lying. There's no possible way, unless you totally accept Ben's account ("she fell down"), to believe the best possible outcome is a bar hook up.

Honestly, it's stances like this that perpetuate a date-rape culture.

And self-righteous conclusions drawn from an incredibly incomplete understanding of the facts is what perpetuates idiocy.

TDmvp
04-16-2010, 03:28 PM
I would prefer they stick him naked in a cage with rapist gay monkeys with penis rot..

WOW ... me Baja thinking alike ... the end is near ...

But really Baja I think you may have a great idea here.



I've always said we could save the country tons of money by just bringing rapist to my house , lining them up down my hallway ... and I'll stand in my bedroom with the door almost closed with a hammer and stick my arm out the door and swing till i make contact .


I wouldn't even feel bad about it ...

slyinky
04-16-2010, 03:29 PM
No self respecting criminal would do that ulgy ****er

Do prison inmates have access to paper bags?

Popps
04-16-2010, 03:50 PM
Funny, Big Ben just looks like Brandon Marshall on a different team.


Odd that we don't have 50% of the people around here making excuses for Ben.

Gob
04-16-2010, 04:06 PM
I'm not sure what's more disgusting - that these incidents most likely happened or that the girls in both incidents were too big of cowards to do their part for society and push for him to be at least tried. Dropping the case always sounds like there was no merit to it. Both cases so far have been because the girl refused to cooperate. When more girls fall victim to the same outcome, these girls will be partially responsible.

Rape tends to be fairly traumatic. Society as represented by police officers seem to be a significant part of the problem in this case, so I understand the second girl not really giving a f**k about doing her part for society. Besides, I have yet to see a rape case in which the girl's personal life is not closely scrutinized for any opportunity to call her a slut in exchange for her service to society, so I understand it not being all that appealing. The cowards in this case are the bodyguard cops, IMHO.

crush17
04-16-2010, 04:16 PM
also, 'hush money' does a lot to keep things from going to trial.

Archer81
04-16-2010, 05:01 PM
Do prison inmates have access to paper bags?


No. But I hear its dark after lights out. That sobbing heard? Ben.


:Broncos:

maher_tyler
04-16-2010, 05:11 PM
If you consider this one incident only than sure but he has a history of this behavior

This!