Ben Roethlisberger stands once again accused of sexual assault. The alleged victim is a Georgia college student, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
In the latest incident, a 20-year-old woman attending Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, near Mr. Roethlisberger’s off-season home, is the alleged victim, according to Milledgeville police Deputy Chief Richard Malone.
"We had a sexual assault report," Deputy Chief Malone said during a news conference Friday night. "It is alleged that he was the perpetrator."
Mr. Roethlisberger and his legal team have emphatically denied the accusations in the Nevada case but have not come out as strongly in the latest incident.
Late Friday afternoon, the quarterback’s agent, Ryan Tollner, issued a statement:
"Last night, Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening. We have spoken to law enforcement.
"Based on information currently available, an allegation was made against Ben, which appeared to be dismissed after a preliminary investigation last night.
"Obviously, given the prior accusation against Ben, we are skeptical of motive, but we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved."
Here’s the strange part:
The incident report indicates that the victim was with two female friends, ages 19 and 20. Mr. Roethlisberger’s name is obscured, but the "offender" is listed as 6-feet-5 and 241 pounds with brown hair and eyes.
241 pounds? Why not 240 pounds? Why not "between 240 and 250 pounds?" Why is "241" the magic number?
Could it have something to do with the official NFL profile of Big Ben? From NFL.com:
Height: 6-5 Weight: 241 Age: 28
Born: 3/2/1982 Lima , OH
College: Miami (Ohio)
Experience: 7th season
High School: Findlay HS [OH]
Nailing Ben’s weight exactly is quite the coincidence.
Did the alleged victim just guess? Is the alleged victim simply that skilled at describing people? Or, is it possible that someone in the crowd had a smartphone and surfed over to NFL.COM?
More to follow.