Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers faces more sexual assault charges. A Boston attorney representing a third woman described to the press, on his clients' behalf, nearly identical allegations that two other women maintain against the NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Fred Bright, District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit in Milledgeville, Georgia, did not charge Roethlisberger with sexual assault on Monday, April 12, 2010. Bright maintains that there are many "significant questions" regarding the incident/s involving Roelisthberger and the victims' allegations.
On April 13, 2010, Roethlisberger met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to determine the football player's NFL future. Despite evading criminal charges, Goodell could suspend Roethlisberger because of the complaints against him. Goodell has a solid reputation in suspending any and all players who violate the NFL's strict code of personal conduct, especially if it causes scandal at the expense of the league.
Attorney Harry Manion stated on Boston's Dennis and Callahan radio show aired on WEEl: "Six months ago I was retained by a client of mine, a close friend, to investigate allegations against Ben Roethlisberger in a Las Vegas nightclub that were absolutely identical to this Georgia girl's story. My client was a graduate of college, 26 years old, out socially with a bunch of other young women, grabbed from the line, brought up to the VIP suite – the same old story." The victim chose to not go forward to police with her allegations agains Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger is presently facing charges stemming from a Summer 2008 incident with a Nevada hotel and casino employee for sexual assault. Last month a 20 year old college student's allegations maintain that Roethlisberger assaulted her in a Milledgeville nightclub with a body guard for Roethlisberger within ear shot. If any of the alleged victims should proceed with a civil trial, Roethlisberger and his team of lawyers would most likely lose the case. Per Craig Silverman, former prosecuter close to the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, the victims would only need to sway a jury with a reasonable amount of evidence of Roethlisberger's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Stated Silverman in a recent interview: "If you want to use a football game metaphor, in a civil case you only have to win my one point, in a criminal case, you have to score a runaway victory if you are the prosecutors."