Image via WikipediaWe are fast approaching the third holiest season of the year behind Easter and Christmas: Steeler football season. As a lifelong, die-hard Steeler fan (the tattoo in my profile pic is real), I'd be remiss in putting my two cents in about the recent allegations in civil court that have been leveled against Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
An employee of Harrah's in Las Vegas has accused the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl of rape. The alleged incident occurred last year while Roethlisberger was attending a celebrity golf tournament in Sin City. While Big Ben vehemently denies the allegations and vows to fight, a couple of questions need to be asked.
If this woman was raped, why not file a police report and open a criminal investigation immediately? I know there are those who say that rape victims are too ashamed to admit that they were violated, but she had no problem telling other employees according to her affidavit.
Why file in civil instead of criminal court? One reason: money. In civil court, a unanimous jury verdict is not required, and punitive damages can reach the stratosphere. Big Ben was just signed after last season to a FAT (and may I add "phat") multi-year contract.
This incident reminds me of the rape allegations that were leveled against Mike Tyson at the pinnacle of his career. I've always believed and will always believe that he was railroaded. If a man asks you to go to his hotel room at 2 a.m., it's normally not to play checkers. A little common sense and forethought to not put yourself in that situation is in order.
That being said, I do NOT believe that rape victims "ask for it". Rape is a horrible crime that can scar a person for life. Those who commit these crimes are animals. In today's society, unfortunately, there are those who are always looking for fast money, and they will ruin the reputation of anyone who has the big bucks without any remorse. In my eyes, that is a form of rape.
We'll see in coming weeks just how this is going to play out. The LVPD has already said that they are not going to open an investigation. If he's truly guilty, he needs to have the book thrown at him.
Whether you love the Steelers or hate them, you have to admit that something about this just doesn't make sense.
Do you think she could be a Baltimore fan?