Big Ben Caught Hanging Out In Another Bad Spot?

Lest you thought Ben Roethlisberger would fail to keep us sufficiently entertained the rest of the summer, his recent trip to Columbus was an eventful one.

Ashleigh Ignelzi Noted Big Ben's appearance at Muirfield in Columbus

Friday Roethlisberger was in Columbus to play golf at Muirfield Village. (Muirfield is the home of Jack Nicklaus‘ signature PGA Tour event, The Memorial.) Roethlisberger’s Friday appearance at Muirfield was noted in the Tweet above by ESPN The Magazine reporter Ashleigh Ignelzi.

Lady Gretchen Cottam Playboy Model Tweets About Ben Roethlisberger In Columbus

The night before Roethlisberger’s round, Ohio State graduate student and aspiring Playboy model Gretchen Cottam also sent out the above Tweet from Columbus.

Then there was Roethlisberger’s actual round of golf, which somehow led to a police report being filed.

Big Ben Police Report

As part of an incident report obtained by TMZ.com from the local Dublin (OH) Police, at 6:53pm ET on Friday a woman named Nan Fowler called the Muirfield pro shop to report that a tall man in a blue golf shirt and khaki shorts was “urinating into some trees.”

The police report then states that the Muirfield pro shop attendant who answered the phone “told the clr (Fowler) that it was Ben Roethlisberger.”

According to the report, 10 minutes later, at 7:03pm ET, Dublin Police arrived on the scene. (Roethlisberger was reported to be on the 18th tee at 6:53pm ET.)

Despite a timeline that would suggest that Dublin Police arrived at the course while Roethlisberger was still playing the 18th hole, no action was taken against the Steelers Quarterback. From TMZ:

Sources connected to the investigation tell us cops never interacted with Roethlisberger — because Ben was “long gone” by the time authorities had arrived.

TMZ spoke with reps at Muirfield who tell us, “We had a full slate of golfers that day … it may have been anyone.”

From the Dublin Police report timeline, if Roethlisberger played the 18th hole then there was physically no way for him to be “long gone” when the Dublin cops arrived at the scene. And it was the Muirfield Village pro shop attendant who identified the man who the caller had described as urinating into the trees as Roethlisberger!

Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK, after talking to “a source close to Roethlisberger,” also reported earlier today of the incident:

We’ve learned from a source close to Roethlisberger that he was indeed golfing in Columbus, Ohio but that another member of his foursome peed under a tree, prompting a complaint from a woman.

Per the source, Roethlisberger got involved and helped to calm the woman down.

Look, this isn’t a big deal, but it’s clear from the police report that the cops probably were at the course before Roethlisberger finished his round and the description of the person who urinated into the trees points to the Steelers QB.

So why the contradictory statements from the aforementioned sources?

When will people learn that the coverup is always worse than the crime?