Big Ben To Girls: ‘All You Bitches, Take My Shots’

Ari Hait of Pittsburgh-based WTAE-TV files a report from Milledgeville, GA.,  that includes comments from a woman who claimed, “she was one of about 20 who partied with Ben Roethlisberger at a nightclub last week on the night that a female college student told police she was sexually assaulted by the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

Roethlisberger at Milledgeville Bar Photo

Excerpts of Hait’s report:

“Everyone keeps talking about how nice he was. He was not nice,” the woman said.

The woman — who asked not to be identified — told reporter Ari Hait that people who were with Roethlisberger invited her into the VIP area of the the Capital City club.

“A bunch of big guys were like, ‘Come back in here,’ and I was like, I’m just trying to have fun, whatever,” she said.

“He bought a round of shots for girls and said, ‘All you bitches, take my shots,’ and I got pissed because that’s very rude and disrespectful to call girls a bunch of bitches,” she said.

Before she left, she said she saw Roethlisberger with the woman who would eventually become his accuser.

“The fact that people are talking about how he’s such a nice guy at the bar, buying us a bunch of shots, because there’s a bunch of drunk girls happy that they’re getting free shots — he was very arrogant,” she said.

This woman isn’t the first to claim that Roethlisberger was more than a little inelegant that night.

More damning though than a random account from an alleged witness was a recent blog post about Roethlisberger’s off-field behavior by Pittsburgh media member John Steigerwald, who started covering the local Pittsburgh sports scene before Roethlisberger was born.

Ben is a bad citizen. He doesn’t know how to treat people and he definitely doesn’t know how to handle being the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In my more than 30 years of working in the Pittsburgh sports media, I have never had any player come close to generating as many unsolicited questions from fans as Roethlisberger has. They want to know why he’s such a jackass. And these aren’t just Steelers fans who got turned down for an autograph. It’s men and women from all walks of life.

Most of the accounts of the incident in Georgia mention that Ben wasn’t drinking much. The implication being that he wasn’t high. Let me be the first to point out that he could very easily have been high on something other than alcohol. If that turns out to be the case, will you be surprised?

Roethlisberger is a punk who needs to be knocked down a peg or two.

A couple of years ago I heard from a woman who said that Roethlisberger blew off a Make-A-Wish kid. When KDKA-TVs News Director, John Verrilli, was shown the email, he made it clear that it was a story that his news department would not be pursuing. I eventually got in contact with the parents of the little girl who the jackass snubbed. They said the story was true but they didn’t want to go public with it for their daughter’s sake. The little girl had cystic fibrosis.

None of the anecdotes and opinions I’ve heard about Roethlisberger lead me to believe that Steigerwald was out of line with his statements. And I don’t say that lightly. I’ve personally heard stories about Roethlisberger’s bad act for years.

It will be interesting to see if the alleged victim’s attorney attempts to paint a similar picture of Roethlisberger. Of course, his preceding reputation should be irrelevant to the case, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some things come out of the woodwork if this thing goes to trial.