Big Ben’s ‘Cooperation’ Includes Withholding DNA

After a sexual assault allegation was first lodged against Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia last Friday, the quarterback’s agent Ryan Tollner released this statement:

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“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.”

The tone of Team Roethlisberger has since changed considerably.

KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh is now reporting that Roethlisberger admitted to police on the night of the incident that he had consensual sexual contact with the alleged victim, though no intercourse took place.  Roethlisberger also confirmed to police that after he had sexual contact with the woman, she “slipped and fell, injuring her head.

KDKA also reported that police have asked for a DNA sample from Roethlisberger, but the quarterback’s attorney Ed Garland has denied the request. (Flashback to Roethlisberger agent Tollner’s statement: “we will continue to cooperate with everyone involved.“)

Since the night of the incident the alleged victim, who was reportedlyhysterical” when detailing the alleged sexual assault to police, has dropped out of school. Meanwhile Roethlisberger has hired high-profile attorney Garland, who in 2000 successfully cleared NFL star Ray Lewis of charges stemming from a death in Atlanta.

While investigators only truly know where this story is going, Roethlisberger’s reported actions and statements contradict the dismissive tone of his representative’s statement about the sexual assault allegation.