The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released 56 DVDs worth of audio and video interviews from the closed investigation of Ben Roethlisberger’s alleged sexual misconduct at a Georgia bar last March.
Photos from the scene and surveillance tapes from the investigation were also released.
Included in those videos is the woman who accused Roethlisberger of sexual assault. TMZ.com has posted some of her interview online.
The PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW reports:
The interviews also include Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ed Joyner, who was Roethlisberger’s bodyguard, and other members of his entourage.
Today’s release of recordings and documents is mandated under Georgia statute and follows the release of four volumes of paper files compiled by the joint Milledgeville Police Department and GBI investigation.
Last Saturday I noted a blog post from 30-year Pittsburgh sports media member John Steigerwald. In the piece, Steigerwald called Ben Roethlisberger a “punk” and a “jackass“, intimated the quarterback might’ve been high on drugs the night of his alleged sexual assault and relayed a story about Roethlisberger blowing off a Make-A-Wish kid.
(The I-Team scares out Big Ben’s old, moldy zoning violations!)
Along with the charges pending against Roethlisberger, Steigerwald’s piece may have signaled a dam break in the Pittsburgh media, which has apparently long covered for a quarterback untrained in the art of basic decency.
Another sign of that might be WPXI-TV Pittsburgh reporter Alan Jennings‘ semi-irrelevant piece today about how in June, 2008, Roethlisberger broke zoning rules by erecting a fence 24 inches too high in his neighborhood. Read more…