UPDATE: Attorney Manion has now seemingly backed off his strong comments from this morning, which characterized an allegation against Roethlisberger by a young woman in Las Vegas six months ago as “absolutely identical” to what happened between the quarterback and a woman on March 5 in Georgia.
With no record of law enforcement involvement and apparently no evidence to speak of, it’s obvious that Manion spoke out of turn - which I hinted at this morning.
Harry Manion, a partner at Boston law firm Cooley Manion Jones, guested on WEEI-AM’s The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show in Boston this morning and said he was hired to investigate an incident involving Ben Roethlisberger six months ago that was “absolutely identical” to the recent sexual assault allegation by a Georgia woman.
(The latest on Big Ben’s ordeal in realtime: Brooks on Twitter)
“Six months ago I was hired by a client of mine, a good friend, to investigate allegations against Ben Roethlisberger in a Las Vegas nightclub that were absolutely identical to this Georgia girl’s story. The outcome was that the young woman did not want to proceed and we never took any action. There is a history here, and I can’t say any further, that is super troubled. Wow.”
I can’t imagine Manion would bring this up unless his investigation netted some evidence that Roethlisberger may have done something inappropriate and/or illegal.