Apparently Ben Roethlisberger needs a body guard when he pees. That’s one of the things that  came out when ESPN interviewed the owner of the club in Georgia where Roethlisberger was accused of  sexually assaulting a 20 year-old woman.

ESPN also reports in the story that the accuser’s friend tried to get into the bathroom where Roethlisberger and the accuser allegedly were but was kept out by one of Roethisberger’s body guards.

Roethlisberger hasn’t been charged with anything yet but he’s been more than charged with being a jackass. He’s been proven guilty of being a jackass in the minds of most people.

Meanwhile, I mentioned here in the beginning that I wasn’t surprised when I heard the allegations coming out of Georgia because I had heard a ridiculous number of unsolicited negative stories about Roethlisberger  Ten times more than I had heard about any other player.

Today was a perfect example. A few guys were standing around talking about the situation in Georgia and someone who works in media relations overheard us mention Roethlisberger’s name and, from across the room came this unsolicited comment. “I’ve worked with professional athletes all my life and I’ve never come across a bigger_________than Ben Roethlisberger. ”  We were then told a story about how, unlike every other player who was approached, he made a major issue out of signing something for charity.  One more story piled on to the existing mountain.

I can’t emphasize enough how often this has happened to me over the last few years. It happens so often and the descriptions of this guy acts are so negative that  it really is astounding.

I also can’t emphasize enough that he was never rude or impolite to me and never turned down any request for an interview because I never asked him for one.

  • William

    I think what we ought to do is that anytime someone
    accuses a person of anything, we should immediately
    arrest the accused regardless of evidence. Just put them
    in Jail and cancel the trial.

    • Eric

      Good idea William!

  • Bobzilla

    Saying Roethlisberger is a “jackass” would be an insult to all jackasses everywhere.
    I’ve also got a “Roethlisberger story” to tell, but I won’t bore you with it. I have a feeling that most everyone within a 100-mile radius of Pittsburgh has one they could share.
    I have never, ever seen anyone representing a Pittsburgh sports team who is on such a power trip. I have to believe that this guy needs therapy. ASAP.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      Added to the pile.

  • GeeWhiz

    One time at a Denny’s, I saw Ben.. and he was only two at the time, and he threw spit up his split pea soup. And then when his mom tried to feed him mashed yams and he simply refused to eat it. He screamed, turned his head and wouldn’t even open his mouth. He then screamed and pushed the bowl of yams off his high chair making a mess on the floor that the waitress had to clean up. I knew he was a bad seed then and this latest episode in Georgia just confirmed my suspicion.

    **sigh** getting a little ridiculous with all the speculative hearsay you’re deluging us with, John. Unfortunately the zombies that read this tripe eat it up and believe it as gospel.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      I knew he had to have started early.

  • Lenny

    Why don’t you name who said this negative comment about BR?

    • JohnSteigerwald

      It wasn’t said for the record. Wouldn’t be fair.

  • UsedtobeaSteelerfan

    I am starting to get the uneasy feeling what happened down in Milledgeville, GA, was a lot uglier than we all realize right now.

  • Chris

    So the bar hired a lawyer, Ben hired Stabby Ray Lewis’s lawyer, and one of the off-duty cops with Ben that night hired a lawyer. Hmmm…

    I wonder why the off-duty cop would need a lawyer. Could he be the guy standing guard while Ben manhandles groupies in public bathrooms?

    I’m sure the Coraopolis PD is proud of this guy.

    Honestly, I don’t expect my pro athletes to be role models. But the last time I heard of behavior like Ben’s was by a guy by the name of Mike Tyson. Ironically, I believe he may soon meet a similar fate.

    • UsedtobeaSteelerfan

      Who knows, Chris, maybe he had something to do with getting the alleged victim into the “employees only” room in the first place. Where is Alan Jennings when you need him? This could be a story all by itself.