QB accuser told him ‘this is not OK’

Roethlisberger to face discipline

Associated Press / April 16, 2010

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The woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault said she tried to get away from the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and told him, “No, this is not OK,’’ according to police documents released yesterday.

In one of at least two statements the 20-year-old college student gave to police, she said Roethlisberger told her, and her friends, to take numerous shots of alcohol. Then one of his bodyguards escorted her into a hallway at the Capital City nightclub, sat her on a stool and left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself.

“I told him it wasn’t OK, no, we don’t need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave,’’ she said.

According to her statement, Roethlisberger followed her into a bathroom and shut the door.

“I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me,’’ she wrote. “He said it was OK.’’

Two of the woman’s friends said they saw the bodyguard lead her into the hallway and then saw Roethlisberger follow. They said they couldn’t see their friend, but knew she was drunk and were worried about her.

A friend told police she approached one of Roethlisberger’s two bodyguards and said, “This isn’t right. My friend is back there with Ben. She needs to come back right now.’’

She said the bodyguard wouldn’t look her in the eye and said he didn’t know what she was talking about.

Later, the friends said they saw Roethlisberger leave the hallway. When the woman came back, the friends said they asked her what happened and urged her to alert police.

Earlier this week, prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Roethlisberger, who has denied the accusations.

Steelers president Art Rooney II did not flatly say the Steelers would not trade Roethlisberger, but he said they had not discussed trading him. He later told the New York Times, “We’re preparing through this process to move ahead with Ben.’’

Rooney also said the team is ready to discipline Roethlisberger, adding that the punishment will be coordinated with the NFL and won’t preempt any league action.

If the Steelers impose the discipline, the collective bargaining agreement limits the maximum a club can discipline a player for engaging in conduct detrimental to the team to a four-week suspension without pay. If commissioner Roger Goodell imposes discipline under the league’s personal-conduct policy, there is no limitation.

While Roethlisberger remains involved in a civil suit alleging he sexually assaulted a Nevada hotel employee, Rooney said the disciplinary action is the result of the Georgia case.

Also, Rooney said the Steelers decided to trade former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes because of “multiple violations of league policies, and additional off-the-field problems.’’ Holmes was dealt to the Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.

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