Yesterday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) released photos and videotapes of witness interviews compiled during its investigation of a college student's claim that she was sexually assaulted by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting the college student during a late night of partying in the small Georgia town of Milledgeville on March 5. Prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to warrant criminal charges, but the quarterback did receive a six-game suspension from the NFL for his behavior.
In my opinion in this situation, the police have no right to be releasing these pictures and video for the public to view. To my knowledge, this has never happened in the past with anyone else. Why choose to release these now?
I am in no way condoning Roethlisberger’s behavior, but he has not been formally charged at all in this case. Until this occurs, no evidence from the case should be released. We have seen all types of athletes accused of rape, and not one of them have been prosecuted, which means there wasn’t strong enough evidence to deem these people guilty.
Roethlisberger spoke to reporters briefly last week after a Steelers’ voluntary practice. He said he's ready to make major changes to his lifestyle. He’s ready to put this incident behind him, and releasing these photos and videos just make this all the more difficult.
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