A woman has filed a lawsuit in Nevada alleging that Ben Roethlisberger raped her in a hotel penthouse a year ago. Roethlisberger denies the claim.
Everything about the story sucks. Because while there is some narrow middle ground, one of two things likely happened here: (1) Roethlisberger assaulted this woman, which means he is an awful human being, or (2) this woman is completely lying because she is insane or trying to make a buck by suing someone with fame and fortune. If it is the latter, notwithstanding the American public’s willingness to forget horrendous allegations (see Bryant, Kobe and Jackson, Michael, for examples), Roethlisberger will always have a taint on him.
“If an investigation is commenced, Ben will cooperate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated,” Roethlisberger’s lawyer David Cornwell said in a statement. But the most likely outcome is dropped charges after a civil resolution or an acquittal (the burden of proof is really tough on he said/she said). So unless Cromwell has a Perry Mason moment, we will never really know which of the two that it is.
So, cutting to the end of the story, Roethlisberger will get 95% of his reputation back, which means there is either a 95% or a 5% complete injustice.