Ben Roethlisberger's Lawyers Stay On The Offensive

Big Ben's legal team released a series of emails and instant messages sent by his accuser that they say "prove" he did not rape that woman, Andrea McNulty. If IM messages are now irrefutable evidence, then may I suggest this.

According to the emails, the woman accusing Roethlisberger of raping her had dinner with him the next day and months later told someone else that she would date Ben if she could. That doesn't really "prove" anything about what happened between them in private, but it does make it much harder for her claims to be taken seriously. On the other hand, most of the emails were sent to "Solider Ben," a guy she believed to be stationed in Iraq, but was actually a woman playing a hoax on her. So I think that sort of undermines the idea that everything that happens on the internet is 100% true.

Ben's lead lawyer, William David Cromwell Jr., is also not shy about the fact that the goal of releasing this now is to get McNulty to drop her case before it even begins. So this will definitely get uglier—"merely the tip of the investigative iceberg"—before it's over.

Roethlisberger's lawyer releases e-mails in defense [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]