Is Ben Roethlisberger in Danger of Being Let Go After Alleged Sexual Assault?

Renee PerronContributor IApril 13, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks back to the huddle after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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It seems that the Steelers are no strangers to trouble these days.  After trading Santonio Holmes to the Jets yesterday , it is clear that the Pittsburgh organization is ready to end all of the tabloid press that they've been getting lately.

But what about their main man?

Ben Roethlisberger has been in the news since it was released that he allegedly sexually assaulted a college student during a night of partying in Georgia on March 5. 

The details of the case are still fuzzy, but reports say that Roethlisberger and the girl were drinking heavily, hopping from bar to bar.   It has been said that the conversations were sexual in nature and that the Steelers QB was buying the girl and her friends shots.

Later on in the evening, the girl was led by a member of Roethlisberger's security to a small bathroom where the alleged attack occurred. 

Now here's where it gets really interesting. 

Despite minimal (and supposedly inconsequential) DNA evidence as well as genital scarring and bruising, it was released this morning that Roethlisberger is not being indicted. 

Just like that.

Now, obviously I haven't seen the evidence, but I think that we all know that if Roethlisberger weren't making millions of dollars, that the lack of evidence probably would have been less of a problem. 

First of all, the lack of testable DNA evidence doesn't necessarily exonerate him.  DNA testing isn't the end-all-be-all to solving a crime, and in fact often results in false convictions and acquittals.  

Not to mention the scarring, reported drunkenness, and Ben's past indiscretions.

I'm not saying that Roethlisberger is guilty of sexual assault.  That's not for me to say, and like I stated above, I don't have the evidence in hand. 

On another note, the accuser's attorney recently released a statement saying that the accuser will not pursue conviction due to the mass media attention that the case would attract. 

While this is a smart move for some one in her shoes due to the extensive coverage the trial would get, why the change of heart?  Why pursue the case at all? 

While that statement may be terribly insensitive due to the circumstances, and in her shoes I probably would do the same thing, part of me wonders whether or not her family may have received compensation for their troubles (and for keeping mum).

But I can say that he has a history, and especially considering that Santonio Holmes was traded, I expect the Steelers and the NFL to do something.

Roethlisberger may not be convicted in court, but if the NFL lets him off easy for yet another incident that cast a dark cloud of press over Heinz Field, that's just wrong. 

He may not be able to be convicted in court, but clearly something happened that just wasn't right.  The NFL needs to stand up and take action and show Ben that this will be the last of these stories, or he's out of a job.