The sexual assault allegations against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continue to pile up. The latest accusation, reported today, is from a man who works closely with the star: Steelers backup quarterback Dennis Dixon.
According to Pittsburgh police, Dixon claims Roethlisberger assaulted him late one night at the Steelers training facility while the pair were watching film behind closed doors. But Roethlisberger's attorney, Ed Garland, claims no assault occurred.
"Ben is completely innocent of any crime," said Garland. "We question Dennis Dixon's motives."
Dixon, who started one game for the Steelers last year when Roethlisberger was injured, says he has no motive other than wanting to see justice done. But the fact that he waited months to report the alleged incident, and that he would stand to get the starting job if Roethlisberger was imprisoned or suspended, cast some doubt on his story.
Pittsburgh police have spoken to a possible witness of the alleged attack, Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, but the third-stringer was not helpful.
"I didn't see anything," he said. "I slept through that film session. I wasn't going to play, so I had no reason to stay awake. Plus, it was Browns tape, I think. Extra boring. I hope Ben didn't touch me while I was sleeping."
As the case is expected to devolve into he-said, she said only with two he's Ed Garland has stressed that his client has no sexual attraction to men, "which make Dixon's claims preposterous." However, Dixon's attorneys have turned over tapes to police that show numerous instances of Roethlisberger slapping teammates on the butt.
"There is a track record with Ben," said Dixon. "That is undeniable now. I hear Byron Leftwich left the Steelers because Ben used to comment all the time on how big his breasts are."