Roethlisberger's Attorneys Keeping the Case in the News

Last night marked the deadline that Ben Roethlisberger's attorneys offered to Andrea McNulty to drop her civil suit against the Steelers quarterback and apologize to him in exchange for her legal fees being paid in full. ↵

↵That deadline passed without incident. So this morning, the offensive from Roethlisberger's legal team continues, with three former co-workers (two of whom are defendants in the case) and friends of McNulty’s issuing affidavits echoing the claims of previous testimony that Roethlisberger's camp has produced: that McNulty showed no signs of distress days after the incident and even bragged to one friend about having sex with the quarterback. Subpoenas for records from McNulty's Facebook and e-mail accounts (other online correspondence from her has been used already) were included, as well as records from at least five health and medical centers where she has visited in the last year. ↵

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↵Finally, there was a recommendation from Dr. Margo M. Leahy, a California-licensed psychiatrist, that "a comprehensive independent medical examination be conducted on the plaintiff."
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↵The testimony is mounting from Roethlisberger's camp, and the sheer crush of it may have achieved its desired effect: to win him the public opinion that he most likely didn't sexually assault McNulty. But will that amount to much with a trial still a year off? Other than filing a police report against those who have allegedly been making harassing phone calls to her since she filed the civil suit, McNulty and her attorney seem content to sit back and let the defendant make all the noise in the press. ↵

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↵Which makes the timing of this latest filing from Roethlisberger’s legal team curious. Why continue pouring on the evidence the day after McNulty's camp made it clear they aren't interested in dropping the case? Roethlisberger's attorney has made the case that the timing of this suit was calculated to be a distraction for the upcoming season, but for the time being, they seem to be the only ones driving it back into the news cycle. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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