Several Steelers players have spoken with ESPN's Rachel Nichols after the announcement from Georgia DA Fred Bright that Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged with sexual assault.
Nichols said several players have a "feeling of relief" after the announcement.
One player said to me that he was disappointed to hear that contradiction. That hte woman had reported the assault then went back alter and said he didn't want the case to be prosecuted. And a [Steelers] player said, 'Hey the damage is done by now'.
According to the DA's statement, the woman had requested that charges not be pursued over two weeks ago, which makes the prosecutor office's decision not to pursue charges make a lot more sense.
One player said to me, 'The thing you notice, to me, in cases like this before', and the player brought up Kobe Bryant, 'Is they never get in trouble again'.
Actually, the above statement doesn't make any sense considering this was second time Roethlisberger has been accused of something like this.
It doesn't matter on Sunday. In the end, in this town, all they want us to do is win. People will forget about all of this.
That's the truth. In sports, winning cures all.