Tape: Roethlisberger smiles, high-5’s at bar night of Ga. rape accusation

By Paul Newberry, AP
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Video of Roethlisberger carousing in Ga. released

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — A video clip taken at the nightclub in Georgia where Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a college student shows the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback talking and laughing with girls.

The shaky 49-second video, shot by a member of Roethlisberger’s entourage, shows the quarterback, wearing a black Nike baseball cap and black T-shirt with a devil’s face on it.

Most of what Roethlisberger is saying is drowned out by loud music in the club, but he can be heard asking a girl what her drink tastes like.

He repeatedly gives high fives to people off camera. When the friend shooting the video asks him to say hi, he strikes a pose, punches his fist twice in the air and flashes a huge grin at the camera.

Prosecutors determined there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant criminal charges after the investigation concluded, though the NFL gave Roethlisberger a six-game suspension.

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