Roethlisberger, Massa, Ensign, Woods: Sex, power and sports

In a week when David Letterman avoided an extortion trial involving his in-house affairs, when Tiger Woods is said to have hired Ari Fleischer to do damage control over his parade of mistresses, when the Eric Massa tale turned more serious with questions of seeking out young male staffers, Big Ben is in trouble — again.

The story broke last weekend that a college student had accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her at a Georgia dance club. His agent put out a statement pooh-poohing the allegation and saying that “we are skeptical of motive.” All that happened was that “Ben and his friends met a group of women and everyone mingled together throughout the evening.”