It would be a mistake to dismiss this as just another “he said, she said” case that will soon fade away. Perhaps it will, but we don’t know that. If the investigators find evidence of an injury to the victim that could only result from a forcible sexual assault, Roethlisberger is in serious trouble.
We’ve seen superstar athletes such as Kobe Bryant walk away from similar scrapes pretty much unscathed. But we also saw Mike Tyson go to prison for three years. The justice system is a tricky thing, even for the rich and famous. That’s why the Steelers and their fans are holding their breath.