Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Updated: March 17, 8:42 AM ET
Roethlisberger not yet interviewed
ESPN.com news services
ATLANTA -- An attorney for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says the two-time Super Bowl winner has yet to meet with Georgia authorities who are investigating a sexual assault allegation made against him by a 20-year-old college student.
Ed Garland told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his client is not in Georgia and has yet to speak with investigators regarding the accusation made on March 5 in Milledgeville. He has not been charged.
Garland says there is no timetable for the interview.
NFL.com reported on Tuesday that Roethlisberger and others who were with him the night of the alleged incident were interviewed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Saturday in Georgia.
When asked if the NFL.com report was true, Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Tom Davis told ESPN's Kelly Naqi on Tuesday in an e-mail, "Not entirely."
"[The Georgia Bureau of Investigation] has not interviewed Ben Roethlisberger yet," special agent Tom Davis told Naqi on Tuesday. "We interviewed a majority of people that were in his group on Saturday in Georgia. I will not say who from his group we interviewed but we have not spoken to Ben yet. His lawyer has not made him available. [Garland] has cooperated in every way, with the exception of the interview."
Davis said Garland has cooperated with the investigation and has made the Steelers quarterback "available for everything we have asked with the exception of interviewing him at this point."
When asked if Garland had told authorities whether Roethlisberger would be made available in the future, Davis told Naqi, "[Garland] has not decided for sure one way or the other."
Davis added, "According to the Bill of Rights, [Roethlisberger] doesn't have to speak with police if he doesn't want to but [Garland] has been very cooperative in every other way."
Davis declined to say whether Garland was considering having Roethlisberger submit a sample of his DNA for testing.
Milledgeville Police Chief Woodrow Blue also confirmed to ESPN in an e-mail Tuesday that investigators spoke on Saturday to members of Roethlisberger's party from the night of the alleged assault, but have not yet interviewed Roethlisberger.
"We haven't set any timetable for ourselves [on when they'll complete their investigation]," Blue told Naqi. He reiterated that Garland has been cooperative.
The student told police that the 28-year-old quarterback, who had been barhopping with friends, assaulted her at a nightclub in the college town.
Garland has said the quarterback committed no crime.
Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, declined comment when reached by ESPN on Tuesday.
Roethlisberger missed the start of the Steelers' offseason workout program Monday.
Information from ESPN's Kelly Naqi and The Associated Press is included in this report.