While Trump and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady seem to be thick as thieves, the same might not be true of Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger.
During a recent rally in Pittsburgh, Trump said he had Big Ben's support "100 percent" and that the quarterback would speak the the Republican convention later this summer.
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He’s one of the NFL’s highest-paid players, with a 2 million dollar five-year contract! And he’s not just an All-Star on the field, folks, he’s also our second Douchebag Decree All-Star!
Long story short, Roethlisberger and his bodyguards (two off-duty Pennsylvania policemen) visited a couple of bars in Milledgeville, Georgia, where Roethlisberger posed for pictures with fans (including Doe), bought them all drinks and proclaimed: “All my bitches, take some shots.” His bodyguards escorted Doe to a side door near the back of the building and blocked her friends from getting to her.
The bodyguards and club owner ignored Doe’s friends’ repeated requests to get their friend back while a “visibly intoxicated” Roethlisberger exposed himself to Doe in the hallway and then raped her in the “Employees Only” bathroom.
For a full account, you can read Doe’s police report and the corroborating witness reports of her friends at The Smoking Gun.
Surely, some of those people will be at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month. It might have been helpful for Trump to have Roethlisberger solidly in his corner when it comes time for the general election since Pittsburgh as a whole tends to be a heavy Democrat stronghold, but given his sometimes checkered slate of off the field incidents over the years, it might not actually be a good thing nationally to have him not speak.
Or possibly Roethlisberger has the right idea and athletes as a whole should just stay out of what's bound to be an ugly, no holds barred contest coming up this November.