assault, misconduct, and violence against women by those in the sports industry
My last series of posts concentrated on the awful men in Hollywood. I shifted my focus to the equally awful men in the sports industry who continue to be celebrated by the media and fans.
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of rape on two separate occasions. On the first occasion, Roethlisberger raped an employee of the hotel he was staying at in 2009. The victim’s name is Andrea McNulty and Roethlisberger lured her into his hotel room under the guise of needing his TV fixed. According to McNulty, she did not consent and “communicated her objection”. McNulty sued both Roethlisberger and Harrah’s, the hotel she worked at and where the incident occured. McNulty alleged that employees at the hotel helped cover up the incident. In 2010, a college student accused Roethlisberger of raping her in a bathroom at a nightclub. Roethlisberger had his bodyguard bring her into a back room. The quarterback entered the room with his penis out. She asked him to stop and entered the bathroom. He followed her into the bathroom and raped her. While Roethlisberger was suspended for four games without pay, he still held onto his deal with Nike. He is still currently active in the NFL and makes $18,200,000 annually. Ben is also friends with Predator-in-Chief. He once escorted Stormy Daniels to her hotel room a day after she had sex with the reality TV star. Trump told Daniels that Ben would "take care of her".
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Kobe Bryant was just awarded an Oscar at this year’s ceremony. The ceremony featured three victims of Harvey Weinstein and even had a dedication to the #MeToo movement. All of this is ironic considering Bryant was accused of raping a 19 year old hotel employee back in 2003. Kobe was staying at a hotel in Colorado and raped the hotel employee in his room. While Kobe admitted to having “consensual sex” with the employee, he denied assault. The victim had bruises on her neck and Bryant admitted to strangling her. According to Bryant, he had a “thing” for strangling women during sexual encounters. These were women who were not his wife. Bryant thought she consented because he asked if he could “cum on her face” and she said no. The shirt he wore the night of the consent had the victim’s blood on it. The charges were dismissed against Bryant due to the victim not wanting to testify. Bryant signed a $136 million contract after the allegations of assault and kept his contracts with Nike and Coca Cola.
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
In 2015, Patrick Kane was accused of rape back in his hometown of Buffalo. The 21 year old college student was taken back to Kane’s home where he allegedly raped her on his bed. Due to insufficient evidence, handling of the rape kit, and “reasonable doubt”, Kane was not charged with rape. There was also another allegation of rape against Kane that surfaced in 2016. The woman alleges that Kane sexually assaulted her in the bathroom of an LA bar in 2014 after a game against the Kings. Kane asked her to come back to his room, without her friend, and she rejected the invite. Kane begun to massage her and asked her again. She, AGAIN, rejected his invitation. He tells her he wasted the drinks he bought her for “nothing”. Kane still had his hand wrapped around her shoulder and was digging his thumb in. She uncomfortably laughs and tells him to think of it as a favor for a friend and he tells her they aren’t friends as he doesn’t even know her name. It’s near closing time and the woman was in the bathroom. Kane walks into the bathroom and presses himself against her. He asks her to leave with him again and she rejects the invite. He asks to “fuck” her once and she says no thank you. Kane sticks his hand under her dress and forces his hand into her underwear. He forces his hand inside of her and asks her if it hurts. She nods and he tells her it would’ve been easier in his room. Five minutes later, Kane leaves the bathroom claiming he had to leave. The accuser posted these claims on her LiveJournal account. Beat writers for the team said they left LA right after the game and fans even tracked the flight info to try to debunk this allegation. Kane made $6.8 million back in 2016.
New England Patriots (NFL)
Back in 2011, Julian Edelman was accused of groping a woman. Edelman reached under the woman’s Halloween costume and grabbed her vagina. Edelman pleaded not guilty and the charges were dropped due to video footage and witness interviews. Prosecutors concluded that they did not have proof beyond reasonable doubt. Edelman signed a 2 year, $11 million contract back in 2017.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Florida State University (NFL/NCAA)
Jameis Winston was accused of rape by an FSU student, Erica Kinsman, in 2012. Kinsman reported the incident to local law enforcement but it did not become public until late 2013. Winston was never questioned by the police and FSU barely looked into the incident. According to Kinsman, Winston raped her in his bedroom and bathroom. A rape kit was performed at the hospital. Winston’s teammate allegedly recorded the encounter and wasn’t interviewed until a year later. His teammate conveniently deleted the video. The police department did not collect a semen sample from Winston. When the sample was collected a year later, it matched the DNA found in her underwear. Charges were not filed against Winston. Another woman also reported Winston to FSU for sexual misconduct a month before Kinsman’s allegations went public. Winston was taken #1 in the NFL draft and signed a deal with Nike despite the allegations against him. Winston was also accused of groping a female Uber driver in 2016. Winston makes $6.9 million annually from his NFL contract.
sources: 1 2 + my brain