NBC mum on Roethlisberger’s status for ACC
Freedom, starring for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises and a future spot in the American Century Championship are at stake for Ben Roethlisberger.
A Milledgeville, Ga., district attorney is poring over investigative reports and testimonies after Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student last month. A decision of whether Roethlisberger will be charged is expected on Monday.
It is the second sexual assault accusation made against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback in less than a year. Former Harrah’s Tahoe employee Andrea McNulty filed a civil lawsuit against Roethlisberger last July, stemming from an allegation that she was sexually assaulted in his hotel room during the 2008 ACC in Stateline.
Roethlisberger has denied any wrongdoing, and the case has not been settled. The two sexual assault accusations in short time span – and one of them occurring during a celebrity golf tournament – may or may not be the cause of Roethlisberger absence from the current list of players accepting invitations to play in the 2010 ACC at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
“NBC only announces everyone who has accepted, not everyone they’ve invited, as an individual privacy consideration,” said Phil Weidinger, whose firm is a longtime promoter of the championship.
NBC officials declined to comment about Roethlisberger’s tournament status, but Weidinger said that participants have cretan obligations to meet. “NBC always seeks new and popular contemporary stars to keep the event fresh and to attract spectators, sponsors and television ratings,” he said. “NBC obviously notices who is popular with the fans and sponsors and that comes into consideration.”
Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl winner, has played in the event every year since 2004, including 2006 when he was injured in a motorcycle accident a month before the tournament. If Roethlisberger is being outed because of behavior issues, he won’t be the first. After a 12-year absence, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor returned to the tournament in 2007 following a number of scrapes with the law.
Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker was arrested during last year’s tournament after failing to make good on a $822,500 gambling debt from 10 bad checks that he wrote at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort.
Walker, who was a three-time all-star with the Boston Celtics, was allowed to finish the tournament, and he has since negotiated a repayment plan with the casinos. But Walker’s name is not on the latest list of accepted players released on April 5.
The tournament field repeatedly changes in the months leading up to the July event, but many stars accept invitations early because tournament spots are highly coveted. Already confirming invitations for the July 13-18 tournament are Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, John Elway, Mario Lemieux, Tony Romo and Bode Miller.
New additions to the field, an annual objective of NBC, which selected the participants, include Golden State Warriors’ rookie Stephen Curry, 300-game major league winner Greg Maddux, former Atlanta Braves’ all-star pitcher John Smoltz, Utah Jazz all-star guard Deron Williams and NFL all-pro defensive end Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings.
Tickets to the 2010 tournament are on sale. For more information, go to tahoecelebritygolf.com.
As of 4/05/2010
Troy Aikman NFL Hall of Fame QB
Jared Allen NFL All-Pro DE: Minnesota Vikings
Marcus Allen NFL Hall of Fame RB
Ray Allen NBA All-Star, Boston Celtics
Charles Barkley Former NBA All-Star
Brian Baumgartner Actor: The Office
Shane Battier NBA Forward: Houston Rockets
Jerome Bettis Former NFL All-Pro RB
Joe Carter Former MLB All-Star OF
Matt Cassel NFL QB: Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Chandler Former NFL All-Pro QB
Don Cheadle Actor: Crash, Hotel Rowanda, Oceans Eleven
Vince Coleman Former MLB All-Star OF
Stephen Curry NBA G: Golden State Warriors
Vinny Del Negro NBA Head Coach: Chicago Bulls
Jack Del Rio NFL Head Coach: Jacksonville Jaguars
Trent Dilfer Former NFL All-Pro QB
Herm Edwards Former NFL Head Coach
John Elway NFL Hall of Fame QB
Mike Eruzione Captain, 1980 US Hockey Team
Grant Fuhr Former NHL All-Star
Todd Haley NFL Head Coach: Kansas City Chiefs
Anfernee Hardaway Former NBA All-Star
Rodney Harrison Former NFL Pro-Bowler
AJ Hawk NFL LB: Green Bay Packers
Dennis Haysbert Actor: 24
Lou Holtz Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach
Oliver Hudson Actor: Rules of Engagement
Brett Hull Former NHL All-Star
Dan Jansen Former Gold Medal Speed Skater
Dale Jarrett NASCAR Driver
Michael Jordan NBA Legend
Brian Kelly Notre Dame Football Head Coach
Jason Kidd NBA All-Star: Dallas Mavericks
Kyle Korver NBA G/F: Utah Jazz
Jamie Langenbrunner Captain, 2010 US Hockey Team
Mario Lemieux NHL Legend
Kenny Lofton Former MLB All-Star
Greg Maddux Former MLB All-Star P
Bruce McGill Actor: Animal House
Jim McMahon Former NFL All-Pro QB
Bode Miller Gold Medal Winning Skier
Mike Modano NHL All-Star
Kevin Nealon Actor, SNL Alum
Jonathan Ogden Former All-Pro OL
John O’Hurley Actor/Host: Seinfeld, Family Feud
Carson Palmer NFL All-Pro QB; Cincinnati Bengals
Digger Phelps ESPN Analyst, Former Notre Dame Basketball Coac
Stone Phillips Former Dateline Anchor
Dan Quayle Former U.S Vice President
Dan Quinn Former NHL C
Rick Rhoden Professional Golfer, Former MLB All-Star
Alfonso Ribeiro Actor: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Aaron Rodgers NFL All-Pro QB: Green Bay Packers
Jeremy Roenick Former NHL All Star
Ray Romano Actor: Everybody Loves Raymond
Tony Romo NFL All Pro QB: Dallas Cowboys
Mark Rypien Former All-Pro NFL QB
Bret Saberhagen Former MLB Pitcher/World Series MVP
Mike Schmidt MLB Hall of Fame 3B
Mike Shanahan NFL Head Coach: Washington Redskins
Sterling Sharpe Former NFL All-Pro WR
Ryan Sheckler Professional Skateboarder
John Smoltz Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
Ozzie Smith MLB Hall of Fame SS
Vinny Testaverde Former NFL All-Pro QB
Joe Theismann Former NFL All-Pro QB
Billy Joe Tolliver Former NFL QB
Jack Wagner Actor: Melrose Place
Wes Welker NFL All-Pro WR: New England Patriots
Ken Whisenhunt NFL Head Coach: Arizona Cardinals
Deron Williams NBA All-Star Guard: Utah Jazz
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