Roethlisberger hires Garland, attorney to troubled sports stars

Defense attorney Ed Garland (left), with partner Don Samuel, worked the Ravens' Ray Lewis down to a misdemeanor in a double-homicide.

Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis was involved in a double homicide but, led by defense attorney Ed Garland (left) and partner Don Samuel, pled to only a misdemeanor.

We may not know for a while whether Ben Roethlisberger is guilty of sexual assault allegations in Milledgeville. At the very least, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and Reynolds Plantation resident is not very smart for hanging out in college bars and continually putting himself in dumb situations.

But we just found out how serious this situation is.

Roethlisberger has hired Atlanta defense attorney Ed Garland. How significant is this? Consider some of Garland’s past clients:

Dany Heatley and Ed Garland.

Dany Heatley and Ed Garland.

Ray Lewis: The Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker was indicted for murder and aggravated assault charges following the stabbing deaths of two people Super Bowl week in Atlanta in 2000. Lewis eventually pled guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice.

Jamal Lewis: The then-Ravens running back was charged in 2004 with conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine in 2000. He eventually served four months in prison for using his cellphone to set up the drug deal.

Jamal Lewis and Ed Garland.

Jamal Lewis and Ed Garland.

Dany Heatley: The former Atlanta Thrasher was charged with vehicular homicide after speeding in his Ferrari caused a one-car crash in Buckhead that killed his passenger and teammate, Dan Snyder. Heatley avoided a trial, largely because alcohol was ruled to not have been a factor and the push for leniency by Snyder’s parents. He was sentenced to three years probation.

Adam “Pacman”Jones: He was represented by attorney Manny Arora, who used to be a part of Garland’s firm. Jones,

This is the second time Ben Roethlisberger is being accused of sexual assault.

This is the second time Ben Roethlisberger is being accused of sexual assault.

the former Tennessee Titan and Dallas Cowboy, was alleged to have been involved in a fight at a Las Vegas strip club that resulted in a shooting and one patron being paralyzed. He faced two felony charges but eventually accepted a plea deal to one charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. He was given a suspended, one-year prison, probation, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

So it seems the firm of Garland, Samuel and Loeb have stumbled onto a cottage industry: professional sports.

A 20-year-old student at Georgia College & State University told police she was sexually assaulted at a Milledgeville nightclub. Roethlisberger has been identified as the alleged attacker, but he hasn’t been charged.

This is the second time assault allegations have followed Roethlisberger. Last year a woman claimed she was raped by the quarterback at a charity golf function in 2008. Criminal chargers never were filed, but the  woman, Andrea McNulty, has filed a civil suit and is seeking an apology and at least $440,000.

More on Roethlisberger:

Quarterback leaves Georgia

GBI is retracing his steps


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98 comments Add your comment

Dawgs2010

March 8th, 2010
9:13 am

Worm

March 8th, 2010
9:13 am

Wow..he’s obviously taking this as a serious matter, which makes you wonder if these allegations have credence.

Dawgs2010

March 8th, 2010
9:14 am

I am the king of the world!!!!

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 8th, 2010
9:15 am

Big Ben must be the biggest DA in the world.

Clay

March 8th, 2010
9:25 am

Next “Big Ben” will surely get arrested for dragging a college teen by the hair back to his cave. After reading the accounts of the two cases he is involved in, that probably best sums up his opinion of women (girls).

Dawgs2010

March 8th, 2010
9:26 am

I hope he goes down. His name is getting tossed around way to much in these cases. He is most likely guilty in at least one of the cases. One time, you can give him a pass and the benefit of the doubt, the second time it is probally true.

Besides…I hate the Steelers!

gabeaux

March 8th, 2010
9:29 am

Little Ben must have been doing Big Ben’s thinking.

Rod

March 8th, 2010
9:30 am

Why don’t I see a picture of Ben on this article since it is title Roethlisberger hires attorney. I know good and well there are pictures of him and they should be posted.

WISE

March 8th, 2010
9:33 am

I told you ben you should of left those white girls alone ahahaha

DDT

March 8th, 2010
9:33 am

Looks like if you are a sports or movie star and you can afford a good lawyer you can get out of anything. Who says money cant buy everything.

SLP

March 8th, 2010
9:37 am

There is a lack of common sense in Ben’s life. He rides his motorcycle without a helmet and now is accused for the second time of sexual assault. No telling what else there is that we don’t know about. Let the investigation play out. But the hiring of the lawyer speaks volumes, doesn’t it? If the man has a problem, get him some help. If he is a predator, get him off the streets and in jail. Let’s see what Roger Goodell will do with one of his stars IF Ben is guilty of anything.

G-Money

March 8th, 2010
9:43 am

This is truly a dark moment in Ben’s life. I hope and pray that these allegations are incorrect. If they are true, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to these young ladies. These athletes are in can’t win situations, they are better off not even attempting to have social lives the way everyday people do. We need to allow for the legal process to take its course and see how this situation works out.

Law Now

March 8th, 2010
9:45 am

Garland’s a master—he’ll get Ben out of this with nothing more than a little cash paid to the skank who’s bringing these false charges. All the chick wanted the whole time is money for sex.

Atlanta Resident

March 8th, 2010
9:45 am

What was this 20 yr old girl doing in several bars anyway. Isn’t the drinking age in Georgia 21??? Or does Milledgeville have special drinking laws.

JeanE

March 8th, 2010
9:46 am

He is obviously as dumb as he looks: what an idiot. You are too old to be hanging around with college kids you pig. Even if it was “consensual” as I’m sure he’ll claim, why put yourself in that situation at all? Another combination of arrogance, ego and stupidity. He is a moron.

Reynolds Plantation white trash

March 8th, 2010
9:47 am

There is no end to the trouble, deceit, and corruption spewing from the plantation. Wonder how Sea Island went under, but not Reynolds?

TommyJack

March 8th, 2010
9:50 am

Who knows? But he is one goofy looking s.o.b.

chaseolla

March 8th, 2010
9:50 am

Can you say Kordell vs. Birds next year. Chalk up a win. Goodelll do your job.

Shug

March 8th, 2010
9:50 am

It seems Big Ben has belonged on the rogue big-time athlete’s roster for a while. Why doesn’t he have that rep yet? He’s still portrayed as somewhat of a good ole boy who’s given the benefit of the dobut. Maybe now people will start to see him as more of a creepy predator.

Herschel Talker

March 8th, 2010
9:52 am

Fry the putz

catsFly

March 8th, 2010
9:53 am

I don’t understand how someone can be sexually assaulted (does this mean raped?) at a night club sitting out in public, and no one sees anything. Do some more investigative reporting. Did he leave the club with her? If he didn’t, then someone saw something. Did they go to a motel, to an apartment. This report says was assaulted at the club. Did he pinch her behind, grapple her, what did he do?

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Little Ben

March 8th, 2010
9:56 am

I didn’t see enough to be a witness. It was light, it was dark, it was light, it was dark . . .

Rod

March 8th, 2010
9:56 am

Oh so since I called the AJC now they put a picture of Ben at the bottom of the article. Interesting how another person face is at the top of an article. If it was Tiger I doubt if a picture of another golfer would be at the top of the article!!!!!!

Bryan G.

March 8th, 2010
10:01 am

I think a few things need to be said.

1. Just because BR is hiring an attorney doesn’t mean he did anything wrong. Anyone with any sense should hire an attorney if the police want to question you.
2. Let’s not assume that this girl is making false allegations just b/c BR is a high profile celeb. If that were your sister, I doubt you’d want people on a blog calling her a “skank”, etc. (and, hey, she may well be…but not enough facts have come out).

oldfart

March 8th, 2010
10:03 am

A lot of judging going on here without the facts. He may be a predator or he may be a victim himself, we just don’t know yet. The alleged victim has not been identified so how do you guys know her ethnicity? While athletes have been know to push the boundaries on sexual encounters so have some gold diggers. There is not enough known at this time for the condemnations either way. It will probably boil down to a he said/she said and some money will change hands. About the only thing we know for certain at this point is that some lawyers will definitely get paid.

Mike Edge

March 8th, 2010
10:04 am

First, the girl is no skank. For anyone to assume that is assinine and you really need o check yourself if you’re taking up for pro Atheletes becaue of their status. Second, Milledgeville does have the same underage drinking laws. Anyone who goes to college knows that underage drinking is rampant. Milledgeville is a great town. It’s where I went to school and I hope this media storm doesn’t paint it in a negative light. In sum, let the facts come out before you jump to conclusions.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 8th, 2010
10:04 am

I think he thought the 19 and 20yr olds in Milledgeville would be easy prey……that silly man…

jim

March 8th, 2010
10:08 am

I love the rush to judgement that so many are willing to make. If it were them or someone they knew, it would be innocent until proven guilty. Hiring a lawyer is the smart an correct thing to do. Let the facts come out and then let justice take its course either way.
Having said that, I do question his habit of placing himself in less than intelligent situations. Hanging out with college kids is dumb Ben. Knock it off. If guilty, shame on you.

TopDawg

March 8th, 2010
10:08 am

Football stars are not different than many others that are rich…they simply think they can get away with anything. And as the examples stated within the article show – They are mostly right! Money can buy your way out of a whole bunch of sin.

ScrewtheOscars

March 8th, 2010
10:11 am

Hmmmmmm……….when the story first broke it was “Steelers QB Accused of Sexual Assault”. Now it’s…..”Roethlisberger hires ATL attorney”………obviously the AJC didn’t want their buddy’s name plastered all over the headlines before the story go too serious. On top of that, most reporters are STRESSING the notion that he MAY be innocent! To add insult to injury, the AJC wanted to conveniently remind us that LOTS of blacks players do naughty things as well…..hence this article about Roethlisberger’s soon-to-be attorney who ALSO has defended LOTS of black dudes. The implication is clear……….this article and those
photos were posted to send a subliminal message. MESSAGE RECEIVED!

Chess

March 8th, 2010
10:18 am

Jeff Schultz you are better than this I hoped. I know spin. You are now a bottom feeder. I hope TMZ works out for you buddy.

Delbert D.

March 8th, 2010
10:20 am

Prison time and an NFL ban for life is in order if BR is found guilty.

oldfart

March 8th, 2010
10:22 am

Why is it always made into a racial issue? The “justice” system is biased towards money. The only color that matters is green.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 8th, 2010
10:28 am

I never post about race issues…but I gotta jump in on this….JS was simply listing Ed Garland’s former clients that are pro athletes…there is no racial slant here…it is what it is…

Supes

March 8th, 2010
10:31 am

Jeff, aren’t you glad that you don’t see Atlanta QB Matt Ryan in the news for STUFF like this?

I don’t know if Matt will lead the Falcons to a SB like Ben did the Steelers (2 years ago, b/c the first one lets face it they won with running the FB and Defense), but I’m glad we now have a QB who stays out of the news NOT related to the NFL.

Jeff Schultz

March 8th, 2010
10:32 am

Folks, I will say this once: I’ve already deleted several comments bringing race into this. If it continues, I will shut down the blog to commenting. As for the people who originally asked why I didn’t have a picture of Roethlisberger, it’s because I inserted 3 photos — all pictures of Garland with his athlete-clients. There were no pictures of Roethlisberger-Garland yet. But at your request, you’ve now got one of BR. If there is a race conspiracy theory on your part, how do you explain the picture with Heatley?

PMC

March 8th, 2010
10:39 am

The next Ravens player to be aressted in Atlanta requiring Ed Garland gets a 20% team discount.

Jethro

March 8th, 2010
10:40 am

Were the women in Atlanta already on to Ben’s antics so he was clubbing in nowheres-ville with 18, 19, and 20 year old girls?

Matt B.

March 8th, 2010
10:49 am

If statement of fact with respect to the past client history of the subject (Ed Garland) is the race cared, then I guess any mention of any person in a factual matter in any article is a race card. The point of the story is Ed Garland has represented a lot of athletes. The backup is pertinent. The fact is, he now has 40% white clients and 60% black clients. Since it is a fairly small sampling, I don’t see the angle. I guess it is all that wool on my eyes.

JJ

March 8th, 2010
10:52 am

Just because some of you can create a racial argument out of every blog and article doesn’t make it true. The blog was about Garland and the three most famous athletes he’s represented. Two were black and one was white. So is the blog 2/3 racist? You folks are hilarious….

Tailback U

March 8th, 2010
10:53 am

Jeff
I don’t want to proclaim anyone guilty of anything that I
don’t know for sure but this guy stays in controvery.
To me it seems he ought to catch as much flak as Vick did
or at least something approaching it.
None of my thoughts and projections are race related but if
he is guilty I trust he will be viewed as the greater villain.
I say that because of some guys are viewed in a certain way
they are given more latitude in making bad decisions.
We should all strive to be consistent whether a player is
“our guy” or not.

DA DAWG

March 8th, 2010
10:57 am

There are many things posted here by some very ignorant people.

truth hurts

March 8th, 2010
10:57 am

ANYWAY GTAA AND DRAD CAN HIRE THIS ATTORNEY VS. PAUL HEWITT’S CONTRACT? CPH’S CONTRACT IS AN ASSAULT AGAINST GT. I’m serious

Tucker T

March 8th, 2010
11:03 am

Race has nothing to do with this. Some people just need to get over themselves and stop playing the race card on every topic. If he did something inappropriate with this girl then he should be punished. End of story.

Jeff Schultz

March 8th, 2010
11:06 am

Tailback — If he’s guilty, I’m sure he’ll be viewed as a villain.

Rob

March 8th, 2010
11:13 am

This is good old fashioned extortion, period.

BMLocal26

March 8th, 2010
11:21 am

Is it guilty until proven innocent or innocent until proven guilty? How does that go by the Constitution?

BMLocal26

March 8th, 2010
11:24 am

I thought that I saw Vick play in some NFL games this year, I didn’t know he was banned for life, must be my halfhiemers acting up again.

southside

March 8th, 2010
11:26 am

Ben may be as innocent as the driven snow but he is stupid. He is hiring Garland to see if the charges can be thrown out. The 20 year old does not know what is about to hit her.