- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 23, 2009

From combined dispatches

Law enforcement officials in Nevada have no intention of opening a criminal investigation into allegations Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raped a woman at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino a year ago, the sheriff’s department said Wednesday.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Teresa Duffy said the accuser would have to file a criminal complaint to trigger an investigation into the incident the woman says occurred during a celebrity golf tournament last July while she was working as an executive VIP casino host at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

“The victim is the only one who can do that,” Duffy told the Associated Press. “Unless there was a third party that actually witnessed the incident, which according to the civil case was not the case here.”

The 31-year-old Nevada woman has filed a lawsuit saying the Super Bowl winning quarterback raped her in a hotel penthouse across the street from the golf course, a claim his lawyer vehemently denies.

She also accuses Harrah’s officials, including the casino’s chief of security, of orchestrating a cover-up of the incident she says she reported to him the next day. The lawsuit asserts Harrah’s officials worked to silence her and undermine her credibility rather than investigate her claims.

VICK: Michael Vick has met with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback finished serving 23 months in federal custody for a dogfighting conviction.

George Atallah, assistant executive director for external affairs of the players union, said Vick and Smith met one-on-one Tuesday. Atallah gave no additional details.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Vick indefinitely, and he said Tuesday that he’ll decide whether to reinstate Vick “in the near future.” Goodell did not elaborate.

NFL training camps open for veterans next week.

VIKINGS: Linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will have to wait a bit longer to find out whether they will be going to trial before the season begins.

A state judge in Minneapolis said he will rule by Aug. 7 whether to put their lawsuit against the NFL on hold, as the league has requested. The two are fighting their pending suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

COWBOYS: Paralyzed scouting assistant Rich Behm is determined to walk again.

In his first public comments since the May collapse of the team’s indoor practice facility, Behm says he is still learning to deal with life in a wheelchair. He lost the use of his legs in the accident that injured two other Cowboys staff members.

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