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Roethlisberger Party Dubbed 'Ben-a-Palooza'

3/14/2010 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Most of Ben Roethlisberger's ill-fated party weekend was thoroughly planned out weeks in advance -- minus the whole alleged sexual assault part -- and TMZ has learned the festivities even had a name ... "Ben-a-Palooza."

Ben Roethlisberger

The Palooza is a tradition that Ben and his pals have put together for the past several years in which the Steelers quarterback and a group of his friends celebrate Ben's birthday together.

This year, Ben-a-Palooza began at Roethlisberger's home near Pittsburgh, where the group -- pictured above wearing customized Palooza shirts -- boarded a party bus bound for Ben's lake house in Georgia.

After the bus arrived to the home, several members spent one of the nights on a bar crawl in Milledgeville where Ben was later accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a nightclub bathroom.

Nothing spoils a Palooza like a criminal investigation.

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61.

joelle    

AJ and South Beach -- you are right on!

(and "entitlement" doesn't begin to describe this guy's barbaric treatment of women. his poor parents - dad/step-mom and sister must be beyond embarrassed and ashamed -- not to mention what the poor victim must be going through. I just hope she knows she has our support.)

1692 days ago
62.

sunnie    

Oh geez - I just looked at those loser pictures.
These people CLEARLY have TOO much time on their hands.

Grown men - pushing 30 - acting like over-indulged 16-19 year-old school BOYS!
GROW UP already!!

If Big Ben spent as much time cultivating REAL, MEANINGFUL relationships rather than partying like a drunken frat boy in his first year of college, he might actually be able to get laid and have a real girlfriend rather than having to force himself on some poor, young, unsuspecting girl in a sleaze-bag nightclub bathroom of all places -- so classy....for a RAPIST!

1692 days ago
63.

sunnie    

To Realist: I'm afraid there is a TON of evidence.
Eyewitness accounts are evidence: Patrons report that the bodyguards were blocking the entrance to the private "employees only" bathroom.
(Q: why was BB in an employee bathroom)
These witnesses were interviewed on TV - they thought it was strange and weird.
The girl's state of mind after being assaulted is evidence: Witnesses, including her friends, police and other patrons report her being hysterical, crying, upset and shaken
Big Ben himself - his own words are evidence: He admitted to police there was "sexual contact" and it was "not consummated"
WTH does THAT mean?
He was trying to rape her - and spilled his load on her while she was scrambling to break free - thus falling and hitting her head?
Or did he BASH her head because she was trying to get loose.
ALL the ER findings - DNA and her injuries are EVIDENCE.
There is a LOT of evidence and it all looks BAD for BB - the attempted RAPIST that he obviously IS!

1692 days ago
64.

OLD SCHOOL STEELER    

Big Ben parents must be so proud of him by now for his 2 superbowl wins and his 2 sexual assualt charges. Call a escort service Big Ben it will save you millions and quit giving the Rooneys a bad name you Jack A$$. Give Mario a call and see if you can stay with him to help save your career. WTF

1692 days ago
65.

OLD SCHOOL STEELER    

PS.

BIG BEN,

WHAT COLLEGE DOES YOUR LITTLE SISTER GO TO AND DOES SHE MEET WITH STRAGE MEN IN THE LADIES ROOM..........IM IN

1692 days ago
66.

C.B.    

The 3rd time will be a charm if he gets away with this again , he will end up silencing his victim (or someone else will)so he doesnt have to go through the media frenzy , somebody will end up going missing . Then what?? a jury needs to decide weather he is guilty or not , not a bunch of paid off policemen.This girl has done everything a victim would do, so the message here is if you are a celebrity or pro athlete you can take law enforcement out with you and and moreless have sex with who ever you want where ever you want because police officers dont lie.

1692 days ago
67.

C.B.    

How about a lie detector test ?

1692 days ago
68.

PAL    

I don't understand what these photo's are supposed to prove. Where are the girls in this photo. this has nothing to do with the club where the incident happened come on guys get with it.

1691 days ago
69.

r c bricker    

Big Ben is one big s o b. no wonder guys can't tackle him easily. What a great quarterback he is. If time allows He will break a lot of records. Needs to be wiser though at least.

1691 days ago
70.

marge    

A week long birthday celebration? Do children even do this? Not sure if he's guilty or not, even though it sounds like he is, but dude has some serious maturity issues.

1691 days ago
71.

marge    

15. So this underage girl illegally entered the nightclub?

Posted at 10:59AM on Mar 14th 2010 by Disco Legend Zeke

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Most college town bars are 18 to enter, 21+ to drink, just like it is with this club.

1691 days ago
72.

rob    

cleveland and baltimore fans are big morons

1691 days ago
73.

Wild Bill    

The DEVIL went down to Georgia?

1691 days ago
74.

gaddy    

I'm a Steelers fan born and raised in Fort Worth Texas, And I can understand the reason why fans of other teams call Ben a rapist and wish he'd go to prison. Because they are haters and their envy of the Steelers success drives them crazy. My cousin is a die hard Cowboys fan, and he sound exactly like the negative comments posted on this site. And with the criminal history of former Cowboys, and Bengal players, their fans should'nt even comment. Steeler fans don't throw Ben under the bus so fast. We don't know the truth. Something isn't right. I find it hard to believe that the bodyguards would guard a bathroom door. putting, themselves in jeopardy with the law, knowing Ben is in the bathroom raping a woman. But i can beileve that same situation if the woman and Ben entered willingly and wanted to make it private.

1691 days ago
75.

sonya    

i love how you people say he is guilty when the police didnt even complete their investagation. wow i just want to say that you people need to get a life and keep you mouths shut till the investagation is complete. i think he is innocent but i cant say what happened that night. that is why the police are taking their time to make sure that 20 year old accusser isnt lying. Plus this 20 yr old aint know victim she was dinking underage so she got into trouble herself. what if she had sex before she went to the bar and it turns up to not be his. that woul prove to me she is nothing but a money grubber hoe.

1691 days ago
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