Roethlisberger Attorney: No Sexual Assault

Ben Roethlisberger during warmups before the first half of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) AP Photo/J. Pat Carter

The high-profile attorney representing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is disputing a woman's claim that the Super Bowl MVP sexually assaulted her at a Georgia nightclub.

Police are investigating the 20-year-old college student's claim that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her early Friday. Roethlisberger has not been charged.

In a statement Monday, high-profile Atlanta attorney Ed Garland says there was "no criminal activity" and Roethlisberger is "completely innocent of any crime." Garland also says no sexual assault occurred.

Also Monday, the police chief of the Georgia college town where the investigation is under way says detectives hope to interview Roethlisberger in the next several days.

Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement the team is closely monitoring the situation.

"All of us in the Steelers family are concerned about the recent incident involving Ben Roethlisberger in Georgia," the statement said. "We cannot comment on any of the specifics until law enforcement's investigation is concluded."

Garland previously represented rapper T.I. on a federal weapons charge and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in a murder case. More serious charges against Lewis were dropped and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge.

Roethlisberger, who owns a home about 30 miles north of Milledgeville on Lake Oconee, is also being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a hotel-casino in Lake Tahoe.

The Steelers star denies those allegations and has asked for counter-damages.

The player's agent, Ryan Tollner, said in a statement the day after the Milledgeville incident that he is skeptical of the alleged victim's motive because of the Lake Tahoe allegations.

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