Colon not a witness to alleged assault

Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Willie Colon was with teammate Ben
Roethlisberger on the night the quarterback was accused of sexual
assault in a Georgia club, but did not witness anything, Colon’s
agent said Wednesday.

Colon was at the Capital City nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga.,
last Friday, for a birthday party for Roethlisberger. But Joe
Linta, Colon’s agent, said in a telephone interview that Colon was
on the dance floor and not close by when Roethlisberger allegedly
sexually assaulted a 20-year-old college student.

“Willie, although he was in the building, had no knowledge of
the incident and his name should not be brought up about this
incident again,” Linta said. “The first knowledge he had was when
he was stopped when leaving the place to be asked some

Colon was part of a group of Roethlisberger’s friends who went
to Milledgeville to celebrate the quarterback’s 28th birthday.

Colon’s attendance at the party was first reported by the New
York Daily News.

Authorities are still investigating the matter and
Roethlisberger has not been charged. He is cooperating with
authorities and Milledgeville police have said they expect to
interview Roethlisberger in the next several days. They plan to
take a DNA sample from him.

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 hotel
and casino, an allegation he strongly denies. It is a civil matter
as no criminal charges were filed.