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.