Ben has a major rep around here as a douchebag – walking out on his restaurant tabs, treating staff like shit, demanding free stuff on the base that he will bring THEM more business, etc. He’s been banned from several bars, etc. There was an article that came out right after the rape accusation about it. I have family that’s met the bastard. My cousin J worked as a cook at a bar where Ben came to visit once. He made at least one waitress cry – and the only reason he paid his tab was because they pointed out there was a police car down the street.
And then my cousin C.B.'s wife (C.B. is J’s older brother, BTW) works at a local hospital, and says Ben never came to visit with the rest of the Steelers, no matter how many times they asked for him.
When you keep hearing the same type of stories, over and over and over again, you begin to think, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
(And before anyone pulls the “friend of a cousin’s roommates’ first-grade teacher”, I’m recounting first-hand accounts)