Little is known about what may have occurred after the game in the locker room, but sources close to Mike Wallace said that his pointed and sometimes harsh style of interviewing could have exacerbated an otherwise happy victory. One of Wallace’s former CBS colleagues said, “It wouldn’t be abnormal for Mike to openly accost Roethlisberger about the accusations of rape brought against him by that Nevada woman in 2008. Or even the sexual assault charges from the woman in Georgia last year. I’m sure if Mike and Roethlisberger were together in the locker room, a confrontation ensued.”
In a phone interview with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, he dismissed any and all accounts of a confrontation: “It didn’t go down like that at all. It was just a friendly game of grab-ass that got a little out of hand. You know how that goes. Oh wait, you were asking about Mike Wallace? No, we got a wide receiver with the same name. Different guy. Far as I know, he and Ben have no quarrel. You really should watch the games you cover.”
Note: While Tomlin made a valid point that illustrates an admitted flaw in our reporting, it is also important to emphasize that Sunday football games conflict with the Bennington Vale “Real American” community schedule -- church services followed by a prayer brunch at Piers Addleson’s Pea House, then late afternoon gun cleanings and early evening stock trading.
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