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ESPN ignores Big Ben story, so far

It’s been more than 12 hours since we reported on the existence of a Nevada lawsuit against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It’s been roughly 12 hours since we reported that the case includes Kobe Bryant-style allegations against the two-time Super Bowl winner.

As expected, the Associated Press has finally caught up with the story, and as usual failed to credit us in any way, shape, or form, despite the quasi-legitimacy that our NBC partnership provides.

But the folks in Bristol, to whose news desk we sent an e-mail not long after the story was published, have said nothing about the lawsuit.

It conjures memories of the Mike Vick “Ron Mexico” lawsuit from several years back, which was flat out ignored by ESPN and others for days, if not weeks.

So why? Would ESPN have squatted on the thing if a member of the NFL reporting army brought this one to the table? Or does the adage “if it’s not our news, it’s new to us” still apply?

Our money is on the latter.

But let’s see if the story makes it into the Tuesday morning SportsCenter loop.