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The worst part about the current presidential administration is that nothing makes sense and everyone is a shady swamp demon.
On Tuesday, at 12:31 p.m., celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted "We have no further comment at this time regarding the details relating to Ben Roethlisberger in the book." The book to which he is referencing is Full Disclosure, a tell-all by adult-film star Stormy Daniels to be released October 2.
How Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger became involved will take a minute to explain.
To recap, Daniels, represented by Avenatti, is suing President Donald Trump over a non-disclosure agreement she signed in regards to an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006. Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, who recently pleaded guilty to criminal charges, admitted to paying Daniels $130,000 to stay quiet about the affair.
In January, Daniels gave an interview with In Touch detailing the night the affair began, saying:
"Ben [Roethlisberger] had just won the Super Bowl that year. Donald excused himself. He had to leave, I don’t remember why, and he made Ben promise to take care of me. I stayed another 15-20 minutes and Ben Roethlisberger actually walked me up to my room that night because Donald told him to."
Personally, I would not entrust Roethlisberger to take care of a woman, especially if it involves taking her back to her hotel room.
But none of this context explains why, today, Avenatti tweeted "we have no further comment" about a topic no one was discussing. Steelers Twitter today is currently obsessed with wide receiver Antonio Brown and his no-show to practice.
Leaked excerpts of Full Disclosure feature vivid and nauseating descriptions of Trump's dangling bits, causing Toad and Mario Kart to start trending on Twitter, and for Nintendo to tweet an apology about a previous tweet joking about the trending topics. However, the published passages did not in any way shape or form mention Ben Roethlisberger.
Searching Roethlisberger's name in the news, on social media, and in the replies to Avenatti's tweet, there doesn't appear to be any fans asking about "the details relating to Ben Roethlisberger in the book."
But Avenatti is extremely media savvy. He has sued the NFL several times, and also once started a coffee company with Patrick Dempsey. He probably knows that Roethlisberger gives his regular weekly interviews on Wednesdays.
Avenatti did not reply to a request for comment at the time of publication.
However, by tweeting, seemingly out of nowhere, that he and Daniels "have no further comment," Avenatti could be essentially inviting the press to ask Roethlisberger for a comment about the topic. This could lead to more press for the book from a non-political fan base of NFL followers.
After all, Avenatti is a sleazy media genius. He should not be underestimated.
: Avenatti responds to City Paper
story via email saying he tweeted about Roethlisberger after he was "contacted by numerous media outlets and being asked about a portion of the book." Avenetti then took offense CP
's characterization of his media game.
"How dare you refer to me as 'sleezy' [sic]," said Avenatti. "What trash journalism."