Despite Rape Accusations, Nike Stands By Its ManAnna North4/22/10 9:30amFiled to: Field NotesBen RoethlisbergerRapesexual AssaultBen roethlisberger rape accusationsNikeAppic231EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAs Timothy Egan points out in today's Times, Nike is one of the few sponsors to stick by Tiger Woods. The company is also retaining an even more questionable sport star: Ben Roethlisberger.Roethlisberger was accused of raping a woman in Lake Tahoe last summer. He denied the accusation and no criminal charges were filed, but now a 20-year-old college student has alleged that he encouraged her and her friends to take shots at a Milledgeville, Ga. bar, then had his bodyguard "escort" her into a hallway, whereupon Roethlisberger raped her. Again, no charges have been filed (Egan blames poor police work for this), but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has taken the situation seriously enough to suspend Roethlisberger for six games without pay. Not taking the situation as seriously: Nike.