Thursday, April 15, 2010

Roethlisberger Will Be Disciplined

Two days after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney, II says the team is ready to take disciplinary action against Roethlisberbger but that will be coordinated with Goodell..
"As far as the timing of any disciplinary action, the Commissioner has told me he would like to take at least a couple weeks to review this matter. So, I don’t expect we will be announcing any final decisions until the week after the draft, at the earliest."
Monday, a Georgia District Attorney announced that no criminal charges would be filed against Roethlisberger in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a 20 year old college coed at a nightclub in Milledgeville, Georgia March 5. District Attorney Fred Bright said that there were still questions at to what happened in a bathroom at the nightclub, but the accuser and her family did not want to file charges and there was not enough evidence to make an arrest.
Bright said he "doesn't prosecute morals, just crimes" and his advice for Roethlisberger..."grow up."

Rooney said that each Steeler player has a responsibility to live up to the highest standards on the field, but also to equally high standards off the field.

"I have made it clear to Ben that his conduct in this incident did not live up to our standards. We have made it very clear to Ben that there will be consequences for his actions, and Ben has indicated to us that he is willing to accept those consequences.æ

Rooney said they allowed Roethlisberger to join off-season workouts with the team after being convinced that he is truly contrite and receiving his assurance that he "is firmly committed to working hard everyday to regain the trust and respect of this organization and Steelers fans."

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