Big Ben's suspension reduced to 4 games
Updated Sep 3, 2010 11:47 AM ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers' star quarterback met with Goodell early Friday and was told he could return on Oct. 17 against Cleveland.
Roethlisberger was suspended in April for violating the league's personal conduct policy, but Goodell said at the time he would review Roethlisberger's behavior over the next few months. Goodell was satisfied that the player has followed the league's guidelines and stayed out of trouble.
Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a Georgia college student following a night of drinking in a Milledgeville, Ga., bar on March 5. He was not charged by Georgia authorities.
The league said the ''reinstatement is contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the personal conduct policy.''
''You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions,'' Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger. ''Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment.''
Roethlisberger is the first player suspended by Goodell under the NFL's personal conduct policy who was not arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime. However, Goodell said in April the policy allows him to impose such a penalty when the league's integrity and reputation are at stake.
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NFL statement on Big Ben
Commissioner (Roger) Goodell met with Ben Roethlisberger today and notified him that his suspension has been reduced to the Steelers' first four regular-season games. The reinstatement is contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the Personal Conduct Policy.
During the suspension, Roethlisberger cannot be at the team's practice facility, attend games, represent the club publicly in any way, have contact with any member of the coaching staff or other football operations personnel, or engage in any team football-related activities or discussions with teammates away from team facilities.
"You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions," Commissioner Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger. "Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment."
I saw this coming ......... Like a fright train
DAMMIT Foreverfan - You have got to stop posting stuff like that - I just ate man!!
SO - you sexually assault women. Show a little contrition & get you r time cut - WHy becasue he hasn't raped anyone in the past few months!?!?!
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